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.

Wolf Brother

1. Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver
Chronicles of Ancient Darkness: Book 1
Score: 178
Our rating: 9.9 | 79 positive reader reviews

A Christmas Carol

2. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Score: 133
Our rating: 9.6 | 37 positive reader reviews

The Spook\'s Apprentice

3. The Spook's Apprentice by Joseph Delaney
The Wardstone Chronicles: Book 1
Score: 119
Our rating: 10.0 | 19 positive reader reviews

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

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

Tigana

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

Spirit Walker

6. Spirit Walker by Michelle Paver
Chronicles of Ancient Darkness: Book 2
Score: 103
Our rating: 9.5 | 8 positive reader reviews

Blood Of Elves

7. Blood Of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski
The Witcher #3
Score: 103
Our rating: 9.0 | 13 positive reader reviews

The Golden Acorn

8. The Golden Acorn by Catherine Cooper
The Adventures of Jack Brenin: Book 1
Score: 101
Our rating: 8.7 | 14 positive reader reviews

Hagurosan

9. Hagurosan by Darren Shan
Score: 101
Our rating: 10.0 | 1 positive reader reviews

The Thief

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

A Brightness Long Ago

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

The 10,000 Doors of January

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

Under Heaven

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

The Deverry Cycle

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

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

Bitter Seeds

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

The Way of the Warrior

17. The Way of the Warrior by Chris Bradford
Young Samurai: Book 1
Score: 97
Our rating: 9.0 | 7 positive reader reviews

The Master and Margarita

18. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Score: 97
Our rating: 9.5 | 2 positive reader reviews

Soul Eater

19. Soul Eater by Michelle Paver
The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness: Book 3
Score: 96
Our rating: 9.5 | 1 positive reader reviews

The Spook\'s Mistake

20. The Spook's Mistake by Joseph Delaney
The Wardstone Chronicles: Book 5
Score: 96
Our rating: 9.5 | 1 positive reader reviews

The Yiddish Policemen\'s Union

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

Hats off to Brandenburg

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

The Spook\'s Curse

23. The Spook's Curse by Joseph Delaney
The Wardstone Chronicles: Book 2
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.0 | 5 positive reader reviews

Endymion Spring

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

25. Deathless by Catherynne M Valente
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

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

The Serpent

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

Nights at the Circus

28. Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter
Score: 94
Our rating: 9.4 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Poppy War

29. The Poppy War by R F Kuang
The Poppy War #1
Score: 94
Our rating: 9.4 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Moon and the Sun

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

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

Dodger

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

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

The Spook\'s Secret

34. The Spook's Secret by Joseph Delaney
The Wardstone Chronicles: Book 3
Score: 92
Our rating: 9.0 | 2 positive reader reviews

The Shadowed Sun

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

The Way of the Sword

36. The Way of the Sword by Chris Bradford
Young Samurai: Book 2
Score: 92
Our rating: 9.0 | 2 positive reader reviews

37. I Am Grimalkin by Joseph Delaney
The Wardstone Chronicles
Score: 92
Our rating: 9.0 | 2 positive reader reviews

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

The Feathered Man

39. The Feathered Man by Jeremy de Quidt
Score: 92
Our rating: 9.2 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Golem and the Djinni

40. The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker
Score: 92
Our rating: 9.2 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Gargoyle

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

The Spook\'s Battle

42. The Spook's Battle by Joseph Delaney
The Wardstone Chronicles: Book 4
Score: 91
Our rating: 9.0 | 1 positive reader reviews

The Spook\'s Stories: Witches

43. The Spook's Stories: Witches by Joseph Delaney
The Wardstone Chronicles
Score: 91
Our rating: 9.0 | 1 positive reader reviews

The Skystone

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

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

The Story of Cirrus Flux

46. The Story of Cirrus Flux by Matthew Skelton
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Dark Mirror

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

Kushiel\'s Chosen

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

Kushiel\'s Avatar

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

Kushiel\'s Scion

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

Kushiel\'s Justice

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

The Night Circus

52. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Land of Hope and Glory

53. 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

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

Dreaming Of Zhou Gong

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

The Spook\'s Blood

56. The Spook's Blood by Joseph Delaney
The Wardstone Chronicles: Book 10
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Those Poor, Poor Bastards

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

58. 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

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

The Boy Who Wept Blood

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

The Master

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

Touch

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

Tyrant\'s Throne

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

The Spook\'s Sacrifice

64. The Spook's Sacrifice by Joseph Delaney
The Wardstone Chronicles: Book 6
Score: 89
Our rating: 8.5 | 4 positive reader reviews

The Spook\'s Nightmare

65. The Spook's Nightmare by Joseph Delaney
The Wardstone Chronicles: Book 7
Score: 89
Our rating: 8.7 | 2 positive reader reviews

Illumination

66. 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

67. 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

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

69. 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

70. 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

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

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

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

Bloodrush

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

The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

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

The Last Sun

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

Michael Belmont and the Tomb of Anubis

77. Michael Belmont and the Tomb of Anubis by Ethan Russell Erway
Score: 87
Our rating: 8.7 | 0 positive reader reviews

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

The Heresy of Dr Dee

79. 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

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

Interregnum

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

Circus Maximus

82. 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

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

The Spook\'s Tale

84. The Spook's Tale by Joseph Delaney
The Wardstone Chronicles
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.4 | 1 positive reader reviews

The Midnight Charter

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

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

Clockwork Prince

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

Demon Gate

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

Temeraire

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

Sugar Glass

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

The Dead Assassin

91. 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

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

The Bear and the Nightingale

93. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.3 | 2 positive reader reviews

The Risen

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

The Children of the Lost

95. 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

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

The Storm Begins

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

The Rithmatist

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

The Ladies of Grace Adieu

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

The Well of Shades

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