Two girls use forbidden magic to fly and fight--for their country and for themselves--in this riveting debut fantasy that's part Shadow and Bone, part Code Name Verity.
Seventeen-year-old Revna is a factory worker, manufacturing war machines for the Union of the North. When she's caught using illegal magic, she fears being branded a traitor and imprisoned. Meanwhile, on the front lines, Linné defied her father, a Union general, and disguised herself as a boy to join the army. They're both offered a reprieve from punishment if they use their magic in a special women's military flight unit and undertake terrifying, deadly missions under cover of darkness. Revna and Linné can hardly stand to be in the same cockpit, but if they can't fly together, and if they can't find a way to fly well, the enemy's superior firepower will destroy them--if they don't destroy each other first.
We Rule the Night is a fiercely compelling story about sacrifice, complicated friendships, and survival against impossible odds.--from the publisher
400 pages 978-0316417273 Ages 14 and up (Grades 9 and up)
Keywords: magic, fantasy, military, women, courage, working together, sacrifice, friendship, survival, betrayal, honor, alternating perspective, war, women pilots, 14 year old, 15 year old, 16 year old
Editor's Note: This story has a USSR influence and feels loosely based on the Night Witches, female pilots who flew in World War II. There are several non-fiction titles about these women. NIGHT WITCHES by Kathryn Lasky is one.