The Wings Upon Her Back

Tachyon. Apr. 2024. 336p. ISBN 9781616964146. pap. $18.95. FANTASY
DEBUT Five gods brought wondrous gifts of technology and knowledge to the city of Radezhda, then left its citizens behind and went to sleep. Now the denizens of the Five have built towers to the celestial rifts, where their Voice—the one person who can speak with the gods—relays the commands and information shared by the gods when they wake. Zenya was the child of scholars but only dreamed of having the wings of the Mecha god’s soldiers and ran away to fulfill that dream. She became Winged Zemolai and spent most of her life fighting for what her mentor, and future Voice, said was right. Then one merciful act casts her from her place. Now Zenya must discover the truth: about herself, her actions, and what the gods want their people to do. Readers see not only Zenya’s current journey to self-discovery but also the past timeline that brought her to where she is now.
VERDICT Mills’s debut novel is complex and haunting, filled with beautiful prose and timely themes of political and religious upheaval and personal journeys.
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