Saturday, April 9, 2016

Upcoming Historical Fiction

Ravenspur: Rise of the Tudors (The Wars of the Roses) by Conn Iggulden

UK Release Date: 19 May 2016
US Release Date: TBA

The Wars of the Roses is the extraordinary series spanning the thirty-year-long civil war when two families, the Yorks and the Lancasters, ripped England apart during one of the most bloody and brutal periods of British history.

The fourth and final novel in Conn Iggulden's epic War of the Roses series. The season of vengeance has begun.

Blood of the Innocents by Michael Jecks

Release Date: August 25, 2016

The third thrilling novel in the Vintener trilogy from the master of historical adventure, Michael Jecks, focuses on the years after the Siege of Calais during the Hundred Years’ War—perfect for fans of Bernard Cornwell and Conn Iggulden.

Following the events in Fields of Glory and Blood on the Sand, this powerful conclusion to the Vintener trilogy continues the action ten years after winning Calais. During this time, the men have endured the plague and witnessed other tribulations, and now they must engage in the incredible battle of Poitiers. Tightly plotted, and packed with rich historical detail, Jecks brings the epic events of real history to vivid life in Blood of the Innocents.

Ithaca: A Novel of Homer's Odyssey by Patrick Dillon

Release Date: July 5, 2016

Telemachus’s father, Odysseus, went off to war before he was born … and never came back. Aged sixteen, Telemachus finds himself abandoned, his father’s house overrun with men pursuing his beautiful mother, Penelope, and devouring the family’s wealth. He determines to leave Ithaca, his island home, and find the truth. What really happened to his father? Was Odysseus killed on his journey home from the war? Or might he, one day, return to take his revenge?

Telemachus's journey takes him across the landscape of bronze-age Greece in the aftermath of the great Trojan war. Veterans hide out in the hills. Chieftains, scarred by war, hoard their treasure in luxurious palaces. Ithaca re-tells Homer’s famous poem, The Odyssey, from the point of view of Odysseus’ resourceful and troubled son, describing Odysseus’s extraordinary voyage from Troy to the gates of hell, and Telemachus’s own journey from boyhood to the desperate struggle that wins back his home … and his father.

This Was a Man (The Clifton Chronicles Book 7) by Jeffrey Archer

UK Release Date: 3 November 2016
US Release Date: November 8, 2016

Harry Clifton sets out to write his magnum opus, while his wife Emma completes her ten years as Chairman of the Bristol Royal Infirmary, and receives an unexpected call from Margaret Thatcher offering her a job.

Sebastian Clifton becomes chairman of Farthings Kaufman bank, but only after Hakim Bishara has to resign for personal reasons. Sebastian and Samantha's talented daughter, Jessica, is expelled from the Slade School of Fine Art, but her aunt Grace comes to her rescue.

Meanwhile, Lady Virginia is about to flee the country to avoid her creditors when the Duchess of Hertford dies, and she sees another opportunity to clear her debts and finally trump the Cliftons and Barringtons.

In a devastating twist, tragedy engulfs the Clifton family when one of them receives a shocking diagnosis that will throw all their lives into turmoil.

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