Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Fantasy - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Historical Fantasy. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Fantasy - August 2021

2020 NYPL Best Books of the Year  2020 Oprah.com Best Books of the Year  2020 NPR Best Book of the Year  2020 Amazon.com Best Books of the Year  2020 Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year 2021 Locus Awards - Nominee 2020 Barnes and Noble Best New Books of the Year   "Narrator Julia Whelan's performance is unforgettable in this darkly romantic fantasy about one young woman cursed always to be forgotten.... Her depiction of the darkness is smooth with a low cadence, capturing listeners' attention and their heart strings." ( Booklist ) In the vein of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Life After Life , The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is New York Times best-selling author V. E. Schwab’s genre-defying tour de force.  A life no one will remember. A story you will never forget. France, 1714: In a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever - and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world. But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name. NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER USA TODAY BEST SELLER NATIONAL INDIE BEST SELLER THE WASHINGTON POST BEST SELLER A Macmillan Audio production from Tor Books  "This epic story, spanning three centuries and two continents, is expertly narrated by Julia Whelan.... This is a transporting listen, and these characters will stick with you for a long time." ( Bookpage , starred review)

  • Author: V. E. Schwab
  • Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fantasy, Epic

                 

2. The Second Blind Son (The Chronicles of Saylok)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Fantasy - August 2021

A lost girl and a blind boy discover their greatest strength is their bond with each other in a beguiling fantasy by the New York Times bestselling author of The First Girl Child . An insidious curse is weakening the Norse kingdom of Saylok, where no daughters have been born in years. Washing up on these plagued shores is Ghisla, an orphaned stowaway nursed back to health by Hod, a blind cave dweller. Named for a mysterious god, Hod is surrounded by prophecy. To Ghisla, he’s a cherished new friend, but to Hod, the girl is much more. For when Ghisla sings, Hod can see. Unable to offer safe shelter, Hod urges Ghisla onward to become a daughter of the temple, where all the kingdom’s girl children have been gathered. But because of a magical rune, the two cannot be separated, no matter the time or the distance. Now, subject to a ruthless king, Ghisla enters a desperate world of warring clan chieftains and catastrophic power struggles. Uncertain whom to trust, their bond strained by dangerous secrets and feuding loyalties, Ghisla and Hod must confront the prophecies that threaten Saylok while finding a way to save each other.

  • Author: Amy Harmon
  • Publisher: 47North (July 20, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Science Fiction & Fantasy

                 

3. Song of the Forever Rains (The Mousai Book 1)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Fantasy - August 2021

From the award-winning author of the Dreamland series comes a new dark romantic fantasy about a young woman finding hope in her powers of destruction. The Thief Kingdom is a place hidden within the world of Aadilor. Many whisper of its existence, but few have found this place, where magic and pleasure abound. There, the mysterious Thief King reigns supreme with the help of the Mousai, a trio of revered and feared sorceresses. Larkyra Bassette may be the youngest of the Mousai, but when she sings her voice has the power to slay monsters. When it’s discovered the Duke of Lachlan is siphoning a poisonous drug from the Thief Kingdom and using it to abuse his tenants, Larkyra is offered her first solo mission to stop the duke. Eager to prove herself, Larkyra accepts by posing as the duke’s potential bride. But her plans grow complicated when she finds herself drawn to Lord Darius Mekenna, Lachlan’s rightful heir. Soon she suspects Darius has his own motivations for ridding Lachlan of the corrupt duke. Larkyra and Darius must learn to trust each other if there is to be any hope of saving the people of Lachlan—and themselves. Welcome to the world of Aadilor, where lords and ladies can be murderers and thieves, and the most alluring notes are often the deadliest. Dare to listen?

  • Author: E.J. Mellow
  • Publisher: Montlake (July 1, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Science Fiction & Fantasy

                 

4. Spellbreaker


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Fantasy - August 2021

A world of enchanted injustice needs a disenchanting woman in an all-new fantasy series by the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Paper Magician . The orphaned Elsie Camden learned as a girl that there were two kinds of wizards in the world: those who pay for the power to cast spells and those, like her, born with the ability to break them. But as an unlicensed magic user, her gift is a crime. Commissioned by an underground group known as the Cowls, Elsie uses her spellbreaking to push back against the aristocrats and help the common man. She always did love the tale of Robin Hood. Elite magic user Bacchus Kelsey is one elusive spell away from his mastership when he catches Elsie breaking an enchantment. To protect her secret, Elsie strikes a bargain. She’ll help Bacchus fix unruly spells around his estate if he doesn’t turn her in. Working together, Elsie’s trust in—and fondness for—the handsome stranger grows. So does her trepidation about the rise in the murders of wizards and the theft of the spellbooks their bodies leave behind. For a rogue spellbreaker like Elsie, there’s so much to learn about her powers, her family, the intriguing Bacchus, and the untold dangers shadowing every step of a journey she’s destined to complete. But will she uncover the mystery before it’s too late to save everything she loves?

  • Author: Charlie N. Holmberg
  • Publisher: 47North (November 1, 2020)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Teen & Young Adult

                 

5. Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone: Outlander, Book 9


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Fantasy - August 2021

Number one New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon returns with the newest novel in the epic Outlander series. The past may seem the safest place to be... but it is the most dangerous time to be alive.... Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall were torn apart by the Jacobite Rising in 1746, and it took them 20 years to find each other again. Now the American Revolution threatens to do the same. It is 1779, and Claire and Jamie are at last reunited with their daughter, Brianna, her husband, Roger, and their children on Fraser’s Ridge. Having the family together is a dream the Frasers had thought impossible. Yet, even in the North Carolina backcountry, the effects of war are being felt. Tensions in the Colonies are great, and local feelings run hot enough to boil Hell’s teakettle. Jamie knows loyalties among his tenants are split, and it won’t be long until the war is on his doorstep. Brianna and Roger have their own worry: that the dangers that provoked their escape from the 20th century might catch up to them. Sometimes, they question whether risking the perils of the 1700s - among them disease, starvation, and an impending war - was indeed the safer choice for their family. Not so far away, young William Ransom is still coming to terms with the discovery of his true father’s identity - and thus his own - and Lord John Grey has reconciliations to make, and dangers to meet...on his son’s behalf and his own. Meanwhile, the Revolutionary War creeps ever closer to Fraser’s Ridge. And with the family finally together, Jamie and Claire have more at stake than ever before.

  • Author: Diana Gabaldon
  • Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fantasy, Historical

                 



6. A Little Hatred


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Fantasy - August 2021

The New York Times best-selling first book in Joe Abercrombie's The Age of Madness Trilogy where the age of the machine dawns, but the age of magic refuses to die. The chimneys of industry rise over Adua, and the world seethes with new opportunities. But old scores run deep as ever. On the blood-soaked borders of Angland, Leo dan Brock struggles to win fame on the battlefield, and defeat the marauding armies of Stour Nightfall. He hopes for help from the crown. But King Jezal's son, the feckless Prince Orso, is a man who specializes in disappointments. Savine dan Glokta - socialite, investor, and daughter of the most feared man in the Union - plans to claw her way to the top of the slag-heap of society by any means necessary. But the slums boil over with a rage that all the money in the world cannot control. The age of the machine dawns, but the age of magic refuses to die. With the help of the mad hillwoman Isern-i-Phail, Rikke struggles to control the blessing, or the curse, of the Long Eye. Glimpsing the future is one thing, but with the guiding hand of the First of the Magi still pulling the strings, changing it will be quite another.... For more from Joe Abercrombie, check out: The First Law Trilogy: The Blade Itself Before They Are Hanged Last Argument of Kings Best Served Cold The HeroesRed Country The Shattered Sea Trilogy: Half a King Half a World Half a War

  • Author: Joe Abercrombie
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Fantasy

                 

7. Outlander: Outlander, Book 1


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Fantasy - August 2021

This stunning blend of historical romance and time traveling adventure has captured the hearts of millions of readers around the world and catapulted author Diana Gabaldon to the top of the New York Times best seller list. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. Their blissful reunion is shattered when she touches a boulder in an ancient stone ruin and is instantly transported to 1743 Scotland, a place torn by war and raiding border clans. Will Claire find her way back to her own time, or is her destiny forever linked with Clan MacKenzie and the gallant James Fraser?

  • Author: Diana Gabaldon
  • Genre: Romance, Historical, Scottish

                 

8. Knight's Ransom (The First Argentines Book 1)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Fantasy - August 2021

“Jeff Wheeler has always been one of our more dependable storytellers. Knight’s Ransom adds to his reputation. A fine page-turner.” —Terry Brooks, New York Times bestselling author. From Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jeff Wheeler comes an epic new series of warring kingdoms, deadly family rivalries, and fearless loyalty, set in the world of Kingfountain. Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown. A brutal war of succession has plunged the court of Kingfountain into a power struggle between a charitable king who took the crown unlawfully and his ambitious rival, Devon Argentine. The balance of power between the two men hinges on the fate of a young boy ensnared in this courtly intrigue. A boy befittingly nicknamed Ransom. When the Argentine family finally rules, Ransom must make his own way in the world. Opportunities open and shut before him as he journeys along the path to knighthood, blind to a shadowy conspiracy of jealousy and revenge. Securing his place will not be easy, nor will winning the affection of Lady Claire de Murrow, a fiery young heiress from an unpredictably mad kingdom. Ransom interrupts an abduction plot targeting the Queen of Ceredigion and earns a position in service to her son, the firstborn of the new Argentine dynasty. But conflict and treachery threaten the family, and Ransom must also come to understand and hone his burgeoning powers—abilities that involve more than his mastery with a blade and that make him as much a target as his lord.

  • Author: Jeff Wheeler
  • Publisher: 47North (January 26, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Science Fiction & Fantasy

                 

9. The Goldsmith's Conspiracy (Glass and Steele Book 13)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Fantasy - August 2021

THE GOLDSMITH’S CONSPIRACY is the final book in the bestselling Glass and Steele series. To see why readers rave about the series, start at the beginning with THE WATCHMAKER’S DAUGHTER. Tensions between the artless and magicians are flaring, but India and Matt discover someone is deliberately fuelling the flames. Relentlessly pursuing his own agenda, Lord Coyle employs the former master of the Watchmaker’s Guild to make trouble and be a thorn in India’s side. But India has the ear of the government now, and her own political influence is growing, something which pushes Lord Coyle over the edge. He plots his revenge by murdering a jeweler and casting blame onto someone very important to Matt and India. As they scramble to prove Coyle was the real killer before the accused is hanged, they learn the extent of Coyle’s influence and the true motive behind his actions. With a problem too big to solve alone, India and Matt draw on aid from their friends. But it’s old enemies who cause the biggest crisis of all. Read the exhilarating conclusion to the USA Today bestselling series.

  • Author: C.J. Archer
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

                 

10. A Discovery of Witches: A Novel


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Fantasy - August 2021

Audiobook one of the New York Times best-selling All Souls Trilogy - "a wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter and Twilight” ( People ).     Now “a hot show that’s like Twilight meets Outlander ” ( Thrillist ) streaming on Sundance Now and Shudder and coming to television this April on AMC and BBC America.  Deborah Harkness’ sparkling debut, A Discovery of Witches , has brought her into the spotlight and galvanized fans around the world. In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar and a descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782, deep in Oxford's Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates with her leading man, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont.  Harkness has created a universe to rival those of Anne Rice, Diana Gabaldon, and Elizabeth Kostova, and she adds a scholar's depth to this riveting tale of magic and suspense. The story continues in audiobook two, Shadow of Night , and concludes with The Book of Life .

  • Author: Deborah Harkness
  • Genre: Audible Books & Originals, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fantasy, Paranormal & Urban, Paranormal