Historical Fiction Books

Travel to another time and place through our historical fiction books including new releases, bestsellers, and bookseller favorites.

Historical Fiction Finds

A new imagining of the past set in a real place and time • A mix of actual events and ones from the author’s imagination as they fill in the gaps. Characters can be pure fiction or based on real people (or both).

Historical fiction is a genre in which a fictional story takes place in a past setting .setting. There are three main components that make up historical fiction:

  • A new imagining of the past set in a real place in time.
  • A mix of actual events and ones from the author’s imagination as they fill in the gaps.
  • Characters that are of pure fiction of based on real people (or both).

In historical fiction books, the time period plays an important part in telling the story during which it is set. You can see how big a role setting plays in historical fiction in books like Diana Gabaldon's Dragonfly in Amber or Jacqueline Winspear's The White Lady.

And not all historical fiction has to take place centuries ago. Historical fiction books like Malibu Rising takes place in the 1980s. Historical fiction comes in all genres, from historical romance and thrillers to mystery, fantasy and more!