The Winged Histories

The Winged Histories 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 tre

  • Title: The Winged Histories
  • Author: Sofia Samatar
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 361
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 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 advePraise 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.

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    1. This one is extremely difficult to review, mainly because I'm tempted more 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 [...]

    2. 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 impress [...]

    3. One of my Hugo Award nominees, novel, 2016. ____"A Stranger in Olondria" lured me in to the worlds evoked by Samatar's lush, poetic writing style. I had heard this was a companion piece to that book, so naturally sought it out. However, this is a very different book and only very tangentially (if at all) related - it stands wholly on its own. And - I liked it even better. The elements that I loved about Samatar's writing are all still here. While the form of the story is still not that of a trad [...]

    4. 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 [...]

    5. 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 more enemies than friends; Seren is a singer from a marginalized group of nomads, w [...]

    6. 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 huge fan of. Samatar winds the stories of four very different women through a monumental period of Olondrian history, and it's one of the b [...]

    7. "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 isla [...]

    8. 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, more 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 [...]

    9. 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 more powerful spell.

    10. 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 i [...]

    11. The four parts of this novel are each told by a different woman. Their narratives interconnect, and sometimes directly interact with one another, but they each give a different perspective on one subject: civil war in the imaginary country of Olondria. The novel deliberately shows us the perspective of different women in a mainly patriarchal society so that it can ask the reader to consider women's role in war and in written history in our own world. I reread this book's companion, "A Stranger i [...]

    12. I wouldn’t normally taunt you with a book you can’t have for two months, but this time is different, ok? Because the book in question is a sequel, which means you have time to go and read A Stranger in Olondria, and then be ready for Winged Histories in all its glorious glory. In Olondria, Samatar built us a beautiful fantasy world, full of diverse peoples and customs, gorgeous landscapes, and a dark undercurrent. Our guide to Olondria, Jevick, found himself caught up in the midst of a troub [...]

    13. So, I liked this, but I think it works best to think of it as intertwined short stories that are companions to A Stranger in Olondria. It expands the world well and adds character, but I think it may struggle on its own without the context of ASO. Full review to follow.

    14. The Winged Histories is an epic fantasy divided in four sections, each narrated by a different woman: a soldier, a poet, a scholar, a socialite; sometimes they take part of the epic events, the battles and revolutions and displacements, and sometimes they are in the corners or the cracks, making up stories about family histories or fantasies about great heroes because the stories they’re told (if they’re told stories at all) aren’t enough. Usually epic fantasy is epic like The Iliad; argua [...]

    15. Sofia Samatar's work is a revelation. Her prose has only become richer and more assured between her debut novel and this follow-up. The Winged Histories gives the stories of four women whose stories are linked by the events that shape them (and that they help to shape). The contexts of the complicated class and national histories the inform these women is described in such clear detail that I feel that I know them all, their histories and their inner realities. Amazing, incredible, lush, emotion [...]

    16. What a challenging, lovely piece of work this book is! I'm flagging it for my queer women protags because two of the female protagonists are a couple, FYI, for those looking for more fantasy w/ queer women as leads and POV. Samatar's prose is gorgeous and her world-building is layers and layers deep (in fact, I'm slightly jealous). The story is about 4 women experiencing different aspects of a civil war; they sing, they remember, they fight, they flee. The way that each describes her experience [...]

    17. This book was a slow burn for me. At times the names, jumps between past and present, and style was a little confusing, especially in the beginning, but the writing was really beautiful and lyrical. This book follows the eruption of war and rebellion from four different female perspectives. I really enjoyed how the story progressed within the changes of perspectives. The reader doesn't experience the pages and pages of bitter battle, but does see the wreckage of the afterwards. Overall a subtle [...]

    18. I dream of fantasy like this: intelligent, exploratory, effortlessly inclusive-stroke-diverse -- because not to be is part of the staleness we are tired of in fantasy. Ideas fantasy that is alive with immediacy of story, with exquisite skills in characterisation and in writing. Let her continue to take nine years to write a book (as she says of her two fantasies) and distill her work to this.

    19. I've been thinking a lot on this book in the few days since I finished it, so here's a quick sort-of review!Basically, I loved this. It was probably a safe bet for me, since the premise is one I'm more or less guaranteed to love - four women on different sides of a violent rebellion, writing their stories and pondering on/trying to make/agonizing about history - but I've been burned before by books I thought were a sure bet so it was an absolute delight to see this wasn't one of those cases. Sof [...]

    20. This book is a slow start but the momentum builds quickly to a startling and wrenching finish. Sofia Samatar is an AMAZING writer. Like, her prose is gorgeous and will wreck you and create an image that you will be haunted by long after you've put the book down. I think her choice of four female narrators throughout civil unrest was a smart choice, as it demonstrates the effects of war on women civilians. The narrative polyphony is broken up into four books, so you don't have to try and identify [...]

    21. The Winged Histories is densely layered, overwhelming, and quite beautiful. A series of 4 documents written by characters with differing perspectives on a central conflict, each portion has a unique feel, with the lyric poem portion being a head and shoulders above the rest. The experience of reading the Winged Histories is memorable, but not easy. The book is long, and the prose is thick. There are also complicated family trees to grapple with and the history of the land itself. I don't recomme [...]

    22. I think I must accept that Sofia Samatar is not for me! Her writing is lovely, but I need things to be a bit faster-paced than this. ALAS.

    23. Definitely a book to read with the expectation of beautiful poetic writing, intense scenes and short pieces, and an incredible sense of place and culture - but no expectation of following an overarching plot. It does something A Stranger In Olondria did exceptionally well: tell the story of an epic imperial war via characters who aren't the heroes, who are at the edges of the action. Less marginal than Jevick in Stranger, for sure, but involved in much more subtle ways than your typical fantasy [...]

    24. This is maybe my favorite novel I've read in years. The way the narrative unfolds (and doesn't unfold) is so beautiful. I think there are some commonalities with Faulkner in how the past and present are consistently intruding upon one another, and how time is more like an ebb and flow that occasionally washes over the story than a linear sequence of events. It also shares with The Sound and the Fury the structure of four personas telling the same story, each of them revising, clarifying, and com [...]

    25. This book. This book! What reaffirming magic. It's so wonderful to read fantasy that runs against the conventions of the genre and does it in such an assured, poetic way. I thought A Stranger in Olondria was beautifully written but it didn't grab me - but The Winged Histories was totally gripping as well as being a feast of gorgeous writing. I liked the four perspectives - a bold structural choice, with the events unfolding in a liminal way, the "biggest" things sometimes left inferred instead o [...]

    26. The Winged Histories is loosely connected to A Stranger in Olondria, and can be read as a standalone.This is a frustrating book to rate. There were times it was as 2 star book, struggling to capture my attention, and other times it was a 5 star book, full of rich poetic language and characters. I am kind of throwing my hands up and giving it 4 stars for the technical writing skills alone.The Winged Histories takes place in the Empire of Olondria around the same time as its predecessor. It's divi [...]

    27. Sofia Samatar has some of the most beautiful writing I have read in years. The words in this story feel like music more than prose. There is a rhythm to them, description of people and places resounding like deep notes. I won’t lie to you, THE WINGED HISTORIES isn’t the kind of book you dive into expecting high action ad massive battles. No, it’s a far more intimate secondary world that has scatterings of fantasy elements, but the main focus is on the rich cultural and historical connectio [...]

    28. Sofia Samatar has called her second novel, "The Winged Histories," her "farewell to epic fantasy," though devotees of her 2013 debut "A Stranger in Olondria" might justly cry that she has only barely said hello. Both books are set in the mercantile empire of Olondria during a period of colonial expansion similar to that of early modern Europe. It's a world in which languages, religions and culturally specific forms of magic — fetishes and angel-worship, vampires and goddess-cults and holy text [...]

    29. What abeautifulbook this was! I am sure it will be one of my favourites this year. 50-70 pages into it, the timeline was meadering and Tav's narration was dizzying. i was constantly confused but by the 100th page or thereabouts, i got into the flow of her narration, later on in the book, the realisation hit me; how Tav's part was true to her character and personality (Seren even remarks on it duing her POV). I enjoyed Seren's part the most, the songs, her obvious love for (view spoiler)[Tav (hid [...]

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