The Winged Histories


2017 Locus Award Finalist

Four women—soldier, scholar, poet, and socialite—are caught up on different sides of a violent rebellion. Using the sword and the pen, the body and the voice, they struggle not just to survive, but to make history.

~Read an excerpt~

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“As delicate, hard, and changing as ice: four women in the midst of warfare, and the most devastating kinds of devotion and rebellion.” ~ Amina Cain, author of Creature

“A highly recommended indulgence.” ~ N.K. Jemisin, The New York Times

“[H]er vampires, swordswomen, saints and singers are endlessly fascinating, their crossings and pairings like a beautiful and intricate dance.” ~ Amy Gentry, Chicago Tribune

“A lyrical immersion into a finely wrought world.” ~ Kirkus Reviews

“Samatar carries a great deal with her in the pages of The Winged Histories: beauty, wonder, and a soaring paean to the power of story.” ~ Jason Heller, NPR

“Above all, it’s a story about love–the terrible love that tears lives apart. Doomed love; impossible love; love that requires a rewriting of the rules, be it for a country, a person, or a story.” ~ Jenn Northington,

“This book. This perfect book.” ~ Amal El-Mohtar, Lightspeed

“Sparse and magical, beautiful and terrible: The Winged Histories is a story spun out of stories and the lives of fierce women, each a warrior in her own right.” ~ Nalo Hopkinson, author of The Salt Roads

“A nuanced and subtle tale of war, love, duty, family, and honor. It’s like polyphony–a chorus of voices singing different melodies, sometimes at odds, but ultimately harmonious. And moving. And exciting. Have I mentioned exciting?” ~ Delia Sherman, author of The Freedom Maze

“Sofia Samatar’s second novel is an imagist epic fantasy, a feminist and anti-colonialist reworking of one of those spongy-thick novels with maps at the front (it has a map at the front) and, like her first novel A Stranger in Olondria, a book about books, reading, and language. It is dazzlingly beautiful and as close to perfect as a reader can hope.” ~ Jane Franklin, Rain Taxi