The 25 Best Historical Fiction Books of All Time 

There are a lot of great historical fiction books out there but finding them can be hard. When you do find an amazing book, it is only right to binge read all of the author’s books for any other gems. That is why we decided to list the 25 best historical fiction books of all time. Keep reading to see which books made our list! 

The 25 Best Historical Fiction Books of All Time 

You either love historical fiction novels or still haven’t found the one book to convert you into a fan. The good news is there are hundreds if not thousands of amazing books to discover. We have made that task a little easier by listing a few of them. You can see the full list below! 

The 25 Best Historical Fiction Books of All Time 

Classics and More 

Many of these books come into our lives during school. We are required to read many of them such as A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, Beloved by Toni Morrison, and The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. But we also don’t get to read many books that should also be listed as must reads.  

Some of our favorite books on this list include The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, and Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. They cover three different countries and I highly recommend them to anyone who loves historical fiction novels. 


That is all for our 25 best historical fiction books of all time list. What boojs should have been included in the list? Let us know in the comments below. Until next time, happy reading! 

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45 thoughts on “The 25 Best Historical Fiction Books of All Time 

    1. Lrwm says:

      Jane Austin pride and Prejudice, Emma Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility

    2. Lin says:

      I agree, the Good Earth is top notch. I would like to see James Michener’s Poland on the best historical novels list, as well. I’m happy to see I have read 2/3 of the top 20 on the list. I’m grateful to see The Red Tent and Poison wood Bible on there. They are excellent and often overlooked.

  1. Anonymous says:

    The Bible. How could The Bible be left off a list of best historical fiction?

      1. Jane E. Harrison says:

        I love the historical fiction series’ by Eugenia Price. 3-4 books per series. Also the Civil War historical fiction by Michael Phillips & his series known as The Secret of the Rose.

      2. Paul Jacquot says:

        You left out a tremendous amount: Sartre, Kafka, Solzhenitsyn, Ralph Ellison. More to follow.

    1. Samir Mokdad says:

      Gibran Kahlil Gibran book “The Prophet”, the second most read book worldwide after the Bible…

  2. Debra Barna says:

    James Michener!! The Covenent, Centennial, Chesapeake.

  3. Anonymous says:

    The entire 21 volume Aubury/Maturin series by Patrick O’Brien. An account of the British Navy during the Napoleonic wars but also an exploration of every aspect of what it is to be human.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Can’t believe you overlooked “The Killer Angels” by Michael Shaara

  5. Jeep says:

    Life and fate, Vasily Grossman. The reluctant fundamentalist, Mohsin Hamid.

  6. mikeharrisartwork says:

    The Sharpe series, by Bernard Cornwell
    The Hornblower series, by C.S. Forester
    The Killer Angels, by Michael Shaara
    Gates of Fire, by Steven Pressfield

      1. SHAHID SATTAR says:

        Nobody among your readers appears to have read The Tontine. by Thomas B. Costain. lt starts on the day the battle of Waterloo was fought. It should have been included in this list.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Winds of war and war and remembrance. Herman Wouk

  8. Anonymous says:

    All of Dorothy Dunnett, all of Zoe Oldenburg, The Cloister and the Hearth, Lonesome Dove, Kristin Lavransdatter, Sacred Hunger, Jubilee, many books by Mary Renault, I Claudius, The March….so many. .

  9. Kgovert says:

    Any book by Leon Uris, and any book by Marion Zimmer Bradley

  10. Roberta Lisenbee says:

    Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee should be a must read for every American.

  11. Linda says:

    The Earth’s Children series by Jean M. Auel is not on the list. I’ve been reading and rereading this series since the mid 80’s and I never tire of it. It is an epic historical read.

  12. Colleen Sudderth says:

    Morgan’s Run. Colleen McCullough
    A saga that will captivate you

  13. JanisRDaly says:

    Into the Wilderness was written by Sara Donati – not Sara Donation. Please don’t rely on spellcheck.

  14. Anonymous says:

    It’s a sin that Blood Meridian is not on this list.

  15. Anonymous says:

    The Williamsburg series by Elswyth Thane. Follows a family from the American revolutionary war to World Wars.


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