For those of us who discovered Sofia Samatar with her debut fantasy novel, A Stranger in Olondria (Small Beer Press, 2013), March 15 couldn’t come soon enough. I didn’t know what I wanted next, just that I wanted more, and in my most detailed daydreams I don’t think I could have conjured up The Winged Histories.
Told by four different women, it is a story of war; not epic battles of good and evil, but the attempt to make things right and the realities of violence wielded by one human against another, by one group against another. It’s about the aftermath of war, in which some things are better but others are worse. 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.