Book Lists, Sci Fi/Fantasy

What If…

What if Hitler and the Axis had won WWII? What if the dead rising from their graves actually brought about the end of the civil war? What if the royal Tudor family had been shapeshifters? These books explore the “what ifs” of history unfolding differently?

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

What if the Great Library of Alexandria hadn’t burned down? In this alternate history the Great Library not only survived, but has become powerful and ruthless, valuing knowledge (and their ownership of it) over all else.



Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

In a steampunk version of Victorian England, that includes robot servants and dogs, Sophronia is sent off to finishing school (mostly against her will). But Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality is not your ordinary finishing school and soon Sophronia is not only learning how to properly dance, but how to pass secret messages while she does so. From proper etiquette, to knife skills, to a larger conspiracy, Sophronia’s years at school are a fun filled adventure.

Front Lines by Michael Grant

A tale from the front lines of World War II told from the perspectives of three women. In Grant’s alternate history a court decision has allowed for women and girls to be eligible for the draft and to fight.



Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin (Review)

What if Hitler (and the Axis) won World War II? What if some of the medical experiments performed on prisoners in camps had supernatural effects? Yael was one of those prisoners and now she can match anyone’s face. Working with the resistance her mission is to take the place of Adele Wolf in the cross continent yearly motorcycle race and win – all in the hopes of getting her close enough to kill Hitler.

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows (Review)

According to history Lady Jane Grey was Queen of England for exactly nine days before being dethroned by her cousin Mary. In Hand’s, Ashton’s and Meadows’s account the basic frame work of the history as we know it is there, but the details have been tweaked (or in some cases entirely disregarded). This hilarious, semi-historical tale is full of adventure, conspiracies, shapeshifters, betrayals, and a touch of romance.

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland (Review)

What if the Civil War had ended due to the dead rising from the battlefield? Now, in the midst of trying to piece a country back together that had been tearing itself apart, they need to worry about fighting off the undead. The government sets up laws requiring certain children attend special schools to learn how to combat these creatures. Jane McKeene, head of her class when it comes to weapons handling, but just as good at speaking her mind and ignoring the rules. When her head strong (and occasionally impulsive) tendencies land her in the middle of a possible conspiracy she needs all her wits and training just to stay alive.

That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston

A world where the British Empire is not only still, well, the British Empire, but it become that way not through colonization and the decimation of peoples and cultures, but by Queen Victoria choosing to create alliances with countries around the world and arranging marriages for her children far past the European boundaries. Johnston has created a world where differences of all kinds are celebrated. Now, generations later, Victoria-Margaret is set to be the next Queen, having her marriage arranged through genetic matchmaking. Before assuming royal duties she gets to take an incognito hiatus to Toronto, where she meets Helene and August…

Dodger by Terry Pratchett

Featuring Dodger from Oliver Twist, and setting him in a mash up of historical and literary London, where he meets both Charles Dickens and Sweeney Todd.




Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Steampunk World War I. The heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne is on the run when he crosses paths with Derryn, who  disguised as a boy in the British Air Service.




And I Darken by Kiersten White

Dark and twisted. What if Vlad the Impaler was woman? Lada Dragwlya is brutal and vicious, having been raised by an empire she despises. Her brother on the other hand has become to thing of the Ottoman courts as home, and then they both befriend Mehmed, the empire’s heir.



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