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.
The Confessions of Young Nero
by Margaret George
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.
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.
Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions: A Kopp Sisters Novel
by Amy Stewart