Laurel Corona, “The Mapmaker’s Daughter” (Sourcebooks, 2014)
In North America, the year 1492 is inextricably linked to Columbus’s discovery of the West Indies, funded by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain. But in Spain itself, the year brought two events that at the time appeared more… Read More
Dmitry Chen, “The Pet Hawk of the House of Abbas” (Edward and Dee, 2013)
From the Saxons and Danes warring in the British Isles, this month’s interview skews dramatically eastward and dives back two centuries in time, although the circumstances of war and unrest will seem remarkably familiar. Nanidat, head of the Maniakh trading… Read More
Bernard Cornwell, “The Pagan Lord” (HarperCollins, 2014)
As fans of Uhtred of Bebbanburg know, England in the ninth and tenth centuries is just an idea–a hope held by the kings of Wessex that they may someday unite the lands occupied by the Angles and Saxons, most of… Read More
Libbie Hawker, “The Sekhmet Bed” (Running Rabbit Press, 2013)
Egypt in the Eighteenth Dynasty seems both impossibly distant in time and disconcertingly present. Over 250 years, the dynasty produced several of the rulers best known to modern Western culture: Akhenaten and his wife Nefertiti, Tutankhamen (Tut), and Hatshepsut, the… Read More
Tara Conklin, “The House Girl” (William Morrow, 2013)
Lina Sparrow can’t believe her luck when the boss at her fancy New York law firm offers her a once-in-a-lifetime chance: find a suitable plaintiff for a class-action suit to be lodged against the U.S. government and fifty rich corporations… Read More
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