books, historical fantasy, mentor texts

Book Review: Invictus by Ryan Graudin

Invictus by Ryan Graudin Little, Brown, September 2017 Genre: YA, Historical Fiction, Historical Fantasy (Time Travel) Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time traveler from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in ancient Rome, Far's very existence defies the laws of nature. All he's ever wanted was to explore history… Continue reading Book Review: Invictus by Ryan Graudin

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books, historical fantasy, historical fiction

Book Review: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken Disney-Hyperion, January 2016 Genre: YA, Historical Fiction, Historical Fantasy (Time Travel) Passage, n. i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes. ii. A journey by water; a voyage. iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time. In one devastating night, violin… Continue reading Book Review: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

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Book Review: A Tyranny of Petticoats edited by Jessica Spotswood

A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers & Other Badass Girls edited by Jessica Spotswood Candlewick Press, March 2016 Genre: YA, Historical Fiction (with some Fantasy) From an impressive sisterhood of YA writers comes an edge-of-your-seat anthology of historical fiction and fantasy featuring a diverse array of daring heroines. Criss-cross America — on… Continue reading Book Review: A Tyranny of Petticoats edited by Jessica Spotswood

19th century, 20th century, books, dreams, historical fantasy

Lair of Dreams and the American Dream (Spoilers)

Just as I was starting school at the end of August, Libba Bray's long-awaited Lair of Dreams hit shelves. It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of pretty much anything she writes, and The Diviners, a sprawling historical thriller set in the 1920s, set my expectations high for her new series. Luckily, Lair of Dreams delivers, delving into fascinating… Continue reading Lair of Dreams and the American Dream (Spoilers)

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(Some of) My Favorite Books: YA Historical Fantasy

Writing about some of my favorite YA historicals got me thinking about my other favorite genre: historical fantasy. There's something so freeing and fun about a great fantasy romp through, say, an alternate London, where girls wield formidable magical powers and the dead come back to life. I've touched on a few YA historical fantasies in my… Continue reading (Some of) My Favorite Books: YA Historical Fantasy

17th century, books, historical fantasy, worldbuilding

Responsibility in Writing Historical Fantasy

In keeping with my study of historical fantasy, I just finished Brandon Sanderson's The Rithmatist, on Josh's suggestion. He's a huge Brandon Sanderson fan, and this YA novel sounded right up my alley. It was a lot of fun, with an intriguing world and compelling plot. But the book's attempt to integrate colonial American history within… Continue reading Responsibility in Writing Historical Fantasy