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Daughters of the Night Sky by [Runyan, Aimie K.]
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From the Editor

World War II is endlessly fascinating, but few stories have captivated me like that of the 588th Night Bomber Regiment, or as the outfit came to be known, the Night Witches. Like their comrades, the Night Witches, a Soviet air unit that conducted devastating nocturnal raids against the Germans, endured unimaginable hardship during the war. They lost loved ones, witnessed atrocities and sacrificed their lives and dreams for their country.

What makes their story so compelling is the fact that the regiment was composed entirely of women. In Daughters of the Night Sky, author Aimie K. Runyan shines a light on these unsung heroes—some of the more memorable characters I’ve encountered in historical fiction. Not only did the aviatrixes persevere through the horrors of war, but they refused to fall victim to the doubt, disregard and discrimination that dogged them as young women. Their planes were barely functional and offered little protection from the elements or enemy weapons. They received little recognition compared to other regiments, yet on any given night the Witches would complete far more runs than their male counterparts.

None of this mattered to these women—their tenacity and unrelenting bravery carried them through. In the end their efforts were pivotal in defeating the Nazis, and the squadron went on to become the most highly decorated in the Soviet air force during the war.

Here, finally, we have their story—and it’s one we can all take inspiration from.

- Chris Werner, Editor


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A novel—inspired by the most celebrated regiment in the Red Army—about a woman’s sacrifice, courage, and love in a time of war.

Russia, 1941. Katya Ivanova is a young pilot in a far-flung military academy in the Ural Mountains. From childhood, she’s dreamed of taking to the skies to escape her bleak mountain life. With the Nazis on the march across Europe, she is called on to use her wings to serve her country in its darkest hour. Not even the entreaties of her new husband—a sensitive artist who fears for her safety—can dissuade her from doing her part as a proud daughter of Russia.

After years of arduous training, Katya is assigned to the 588th Night Bomber Regiment—one of the only Soviet air units composed entirely of women. The Germans quickly learn to fear nocturnal raids by the daring fliers they call “Night Witches.” But the brutal campaign will exact a bitter toll on Katya and her sisters-in-arms. When the smoke of war clears, nothing will ever be the same—and one of Russia’s most decorated military heroines will face the most agonizing choice of all.

About the Author

Aimie K. Runyan is a historian and author who writes to celebrate history's unsung heroines. She is the author of two previous historical novels: Promised to the Crown and Duty to the Crown. She is active as an educator and a speaker in the writing community and beyond. She lives in Colorado with her wonderful husband and two (usually) adorable children. To learn more about Aimie and her work, please visit www.aimiekrunyan.com.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2459 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (1 January 2018)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06XTQ4YD1
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,839 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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