This is a continuation of the Science Fiction / Fantasy Genre Glossary Project posts. For the complete genre index click here.
What is Historical Fantasy?
A subgenre of fantasy that incorporates elements of real world history. It usually either features a secondary world setting that closely mirrors a specific period in time and place in real world history, or an alternate history of this world where magic or mythical creatures exist.
- Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay (Tang Dynasty China)
- Temeraire series by Naomi Novik (Napoleonic Wars)
- Soldier of the Mist by Gene Wolf (Ancient Greece)
The history of our world is so rich that there are an endless stories to plunder. Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Do you draw from history in your writing?