A great historical novel should always possess three crucial elements; a great story with fascinating characters, the ability to make history interesting to the reader while teaching them at the same time and, finally, an accurate recapturing of the time, place and passion associated with the era.
A difficult achievement for any writer as it requires immense amounts of research and dedication to create something that will captivate the reader and hold their attention.
Whether it is 18th century Italy, or the “Napoleonic Wars” or the beginning of the 20th century in Japan, these novels have captured the essence of those times with great love and detail.
With that in mind, the “Tampa Bay Book Examiner” decided to list their choices for the best historical novels ever written.
These books are not only successful, but appeal to a wide range of readers. We hope you enjoy the list and will consider reading some or all of our choices.