7 Best Historical Fiction Books of All Time

Many people don't like history at all. In this article, we will introduce you to new perspective on history through a list of 7 best historical fiction books.

Do You Need Historical Fiction Books?

In order to come up with the list of books to recommend, we collect data as below,

- First, we ask a history expert to develop a list of 20 must-read books.

- After that, we head to Amazon.com to check if the books got very positive feedback.

- Then, we also determine if the books got the awards such as New York Times Bestseller, Wall Street Journal Best Book of the Year, Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and so on.

- We also check which books have become the Hollywood blockbusters (so readers will understand the books much better.)

- Finally, we make the final cut to top 7 books to recommend.

Best Historical Fiction Books are as below:

1. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Hannah's masterpiece, The Nightingale, is a book about two totally different sisters who have faced the struggles of World War II in France. Vianne, the dispassionate of war, is the one who only cares about her family's survival during the war. The other one named, Isabelle, is the rebellious who is entitled to be the Nightingale because of her great contribution in devising a plan to strengthen the military forces against the Nazis. The book ends with the death of Isabelle while Vianne is revealed to be the narrator of the story.

2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Shown in The Book Thief, Zusak unfolds the story of a girl named Liesel who steals books to learn. Interestingly, the narrator of the story is Death, and it gradually tells the story of its three encounters with Liesel. The first is with her brother's death; second is the pilot's doom which she had witnessed, and the last is the death of her father and her friends. Before the latter, Liesel started to write her own book in which she lost and reunited before Death finally fetches her.

3. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
All the Light We Cannot See shares how the tragic story of the two protagonists, Marie-Laure LeBlanc and Werner Pfennig. Marie-Laure is a strong woman who had fought for their freedom and for the diamond to be kept away from the Nazis, and while doing so, she met Werner whom she fell in love with. Sadly, their love story ends with the need for parting ways. Werner died, and Marie-Laure continues to live with the diamond being safe from the German empire.

4. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
The perfect formula for Romanticism and historical approaches made Alexandre Dumas' The Three Musketeers a famous French literature. The significant event that the books show happened between France and England. The assassination of the Duke of Buckingham brought a near to war relationship between the two of the greatest nations.

5. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens' famous writing, A Tale of Two Cities, is a tale that focused on the journey of Darnay, the courageous man, to win the heart of Lucie against Carton and his wicked family the Defarge. These characters gave the color in a story that features the two powerful cities during the 1700s which are France and England as they face the revolution and wars within and across their countries.

6. The Aeneid by Virgil
Every country is destined to be found and hailed. This is what Virgil's Aeneid tells in his story about the finding of Rome through the character of Aeneas. Aeneas comes from the fallen city of Troy. He believes he is destined to found Rome as per the gods' prophecies, so Aeneas followed them even in exchange for love and wealth, Dido, his lover offers him. 

7. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Feministic novels have never been out of the market since it won the society's favor, so there is no doubt that Mitchell's bestselling novel Gone with the Wind features the strength of a woman named Scarlett O'Hara. The protagonist is on her journey to find the love of her life while also struggling to survive the wars that broke out in Atlanta. Sadly, the story ends with Scarlett losing her love.

Do you like historical fiction books on this list?

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Last review and update: August 30, 2021
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