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Subject: Something other than Regency
Date Posted: 4/3/2008 1:08 AM ET
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Don't get me wrong, I love a good "Viscount got the girl" story, but it seems that the majority of historicals that are out there are Regency and I'm in the mood for a break.  I need recommendations of Vikings, Knights, Highland Lairds, Saxons, anything pre-Napoleonic war.  I'm a sad individual who tends to stick out my tongue at reading something with electricity mentioned and I don't think I can handle another gossip-monger, ton bash, or giggling debutante at the moment. :)  

All of you are much more versed in who's good to read, who to avoid than I am and opinions and suggestions would be most appreciated!

Date Posted: 4/3/2008 8:02 AM ET
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Madeline Hunter and Jo Beverley both write terrific medievals.  Try By Possession, By Arrangement, Lord of a Thousand Nights, Lord of My Heart, Dark Champion.

Date Posted: 4/3/2008 8:47 AM ET
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As usual, I recommend Marsha Canham.  Only one of her books is set in the Regency period - and it's good too:P

Date Posted: 4/3/2008 9:38 AM ET
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Have you tried Sandra Hill's viking books, they are good and usually have humor in them!  I've read a couple Claudia Dain books that are medievel and I know one was about Saxons, To Burn I think is the name of it.

Date Posted: 4/3/2008 10:46 AM ET
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Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series is good if you like time travel or romances with somewhat of a magical element. Many are available on PBS. I've got the entire series on my keeper shelf, I enjoyed them that much.

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Date Posted: 4/3/2008 11:59 AM ET
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I second the Madeline Hunter and Marsha Canham recommendations (esp. Pride of Lions and The Last Arrow).  Also, Elizabeth Lowell for a very good medieval series with some mystical themes (Untamed, Forbidden, Enchanted).  Also, If you haven't read Outlander, it's an absolute must-read! 

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Date Posted: 4/3/2008 1:17 PM ET
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Hannah Howell has some good Highlander books.


Date Posted: 4/3/2008 1:18 PM ET
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I third Madeline Hunter -- especially her By series.  Also, I really like early Susan King.

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Date Posted: 4/3/2008 1:39 PM ET
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Thank you so much for the suggestions!  Looks like I have a ton of reading to do, lol. :o)

Date Posted: 4/5/2008 10:39 PM ET
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A fair amount of Lynsay Sands' historicals are medievals. Off the top of my head I can think of THE DEED, THE PERFECT WIFE and THE KEY. Her historicals are usually plentiful around here.

Date Posted: 4/5/2008 11:19 PM ET
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The Maid of Lorne by Terri Brisbin

Julia Latham has a midevil series.  I've only read one and it's pretty good. 

Date Posted: 4/6/2008 12:32 AM ET
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I agree with all of Willa's recommendations.  Also, try some new authors,  really liked books by both I just read -Paula Quinn (Laird of the Mist) and Catherine Kean (My Lady's Treasure).  For Vikings, I loved Diana Groe's books - Maidensong and Erinsong.