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Daughters of the Night Sky Paperback – 26 June 2018
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“Without a doubt, Daughters of the Night Sky is one of the best books I’ve read this year. Captivating, emotional, insightful, and heart-wrenching, it is a story I will truly never forget. Knowing how accurate the historical details are makes this beautifully written novel even more exceptional. The characters leap off the page and will stay with you long after the final page is read.” ―Soraya M. Lane, #1 bestselling author of Wives of War
“Fans of The Nightingale will be transfixed by this thrillingly original portrait of wartime valor.” ―Jennifer Robson, author of Somewhere in France and Goodnight from London
“Daughters of the Night Sky was everything I love about historical fiction. Runyan crafts the perfect balance between plot, characters, and setting, all while educating the reader in an unknown part of women’s history. At once compelling, tragic, and uplifting, this is one that I will not soon forget.” ―Camille Di Maio, author of The Memory of Us and Before the Rain Falls
“Aimie K. Runyan breathes life into the gripping tale of the Night Witches―Russian female combat pilots in World War II. A page-turner!” ―James D. Shipman, author of A Bitter Rain and It Is Well
“Aimie K. Runyan has combined my three favorite literary topics: historical fiction, World War II, and courageous and strong women. She is an incredible historical fiction writer.” ―Cathy Lamb, author of No Place I’d Rather Be
“A lively and stirring tale of the brave vanguard of female pilots fighting for Russia and, as often, for respect from their male counterparts. As enthralled as I was by this dive into social and military history, it was the humanity of Daughters of the Night Sky that won me over: comrades, lovers, and families swept up and torn apart by war. Runyan delivers a well-paved and heartfelt story that fans of World War II novels should not miss.” ―Sonja Yoerg, author of All the Best People
“Daughters of the Night Sky is a compelling World War II story of bravery, determination, and love set within the Forty-Sixth Taman Guards―Russia’s all-female pilot regiment. Author Aimie K. Runyan brings four unique women vividly to life: Katya, a superb navigator; Taisiya, her pilot and best friend; Oksana, who risks all for love of her country; and Sofia, the major who leads the women to triumph. Highly recommended.” ―M.K. Tod, author of Time and Regret
“Daughters of the Night Sky is a heart-pounding, epic tale about an incredibly brave squadron of Russian WWII female fighter pilots. Through the eyes of Katya, Aimie K. Runyan, takes us through their harrowing adventures and the roller-coaster ride of love and loss in war. Runyan weaves an unputdownable story of bravery, perseverance, and sacrifice. This is a stunner of a novel that I found truly inspiring and well worth the read.” ―Kerry Lonsdale, Wall Street Journal and Amazon Charts bestselling author of Everything We Keep
“A breathtaking novel inspired by a little known moment in WWII history. Even though I finished Daughters of the Night Sky days ago, the scenes are still playing in my head. Katya is an outstanding heroine: a strong woman determined to follow her passion, but also driven by duty and love. And her fellow Night Witches are glorious characters. I miss them and the vivid scenes set within the planes, at the front, and in war-torn Eastern Europe. This is a story I won't soon forget.” ―Barbara Claypole White, bestselling author of The Perfect Son
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.
- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (26 June 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 316 pages
- ISBN-10 : 154204586X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1542045865
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.54 x 20.96 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 937,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This fictionalised story of one flyer and her friends and family, tells of the hardships, dangers, daily struggles, small joys, and deep loves and losses. It is very readable, with realistic characters, dramatically-told events and emotional scenes.
Recommended as a really good book, educational and inspiring.
This time is different. I had never heard of the night witches or the lady pilots of the Russian airforce in WW II. There story is truly remarkable, they just go on till the job is done. Aimie K Runyan has a geat talent in that she draws you into the story so that you feel a relationship with the characters.
The editing is also very good with just one 4 letter expletive ( which I thought not really required).
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The best parts that were exciting to read were the sorties and air battles, the black humour in having boots four sizes too big and men"s uniforms and underwear. Respect was hard won. Of course, as a reader, I wanted to cheer them on and applaud their successes and weep at their losses.
However the scene setting and beginning was overly long... Nothing much would have been lost I feel... if the book had begun three or four chapters in with much chopped, I wasn't held by the love story or by the concluding chapters. The best writing I felt was in the war scenes where it came alive. Liked the flight scenes but the flavour of post and prewar Russia felt a little flat and dull. But the main focus which succeeded was the story of the wonderful celebrated - deservedly - Night Witches - who I previously had not heard of .. And that succeeded and I found really interesting.. Their story - fiction based on reality - deserved to be told so very glad I read the book. These brave aviators and their many sacrifices will stay in my memory ....
A great telling of how people live and love despite what fate provides. I felt the ending was cut short.....editors pen maybe! I am happy to recommend this book as a robust war novel, with romance, but maybe it really felt like a auto biography......
Early on in the book I felt a little disconnected from the characters emotionally, but I had found a connection by the end and definitely felt for Katerina's losses and the life she built after the war. A lovely and educational read.