Best Teen & Young Adult Ancient Historical Fiction Books
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1. The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn)
Author: by Renée Ahdieh
A #1 New York Times Bestseller! A riveting Game of Thrones meets Arabian Nights love story. US Weekly Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise.
So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls.
Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch … She’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend. She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls.
Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.
2. The Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn)
Author: by Renée Ahdieh
The #1 New York Times bestselling sequel to the breathtaking bestseller The Wrath and the Dawn”A satisfying fast-paced conclusion, Ahdieh explores the difficulty of family, lasting loyalty, and love giving you a tale you won’t soon forget.”-InStyleIn a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan.
She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curseone that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy.
But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan. While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her.
3. The Golden Goblet (Newbery Library, Puffin)
Author: by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
A Newbery Honor BookWinner of a Newbery Honor, an exciting ancient Egyptian mystery! Ranofer wants only one thing in the world: to be a master goldsmith like his beloved father was. But how can he when he is all but imprisoned by his evil half brother, Gebu?
Ranofer knows the only way he can escape Gebu’s abuse is by changing his destiny. But can a poor boy with no skills survive on the cutthroat streets of ancient Thebes? Then Ranofer finds a priceless golden goblet in Gebu’s room and he knows his luckand his destinyare about to change.”Exceptionally vivid, swiftpaced, and stirring.”The Horn Book”An exhilarating story of the arduous fulfillment of a boy’s dream …
We are given a most worthy hero in Ranofer, one who struggles with his own fears and ideals, who smarts under his own cowardice, but who finds the power to rise to his own strength. This plus the vividly detailed setting make the book an excellent choice.”Kirkus Reviews
4. Daughter of Sparta (Daughter of Sparta, 1)
Author: by Claire Andrews
In this thrilling reimagining of ancient Greek mythology, a headstrong girl does whatever it takes to rise up and become the most powerful fighter her people have ever seen. Seventeen-year-old Daphne has spent her entire life honing her body and mind into that of a warrior, hoping to be accepted by the unyielding people of ancient Sparta.
But an unexpected encounter with the goddess Artemiswho holds Daphne’s brother’s fate in her handsupends the life she’s worked so hard to build. Nine mysterious items have been stolen from Mount Olympus and if Daphne cannot find them, the gods’ waning powers will fade away, the mortal world will descend into chaos, and her brother’s life will be forfeit.
Guided by Artemis’s twinthe handsome and entirely-too-self-assured god ApolloDaphne’s journey will take her from the labyrinth of the Minotaur to the riddle-spinning Sphinx of Thebes, team her up with mythological legends such as Theseus and Hippolyta of the Amazons, and pit her against the gods themselves.
5. Detectives in Togas
Author: by Henry Winterfeld
In these two delightful history-mysteries, seven boys in Ancient Rome solve strange crimes … Thanks to some help from their cranky teacher, a little bit of logic, and a lot of amusing misadventure. Yes, Rufus wrote CAIUS IS A DUMBBELL on his tablet at school, but no, he did not break into the schoolroom, did not tie up his teacher, and certainly did not paint his slur about Caius on the Temple of Minerva (even if it is in Rufus’s own handwriting).
Rufus is doomed unless his six classmates can find out who is really responsible. Every hour seems to bring a new, confusing clue … Until the boys finally stumble upon someone who is not what he appears to be.
6. The Golden Bull: A Mesopotamian Adventure
Author: by Marjorie Cowley
A brother and sister’s search for a new life and new home … 5,000 years ago in ancient Mesopotamia during a terrible drought, Jomar and Zefa’s father must send his children away to the city of Ur because he can no longer feed them.
At fourteen, Jomar is old enough to apprentice with Sidah, a master goldsmith for the temple of the moongod, but there is no place for Zefa in Sidah’s household. Zefa, a talented but untrained musician, is forced to play her music and sing for alms on the streets of Ur.
Marjorie Cowley vividly imagines the intrigues, and harsh struggle for survival in ancient Mesopotamia.
7. Mara, Daughter of the Nile
Author: by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
This compelling story of adventure, romance, and intrigue, set in ancient Egypt, was written by the three-time Newbery Honor and Edgar Award winning author Eloise Jarvis McGraw. Mara is a proud and beautiful slave girl who yearns for freedom in ancient Egypt, under the rule of Queen Hatshepsut.
Mara is not like other slaves; she can read and write, as well as speak the language of Babylonian. So, to barter for her freedom, she finds herself playing the dangerous role of double spy for two arch enemieseach of whom supports a contender for the throne of Egypt.
Against her will, Mara finds herself falling in love with one of her masters, the noble Sheftu, and she starts to believe in his plans of restoring Thutmose III to the throne. But just when Mara is ready to offer Sheftu her help and her heart, her duplicity is discovered, and a battle ensues in which both Mara’s life and the fate of Egypt are at stake.
Dangerous espionage, an unusual love story, and richly drawn background make this a book to capture quick and lasting interest. Horn Book Thoroughly engrossing.Kirkus Reviews
8. The Children's Homer: The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy
Author: by Padraic Colum
From master storyteller Padriac Colum, winner of a Newbery Honor for The Golden Fleece, comes a collection of fifteen timeless stories inspired by classic Greek literature. Travel back to a mythical time when Achilles, aided by the gods, waged war against the Trojans.
And join Odysseus on his journey through murky waters, facing obstacles like the terrifying Scylla and whirring Charybdis, the beautiful enchantress Circe, and the land of the raging Cyclpes. Using narrative threads from The Iliad and The Odyssey, Padraic Colum weaves a stunning adventure with all the drama and power that Homer intended.
9. Mystery of the Roman Ransom
Author: by Henry Winterfeld
In these two delightful history-mysteries, seven boys in Ancient Rome solve strange crimes … Thanks to some help from their cranky teacher, a little bit of logic, and a lot of amusing misadventure. It seems the boys can get nothing right: Their teacher’s fiftieth birthday is long past (they should have done their math homework); the servant they bought as a present for his birthday isn’t just your run-of-the-mill Gaul slave but a courier running for his life; and, to top it all off, the message he’s carrying requests the assassination of a Roman senatorthe father of one of the boys.
10. The Roman Mysteries Epic 10 Books Collection Box Set (Books 1 – 10) by Caroline Lawrence
Author: by Caroline Lawrence
Please Note That The Following Individual Books As Per Original ISBN and Cover Image In this Listing shall be Dispatched Collectively: The Roman Mysteries Epic 10 Books Collection Box Set (Books 1 – 10) by Caroline Lawrence: The Thieves of Ostia: Flavia Gemina is a natural at solving mysteries.
The daughter of a ship’s captain living in Ostia, the port of Rome, in AD79, she and her three friends, Jonathan, a Jewish boy. The Secrets of Vesuvius: It’s the summer of AD 79 and Flavia Gemina and her friends, Jonathan, Nubia and Lupus, set sail for the Bay of Naples where they are going to stay near Pompeii.
The Pirates of Pompeii: It is AD 79 and Mount Vesuvius has erupted, destroying Pompeii. Among the thousands of people huddled in refugee camps along the bay. The Assassins of Rome: Jonathan goes on a secret quest to Rome, and Flavia, Nubia and Lupus set out to find him.
The Dolphins of Laurentum: The arrival of a ragged man at the Geminus household sets in motion a series of events which take Flavia and her three friends to an opulent villa by the sea. The Twelve Tasks of Flavia Gemina: Flavia is suspicious of the new woman in her father’s life, Cartilia Poplica.
11. The Eagle of the Ninth (The Roman Britain Trilogy Book One) (The Roman Britain Trilogy, 1)
Author: by Rosemary Sutcliff
The Ninth Legion marched into the mists of Northern Britainand they were never seen again. Four thousand men disappeared and their eagle standard was lost. It’s a mystery that’s never been solved, until now … Marcus has to find out what happened to his father, who led the legion.
So he sets out into the unknown, on a quest so dangerous that nobody expects him to return.
12. The Cruelest Mercy
Author: by Natalie Mae
Razorbill (June 15, 2021)
In this sequel to The Kinder Poisonwhich People magazine proclaimed a “delicious high-stakes adventure”the magical kingdom of Orkena is on the brink of war, and the only person who can save it is Zahru, the girl they once doomed to death.
After surviving the Crossing, Zahru has sworn off adventures. While Crown Prince Jet navigates the looming threat of war, she’s content to simply figure out what the future holds for them. But they’re dealt a devastating blow when prince Kasta returns with a shocking claim: he’s the true winner of the Crossing and the rightful heir, and he bears the gods’ mark as proof.
Even more surprisinghe’s not the only one. Somehow, Zahru possesses the very same mark, giving her equal right to the throne. The last thing she wants is to rule beside her would-be executioner, but she can’t let Orkena fall into his merciless hands.
So Zahru, Jet, and their allies must race against the clock to find a way to stop Kasta, because once he’s crowned, there’s no telling what horrors he’ll unleash to win the war. Zahru will do whatever it takes to keep Kasta from taking the throne…
13. The Kinder Poison
Author: by Natalie Mae
Razorbill (June 16, 2020)
June 16, 2020
“A DELICIOUS HIGH-STAKES ADVENTURE.” PEOPLE MAGAZINEPerfect for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Holly Black, The Kinder Poison is an enthralling fantasy adventure that follows a teenage girl chosen to be the human sacrifice in a deadly game between three heirs who will do anything for the crown.
Zahru has long dreamed of leaving the kingdom of Orkena and having the kinds of adventures she’s only ever heard about in stories. But as a lowly Whisperer, her power to commune with animals means that her place is serving in the royal stables until the day her magic runs dry.
All that changes when the ailing ruler invokes the Crossing. A death-defying race across the desert, in which the first of his heirs to finishand take the life of a human sacrifice at the journey’s endwill ascend to the throne.
With all of the kingdom abuzz, Zahru leaps at the chance to change her fate if just for a night by sneaking into the palace for a taste of the revelry. But the minor indiscretion turns into a deadly mistake when she gets caught up in a feud between the heirs and is forced to become the Crossing’s human sacrifice.
14. The Rose and the Dagger & The Wrath and the Dawn By Renée Ahdieh 2 Books Collection Set
Author: by Renée Ahdieh
Please Note That The Following Individual Books As Per Original ISBN and Cover Image In this Listing shall be Dispatched Collectively: The Rose and the Dagger & The Wrath and the Dawn By Rene Ahdieh 2 Books Collection Set: The Rose and the Dagger: In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan.
She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse-one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy.
But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan. The Wrath and the Dawn: Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer.
Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a terrible surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls.
15. The Adventures of Ulysses
Author: by Bernard Evslin
The legendary adventures of the Greek king’s epic journey come to life in a modern retelling of The Odyssey that’s an unmitigated delight (School Library Journal). In their ten-year siege of Troy, the Greeks claim victory thanks to the cunning wit of Ulysses, King of Ithaca, who devised the infamous Trojan Horse.
Now, with the epic war finally finished, Ulysses sets sail for homebut his journey will be long and arduous. Having angered Poseidon, god of the sea, Ulysses and his men are thrown off course by a raging storm and forced to wander the perilous world for another ten years.
On his epic trek, Ulysses must match wits and strength with man-eating Sirens, a towering Cyclops, the witch-goddess Circe, and a slew of other deadly foes. Meanwhile, in Ithaca, his wife, Penelope, and son, Telemachus, contend with a rowdy mob of suitors who have taken over their home in an attempt to usurp the absent ruler’s place.
16. A Cry From Egypt (The Promised Land)
Author: by Hope Auer
I seriously have no words that can properly explain everything awesome about this book. Dawn Winters from -Dawn Winters from Guiding Light Homeschool Blog After reading the first chapter with the children, I snuck off to read more. I stayed up late to finish it.
That’s how drawn into Jarah’s world I was. Linda B at Homeschooling 6 I have worked as a writing teacher and editor for for my entire adult life. I have read more stories from young authors than I can count, but Hope’s work is the first to make me think of JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, and Frank Perretti when I read it.
Patsy Brekke at Writing Foundations One of the things I enjoyed most about this book as a parent was that Hope did an excellent job of focusing on her story, while staying true to the Biblical account of the plagues in Egypt.
She allowed the Bible to speak for itself with the details she presented, neither adding nor subtracting from it. Michele P from Family, Faith, and Fridays Fast paced, Biblically and historically accurate, great fun! Hal & Melanie Young, authors of Raising Real Men, 2011 CSPA Book of the Year Know what’s even better?