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The Philosopher's Flight by Tom Miller

Fantasy

The Philosopher's Flight

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In an alternate world where only women are strong enough to wield magic, a gifted boy goes where no man has gone before: Radcliffe, a prestigious female-only school of sigilry.

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    400+ pages

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    Feminist

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    Light read

Synopsis

A thrilling debut from ER doctor turned novelist Tom Miller, The Philosopher's Flight is an epic historical fantasy set in a World-War-I-era America where magic and science have blended into a single extraordinary art.

Eighteen-year-old Robert Weekes is a practitioner of empirical philosophy—an mysterious, female-dominated branch of science used to summon the wind, shape clouds of smoke, heal the injured, and even fly. Though he dreams of becoming the first male to join the elite US Sigilry Corps Rescue and Evacuation Service—a team of flying medics—Robert is resigned to mixing batches of philosophical chemicals and keeping the books for the family business in rural Montana, where his mother, a former soldier and vigilante, aids the locals.

When a deadly accident puts his philosophical abilities to the test, Robert rises to the occasion and wins a scholarship to study at Radcliffe College, an all-women's school. At Radcliffe, Robert hones his skills and strives to win the respect of his classmates, a host of formidable, unruly women.

Robert falls hard for Danielle Hardin, a disillusioned young war hero turned political radical. However, Danielle's activism and Robert's recklessness attract the attention of the same fanatical anti-philosophical group that Robert's mother fought years before. With their lives in mounting danger, Robert and Danielle band together with a team of unlikely heroes to fight for Robert's place among the next generation of empirical philosophers—and for philosophy's very survival against the men who would destroy it.

In the tradition of Lev Grossman and Deborah Harkness, Tom Miller writes with unrivaled imagination, ambition, and humor. The Philosopher's Flight is both a fantastical reimagining of American history and a beautifully composed coming-of-age tale for anyone who has ever felt like an outsider.

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Starling House
Ink Blood Sister Scribe
The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi
Hell Bent
Kaikeyi
Weyward
The Fragile Threads of Power
The Book of Magic
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
The Rules of Magic
A History of Wild Places
The City We Became
A River Enchanted
The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina
Book of Night
Ariadne
Circe
Ninth House
The Invisible Hour
The Stardust Thief
The Cartographers
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
The Possessions
The London Séance Society
Sourdough
The City of Brass
The Philosopher's Flight
Siren Queen
The Last Tale of the Flower Bride
Fate of the Fallen
Immortal Longings
Things in Jars
A Fire Endless