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2018 Reading List: The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker

At ALA Midwinter, the Reading List Council announced the 2018 selections of the Reading List, an annual best-of list comprising eight different fiction genres for adult readers. The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker (Harper, 2017) was selected as the winner of the Historical Fiction category.

In The Half-Drowned King, Viking raider Rangvald seeks revenge and his inheritance, while his sister Svanhild’s path to freedom lies with Rangvald’s mortal enemy. This epic tale of uneasy alliances, set in 9th century Scandinavia, offers action, intrigue, and historical detail. Click here to read an excerpt.

Below, check out the shortlisted titles for the Historical Fiction category, as well as read-alike titles for The Half-Drowned King.

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The Confessions of Young Nero

by Margaret George

The newest novel from the New York Times bestselling author, in which she turns her gaze on Emperor Nero, one of the most notorious and misunderstood figures in history.

Berkley, 2017.

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Click for a Reading Guide.

Click to Read the Booklist Review.

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Pachinko

by Min Jin Lee

Profoundly moving and gracefully told, Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them. Betrayed by her wealthy lover, Sunja finds unexpected salvation when a young tubercular minister offers to marry her and bring her to Japan to start a new life.

Grand Central Publishing, 2017.

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Click to Listen to an Audio Sample.

Click for a Reading Guide.

Click to Read the Booklist Starred Review.

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Golden Hill

by Francis Spufford

The spectacular first novel from acclaimed nonfiction author Francis Spufford follows the adventures of a mysterious young man in mid-eighteenth century Manhattan, thirty years before the American Revolution.

Scribner, 2017.

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Click for a Reading Guide.

Click to Read the Booklist Starred Review.

9780544409996

Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions: A Kopp Sisters Novel

by Amy Stewart

The bestselling author of Girl Waits with Gun and Lady Cop Makes Trouble continues her extraordinary journey into the real lives of the forgotten but fabulous Kopp sisters.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.

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Click to Read the Booklist Review.

Read-alike Titles for The Half-Drowned King

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