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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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, ...
"From the first sentence, I couldn't put the book down and finished reading it in two sittings. It is a brilliantly realized novel and features an incredibly imaginative world that rivals Harry Potter. I was surprised and delighted at the novel's focus on a discipline in which women are the victors, and an alternate history in which women were more respected and educated. If you're looking for a fantasy-tinged historical novel, or a historically-tinged fantasy novel, you've found your book."
"I really liked this one. The interesting juxtaposition of role reversal, but in a world where men still seem to have a lot of power felt eerily similar to today without being in your face."
Brighton , MA
"I really enjoyed this book. The plot was very engrossing and the world building was superb! I also live in Boston and I loved the mix of the historical with the fantastical."
Washburn , WI
"How delightful was this read?! Incredibly imaginative and detailed. The women are strong and pragmatic, not idealized. Our protagonist is relatable. I hope there is more of Robert's story!"
St. Louis, MO
"It was a little slow to take off, but once it got going I really loved the ride. "
"I loved this book! It was very entertaining and had a powerful message about equality given through an extremely unique premise. "
"Miller builds a wonderful world for any fantasy fan to enjoy. I loved how he masterfully intertwined fantasy with real history. "
"This is a wonderful coming-of-age story. It is imaginative and beautifully told and reminds me a little of the world of Harry Potter. No surprise that I was sucked into this world from the start."
"A really nice work of fiction woven with historical, and medical knowledge. "
"truly unique and engaging; an alternate history and a magical (sorta) adventure though the mid-twentieth century where women are war heroes and men have to fight for their place alongside them."
"Enjoyable from beginning to end. "