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List of famous historical fantasy books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular historical fantasy books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best historical fantasy novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

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A Dream of John Ball is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Historical Fantasy Books and Novels
William Morris
A Dream of John Ball is a novel by English author William Morris about the English peasants' revolt of 1381. It features the rebel priest John Ball, who appeared to be advocating a socialistic ...more

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Blameless is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Historical Fantasy Books and Novels
Gail Carriger
Blameless is a steampunk paranormal romance novel by Gail Carriger. First published in September 2010 by Orbit Books, Blameless is the third book in a projected five-novel "The Parasol ...more

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Changeless is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Historical Fantasy Books and Novels
Gail Carriger
Changeless is a steampunk paranormal romance novel by Gail Carriger. First published in April 2010 by Orbit Books, Changeless is the second book in a projected five-novel "The Parasol ...more

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Child of the Prophecy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Historical Fantasy Books and Novels
Juliet Marillier
Child of the Prophecy is an historical fantasy novel by Juliet Marillier and the third book in the Sevenwaters Trilogy first published in 2001. Book Three steps slightly out of the tradition of ...more

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Hawk of May is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Historical Fantasy Books and Novels
Gillian Bradshaw
Hawk of May is the first installment in Gillian Bradshaw’s Down The Long Wind trilogy. Published initially in 1980 by Simon and Schuster, Hawk of May centers on Gwalchmai ap Lot and his ...more

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Il castello di Eymerich is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Historical Fantasy Books and Novels
Valerio Evangelisti
Il castello di Eymerich is a book written by Valerio Evangelisti, an Italian historian and writer of historical fantasy. In chronological order, it is the seventh book in a best-selling series ...more

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Kingdom of Summer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Historical Fantasy Books and Novels
Gillian Bradshaw
Kingdom of Summer is the second book in a trilogy of fantasy novels written by Gillian Bradshaw. The novel tells of the ascendancy of King Arthur and the planting of the seeds of his downfall. ...more

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On Stranger Tides is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Historical Fantasy Books and Novels
Tim Powers
On Stranger Tides is a 1987 historical fantasy novel written by Tim Powers. It was nominated for the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, and placed second in the annual Locus poll for best ...more

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Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Historical Fantasy Books and Novels
A.E. Moorat
Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter is a 2009 novel by A. E. Moorat. It is a story based on the life of Queen Victoria, but incorporating a fictional account of her dealings with demons.

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Sinai Tapestry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Historical Fantasy Books and Novels
Edward Whittemore

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Slaves of the Shinar is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Historical Fantasy Books and Novels
Justin Allen
Slaves of the Shinar is a historical fantasy novel that was written by Justin Allen and published in 2006. The book explores the early lives and origins of characters and peoples to be found in ...more

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Soulless is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Historical Fantasy Books and Novels
Gail Carriger
Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 1 is a book written by Gail Carriger.

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Tempus with his right-side com... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Historical Fantasy Books and Novels
Janet Morris
In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, Tempus is first anthology of Sacred Band Tales. This anthology contains all the earliest Sacred Band of Stepsons stories from the first five volumes of ...more

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Tempus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Historical Fantasy Books and Novels
Janet Morris
Tempus is a book written by Janet Morris in 1987. In 2011 it was revised slightly and re-issued.

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The Blood Confession is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Historical Fantasy Books and Novels
Alisa M. Libby
The Blood Confession is a 2006 historical fiction novel written by Alisa M. Libby. The novel is a revisionist telling of the legend of Countess Elizabeth Báthory, with elements of the ...more

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The Dragon Lord is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Historical Fantasy Books and Novels
The Dragon Lord is a historical fantasy or sword and sorcery novel by American writer David Drake. First published in 1979 and revised in 1982, the novel is set in sixth century Arthurian

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The Drawing of the Dark is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Historical Fantasy Books and Novels
Tim Powers
The Drawing of the Dark is a historical fantasy novel by Tim Powers published in 1979 by Del Rey Books.

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The Fish the Fighters and the ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Historical Fantasy Books and Novels
Janet Morris, Chris Morris
In the Sacred Band of Stepsons fictional universe, after the Battle of Meridian, Tempus and his Unified Sacred Band leave Sanctuary to draw the stragglers from the war away from the town. On the ...more

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The Fish, the Fighters, and th... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Historical Fantasy Books and Novels
Janet Morris, Chris Morris
The book "the Fish, the Fighters and the Song-girl" contains a novelette by the same name. Both the story "the Fish the Fighters and the Song-girl" and the book are part of ...more

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The Moon in the Cloud is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Historical Fantasy Books and Novels
Rosemary Harris
The Moon in the Cloud is a book written by Rosemary Harris.

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The Native Star is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Historical Fantasy Books and Novels
M. K. Hobson
The Native Star is a historical fantasy novel, and the first novel from writer M. K. Hobson. It was nominated for the 2010 Nebula Award.

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The Sacred Band is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Historical Fantasy Books and Novels
Janet Morris, Chris Morris
The Sacred Band is a book written by Janet and Chris Morris. It forms part of The Sacred Band of Stepsons fictional universe. In 338 BCE, during the Battle of Chaeronea that results in the ...more

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The Seeing Stone is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Historical Fantasy Books and Novels
Kevin Crossley-Holland
The Seeing Stone, or Arthur: The Seeing Stone, is a historical novel for children or young adults, written by Kevin Crossley-Holland and published by Orion in 2000, the first book of the ...more

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The Strangely Beautiful Tale o... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Historical Fantasy Books and Novels
Leanna Renee Hieber
In a grim Victorian London, a group of six children are possessed by guardian spirits who await the arrival of a long-prophesied seventh guardian. Years later, as a malignant evil force begin ...more

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The Stress of Her Regard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Historical Fantasy Books and Novels
Tim Powers
The Stress of Her Regard is a 1989 horror/fantasy novel by Tim Powers. It was nominated for the 1990 World Fantasy and Locus Awards in 1990, and won a Mythopoeic Award. As with a number of ...more