Category Historical Fiction

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

“It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.” – Kvothe, The Name of the Wind Patrick Rothfuss’ debut novel is quickly gaining ranks among the likes of Game of Thrones and has earned […]

The Turncoat by Donna Thorland

The debut novel by Donna Thorland is a sinful page-turner and impressive first installment of a planned trilogy called Renegades of the Revolution. The Turncoat follows a group of female spies during the American Revolution who operate in rural New Jersey and British-occupied Philadelphia by seducing unsuspecting Redcoat officers. Beautiful and cunning, the women relay Loyalist […]

Tales of Dunk and Egg by George R.R. Martin

“A hedge knight must hold tight to his pride. Without it, he was no more than a sellsword.” – The Hedge Knight George R. R. Martin has published three novellas (with the fourth due in May 2013 and many more rumored to come) as prequels to the Song of Ice and Fire series, and begin […]

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

“A howling singer on the radio strummed a song about how everything that dies someday comes back.” – Cloud Atlas, The Ghastly Ordeal of Timothy Cavendish Cloud Atlas is unlike any other piece of literature, classic or modern. The novel is broken into six stories that take place in different eras and locations, and progress in […]

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

“You think, as you walk away from Le Cirque de Reves and into the creeping dawn, that you felt more awake within the confines of the circus. You are no longer quite certain which side of the fence is the dream.” – The Night Circus Much like how Diagon Alley and Hogwarts were so inviting […]

The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike

“Now the world poured through her, wasted, down the drain. A woman is a hole, Alexandra had once read in the memoirs of a prostitute. In truth it felt less like being a hole than a sponge, a heavy squishy thing on this bed soaking out of the air all the futility and misery there […]

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

“It is a fact that we historians are interested in what is partly a reflection of ourselves, perhaps a part of ourselves we would rather not examine except through the medium of scholarship; it is also true as we steep ourselves in our interests, they become more and more a part of us.” – The […]