I mentioned a little while ago that I wanted to read more about the Napoleonic Wars or the Peninsular Wars. I thought I’d post an update on how that was going. I realize that that post didn’t get a lot of love – sad! – but for those few of you who are interested, here’s the breakdown so far.
Nelson’s Trafalgar by Roy A. Adkins, review here
His Majesty’s Dragon and Throne of Jade, both by Naomi Novik, alternate history of the conflict with dragons! Lots of fun, more about the dragons than the actual events of the war.
None But You, Captain Wentworth book 1 by Susan Kaye. Reimagining of Persuasion by Jane Austen. Wentworth is in the naval war against Napoleon but then retires, so there’s only a slight connection.
The Spanish Bride by Georgette Heyer. Historical fiction based on real people. Lots of detail, lots of descriptions of Lord Wellington’s Spanish campaign.
Napoleon’s Wars: An International History 1803-1815 by Charles Esdaile. I gave up on this one, then picked it up again. Lots of information, but not presented in a context where I really understand what’s going on. Doubt I’ll finish it, but we’ll see how far I get.
Napoleon in Egypt by Paul Strathern. Looking forward to this one.
An Infamous Army by Georgette Heyer. Also based around Lord Wellington but different emphasis.
For You Alone, Captain Wentworth book 2. Again, only slightly connected, but I’ve had this duology on my list for some time.
Black Powder War, Temeraire book 3. Not sure how much of the war is in this one, but I think it has some of the eastern campaign.
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. Reading the book descriptions made me conclude that I wouldn’t enjoy this one right now. Maybe someday I will pick it up, but it sounds like a long saga of events with no conclusion and that doesn’t appeal to me.
If you are interested in the war or the navy or 19th century history, I would recommend Nelson’s Trafalgar. Great book. If you are into dragons and like the idea of an alternate history with lots of locations, I would recommend the Naomi Novik series. It’s a lot of fun. If you want some romance with history added, I would recommend Persuasion by Jane Austen. The reboots are okay so far, but not anything like as a good as the original. If you like historical fiction with some romance, I would recommend the Georgette Heyer books. She also wrote historical romances, but the emphasis here is on the history, not the romance. Picky distinction, but it’s there.
I’m beginning to get a little tired of this, so I think I will just keep it as a interest for the rest of the year but not feel like I have to read all these books at once. We’ll see what else I can find.