I’m on a little bit of a historical fiction kick at the moment – as evidenced by my trip to the library yesterday. What can I say, I’m a sucker for a good book, and libraries are, as always, important to support. Whether they’re your local, your school’s or even your university’s, libraries are, in my opinion, the most valuable resource we have.
Google can’t do what books can, and even if it takes you that little bit longer to find what you’re looking for than you’ve got the bonus of picking up more information along the way.
But my little diatribe about libraries aside: these are the books I got from the library during my latest trip down, on Friday afternoon! This definitely is historical fiction themed, because all of the books I have here all fit into this genre. There’s only five of them, but as I very rarely post hauls anyway, it seems worthwhile to let you know the kind of stuff I’m reading at the moment!
The Winter Crown by Elizabeth Chadwick
And this is why I love my local library. I reviewed The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick back a couple of days ago, and it’s already one of my favourite books I’ve read this year. I mentioned in that review that I wanted to read the next two in the trilogy but I didn’t want to buy them on kindle— well, I found my solution!
This is the second book in Elizabeth Chadwick’s trilogy about Eleanor of Aquitaine, beginning at the beginning of her new husband Henry’s rule of England. I’m not sure what time it ends, or if it’ll even be as good as the first book, but I’m excited to find out!
The Wars of the Roses: Stormbird by Conn Iggulden
This is a period of history I know a little more about – the Wars of the Roses. This is the first book in Conn Iggulden’s Wars of the Roses series, which I actually own the fourth book of. This book begins at the death of Henry V, and the ascension of his son, the notoriously weak and malleable Henry VI, whose incompetency at ruling eventually allows two factions to form in his government.
I’m excited to see if this is as good as I think it will be, because…
The Wars of the Roses: Trinity by Conn Iggulden and The Wars of the Roses: Bloodline by Conn Iggulden
I also picked up the next two books in the series! I’m hoping I’ll be able to get through them all before I have to bring the books back. We will have to wait and see.
Trinity begins at the beginning of Richard, Duke of York’s first Protectorate (when Henry VI falls into a period of madness and the Duke of York rules on behalf of the king), and Bloodlines at the death of the selfsame Duke. I haven’t heard much about this series before, so I’m hoping it’ll be at least somewhat historically accurate.
Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
I read Outlander: Cross Stitch back last year (just Outlander to you American folk) and didn’t really enjoy it all that much. However, I am willing to give the second book another try, and I might even go back and re-read the first book in the series if I enjoy this one. This is a much more lighthearted read than the other books mentioned here, so it’ll be a welcome respite!
Have you read any of these books? If you have, let me know what you thought of them!