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In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan

This is the fourth book in the Memoir of Lady Trent series.

Published: 2016

Genre: historical fantasy

Length: 350 pages

Setting: Akhia, a Middle Eastern equivalent country, soon after the events of Voyage of the Basilisk

Summary: Short version: Off to the desert to study dragon rearing Continue reading

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The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

I’ve seen this book in several lists of excellent graphic novels. Each time, I check to see if my library has it. Finally they did and I snapped it up.

Published: 2018

Genre: historical fiction graphic novel

Length: 277 pages

Setting: pre-WWI Belgium

Summary: Short version: Frances, the dressmaker, is hired to make dresses for Prince Sebastian to wear Continue reading

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The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks

I’m not sure where I saw this first reviewed. In fact, I’ve likely been seeing it for a while since it’s a two-year old book. It’s just that my library system has just now gotten a copy. That’s why I keep checking whenever I see a good graphic novel.

Colorist: Jordie Bellaire

Published: 2016

Genre: middle grade graphic novel. It felt like historical fiction, but I don’t think it’s set in our world

Length: 232 pages

Setting: the city of Daido, a medieval Asian-style city

Summary: Short version: Kaidu learns his way around the city as a Dao recruit Continue reading

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Hour of the Cat by Peter Quinn

It gave me a Q author for my alphabet reading challenge and looked like something I might enjoy.

Published: 2005

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 400 pages

Setting: 1936-1939, New York City and Berlin

Summary: Short version: The rise of the Nazis alongside a hard-boiled detective story Continue reading

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Grass for his Pillow by Lian Hearn

This is the second book in the Tales of the Otori series. It took me a few years to read the second one after having picked up the first one (which is why I haven’t reviewed that book). The interesting thing is Miss Adventure just picked the first book (Across the Nightingale Floor) from the library to read.

Published: 2003

Genre: historical fantasy

Length: 292 pages

Setting: Japan, mid-1800s as it opened to Westerners

Summary: Short version: Takeo and Kaede are training and growing up Continue reading

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Ironweed by William Kennedy

This was one of the Modern Library’s top 100 novels of the century.

Published: 1983

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 227 pages

Setting: 1938 in Albany, NY

Summary: Short version: Life as an old homeless man Continue reading

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Genghis: Lords of the Bow by Conn Iggulden

This is the second book in the Genghis series (following Genghis: Birth of a Nation) I picked up last year because the author gave me an I author. I enjoyed it enough to continue the series.

Published: 2008

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 387 pages

Setting: areas around Xi Xia to Yenking, early 1200s

Summary: Short version: Genghis expands his empire Continue reading

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