I just finished writing a review of Bernard Cornwell's fantastic Azincourt
, and was wondering if anybody else on here is a fan of Historical Fiction, and what novels have you read from this genre. And if you have read any, are they any good? What's your favourite?
I've read the following Historical Fiction Novels:
Under the Eagle
by Simon Scarrow - the first in a series of Roman novels. Scarrow is an awesome author, almost as good as Bernard Cornwell, who is in my view, the king of Historical Fiction. I'm currently reading the second novel in the series, The Eagle's Conquest
- and am enjoying it as much as I did Under the Eagle
by Bernard Cornwell - I think, if any of you will have heard of any military historical fiction, it will be the Sharpe
series by Bernard Cornwell. I've recently taken the plunge into reading the novels set in the Napoleonic War period and am finding them to be fantastic. Cornwell's probably my favourite author when it comes to writing battle scenes, even though I've read a lot of Warhammer 40k novels. Cornwell outclasses even Abnett in my opinion, and I can't wait to get back to reading more of his novels.
Spartacus: The Gladiator
by Ben Kane - first in a Duology of novels telling the tale of Spartacus the Gladiator. Of course, this is a Roman era-novel, and I found this to be really enjoyable. Dark, gritty - Kane is, although perhaps not as good as Scarrow and Cornwell, still a pretty good author and I will be reading Rebellion
(Book #2) when it's released.
I've also picked up the first two novels in Conn Iggulden's Julius Caesar series, and will start them when I go abroad to France later this week. I'm really looking forward to them and have heard high praise for Conn Iggulden's novels. The Assassin's Creed tie-in novels also count as historical fiction to a certain extent, although they're not as good as the aforementioned novels and frankly - the Games are far better.
Basically, I created this thread so that those of you who have read Historical Fiction or are thinking of picking up Historical Fiction can have a place to discuss it.