Daughters of the Night Sky

Daughters of the Night Sky

Aimie K. Runyan / Jul 18, 2019

Daughters of the Night Sky 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 Katya Ivanova is a young pilot in a far flung military acade

  • Title: Daughters of the Night Sky
  • Author: Aimie K. Runyan
  • ISBN: 9781542045865
  • Page: 362
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 oA 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.

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      • 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 speaker in the writing community and beyond She lives in Colorado with her wonderful husband and two usually adorable children.


    1. Runyan has a gift for writing historical fiction about strong women that aren’t taught about in history class. In Daughters of the Night Sky, we learn about women who become pilots in the Red Army under Stalin in World War Two. I never knew that Stalin essentially advocated for something like equal rights for woman. They still faced discrimination and the dismissive attitudes of men, and they were not required to fight. They could return home at any time, unlike the men. Also, they had to be b [...]

    2. A lively and stirring tale of the brave vanguard of women pilots fighting for Russia and, as often, for respect from their male counterparts. My heart was in my throat as our heroine, Katya, took to the skies to live her dream and risk her life. 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. Runyon delivers a well-paced and heartfelt story that [...]

    3. Really well done book about the lady pilots of the USSR during WWII and to my even greater delight, it comes complete with a well earned HEA.

    4. Find this and other reviews at: flashlightcommentaryDaughters of the Night Sky marks my third experience with author Aimie K.Runyan and represents a significant shift in the scope of her storytelling. Inspired by the real-life exploits of the female aviators of the Soviet Air Forces, the novel explores the experience of the Night Witches through the eyes of a young woman facing the dramatic realities of a world at war.Before I get too far ahead of myself, I want to note my admiration for Runyan [...]

    5. I received an advanced copy from Netgalley of this historical novel set in World War II Russia. I enjoyed this great novel about Russian women trained as pilots by Stalin to help defeat the Nazis. This novel is a timely novel in that women serving in the military today around the world perhaps do not get the same credit as their male counterpart. This novel was a reminder of some of the struggles these pioneer women endured and a testament to their courage and dedication. Katya is a likely hero, [...]

    6. I received an advanced copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Historical fiction at it's finest! Daughters of the Night Sky has all the things I lovehistory and strong women overcoming adversity. I was instantly drawn into Katya's story as she found love and fought to become a night bomber. I raced through the book but didn't want it to end!

    7. Author Runyan presents an aspect of WWII not extensively covered in other historical fiction dealing with the same time period. Female Russian Pilots are the focus of her new novel Daughters of the Night Sky. I truly enjoyed this book and have thought about the story several times since the final page. Stalin and the Russian military were far more open to women pilots than their American counterparts. Reviewers have criticized the writing as not highly sophisticated and at times I share their th [...]

    8. MY REVIEW OF ‘DAUGHTERS OF THE NIGHT SKY’ by Aimie K. RunyanKudos to Aimie K. Runyan, author of “Daughters of the Night Sky” (Lake Union Publishing, Publication date January, 2018) for writing such an enticing and intriguing novel combining Historical Fiction and Fiction, which are the genres for this story. The story takes places during World War Two, mostly in Russia.I can appreciate Aimie K. Runyan’s hours of historical research for this novel. The author writes about the daring wom [...]

    9. I have followed Aimie Runyan since her debut. From her first novel, I fell in love with the way she writes strong female characters that you can't help but root for and be inspired by. In Daughters of the Night Sky, she does not disappoint.DNS takes us to WWII. I'm don't typically read or watch war stories but what I love is that the characters and the story transcend the setting. Katya is a kick ass heroine with a soft side that draws you into her world immediately, and her motley crew of Night [...]

    10. 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.

    11. Did someone say Russian women pilots bombing the shit out of Nazis with little more than their wits and rickety paper airplanes while simultaneously leading a feminist revolution within the Russian military? Baby, you had me at hello! Just when I thought I'd gotten tired of WWII fiction, along comes something completely different: a story from the Russian front that manages to capture the spirit of social change in that country at a time when things like women's rights and worker's rights were f [...]

    12. A superb portrait of wartime valor, Daughters of the Night Sky spotlights the accomplishments of the Russian military aviators known as the “Night Witches.” These all-female Red Army regiments flew harassment bombing missions against the Nazis under cover of darkness, in hand-me-down planes and without radios, to diminish the enemy’s strength and disrupt their sleep. It worked. We see the action from the viewpoint of Ekaterina (Katya) Ivanova, who has dreamed of flying since childhood. Wit [...]

    13. Great read! Well-researched and interesting even if you don't normally read historical fiction. I love how more and more women's histories are getting explored.

    14. I read a lot of WWII fiction but this was a totally new look at the war for me. This historical fiction was about Russian women pilots who bombed German areas during the war. The author did extensive research for this book and her research made this book even more interesting and intriguing.Katya wanted to be a pilot from a young age and her mother encouraged her to be whatever she wanted to be. Of course, there were very few women pilots at the time so Katya was met with resistance and scorn fr [...]

    15. I read so much WWII historical fiction that I thought I covered every aspect, but the story of the women's regiment of pilots of the Russian Red Army was so interesting! I found myself cheering on Katya all the female pilots, mechanics, and navigators as they worked hard training to become accepted as flying soldiers, called Night Witches, as they made bombing raids and even beat the men in the number of sorties made. Bravo, Ms. Runyan, on your inspiring story and thank you for the ARC in exchan [...]

    16. I requested an early read of this story because its Russian protagonist, Katya, was interested in World War II military service for the same reason as my American dad had been. Yes, both had a vague sense that they wanted to defend their motherland, but their motivation arose from a passion that surpassed the dangers of doing so: enlistment would afford them the training needed to fly. This was the only way my dad was going to push the boundaries of his mother's provincial sensibilities, and it [...]

    17. I had heard of Aimie Runyan through a readers group I belong to, but had never read any of her books although her first two have been on my radar for awhile. This book was a wonderful introduction to her as an author. I went into Daughters of the Night Sky not knowing anything about the female Russian pilots who bombed the Germans during WWII, but that did not keep me from understanding or enjoying this book. Runyan clearly did a lot of research on the subject and has managed to put us squarely [...]

    18. A breath-taking novel inspired by a little known moment in WW2 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.

    19. Daughters of the Night Sky is by far my favorite book written by Aimee K Runyan. She really showed her talent in this one. It was fascinating to learn about true events of the Soviet female pilots during the second world war. These women were so strong and admirable for their time. The author did great job envisioning what they went through and what they were like. I definitely give this book 5 plus stars and hope to read more like this one in the future.

    20. Oh, this book! I was lucky to get an early crack at this amazing work of historical fiction. It's full of romance, vivid description, gritty WWII details, and strong women. It's believable fiction but also a sweeping tale of heroism. I highly recommend!

    21. I loved this book. Historical fiction, especially about WWI & WWII, is my favorite genre to read because I end up learning a little something, and it was no exception with Daughters of the Night Sky. I knew nothing of what these brave female pilots did during WWII Russia. The sacrifices they made for their country was absolutely amazing. The writing by Aimie Runyan is so very well done. It had me so captivated from the very beginning that I was able to complete it in a couple of days. Lately [...]

    22. So this is an interesting book, both to read and review. I was in fact already somewhat familiar with the deeds of Soviet female military personnel, so unlike other readers what drew me in what drew me in initially was the fact that someone had written a novel about a subject which, in my experience thus far, has not had a novel afforded to it.Runyan takes the unit of the 'Night Witches', the events and deeds they participated in, and writes it with fictional individuals. I can see how this migh [...]

    23. WWII genre books are one; if not the #1 genre I read. I am adding this one to my favorites list. This novel educated me to events I was not aware of. Learning about the Night Witches of Russia was fascinating. Accurate historical research if very important to me and this was spot on. I will definitely recommend this book to others. Once you begin this book, it is hard to put down. A moving, stirring tale of daring women during war.

    24. Thank you, Aimie K. Runyan, for introducing me to another facet of history I knew nothing about. The Night Witches showed strength and bravery unthought of in women at the time. I'm definitely off to do further research.

    25. I was first introduced to Aime K. Runyan with her Daughters of New France series, Canadian historical fiction set in the early years of Canada’s history. With Daughters of the Night Sky she has traveled well off the beaten track, venturing into Russia during the Second World War.Daughters of the Night Sky is inspired by the female pilots known as the Night Witches and told through the eyes of one brave woman. With so many novels about World War II taking place in various European countries thi [...]

    26. Historical fiction good historical fiction does more than just tell a story, it transports the reader to another place and time. It immerses them in a culture and events of the past the courts of kings and queens of Victorian England, the American move westward in the 19th century, or the Eastern Theater of one of the world’s ‘great wars’. Wherever an author takes one, good historical fiction relives a period in history and captivates the reader.DAUGHTERS OF THE NIGHT SKY does that and m [...]

    27. The story of the Night Witches is one I was anxious to read about in historical fiction. It is a harrowing story that adds a fascinating perspective to the Second World War. I appreciate the efforts made by Aimie Runyan in learning about the various aspects of Russian culture, the War and the Night Witches in her attempt to make her book more believable. While I liked the book overall, it fell short of being great writing.Admittedly, so many of the heroine's experiences were superlative that it [...]

    28. The biggest thing I kept lamenting all through my reading of this book is the distance between the reader and Katya, and between Katya and her world. I was getting zero emotional resonance. There was lots of telling rather than showing, from Katya's drive and motivation to be a pilot (she identifies her father more regularly as a university prof and violin player more than pilot) to how hard the girls study (always studyingwhat, exactly?) to the deaths of her various sisters-in-arms (the first p [...]

    29. I recieved this book from Giveaways in exchange for an honest review. In an effort to expand my reading I entered to win a copy of this book not knowing what I would be getting myself into. What I found was a book that grabbed my attention and kept it all the way through. I found a very powerful woman that from a young age was determined to be a pilot in an era when women were not normally accepted as pilots. This book is set in Russia during World War II. Katya at a young age decided she wante [...]

    30. WOW. I’ve read quite a bit about WW2 but I’d never heard of the Night Witches – female Russian pilots that wreaked havoc on the Germans. This historical fiction book cleverly introduces these nearly forgotten heroes and spotlights the obstacles and fear they faced with grit and determination.I received an advance review copy of this book from Great Thought’s Ninja Review Team. All opinions are my own.

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