What makes the best historical fiction series? Something that both engages and entertains. As readers, we want to be enthralled with details and lively characters, and this genre does just that.
My love for historical fiction began in high school. While my peers preferred English and music, history class was my favorite. What can I say? My family always stressed the importance of learning about past and present events.
Historical fiction branched out to become my favorite reading genre. It has everything: compelling drama, moving characters, and accurate descriptions of our changing world. Thanks to our evolving knowledge of multicultural communities, historical fiction series have diverse characters at the forefront.
15 Best Historical Fiction Series
The following series feature diverse characters embedded in history. I’m so thankful to have come across them. They’ve made quite an impression on me.
Sujata Massey’s Purveen Mistry Series
Sujata Massey writes about India in the 1920s. During this period, women observe purdah (very limited contact with men), and educated females are unheard of. Enter Purveen Mistry, the only female lawyer in Bombay. She comes to the aid of her female compatriots, while living uphill battles of her own.
Alyssa Cole’s Loyal League Series
Historical fiction and romance flow wonderfully in Alyssa Cole’s Loyal League series. The American Civil War is a huge focal point throughout the books. Cole highlights independent women entering the Confederacy’s dark territory in order to build the road to freedom.
Chanel Cleeton’s The Cuba Saga Stories
Next Year in Havana kicks off Chanel Cleeton’s memorable saga. Each novel features a member of the Perez family. These women live with fiery passion under fierce political change. Both Cuba and Florida are in center stage in Cleeton’s amazing stories.
Lisa See’s Shanghai Girls Stories
Pearl and May Chin have it all, until a twist of fate strips them of everything. Lisa See writes a remarkable tale of women enduring shocking change in China and America during World War II. This series also covers the unbreakable bond of mother/daughter relationships.
R.F. Kuang’s The Poppy War Trilogy
This historical fiction series revolves around early 20th century China. R.F. Kuang holds nothing back while writing about Rin, a war orphan with the gift of shamanism. Kuang highlights a strong woman facing unspeakable violence.
Justina Ireland’s Dread Nation Stories
Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander Series
Claire Randall is transported from the 1940s into the 18th century Scottish Highlands, and into James Fraser’s life. This historical fiction series is filled with adventure, romance, and political intrigue.
Philip Pullman’s Sally Lockhart Series
Courtney Milan’s Brothers Sinister Series
Manil Suri’s The Hindu Gods Stories
Mildred D. Taylor’s Logan Family Series
Family joy and cruel sorrows. That’s what awaits us in the Logan Family series. They cover racism in America’s Depression Era in explicit detail. While the Logans face constant hardships, they turn to one another for strength and undying love.
Ken Follett’s Kingsbridge Series
Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth takes us to Medieval England, following the life of a monk building an amazing cathedral. The rest of the trilogy covers shocking events throughout the centuries, the Kingsbridge Cathedral always in the backdrop.
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