Nadia Valinsky was a student teacher in Moscow until Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union. Determined to defend her people, she joins the Air Force; where the famous aviator Marina Raskova is recruiting women for three fighting regiments. After rigorous training, and in nothing more than canvas and wood biplanes, Nadia and her friends are sent to the front line, where they'll become the legends history calls The Night Witches.~Goodreads Blurb
There is so much of history that has been rewritten or scrubbed of some truly amazing women. “The Night Witches” is the first time I’ve heard these ridiculously talented women. Not only did they volunteer to do a task that most would have balked at, (flying canvas and wooden planes into a war zone) they succeeded against so many odds. Author Mirren Hogan has given these women a voice. These women, all three divisions of them, had to face not only disdain and disapproval from the Axis forces but from some of their own superiors.
It would have been quite easy for Hogan to simply write a cut and dry story about these women branded the Night Witches. Instead she gives them depth and a history. We grow to care about each of their lives, feeling shattered when we have to remember that this isn’t a fairy tale but a war story and not everyone is going to get a happy ending. I enjoyed the way Hogan described the changes that the women went through from strangers to sisters-in-arms. The way that the war and each other affected their emotions and state of mind was brilliantly written. I was also impressed with the author’s ability to not give into the trope that too many writers sink to when writing about women. This idea that if you have nothing but women, then it will turn into a big catfight, is too often used. Hogan has written that idea clear off. These strong women do what they have to not only for themselves but also for their country. If you enjoy WWII fiction and stories about strong women, this is for you. I hope to read more by author Mirren Hogan in the future.
*This eBook was provided by NetGalley and Sands Press in exchange for honest feedback*
Author Notes from her Amazon Page: Mirren Hogan lives in NSW Australia with her husband, two daughters, dog, cat, rabbits and countless birds. She has a Bachelor of Arts (English/ history), a Graduate Diploma of Arts (writing) and a couple of degrees in education. She writes fantasy, urban fantasy and science fiction. Her debut novel —Crimson Fire— was released by The Dragon's Rocketship Publishing in October 2016, with more to come. These include a trilogy co-authored by Erin Yoshikawa, and an historical fiction titled Night Witches through Sands Press. She's also had several short stories published and has co-edited two charity anthologies; for breast cancer research and Plan Australia.
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