There are few things more interesting to me than the many stories we tell ourselves—our history, our propaganda, and our folklore. The historical fantasy genre, the intersection of the above layers, is rich with explorations of those stories.
The Lights of Prague, my debut novel, is set in an 1868 Prague where the quiet cobblestone streets are hiding dark, hungry creatures. It was an exciting challenge to weave my research of the time period—an unsettled one for Prague, which was newly under Austro-Hungarian rule—with my research into Czech folklore.
As we all daydream about travel plans for once pandemic restrictions lift, historical fantasy provides a unique window into another time and place, giving us a magical escape while letting us explore destinations easier to book a flight to than Narnia! Here are five brilliant historical fantasy novels exploring a range of locales—all with their own dose of magic.