December 15, 2017

Daughters of the Night Sky by Aimie K. Runyan - Review

I received this book free from the author - all opinions are my own

Book details
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.

Book description
Hardcover: 316 pages
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (January 1, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1503946770
ISBN-13: 978-1503946774

Meet the author - Aimie K. Runyan
Aimie K. Runyan 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

My thoughts
I don't read a lot of WWII fiction but the idea of this story sounded interesting to me. I liked that the author did a lot of research when writing this book. For me it helped to make the story that much more interesting to me. I did not know that Russian women bombed Germany, I have learned many things reading this book. For me this book was not only a book about history but a book at strong women. The author did a good job of describing all that they women especially Katya went through. Which is why they had to be so strong. This book was well written and read quickly. Highly recommended especially if you want to read about a part of history that most people do not know about. 

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