Daughters of the Night Sky by Aimie K. Runyan

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, 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...

Details Daughters of the Night Sky

TitleDaughters of the Night Sky
Release DateJun 26th, 2018
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Cultural, Russia, War, World War II

Reviews Daughters of the Night Sky

  • Theresa Alan
    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 a...
  • Lyuda
    dnf @10% “Logic has never been the strong suit of the Red Army,” Taisiya snapped, picking up the letter and placing it in her bedside table with the rest of his correspondence. “Stalin needs warm bodies, and I don’t think he cares how long they stay that way.”This passage ^^ among some similar ones, is why I not only had to dnf the “historical” fiction book but to rate it and I normally try not to rate books which I dnf'ed early on....
  • Sonja Yoerg
    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. Run...
  • Erin
    Find this and other reviews at: https://historicalfictionreader.blogs...Daughters 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...
  • Aura
    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 the...
  • Tammy
    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 love...history 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!
  • boogenhagen
    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.
  • Erin
    3.5 stars Audio book narrated by Kathleen Gati 10h 15mI chose this 10% because of the story and 90% because of the Audio narrator( see The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower) Yes, Kathleen Gati is my easy recommendation if you've never experienced an Audiobook before. Second, I love historical fiction and Daughters of the Night Sky is a World War II period novel that tells the true story of the Soviet Red Army 's 588th Night Bom...
  • RoseMary Achey
    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 ...
  • Elaine
    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 studying...what, exactly?) to t...
  • Linda Zagon
    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 ...
  • Kris - My Novelesque Life
    DAUGHTERS OF THE NIGHT SKY Written by Aimie K. RunyanJanuary 2018; 316 Pages (Lake Union Publishing)Genre: historical fiction, war, world war II, women, Russia, romance(I received an ARC from the PUBLISHER via NETGALLEY)RATING: 2.5 STARSI was very intrigued with this novel's synopsis. It was not only a book featuring a woman set during World War II, but it takes place in Russia. I have not read many fiction books about or set in Russia, especiall...
  • Barbara
    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 i...
  • Catherine McKenzie
    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.
  • Jess
    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 thi...
  • Jamie Raintree
    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 h...
  • Kerry
    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.
  • Missy
    I know pretty much nothing of Russian history, only learning the most after 1989, and the fall of the Soviet Union. I had this idea in my head that the government dictated where you lived and what your occupation would be. That they had very little freedom. But I’ve read more of Russian history lately and finding that is just not the case. This is the story of the Night Witches, a group of Russian aviators whose job it was to hit German camps i...
  • Tonni Callan
    I love reading historical fiction. Especially when it has strong women featured and packed full of all little known parts of history; all the while, entertaining and educationing me.Daughters of the Night Sky checks all the boxes! (In spades!) I hadn’t planned reading another book about WII, but this one piqued my interest as it sounded so different than others I had read. I was immediately drawn in by how well it was written, this book just fl...
  • Sarah
    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) Ivano...
  • Sue
    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 ...
  • Loraine
    Rating 4.5This historical fiction novel covered an element of World War II I had never even heard of. Katya Ivanova has always been fascinated with airplanes. After years of training, Katya has been assigned to the Russian 588th Night Bomber Regiment—one of the only Soviet air units composed entirely of women - and a group that would become famous and dubbed the "Night Witches" by the Germans. The story follows Katya - a superb navigator, her p...
  • Kathryn
    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...
  • Rebecca
    Woman (Katinka/Katya) serves as Red Army Pilot/Navigator during WWII. Ever since reading The Bronze Horseman series by Paullina Simons, I have been fascinated by life in Russia. This book was no exception and kept me enthralled from page one. Not only was it set in Russia, but it also featured a strong female character in a historical setting. Check, check, and check off my list of favorites!This story spans the years of 1941-1945 while Russia fo...
  • Barbara White
    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 ...
  • Tracey
    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 ...
  • Amy
    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 th...
  • Ella Olsen
    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!
  • Letty
    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 a...
  • Iset
    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 w...