Discussion Forums - Historical Fiction

Topic: 2013 Upcoming Releases

Club rule - Please, if you cannot be courteous and respectful, do not post in this forum.
Page:   Unlock Forum posting with Annual Membership.
Subject: 2013 Upcoming Releases
Date Posted: 4/4/2012 6:16 PM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2007
Posts: 849
Back To Top

Shadow+of+the+Wolf.jpg This one is a little different...

Shadow of the Wolf by Tim Hall.  UK release February 7, 2013.
 
So many tales have already been told of Robin Hood. Already he's the hero with a thousand faces. First, forget everything you've heard. Robin was no prince, and he was no dispossessed lord; he didn't fight in the Crusades; he never gave a penny to the poor.

His real name wasn't even Robin Hood. Marian called him that as a kind of joke. Sir Robin of the Hood. A name Robin would cling to when he was losing grip of everything else. Mind you, one thing you've heard is true. He was blind.

No, that's not right. Let me put that another way. Truer to say, Robin Hood didn't see with his eyes. In fact he was the only one who saw clearly in this place of illusion and lies.

The first book of the trilogy, Shadow of the Wolf, is set in Sherwood Forest in medieval England. In it, Tim Hall presents a Robin Hood more heroic and horrific than ever before: a fourteen-year-old, blind, ruthless assassin and elemental creature of the forest, hell-bent on a mission to avenge his father's death and the brutal abduction of his soul mate Marian. It is a breathtakingly original - and utterly compelling - retelling of the Robin Hood legend.

 
Date Posted: 4/4/2012 6:18 PM ET
Member Since: 7/15/2008
Posts: 4,035
Back To Top

Definitely different. I'll pass.

Date Posted: 4/4/2012 6:30 PM ET
Member Since: 3/14/2009
Posts: 9,174
Back To Top

Robin the Werewolf?

Date Posted: 4/5/2012 7:34 AM ET
Member Since: 12/10/2005
Posts: 2,851
Back To Top

Sounds more like YA fiction to me. I'll wait for the reviews.

Date Posted: 4/5/2012 4:13 PM ET
Member Since: 1/12/2008
Posts: 1,356
Back To Top

Oh, boy....we're onto 2013 releases ALREADY???? Yikes. Sigh. <she heads off to order a new bookshelf>

Date Posted: 4/5/2012 5:53 PM ET
Member Since: 7/22/2009
Posts: 2,617
Back To Top

....we're onto 2013 releases ALREADY???? Yikes.

My sentiments exactly...unfortunately, I have no room for another bookshelf (ETA: but I would find room for this one.)



Last Edited on: 4/5/12 9:12 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/7/2012 5:15 PM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2007
Posts: 849
Back To Top
The Chalice by Nancy Bilyeau.  UK release February 7, 2013.  
 
For Joanna Stafford, life will never be the same again. She once thought she would find meaning and purpose as a nun at Dartford Priory - but across England, the monasteries and priories' days are numbered, and that way of life is reaching an end. And for Joanna, having been entangled with the royal court and caught up in its deadly power-plots, her life now looks very different. But the quiet life is not for Joanna. Soon she risks arrest and imprisonment again, when she is drawn into a conspiracy of aristocrats seeking to overturn Henry VIII. 
 
After the suspects are thrown into the Tower of London and Joanna's desperate attempt to protect the corpse of Saint Thomas Becket fails, she must make a choice between those she cares for most and taking her place in a prophecy foretold by three different seers, each more powerful than the last. At first Joanna chooses peace, with a man who loves her. But yet another shattering edict from Henry VIII destroys her chance at happiness. To learn the final, sinister piece of the prophecy, she flees across Europe with an amoral spy sent by Spain. Should Joanna agree, the life of Henry VIII as well as the future of Christendom are in her hands, hands which must someday hold...the chalice. 
Date Posted: 5/7/2012 9:27 PM ET
Member Since: 3/14/2009
Posts: 9,174
Back To Top

Oooh,  Daphne that sounds good!

Date Posted: 5/24/2012 2:03 PM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2007
Posts: 849
Back To Top
Becoming Valley Forge by Sheilah Vance.  US release January 7, 2013.
 
This epic historical novel shows how the lives of ordinary men and women who lived in the shadow of Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, were changed forever beginning in early 1777, when the Revolutionary War battles came to their doorsteps, leading them and their loved ones to Valley Forge from winter 1777 through summer 1778.
 
 James, a former slave, lives as a blacksmith on Rebel Hill, with his patriot friend, Fred. Both are reluctant to volunteer for the army because they need their wages. But ten days later, they join the march to Valley Forge. An outraged farmer s daughter. Becky, builds a network of women from the local area and the colonies to support the troops after both brothers enlist and fight in the Battle of Paoli. Her sister, Sue, who runs a brothel in Philadelphia that services many British officers during their occupation of the city, becomes a patriot spy. Their paths converge at Valley Forge, where General George Washington s Continental Army, a young nation, and the fascinating characters in the book are forced to grow and become what we mean when we say Valley Forge. 
Date Posted: 5/24/2012 2:04 PM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2007
Posts: 849
Back To Top
Rebranding+Rule.jpg Rebranding Rule:  The Restoration and Revolution Monarchy 1660-1714 by Kevin Sharpe.  Non-fiction.  US and UK release January 8, 2013.  
 
 In the climactic part of his three-book series exploring the importance of public image in the Tudor and Stuart monarchies, Kevin Sharpe employs a remarkable interdisciplinary approach that draws on literary studies and art history as well as political, cultural, and social history to show how this preoccupation with public representation met the challenge of dealing with the aftermath of Cromwell's interregnum and Charles II's restoration, and how the irrevocably changed cultural landscape was navigated by the sometimes astute yet equally fallible Stuart monarchs and their successors. 
Date Posted: 5/24/2012 2:06 PM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2007
Posts: 849
Back To Top
The+Italian+Woman.jpg The Italian Woman by Jean Plaidy.  US and UK reissue January 13, 2013.
 
When Catherine de’ Medici was forced to marry Henry of Orleans, her heart was not the only one that was broken. Jeanne of Navarre once dreamed of marrying this same prince, but like Catherine, she must comply with France’s political needs. And so both Catherine and Jeanne’s lives are set on unwanted paths, destined to cross in affairs of state, love, and faith, driving them to become deadly political rivals.
 
Years later Jeanne is happily married to the dashing but politically inept Antoine de Bourbon. But the widowed Catherine is now the ambitious mother of princes, who will do anything to see her beloved second son, Henry, rule France. As civil war ravages the country and Jeanne fights for the Huguenot cause, Catherine advances along her unholy road, making enemies at every turn. 
Date Posted: 6/5/2012 10:49 PM ET
Member Since: 6/1/2007
Posts: 1,891
Back To Top

Not sure if this has been mentioned in another thread but.......

1356: Go with God but Fight Like the Devil by Bernard Cornwell (Jan 8th)

Thomas of Hookton, a veteran of Crecy and many other battles, is the leader of a mercenary company of bowmen and men-at-arms who ravage the countryside east of Gascony. Edward, Prince of Wales, later to be known as the Black Prince, is assembling an army to fight the French once more but before Thomas can join, he must fulfil an urgent task. La Malice, a sword of mythical power guaranteeing victory to its owner, is thought to be concealed somewhere near Poitiers. With signs that a battle between the English and the French is looming others are seeking the treasure too, and some – French, Scots and even English – are pursuing their private agendas against Thomas. But all – Thomas of Hookton, his enemies and friends and the fate of La Malice – become swept up in the extraordinary confrontation that follows, as the large French army faces the heavily outnumbered English in battle.

ETA: Found where Daphne posted the UK Release date in the 2012 thread.  Now we know when it's coming to the US smiley



Last Edited on: 6/5/12 10:52 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/6/2012 9:22 PM ET
Member Since: 3/23/2008
Posts: 2,458
Back To Top

This one is great news, but I hope it doesn't delay Uhtred!!

Date Posted: 6/20/2012 7:41 PM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2007
Posts: 849
Back To Top
The+Alterpiece.jpg The Alterpiece by Sarah Kennedy .  UK release March 7, 2013.
 
It is 1535 and in the tumultuous years of King Henry VIII's break from Rome, the religious houses of England are being seized by force. Twenty-year-old Catherine Havens is a foundling and the adopted daughter of the prioress of the Priory of Mount Grace in a small Yorkshire village. Catherine, like her adoptive mother, has a gift for healing, and she is widely sought and admired for her knowledge. Catherine's hopes for a place at court have been dashed by the king's divorce, and she has reluctantly taken the veil. In the remote North, the nuns enjoy the freedoms unavailable to other women. England is their home, but the times have changed, and now the few remaining nuns dread the arrival of the priory's new owner, Robert Overton. 
 
When the priory's costly altarpiece goes missing, Catherine and her friend Ann Smith find themselves under increased suspicion. Only the illness of Robert's brother, William, preserves the nuns from immediate expulsion and arrest. Catherine heals him, and when she undertakes a quest across England, he offers to accompany her and Ann. They visit the deposed queen, and during their journey to uncover the truth, Catherine begins to doubt her church and her God. She finds herself drawn to William, even though he has spoken his oath to the crown and serves her greatest enemy. King Henry VIII's soldiers have not had their fill of destruction, and when they return to Mount Grace to destroy the priory, Catherine must choose between the sacred calling of her past and the man who may represent her country's future. 
Date Posted: 6/29/2012 2:15 PM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2007
Posts: 849
Back To Top
Shadow on the Crown by Patricia Bracewell.  US and UK release February 7, 2013.
 
 
A rich tale of power and forbidden love revolving around a young medieval queen
 
In 1002, sixteen¬-year-old Emma of Normandy crosses the Narrow Sea to wed the much older King Athelred of England, whom she meets for the first time at the cathedral door. Thrust into an unfamiliar and treacherous court, with a husband who sees her as a nuisance  and a rival who will stop at nothing to steal her crown, the only way for Emma to secure her status as queen is to give birth to a son.
 
Clever and independent, Emma is determined to make the best of her difficult situation. She wins a few friends at court and is soon adored by her subjects for her generosity. But her growing love for a man who is not her husband and the imminent threat of a Viking invasion jeopardize both her crown and her life.
 
Based on real events recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Shadow on the Crown introduces readers to a fascinating, overlooked period of history and an unforgettable heroine whose quest to find her place in the world will resonate with modern readers.   
Date Posted: 6/29/2012 2:16 PM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2007
Posts: 849
Back To Top

After+Rome.jpg After Rome:  A Novel of Celtic Britain by Morgan Llywelyn.  US and UK release February 19, 2013.


Anarchy rules in Britannia as the Roman Empire collapses,
and two men fight to build stable lives among the chaos

After more than four hundred years of Roman rule, the island its conquerors called Britannia was abandoned—left to its own devices as the Roman empire contracted in a futile effort to defend itself from the barbarian hordes encroaching upon its heart. As Britannia falls into anarchy and the city of Viroconium is left undefended, two cousins who remained behind when the imperial forces withdrew pursue very different courses in the ensuing struggle to unite the disparate tribes and factions throughout the land.

Passionate, adventurous Dinas recruits followers and dreams of kingship. Thoughtful Cadogan saves a group of citizens when Saxons invade and burn Viroconium, then becomes the reluctant founder and leader of a new community that rises in the wilderness. The two cousins could not be more different, but their parallel stories encapsulate the era of a new civilization struggling to be born.
 

Date Posted: 6/29/2012 2:17 PM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2007
Posts: 849
Back To Top
The Turncoat by Donna Thorland.  US and UK release March 5, 2013.
 
(from the author's website):  They are lovers on opposite sides of a brutal war, with everything at stake and no possibility of retreat.  They can trust no one–especially not each other.
 
Major Lord Peter Tremayne is the last man rebel bluestocking Kate Grey should fall in love with, but when the handsome British viscount commandeers her home, Kate throws caution to the wind and responds to his seduction. She is on the verge of surrender when a spy in her own household seizes the opportunity to steal the military dispatches Tremayne carries, ensuring his disgrace—and implicating Kate in high treason. Painfully awakened to the risks of war, Kate determines to put duty ahead of desire, and offers General Washington her services as an undercover agent in the City of Brotherly Love. 
 
Months later, having narrowly escaped court martial and hanging, Tremayne returns to decadent, British-occupied Philadelphia with no stomach for his current assignment—to capture the woman he believes betrayed him. Nor does he relish the glittering entertainments being held for General Howe’s idle officers. Worse, the glamorous woman in the midst of this social whirl, the fiancée of his own dissolute cousin, is none other than Kate Grey herself. And so begins their dangerous dance, between passion and patriotism, between certain death and the promise of a brave new future together. 
Date Posted: 6/29/2012 2:18 PM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2007
Posts: 849
Back To Top
What Darkness Brings by C.S. Harris.  US and UK release March 5, 2013.
 
The death of a notorious London diamond merchant draws aristocratic investigator Sebastian St. Cyr and his new wife Hero into a sordid world of greed, desperation, and the occult, when the husband of Sebastian’s former lover Kat Boleyn is accused of the murder.
 
 
Regency England, September 1812: After a long night spent dealing with the tragic death of a former military comrade, a heart-sick Sebastian learns of a new calamity: Russell Yates, the dashing, one-time privateer who married Kat a year ago, has been found standing over the corpse of Benjamin Eisler, a wealthy gem dealer. Yates insists he is innocent, but he will surely hang unless Sebastian can unmask the real killer.
 
 
For the sake of Kat, the woman he once loved and lost, Sebastian plunges into a treacherous circle of intrigue. Although Eisler’s clients included the Prince Regent and the Emperor Napoleon, he was a despicable man with many enemies and a number of dangerous, well-kept secrets—including a passion for arcane texts and black magic. Central to the case is a magnificent blue diamond, believed to have once formed part of the French crown jewels, which disappeared on the night of Eisler’s death. As Sebastian traces the diamond’s ownership, he uncovers links that implicate an eccentric, powerful financier named Hope and stretch back into the darkest days of the French Revolution.
 
 
When the killer grows ever more desperate and vicious, Sebastian finds his new marriage to Hero tested by the shadows of his first love, especially when he begins to suspect that Kat is keeping secrets of her own. And as matters rise to a crisis, Sebastian must face a bitter truth--that he has been less than open with the fearless woman who is now his wife.

 
Date Posted: 6/29/2012 2:19 PM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2007
Posts: 849
Back To Top
Shakespeare's Rebel by C.C. Humphreys.  UK release March 7, 2013.
 
(From the author’s website):  Book is about Shakespeare’s fight arranger - an oft drunk, brilliant swordsman and wannabe actor, John Lawley. All set in and around London 1599-1601 it will be about the Globe theatre, the Earl of Essex’s attempted coup and the first production of Hamlet. With swords!

 
Date Posted: 6/29/2012 2:20 PM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2007
Posts: 849
Back To Top
The Secret History:  A Novel of Theodora by Stephanie Thornton.  UK release July 2, 2013.
 
(From the author's website):  A theater-tart turned Constantinople's premier courtesan must decide what's more important:  pleasing the emperor who claims to love her or keeping the son he can never know about. 
Date Posted: 7/2/2012 7:17 PM ET
Member Since: 9/21/2009
Posts: 1,170
Back To Top

I hate being patient....I really, really want to add that Thorland to my wl but I can't get any info to come up......

Thanks for keeping us updated Daphne!

Jan

Date Posted: 7/3/2012 7:41 AM ET
Member Since: 12/10/2005
Posts: 2,851
Back To Top

Jan, These ISBNs might help. 0451415396 and 9780451415394.

Date Posted: 7/3/2012 10:15 AM ET
Member Since: 9/21/2009
Posts: 1,170
Back To Top

OOOh-thank you Genie!  Off to add....

Date Posted: 7/3/2012 10:54 AM ET
Member Since: 5/3/2008
Posts: 10,300
Back To Top

I've been trying to put The Chalice by Bilyeau on my PBS WL but nothing comes up on there or on Amazon even though I have an ISBN from Book Depository!!! grrrr.

Date Posted: 7/4/2012 8:48 AM ET
Member Since: 12/10/2005
Posts: 2,851
Back To Top

Jeanne, I've noticed that PBS isn't consistent about adding new UK releases. I've had better luck when the book also has a US release.

Page: