The Philosopher's Flight

We’re happy to support debut authors, including Tom Miller with The Philosopher's Flight.

by Tom Miller

Quick take

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

  • Feminist

  • Light Read


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, ...

Member thoughts

46% Love
42% Like
10% Dislike
  • Jacob O.

    Omaha, NE

    "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."

  • Robin D.

    Salem, MA

    "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."

  • Amelia P.

    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."

  • Laura O.

    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!"

  • Elise A.

    St. Louis, MO

    "It was a little slow to take off, but once it got going I really loved the ride. "

  • Katherine T.

    Minneapolis, MN

    "I loved this book! It was very entertaining and had a powerful message about equality given through an extremely unique premise. "

  • Rebecca C.

    Brush, CO

    "Miller builds a wonderful world for any fantasy fan to enjoy. I loved how he masterfully intertwined fantasy with real history. "

  • Lisa T.

    Candler, NC

    "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."

  • Amanda G.

    Cleburne, TX

    "A really nice work of fiction woven with historical, and medical knowledge. "

  • hallie b.

    greenville, SC

    "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."

  • Nicole M.

    Charlottesville, VA

    "Enjoyable from beginning to end. "