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Daughters of the Night Sky by [Aimie K. Runyan]
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From the Editor

World War II is endlessly fascinating, but few stories have captivated me like that of the 588th Night Bomber Regiment, or as the outfit came to be known, the Night Witches. Like their comrades, the Night Witches—a Soviet air unit that conducted devastating nocturnal raids against the Germans—endured unimaginable hardship during the war. They lost loved ones, witnessed atrocities, and sacrificed their lives and dreams for their country.

What makes their story so compelling is the fact that the regiment was composed entirely of women. In Daughters of the Night Sky, author Aimie K. Runyan shines a spotlight on these unsung heroes—some of the more memorable characters I’ve encountered in historical fiction. Not only did the aviatrixes persevere through the horrors of war, but they refused to fall victim to the doubt, disregard, and discrimination that dogged them as young women. Their planes were barely functional and offered little protection from the elements or enemy weapons. They received little recognition compared to other regiments, yet on a given night the Witches would complete far more runs than their male counterparts.

None of this mattered to these women—their tenacity and unrelenting bravery carried them through. In the end their efforts were pivotal to defeating the Nazis, and the squadron went on to become the most highly decorated in the Soviet air force during the war.

Here, finally, we have their story—and it’s one we can all take inspiration from.

- Chris Werner, Editor

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Editorial Reviews


“Fans of historical fiction or tales of women defying the odds will be immediately drawn in to Runyan’s crisp, effortless prose.” —New York Journal of Books

“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

Product details

  • File Size : 2459 KB
  • Publication Date : January 1, 2018
  • Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (January 1, 2018)
  • Print Length : 312 pages
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • ASIN : B06XTQ4YD1
  • Language: : English
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,704 ratings