Best historical fantasy books

Historical fantasy takes a period of history from this world's past and introduces fantasy elements to it. Alternate history or alternative history is a genre of fiction consisting of stories that are set in worlds in which history has diverged from the actual history of the world.

A Christmas Carol

1. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Score: 142
Our rating: 9.6 | 46 positive reader reviews

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

2. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Score: 110
Our rating: 9.7 | 13 positive reader reviews

Tigana

3. Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
Score: 106
Our rating: 9.7 | 9 positive reader reviews

The Thief

4. The Thief by Claire North
Gamehouse #2
Score: 100
Our rating: 10.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

A Brightness Long Ago

5. A Brightness Long Ago by Guy Gavriel Kay
Score: 100
Our rating: 10.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

The 10,000 Doors of January

6. The 10,000 Doors of January by Alix E Harrow
Score: 100
Our rating: 10.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Under Heaven

7. Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay
Score: 98
Our rating: 9.7 | 1 positive reader reviews

The Deverry Cycle

8. The Deverry Cycle by Katharine Kerr
The Deverry Cycle
Score: 98
Our rating: 9.1 | 7 positive reader reviews

9. Cold Fire by Kate Elliott
Spiritwalker: Book 2
Score: 98
Our rating: 9.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

Bitter Seeds

10. Bitter Seeds by Ian Tregillis
Score: 98
Our rating: 9.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

Blood Of Elves

11. Blood Of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski
The Witcher #3
Score: 96
Our rating: 8.3 | 13 positive reader reviews

The Yiddish Policemen\'s Union

12. The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
Score: 96
Our rating: 9.6 | 0 positive reader reviews

Hats off to Brandenburg

13. Hats off to Brandenburg by Graham Thomas
Score: 96
Our rating: 9.6 | 0 positive reader reviews

Endymion Spring

14. Endymion Spring by Matthew Skelton
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.1 | 4 positive reader reviews

Ghost Hawk

15. Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Serpent

16. The Serpent by Claire North
Gamehouse #1
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Moon and the Sun

17. The Moon and the Sun by Vonda N McIntyre
Score: 93
Our rating: 9.3 | 0 positive reader reviews

18. The Killing Moon by NK Jemisin
Dreamblood duology: Book 1
Score: 93
Our rating: 9.3 | 0 positive reader reviews

Dodger

19. Dodger by Terry Pratchett
Score: 93
Our rating: 9.3 | 0 positive reader reviews

The War at Troy

20. The War at Troy by Lindsay Clarke
Score: 93
Our rating: 9.2 | 1 positive reader reviews

The Shadowed Sun

21. The Shadowed Sun by NK Jemisin
Dreamblood duology: Book 2
Score: 92
Our rating: 9.2 | 0 positive reader reviews

22. Cold Magic by Kate Elliott
Spiritwalker: Book 1
Score: 92
Our rating: 9.0 | 2 positive reader reviews

The Gargoyle

23. The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
Score: 91
Our rating: 8.9 | 2 positive reader reviews

The Skystone

24. The Skystone by Jack Whyte
The Camulod Chronicles: Book 1
Score: 91
Our rating: 9.1 | 0 positive reader reviews

Son of the Morning

25. Son of the Morning by Mark Alder
Score: 91
Our rating: 9.0 | 1 positive reader reviews

The Dark Mirror

26. The Dark Mirror by Juliet Marillier
Bridei Chronicles: Book 1
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Kushiel\'s Chosen

27. Kushiel's Chosen by Jacqueline Carey
Kushiel's Legacy: Book 2
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Kushiel\'s Avatar

28. Kushiel's Avatar by Jacqueline Carey
Kushiel's Legacy: Book 3
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Kushiel\'s Scion

29. Kushiel's Scion by Jacqueline Carey
Treason�s Heir: Book 1
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Kushiel\'s Justice

30. Kushiel's Justice by Jacqueline Carey
Treason�s Heir: Book 2
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Land of Hope and Glory

31. Land of Hope and Glory by Geoffrey Wilson
The Land of Hope and Glory series #1
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

One Hundred Years of Vicissitude

32. One Hundred Years of Vicissitude by Andrez Bergen
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Dreaming Of Zhou Gong

33. Dreaming Of Zhou Gong by Traci Harding
Time Keeper Trilogy #1
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Those Poor, Poor Bastards

34. Those Poor, Poor Bastards by Tim Marquitz
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Boy with the Porcelain Blade

35. The Boy with the Porcelain Blade by Den Patrick
The Erebus Sequence #1
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Betrothed

36. The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Boy Who Wept Blood

37. The Boy Who Wept Blood by Den Patrick
The Erebus Sequence #2
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Master

38. The Master by Claire North
Gamehouse #3
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Touch

39. Touch by Claire North
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Tyrant\'s Throne

40. Tyrant's Throne by Sebastien de Castell
The Greatcoats #4
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Illumination

41. Illumination by Karen Brooks
The Curse of the Bond Riders: Book 3
Score: 89
Our rating: 8.9 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Place of Dead Kings

42. The Place of Dead Kings by Geoffrey Wilson
The Land of Hope and Glory series #2
Score: 89
Our rating: 8.9 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Scar-Crow Men

43. The Scar-Crow Men by Mark Chadbourn
Sword of Albion: Book 2
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

Votive

44. Votive by Karen Brooks
The Curse of the Bond Riders: Book 2
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Other Log of Phileas Fogg

45. The Other Log of Phileas Fogg by Philip Jose Farmer
Wold Newton Novels
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

The High King of Montival

46. The High King of Montival by SM Stirling
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

Sailing to Sarantium

47. Sailing to Sarantium by Guy Gavriel Kay
The Sarantine Mosaic #1
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

Spooks: Alice

48. Spooks: Alice by Joseph Delaney
The Wardstone Chronicles: Book 12
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

Bloodrush

49. Bloodrush by Ben Galley
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

50. The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Last Sun

51. The Last Sun by KD Edwards
NAThe Tarot Sequence: Book 1
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Half Killed

52. The Half Killed by Quenby Olson
Sundered Veil: Book 1
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

53. Brotherband: The Outcasts by John Flanagan
Score: 87
Our rating: 8.5 | 2 positive reader reviews

The Heresy of Dr Dee

54. The Heresy of Dr Dee by Phil Rickman
John Dee Papers: Book 2
Score: 87
Our rating: 8.7 | 0 positive reader reviews

Dragon Horse

55. Dragon Horse by Peter Ward
Score: 86
Our rating: 8.5 | 1 positive reader reviews

Interregnum

56. Interregnum by SJA Turney
Score: 86
Our rating: 8.6 | 0 positive reader reviews

Circus Maximus

57. Circus Maximus by Damian Dibben
The History Keepers: Book 2
Score: 86
Our rating: 8.6 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Lions of Al-Rassan

58. The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.3 | 2 positive reader reviews

The Midnight Charter

59. The Midnight Charter by David Whitley
The Agora Trilogy: Book 1
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

60. Wickedness by Deborah White
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

Clockwork Prince

61. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
The Infernal Devices: Book 2
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

Demon Gate

62. Demon Gate by Mike Cannon
Grey King Saga: Book 1
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

Temeraire

63. Temeraire by Naomi Novik
Temeraire series: Book 1
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

Sugar Glass

64. Sugar Glass by Pip Janssen
Tales of Vertiga #2
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Dead Assassin

65. The Dead Assassin by Vaughn Entwistle
The Paranormal Casebooks of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle #2
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

Clash of Eagles

66. Clash of Eagles by Alan Smales
The Clash of Eagles Trilogy #1
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Risen

67. The Risen by Tarn Richardson
The Darkest Hand #3
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Children of the Lost

68. The Children of the Lost by David Whitley
The Agora Trilogy: Book 2
Score: 84
Our rating: 8.4 | 0 positive reader reviews

Kushiel\'s Dart

69. Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey
Kushiel�s Legacy: Book 1
Score: 83
Our rating: 8.0 | 3 positive reader reviews

The Storm Begins

70. The Storm Begins by Damian Dibben
The History Keepers: Book 1
Score: 82
Our rating: 8.2 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Rithmatist

71. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
Score: 82
Our rating: 8.0 | 2 positive reader reviews

The Ladies of Grace Adieu

72. The Ladies of Grace Adieu by Susanna Clarke
Score: 81
Our rating: 8.1 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Well of Shades

73. The Well of Shades by Juliet Marillier
Bridei Chronicles: Book 3
Score: 81
Our rating: 8.0 | 1 positive reader reviews

74. Traitor's Blade by Sebastien de Castell
The Greatcoats #1
Score: 81
Our rating: 8.0 | 1 positive reader reviews

Blade of Fortriu

75. Blade of Fortriu by Juliet Marillier
Bridei Chronicles: Book 2
Score: 80
Our rating: 8.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Kushiel’s Mercy

76. Kushiel’s Mercy by Jacqueline Carey
Treason�s Heir: Book 3
Score: 80
Our rating: 8.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Lion of Cairo

77. The Lion of Cairo by Scott Oden
Score: 80
Our rating: 8.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

78. Lord Oda’s Revenge by Nick Lake
Blood Ninja series: Book 2
Score: 80
Our rating: 8.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

79. Taft 2012 by Jason Heller
Score: 80
Our rating: 8.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Turn The Tides Gently

80. Turn The Tides Gently by Matt Wingett
Score: 80
Our rating: 8.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Revelations

81. Revelations by Daniel Diehl
The Merlin Chronicles #1
Score: 80
Our rating: 8.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Knight’s Shadow

82. Knight’s Shadow by Sebastien de Castell
The Greatcoats #2
Score: 80
Our rating: 8.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Darkness Visible

83. Darkness Visible by Pip Janssen

Score: 80
Our rating: 8.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Red Mage

84. The Red Mage by Pip Janssen
Tales of Vertiga #1
Score: 80
Our rating: 8.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Suicide Exhibition

85. The Suicide Exhibition by Justin Richards
Score: 80
Our rating: 8.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

86. Uprising by Sarah Cawkwell
Heirs of the Demon King #1
Score: 80
Our rating: 8.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

87. The House of War and Witness by Mike Linda and Louise Carey
Score: 80
Our rating: 8.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Damned

88. The Damned by Tarn Richardson
The Darkest Hand #1
Score: 80
Our rating: 8.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Age of Myth

89. Age of Myth by Michael J Sullivan
Legends of the First Empire #1
Score: 80
Our rating: 8.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Silver Mask

90. The Silver Mask by Christian Ellingsen
The Vasini Chronicles #1
Score: 80
Our rating: 8.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Sisters of the Winter Wood

91. The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner
Score: 80
Our rating: 8.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Land You Never Leave

92. The Land You Never Leave by Angus Watson
West of West #2
Score: 80
Our rating: 8.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

War Cry

93. War Cry by Brian McClellan
Score: 80
Our rating: 8.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Spellbound

94. Spellbound by Margit Sandemo
The Legend of the Ice People: Book 1
Score: 79
Our rating: 7.9 | 0 positive reader reviews

Redoubt

95. Redoubt by Alexander Janaway
Score: 79
Our rating: 7.5 | 4 positive reader reviews

Clockwork Angel

96. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
The Infernal Devices: Book 1
Score: 78
Our rating: 7.5 | 3 positive reader reviews

Shadow Spinner

97. Shadow Spinner by Susan Fletcher
Score: 77
Our rating: 7.7 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Fallen

98. The Fallen by Tarn Richardson
The Darkest Hand #2
Score: 75
Our rating: 7.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

With Tower and Turrets, Crowned

99. With Tower and Turrets, Crowned by Charles J Schneider
Score: 74
Our rating: 7.4 | 0 positive reader reviews

Heart\'s Blood

100. Heart's Blood by Juliet Marillier
Score: 71
Our rating: 7.0 | 1 positive reader reviews