Fantastical Histories

I love historical fiction and reading about people from and events of the past. What I enjoy even more, though, are books set in the past but with fantastical flourishes – maybe something slightly magical, perhaps with ghosts haunting the scene, or of time traveling contemporaries who end up in a distant era. Are books like this really historical fiction? Are they fantasies or science fiction? Are they something else entirely?

Mer’s Genre-less Historical/Fantasy Fiction Picks:
Gideon the Cutpurse by Linda Buckley-Archer – Follow Peter and Kate as they accidently get stuck in 1760s England, encountering deadly rogues and infamous characters.
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray – The year is 1895 and after the mysterious death of her mother Gemma begins discovering her own magical powers.
Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box by G.P. Taylor – Upon leaving the orphanage in 1886, Mariah takes a job working at the Prince Reagent Hotel, where many employees have disappeared and rumors of a phantom haunt the seaside town.
Seer of Shadows by Avi – Horace Carpetine, a photographer’s apprentice in 1870’s New York, finds himself embroiled in a plot to create “ghost” images, only to have unintentionally released a ghost who is determined to get revenge.
The Entertainer and the Dybbuk by Sid Fleischman – Just after WWII, an untalented ventriloquist discovers he has been possessed by the ghost of a young Jewish boy who was murdered during the Holocaust.

What do you recommend?

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