History is the basis of all things. As children, we learn about the past, and unfolding stories help us imagine what it might be like to live in the past. Historical fiction, that places characters in historical settings is a genre that has been rising in recent years. We’ve put together an inventory of the top 25 historical fiction novels ever written in this article. You will be overwhelmed by the pleasure you’ll experience the minute you begin reading historical fiction novels.  

Many things occur in the real world which is not described but rather imagined. If you choose to read historic fiction you will have the chance to read fictionalized versions of historical events. The genre of historical fiction has always been in high demand since it first came out. It’s a challenge to define what is historical fiction. Certain experts believe that a historical novel isn’t considered to be historical fiction unless it’s located in the past. Others believe that a novel written in the past but written today is still considered to be historical fiction. What we can say is that its fantastic writing. Without further delay let’s look at our Top 25 Historical Fiction Book.

1. A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes

Top 25 Best Historical Fiction Books

A Thousand Ships is the best-selling contemporary novel in the genre of historical fiction created by British author Natalie Haynes. The novel was released in 2012 and marked her debut novel in the field of writing. The novel was awarded the Desmond Elliott Prize. The award is given to the novel, which is most likely to turn into the new Hunger Games, Harry Potter, or Game of Thrones. A Thousand Ships is a historical novel that takes place in the past of Athens in Greece and Egypt. The story is set mostly in the period of 410 BC but there are some parts set in Marathon as well as during the Persian wars. The story follows Alcibiades, the genius, but self-destructive, child of an Athenian nobleman, as he embarks on his dangerous journey from the city that gave birth to democracy and the most formidable foe: Sparta.  

2. The Emperor’s Babe by Bernadine Evaristo

The Emperor’s Babe by Bernadine Evaristo

The Emperor’s Babe is a book written by Bernadine Evaristo. The author wanted to write an engaging story that not only entertains but also educates the reader about the importance of human rights across the continent of Africa. The main character is Evangeline the beauty queen who is crowned the Emperor from the Ubangi empire (an imagined African nation). She also becomes rich and powerful following the demise of her father. However, she loses her title and her wealth following her father’s passing due to a mistake of judgment on her part in the choice for his replacement. Additionally, she loses self-esteem when she realizes that she was only a persona for her father, to demonstrate his respectability.  

3. The Land Beyond the Sea by Sharon Penman

 The Land Beyond the Sea by Sharon Penman

Sharon Penman is a well-known author of medieval non-fiction and historical fiction and her novel, The Land Beyond the Sea is based on the real-life story of a female merchant called Matilda. Matilda was among the most successful traders in the early 11th century. Born in 1046 her life span was an additional four years. Her empire of trading covered 3 countries: Germany, Italy, and France. In reading about her journey it is clear that she had a fascinating life, in any way. She experienced many triumphs as well as devastating defeats throughout her life. In the book, Sharon Penman tells us what transpired to her when she quit France and returned to a sour English home, where she appeared to be unappreciated by everyone.  

4. The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett

The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett

In Ken Follett’s novel of the same name, The Evening and The Morning The twelfth century is recreated with all the force and majesty of the Hollywood epic. Two unforgettable characters are featured in the novel as Follett is with the Starbuck family. William the warrior and his son Jack are known for their kindness and piety. Follett shows once more his reasons for being an acclaimed author and a fan favorite of critics in his novel. Ken Follett is an author who captivated the world through the success of his Pillars of the Earth. He is also a screenwriter and has been a huge success in both. He has a passion for his screenplays. In The Evening and the Morning, he masterfully takes on The Tudor Dynasty with passion and elegance. The book tells the story of Anne Boleyn’s life, her rise to fame, as well as her final plight.  

5. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

The Pillars of the Earth is the work of Ken Follett’s genius. It is among the most popular historical fiction novels. Ken Follet began his writing career with The Pillars of the Earth in 1989. The story is set in the latter part of the 12th century and is mostly historical fiction. The novel is set during the civil war by King Stephen and Empress Maud. The real historical characters are described in this novel, alongside fictional characters that influence the outcome of the events. It’s the turning point of the 12th century and a period of growth and enlightenment is about to begin. The kings are nothing beyond rubber seals of the powerful men they serve whether it’s archbishop Thomas Becket of England or Phillip Augustus, king of France. Over the Narrow Sea, it’s an area of warriors and prophets, a land where individuals similar to baron William Hamleigh can make their fortunes.  

6. The Sin Eater by Megan Campisi

The Sin Eater by Megan Campisi

The Sin Eater is a beautiful novel written by Megan Campisi, who had the privilege of editing the book. The Sin Eater tells the story of Willa whose mother recently passed away. she goes back to her hometown in Strong along with her dad to live at the home of her grandma. Lochlan Mcleod has never known the security of friendship, love, or even family. He’s spent his whole life secretly revealing the identity of his character from his family and friends until one fateful night he unleashes all his most-feared monsters. The people of the world deserve to be heard and supported throughout their journey. The Sin Eater provides an environment where people can be heard, seen, and accepted for their difficulties with mental health.  

7. City of Vengeance by D. V. Bishop

City of Vengeance by D. V. Bishop

The City of Vengeance is a story of dark intrigue and sacrifice. The story will not let you let go until the final page is closed. Beginning with the first chapter, D. V. Bishop will draw readers in with his intricate narrative and precise description of the scenery. The characters are so complex and distinct. They’re like old friends whom you’re glad to be able to visit after a long absence. Contrary to most novels that we find on Amazon The book does not use the censored version of writing, which is an advantage in the book. It contains all the elements that you expect from epic fantasy novels and much more because mythologies and different cultures were the inspiration for the story.  

8. The War of the Poor by Eric Vuillard

The War of the Poor by Eric Vuillard

The book by Eric Vuillard The War of the Poor explores the development of state-funded programs that targeted children with low incomes to alleviate the suffering of youth who are disadvantaged. The book is a detailed and thorough description of the lives of those who were impacted by the programs. He also discusses aspects of politics that contributed to the suffering while critiques America’s laissez-faire approach to social welfare and poverty. The novel’s protagonist was a photographer/artist/war reporter during the 1940s in Europe and Africa. He was a part of the American army when they moved towards North Africa and places like France, Ethiopia, etc.  

9. Tombland by C. J. Sansom

Tombland by C. J. Sansom

A manor named “Tombland” is the setting for C.J. Sansom’s newest novel, which is a sequel to his previous novel titled “Dominion.” This bestseller historical fiction has the same theme of conspiracies during World War II. However, the protagonist is much more youthful than the lawyer in Sansom’s popular series “The Shardlake Novels.” It’s a part of the historical fiction series of thrillers and mystery with the setting of Tudor London. The subjects discussed in Tombland are fascinating including poverty, crime, illness personal/family life as well as the plague. These subjects have been addressed in an interesting way that makes the reading much more interesting than books that cover similar subjects. For instance Hilary Mantel’s books “Wolf Hall” and “Bring the Bodies Up.’  

10. The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse

The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse

The Burning Chambers is among the top historical fiction novels about the story of the Cathars the radical medieval sect located in the Languedoc region of France. The book begins with a brief outline about their beliefs (including the belief in reincarnation as well as that Jesus, as well as God the Holy Spirit, are femalethus the name Cathar that comes of “catharos,” the Greek word that means “pure”), before explaining how they were brutally suppressed by Pope Innocent III suppressed them. The year 1243 was the time that Hugo de Lacy was forced to leave his ancestral home in England and his family in fear of being snatched away by the brutal and cruel man named Geoffrey de Mandeville. The de Lacy’s joined with others from the north and set off for Provence A land that was that is awash in the historical background of Cathars.  

11. The City of Tears by Kate Mosse

The City of Tears by Kate Mosse

The City of tears is an autobiography that was written by Kate Mosse. The City of tears is the second novel of the Languedoc Trilogy that includes Labyrinth and Sepulchre. To learn more regarding The city that tears you could read the entire book. The city of tears is the third novel within the Languedoc trilogy written by English novelist Kate Mosse. If you’re in search of an exciting and thrilling reading experience, you’ve ended. It’s the City of Tears by Kate Mosse that will have you wanting more! The story is about the dynamic between the two women set against the background of war, the loss of freedom, and the human tragedy making this book essential reading for anyone looking to experience something fascinating and historically accurate.  

12. The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The Mercies is one of the books that is a must-read for any self-published writer’s list. Chicken House released it. This novel Mercies takes place in a village in which all adults have passed away from a mysterious plague, leaving children to care for themselves. The children are orphaned because of the plague instead of their parents dying of it and are referred to as Orphans. It’s back and they’re not only hunting for ghosts from their gloomy past. It’s is the second time Kiran Millwood Hargrave goes a step further into London’s mystical underground to assist the poor Jack and his little sister Ella.  

13. Daughters of Night by Laura Shepherd-Robinson

Daughters of Night by Laura Shepherd-Robinson

The Daughters of Night is a novel written by the most popular author Laura Shepherd-Robinson. It’s a work of fiction, and it was published in February of 2020. The story is about two women who get caught with a criminal syndicate plot that revolves around an illegal flesh trade. The story begins with the pursuit of Goldie the woman who took control after her boyfriend was thrown out of favor with Brazilian Brigands. The story starts when there is news concerning an old princess who is the guardian of many secrets, one of which could destroy a portion of the globe if divulged. When you read this book, the dark side starts to be revealed before Isabella and her gang. This story will keep you at the edge of your seat and wondering who will survive and who will perish.  

14. Ross Poldark by Winston Graham

Ross Poldark by Winston Graham

Ross Poldark is the name of a book series written by Winston Graham. The first book in the books was published in 1945 , and was published in 1945. The final volume was published two years afterward. The adaptation for television of the story started broadcasting PBS across the United States in 2015. Then, it was accessible via Amazon Video, becoming one of the most watched series that aired on PBS. The story gets re-established after Ross’s father passes away and leaves him with nothing more than an untreated estate which he has to rebuild. But, he is facing a variety of issues from both his immediate surroundings and further.  

15. Circus of Wonders by Elizabeth Macneal

Circus of Wonders by Elizabeth Macneal

Circus of Wonders by Elizabeth Macneal is a unique novel. It’s the very first book in the 12-part series called “Circus of Wonders.” The most acclaimed historical fiction book from WW2 is based upon several actual events that occurred in The Circus during World War II. The book was written for anyone of all ages. Let me assure you that once you’ve read it you’ll be incapable of stopping reading this book. It was a terrifying combination of the bizarre and the scary as well as the fantastic and the bizarre. The book recounts the tale of the circus’s fame and those who participated. These are some of the most novels of historical fiction made from real-life stories. It is a wonderful mixture of adventure, thrill, and historical. The author makes use of detailed information to bring the tales alive and make an enchanting world that children love.  

16. The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason

The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason

The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason is a book about human interactions. It examines the deep roots that stretch back in time and the need to be the person we are. The novel was released in 2002 and was awarded the Whitbread Book of the Year Award. The novel is about the life of a pianist who travels annually to a French church to perform the piano that was the inspiration for Maurice Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, which is now an important National artifact. This is a fascinating novel about the transformational power of music, and specifically the piano. It’s about the relationship we have with music and the way we leverage it to change our lives, as well as some historic occasions. The idea of music being an instrument for transformation is a theme that runs through this book, as well as throughout life.  

17. The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal

The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal

The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal is the story of Agnes who arrives to work at the London dolls factory during 1900. After the introduction of clockwork Victorian dolls, it becomes obvious that something disturbing is happening in the factory. They are sturdy and intelligent and capable of communicating with people. Workers have especially become very fond of the new dolls since they always assist them in their work to the point that Agnes isn’t sure if her parents like her taking the Doll Matilda to work alongside her. Agnes quickly realizes how naive the dolls are. The book is extremely exciting and an ideal read for anyone who is over 12 years old.  

18. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

The book Things Fall Apart was a bestseller written by Chinua Achebe that discusses the politics and social issues of Nigeria during the period of colonization. The debut novel by Achebe, Things Fall Apart, tells the story of a man named Okonkwo during his experience living in an Igbo village located in Nigeria. It is among the tales of internal conflict. He is trying to protect his village from the dangers of European colonialism, while at the same time beginning to accept that he’s not an integral part of his village. The main themes in this book, which are discussed include individualism, dualism, and anti-colonialism.  

19. Beloved by Toni Morrison

Beloved by Toni Morrison

The novel of Toni Morrison “Beloved” is a masterfully written story that is story about people. The historical novel is packed with literary elements which are utilized to their fullest potential in the writing of the author. The novel was first published in 1987 and was told from an uninvolved third-person perspective. The author does not provide a name for the protagonist in the novel. Yet, she is identified as a slave who was freed from slavery and moved to Ohio as an independent woman with her daughters Margaret Nettie and Margaret. Nettie. The book subtly outlines how to fight the evil of life and defeat it. The author makes use of detailed information in order to bring the stories into life and to create a fantastical environment that adults can take pleasure in.  

20. The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book, The Water Dancer, is among the top works of historical fiction. There was something special about it that made it stand out. It wasn’t perfect, and there were particular problems with its presentation and plot structure. Yet it didn’t matter. It was just a tale about two men both broken in a half ways — who were bonded by the water of rural Maryland. They ended in teaching each other to live again, after they both nearly drowned, without realizing that they had done it. In the book, we also meet a poignant but intriguing character called Rook and invites the reader into his story of life through his time in the American South. The story demonstrates that even for those who keep their feet down, you’re not able to keep up with the flow.  

21. Yours Cheerfully by AJ Pearce

Yours Cheerfully by AJ Pearce

Yours Cheerfully is among our top classic novels by AJ Pearce, which is an inspirational coming-of-age tale about Anna. The girl in her teens decides to leave her luxurious setting and her luxurious home in the recent years of England to go to another country and become a companion to Chinese orphans. After having everything Anna was able to have, she decided to leave her husband, her the medical college, as well as an attractive place to assist the children who are less fortunate. This is when Anna took a decision to go with her gut rather than her head; packing her abused BMW Mini, she drove across Europe where she encountered new people and realized what she really was underneath the layers of plastic surgery, make-up as well as a designer label. What you will like in this book is the romance, sweet and historical lessons.  

22. The Secrets of the Lake by Liz Trenow

The Secrets of the Lake by Liz Trenow

The Secrets of the Lake by Liz Trenow is a historical fiction novel that takes place in the medieval period of Italy. The book was well-written and kept you engaged all through. It’s Liz’s Secrets of the Lake is about the past, the secrets it holds, as well as the future that can be hidden out of sight. The story is set in London and focuses on the story of a girl living with her father at the barge that he used to sail on. She discovers an aspect of her mother that she had no idea was missing. The shocking discovery sets her on a trip that could alter her life. It’s a gripping thriller with a psychological twist and is fantastic reading. This is a stunning debut novel that is full of vivid imagery that takes readers into a stunningly imagined world?  

23. Pippo and Clara by Diana Rosie

Pippo and Clara by Diana Rosie

Pippo and Clara is an engaging and historic book for children composed by Diana Rosie. It is about a boy with his sister Clara and their dog Pippo. The book can be a fun way to learn for kids, however, it also aims to increase awareness of the world of animals and threatened species. It’s a thrilling tale of intrigue, adventure, and imagination. It is sure to bring you laughter and goosebumps, joy, and much more if you’re in the mood. It doesn’t require knowledge of the background of Florence to enjoy this book, however, If you do it will be more captivating. It is one of the top novels for children that are historical in nature.  

24. The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah wasn’t originally intended to be an epic tale about love. It was an idea of a desperate broken, wounded girl. It was a story that began with frustration and anger, like many stories do, and the majority of them have happy endings. Hannah’s enthralling writing style is so great that the book was well-written that you were thinking it was a novel. The narrative was completely believable and you could feel the characters. The story is told by four distinct characters at four different points in their lives, yet they’re all part of an entire family tree. The reader is given a perspective on how their lives can be impacted by two simple choices that are often not conscious of that we’re making!

25. The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue

The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue

The stunning debut novel of the 2020 Man Booker Prize finalist Emma Donoghue, The Pull of the Stars is both an emotional love story and an evocative evocation of the personal resonance that is found within the legends and stories of ancient Greece. It’s the most acclaimed novel of the 2021 period with 436 pages in length. The book in question falls under the science fiction genre and history. The genre is set in the United Kingdom. The setting is the prison within Dublin, Ireland, during the year 1835. The prison is known by the name of Quaker’s Island Prison since it is managed by Quaker rules. If you are interested in science, technical issues and at equally interesting to read, then the Pull of the Stars is the perfect choice for you.  


It is a novel genre that takes actual historical, historical events and includes fictional characters to make it more enjoyable. It mixes factual details and fiction to create historical environments for readers. There are many different kinds of historical fiction. is a novel that is historical. Historical fiction, in contrast to popular fiction, employs the past as the setting. In contrast to straight-history books, historical fiction novels employ literature to speak to people living in past times and help bring these people to the present. Therefore, we hope that if you’re a Bookworm and you want to learn more about the past, choose these 25 top historical fiction novels.

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