historical fiction

A Bride’s Story, vol. 5

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The series A Bride’s Story represents “life on the nineteenth-century Silk Road,” according to the publisher’s blurb. The reader travels with an English researcher, Henry Smith, a bespectacled nice guy who asks awkward questions and takes copious notes in his journals. This allows…

Kaze Hikaru, vols. 1-21

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When her father and older brother are murdered by political rebels, fourteen-year-old Tominaga Sei vows vengeance. Taking the sword skills her brother taught her, she disguises herself as a boy named Kamiya Seizaburo and journeys to Kyoto where she joins…

Thermae Romae, vols. 1-2

Roman bath engineer Lucius just wants to contribute to the Empire’s greatness and the happiness of its people, so when he loses his job because his designs are considered outdated, he’s understandably bitter. To cheer him up his friend treats…

Young Miss Holmes: Casebook 1-2

It’s late 19th-century England and 10-year-old Miss Christie spends her days in the company of maids and governesses while her parents are away in India. While she considers herself a proper lady, she also proves to be a problem for…

Gate 7, Volume 2

High school transfer Chikahito has barely spent a day with his mysterious new Kyoto roommates before he again finds himself spectator to a magical battle featuring his pint-sized cheerleader, Hana. Although intervention from another powerful runt postpones the showdown, plenty…

The Earl and the Fairy, vol. 1

Lydia is a fairy doctor and she’s used to being ignored or talked about because no one around her believes that fairies really exist. Why should they? The Victorian Era is a time of progress and advancement. Old beliefs have…

Gate 7, Volume 1

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Four characters — an awkward but relatable boy, a happy-go-lucky boy who looks out for the team, a grave, serious boy, and a love interest — use magic to fight the forces of evil. Sound familiar? That’s because these characters,…

Itsuwaribito, Volume 1

“Someone who steals by sneaking into some place quietly without anyone knowing is called a burglar. Someone who steals by using words to trick someone is called a swindler. Someone who steals by using violence to beat someone up is…

Drifters, vol. 1

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One minute, Shimazu Toyohisa is battling for his lord and his life on the bloody field of Sekigahara. The next, he finds himself standing in a narrow hallway before a bespectacled suit at a desk who abruptly shuttles the confused…

Gate 7, vol. 1

When Tokyo high-schooler and history fanatic Chikahito Takamoto’s long-awaited visit to the ancient city of Kyoto takes a turn for the bizarre, he’s understandably thrown for a loop. In a single step, the venerable shrine grounds vanish, replaced with a…

Kaze Hikaru, vol. 1-3

I have a weakness for stories about cross-dressers. There, I ve said it. Hana-Kimi? Check. Ouran High School Host Club? Check. Tenshi Ja Nai? Check. Love em all. Combine that with my love of historical romance and how could I…

Emma, vol. 1

Emma is a demure lady’s maid with a story that is all too familiar in Victorian London. Without any family of her own, Emma was raised by her mistress, an aging widow with a sharp tongue and a sly sense…

Cantarella, vol. 1

Power, politics, wealth and family legacy have always been an explosive mix. 15th century Italy is a time famous for an especially brutal and devious set of players, including the infamous Borgia family free with poison for their enemies and…