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The Winged Histories The Winged Histories is a book I absolutely adored It tells of four women who are caught up in a civil war brewing in the country Olondria The four are a soldier plotting rebellion, a priestess of an oppressive religion, a singer from a nomad culture, and a noblewoman escaping her family s intrigue They all experience the war very differently and the relationships between them also varies family, enemies, lovers, or strangers The Winged Histories is told from each of their perspectives in turn, and is thus divided into four sections, each written in a distinct style.This is a book about women stories Not just because all of the main characters are female, but also because their struggles echo women s struggles throughout history and today In the broad sense, The Winged Histories is about an empire splitting apart at the seams there s tension between followers of the old religion and the new, one of the territories wants to regain independence, and the crown prince is thinking of taking the throne early Only one of the women takes a very active role in these conflicts For all, the focus is on their personal reactions to society s expectations and their complex interpersonal relationships Events of the present day are deftly interwoven with their memories of past conversations, critiques of cultural traditions, discussions of identity, or whatever else they find important to impar I didn t always understand this book, but it is beautiful.This is a fantasy novel set in an empire during a time of civil war It isn t a story of battles or magic, but of the lives of four women involved in events Tav is a noblewoman who runs off at a young age to join the army, and later helps foment rebellion Tialon is the daughter of an ascetic priest whose zealotry and influence over the king have made enemies than friends Seren is a singer from a marginalized group of nomads, who becomes romantically involved with Tav and Siski, Tav s sister, is a socialite who s running away from love but will finally have to face her fears I tend to avoid books with multiple narrators, as they often run together, but here each section has a distinct format and structure, and some are in third person while others are in first so the technique works well.The w Praise For A Stranger In Olondria A Book About The Love Of Books Her Sentences Are Intoxicating And One Can Easily Be Lost In Their Intricacy Samatar S Beautifully Written Book Is One That Will Be Treasured By Book Lovers Everywhere Raul M Chapa, BookPeople, Austin, Texas Samatar S Sensual Descriptions Create A Rich, Strange Landscape, Allowing A Lavish Adventure To Unfold That Is Haunting And Unforgettable Library Journal, Starred Review Mesmerizing A Sustained And Dreamy Enchantment Karen Joy Fowler, Author Of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves The Excerpt From Sofia Samatar S Compelling Novel A Stranger In Olondria Should Be Enough To Make You Run Out And Buy The Book K Tempest Bradford, NPR Captures The Ecstasy And Pain Of Encountering The World Through Books, Showing Us Bits And Pieces Of Our Contemporary World While Also Transporting Us Into A New One Bookslut Four Women, Soldier, Scholar, Poet, And Socialite, Are Caught Up On Different Sides Of A Violent Rebellion As War Erupts And Their Families Are Torn Apart, They Fear They May Disappear Into The Unwritten Pages Of History Using The Sword And The Pen, The Body And The Voice, They Struggle Not Just To Survive, But To Make History Sofia Samatar Is The Author Of The Crawford, British Fantasy, And World Fantasy Award Winning Novel A Stranger In Olondria She Also Received The John W Campbell Award She Has Written For The Guardian, Strange Horizons,Lightspeed, And Many Other Publications She Lives In California Her Website Is Sofiasamatar.com. 3 3.5 starsMy gut feeling is that this book probably deserves a higher rating than what I m giving it right now, but I have to admit that my mind started wandering at about the 3 4 mark which somewhat tempered my overall enjoyment of the story, and I also think that I might have benefited from reading A Stranger in Olondria again before coming to this sequel I use the word in single quotes because I wouldn t quite call this a direct sequel to Samatar s previous novel, but it certainly has much to do with it in both content and theme, though Jevick, the hero of the first book, is only mentioned obliquely once in the text and the story in this book could perhaps be considered bigger in that it deals not only with the machinations for power of one of the leading families of the Olondrian empire, but also with both a war and rebellion that shake the status quo Despite these big events , however, don t think that this is anything like a standard epic fantasy centring on war and intrigue, its focus is fundamentally a personal one which zeroes in on the leading family, and specifically its disaffected younger members who are tired of being used as pawns in the political manoeuvering of their elders In many ways it is both a family saga and a bildungsroman as much as or perhaps even than it is a tale of w Four women a soldier, a scholar, a poet, and a socialite are caught up on opposing sides of a violent rebellion As war erupts and their loyalties and agendas and ideologies come into conflict, the four fear their lives may pass unrecorded Using the sword and the pen, the body and the voice, they struggle not just to survive, but to make history Sofia Samatar s debut novel was the lovely A Stranger in Olondria, released in 2013, about a young island boy who journeys with his father, a trader, to the empire of Olondria, and becomes haunted by a ghost The Winged Histories is the follow up story It s billed as a companion novel rather than a sequel as only two minor characters from the first book show up here and the main plot is not directly connected So while it s not necessary to have read A Stranger in Olondria in order to read The Winged Histories, I would recommend it if only because it was a great read The Winged Histories is itself a fantastic novel Like I previously stated, it s not a direct sequel, taking tensions simmering in the background of the first book and putting Can I smear tears on a piece of paper and call that a review This was GORGEOUS and emotionally bruising and so so wonderful and engaging and many other perfect words There is so much world building, a fascinating mythology, and beautiful language I m trying not to yell about Seren s little language lessons There are amazing epigraphs, which I m always a hug One of the most beautiful books I ve read in my life 10% in and my heart was already breaking I have never felt place so keenly that kind of unbearably true and unmoved and silent world adorned by the ornamentation of living, of trying to keep on living This is particularly powerful in the lo tech world of this book Here, than in our world, we feel people work around the world just as Siski works round the presence of her father , while it regards them solemnly, sort of enthralled by its own quiet cadences.I could not believe the glut of care I felt for Tav and Seren and Siski and Dasya these characters people, these people so real, their childhoods and the cascades of hardship in their adulthood so round and full Craftwise this is extraordinary Abrupt and constant tense changes that would normally prickle are a beautiful dance of past, present, future Time and place are fluid and wrap around the forward progression of each narrator s emotional journey.I read Stranger in Olondria and for large parts of the story had to discipline myself through it I When you read anything by Sofia Samatar, you re in the wise hands of a beautiful poet The Winged Histories goes beyond what she accomplished in A Stranger in Olandria, which is a book of formidable magic and strangeness This one casts an even powerful spell. for you are following a thread For you are cloaked in dawn For in a field you have found a hidden treasure Cryptic words found on a stone considered holy by the people of Olondria Words that are also a pretty accurate description of the second journey I have taken to this land of wonders, under the expert guidance of Sofia Samatar The plot line that I follow is not a straight one, being closer in nature to Aryadne s thread through the labyrinth of the Minotaur Likewise, there is an impression that monsters may be waiting at the end of the journey mythical creatures from the distant past that can fly and like to drink the blood of their victims These Dreveds have been hunted to extinction after they helped to establish the empire of Olondria in some long ago battle The landscape, the people, the timeline and the action in Olondria are all broken up, fragmented, shrouded in the mist of war and legend The task of the reader is not an easy one, and a lot of patience was required on my part to keep up with the new vocabulary and with the incomplete storylines By comparison, the first Olondrian novel was a walk in the park, a whimsical paean to the power of the written word and to the role of imagination as a catalyst for change History colours Olondria in this second novel with the bloodthirsty, cruel and terrible colours of war and famin This one is extremely difficult to review, mainly because I m tempted to appreciate it from afar rather than enjoy it up close But there are passages where the reverse is entirely as true.Whereas the first novel was a straightforward love of literature and myth made up out of whole cloth and full of love of the act of writing, itself, among so many who refuse to read, the sequel is nothing less than a shattered land following the events that led to war in the first, and not only shattered by war, but also as shattered in prose.You see I can appreciate the book s structure, it s sheer reliance on poetry and despair and song, oh, especially song, to convey a feeling, or a string of many layered and complex feelings and subjects, in the face of kings and monsters, family and one s love life, of which there is quite a bit of LGBT, and quite beautifully done.So much is either dense world building in terms of myth, historical rumination, straight stream of consciousness Only occasionally do we have a

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