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The Philosopher's War

(The Philosophers Series #2)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  931 ratings  ·  150 reviews
The second book in the thrilling series that began with The Philosopher’s Flight finds Robert Canderelli Weekes as a rookie Rescue and Evacuation flier on the front lines of World War I in France. He came to save lives, but has no idea how far he’ll have to go to win the war.

Thanks to a stunning flying performance and a harrowing shootout in the streets of Boston, Robert C
Published July 16th 2019 by Simon Schuster Audio
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Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-2019
The second book in this excellent series and it was just as good as the first.

Robert leaves his education behind and heads off to take his part in this author's wonderfully imagined alternative World War One. Wanting to save people rather than kill them Robert joins Rescue and Evacuation where he uses his flying skills to bring injured soldiers out of the fighting zones. Note that his flying skills are magical. No plane is required.

I love Tom Miller's imagination and his expertly created steam
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Out of order, but still good!

Update 7/16/19--Happy publication day!

Confession time--I committed a cardinal sin of book reading.

I picked up book 2 in this series before reading book 1. Luckily, it worked out pretty well this time. Most of the background info I needed was provided, and I did a bit of light googling to help me figure things out a bit more quickly.

If you're new to this series, as I was, sigilry is the type of magic practiced in this world, and it's mainly practiced by women. Sigilr
The Philosopher's Flight was brilliant. One of the most interesting and original novels I've read in a good long while. It followed Robert Weekes as he enters Radcliffe College with the goal of being the first male to ever join the R&E Service as a flying medic rescuing wounded soldiers in France. The Philosopher's Flight ended with him graduating and being accepted into R&E.

The Philosopher's War begins with him landing in France and joining the 5th Division, a motley group of misfits and malco
Mogsy (MMOGC)
5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Tom Miller’s debut The Philosopher’s Flight was one of the best gems I found in 2018 and in my opinion it’s still tragically under-rated and under-read. Somehow it flew under a lot of radars, but after the brilliance that was this sequel, you can bet I’ll be jumping up and down, telling everyone about this series every chance I get. My God, this book! I can’t remember the last time I read something that affected my emotion
If I could give this book more than five stars I would. It stole my sleep and kept me up two nights in a row. I sincerely hope there will be more, even as I acknowledge that this was a very good place to end the series. Darn it. Thanks for the trip.
Bam cooks the books ;-)
*4.5 stars rounded up!

Tom Miller takes us this time to an alternative history of WWI in which the flyers, including Robert, perform rescue missions to bring out the wounded on the battlefronts of Europe. If you are not familiar with this series, when I say 'flyers,' they are not in any kind of plane but fly using sigils and a mixture of powders. Robert is one of a very few male flyers in this service and is the brunt of lots of jibes and discrimination so of course he has to keep proving himself
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't realize that The Philosopher's War is a second book. I think reading the first would have helped my understanding. It's a fast entertaining read. The history of the world is different, and it's definitely got a steampunk vibe. There's action and drama and enough to keep you reading until the end. The characters are smart and engaging. A good read overall. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
Tom Miller's second alternate history about women and one man in World War I who fly to rescue and evacuate wounded soldiers during the height of battle and who ultimately try to win the war is a triumph of the imagination. It reads like a soldier's diary as he turns the genders on their heads. Kudos.
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Tom Miller's The Philosopher's Flight was one of the most refreshing books I read in 2018. He has followed that debut with a triumphant second novel that continues the bildungsroman account of Robert Canderelli Weekes, a nineteen-year-old sigilrist and rare male practitioner of the magical art called philosophy. Robert's Radcliffe dreams have come to fruition and he's become the first male member of the US Sigilry Rescue and Evacuation Corps. Let me assure you, it is his worst possible nightmare ...more
Often with book series, like with movie series, the first book starts out strong and following novels don't live up to the same high standard - not so here. This second book is a tour de force of gripping cliffhanger scenes, imaginative and well-crafted world-building, great characters, thought-provoking social commentary, bits of comic relief, and basically all kinds of good things you want in an alternate history novel. The second book in this alternate history series takes the reader through ...more
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book! Had the same fun and action as the first .
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
War is always stupid and tragic, but I've always thought of World War I as particularly stupid and tragic, possibly because both of my grandmothers lost brothers in it. I wouldn't normally read a book set in WWI, as a result, but I enjoyed the first book in this series so much that I couldn't pass it by. (It was the best book I read in 2017.)

This one didn't disappoint. Here we have Robert Weekes again, 19 years old, sole male flyer in the Rescue and Evacuation Corps (in a world where women have
Jill Elizabeth
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
These are such incredible books - Miller's imaginative recasting of history into a female-centric world in which women rule the branch of the magical armed forces is brilliant. I don't normally read war stories - and this is, above all else, a story about the brutality of World War I - and I had a tough time with the heavy emphasis on the warfare. But Miller does such an incredible job bringing his world and his characters to life, that I found myself engaged almost despite myself. If I enjoyed ...more
Kathy Roaleen
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an adventure!

Warning! When you open this book, you will find it nearly impossible to put down. It's an alternative history that turns your perched upside down. A cross between a Harry Potter magic, and a suffrage age novel. All characters are engaging and often humorous. It's simply a rollicking good read. Have fun!
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
FABULOUS! I absolutely loved this alternative history! Magic, great characters, jealousy, valor. All the makings of a great story! I highly recommend this book.
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

The Philosopher's War is the second book in Tom Miller's alt-history WW1 timeline novel. Released 16th July by Simon & Schuster, it's 416 pages and available in hardcover, audio, and ebook formats.

I reviewed the first installment last year and admit to some trepidation on reading this, the second. I was afraid it couldn't possibly live up to my remembered opinions about the quality and depth of the writing. I worried needlessly; this book is q
Tonstant Weader
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Philosopher’s War is an eagerly-awaited sequel to The Philosopher’s Fight. It picks up after Robert graduates from Radcliffe and heads off to World War I where soldiers’ lives are wasted by profligate generals determined to win at all cost. As the only man in the R&E, he flies to the front to rescue and evacuate the wounded. The experience bonds him to his fellow R&E fliers in ways that people on the outside cannot understand.

Meanwhile, General Blandings who leads the rescuers is organizing
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Publishing Date: July 2019

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781476778181

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 3.4/5

Publisher’s Description: Thanks to a stunning flying performance and a harrowing shootout in the streets of Boston, Robert Canderelli Weekes’s lifelong dream has come true: he’s the first male allowed to join the US Sigilry Corps’s Rescue and Evacuation service, an elite, all-woman team of flying medics.

Review: This novel follows in the footsteps of ” Philosopher’s Flight” continuing with the lif
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The adventures of Robert Canderelli Weekes continue in The Philosopher’s War, by Tom Miller, sequel to The Philosopher’s Flight. After training hard in Texas, Robert has finally achieved his dream: active duty in the Sigil Corps as a Rescue & Evacuation hoverer, just like his legendary mother. Traditionally, only women are members of the Sigil Corps; it’s believed that men just aren’t talented enough or strong enough to handle the work. (There’s a lot of very satisfying gender reversals in this ...more
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved Miller's first book - The Philosopher's Flight. The Philosopher's War picks up where Flight ended.

"Robert Weekes is now a flier for the US Sigilry Corps’s Rescue and Evacuation service, an elite, all-woman team of flying medics - the first male allowed to join. He ships to France to serve in the final days of WW I. But he'll have to make decisions about loyalty and love to help end the war."

I would consider this a historical fiction/magical realism. The world of empirical philosophy crea
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cbpl
Fantabulous. Our protagonist Robert has grown up and gone off to World War I. He's not fighting in the trenches, but instead living his dream of rescuing wounded soldiers through the Rescue & Evacuation division. It's grim. War is grim. But the dialogue is just as snappy and the adventures are even more hair-raising than in The Philosopher's Flight. Passions and dangers and near-deaths abound. I love how the longer arc of the plot unfolds, revealing master plans behind events that otherwise see ...more
Liz Tiethoff
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
It took me a minute to get into this one, unlike the last one that swept me away right away, but ultimately I loved it (alternative histories are so fun) and hope there is a third in the works!

The sequel does a good job building on plot and character development started in book one. You find yourself invested in the lives of the women in Robert's division and - without giving anything away - Miller does a good job leaving you unsure of which way you should be rooting for Robert to go. I also re
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a great ending to a fantastic duology. I cannot sing enough praises about this utterly underrated sci-fi/fantasy series. The characters were so diverse in their backgrounds, experiences, and personalities - each one adding perfectly to an equally unique and well-thought-out story. Miller’s storytelling and world-building are unparalleled, and the humor that he injects into his books is truly a gift. Would definitely recommend reading this series to anyone looking for an imaginative ...more
Vicky Guo
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a really enjoyable read which I found to be more of a page turner than The Philosopher's flight. Miller does a good job at world building / creating the alternate reality in which his books take place. I found some of the 'carnal' parts with Dar a bit cringeworthy and out of place. The book would have stood on its own without some of these racy interludes.
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Definitely a solid 4.5 - great use of historical events to tie in the narrative of this book. I really like the main characters in this book and am hopeful Tom will write a 3rd to continue the storyline.
May 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

Interesting notes on what it was like to be a Rescue Corps' philosopher in the war but the overall story ended up being too dry because it didn't have the strong characterizations of the first book to pull off the "plot".

The first half was much stronger than the last.
Ariel Magid
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun read

It’s a good read you can easily get lost in. Some of the philosophy was a bit murky to be and I still don’t have a clear vision of if. But a fun book overall!
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25. What a debut! Alternative history with some fun characters. Hard to put down and it definitely has an unusual story line.
Kelsey (Kelseylovesbooks)
DNF at 40%. Just not getting into this one.
Joelle Boudreaux
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Super good! The only reason I dropped a star is because it was difficult for me to keep up with all the characters and who was who. But still very much worth the read!!
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Tom Miller grew up in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He graduated from Harvard University and went on to earn an MFA in creative writing from the University of Notre Dame and an MD from the University of Pittsburgh. While writing The Philosopher's Flight, he worked as a travel guidebook writer, EMT, and college English instructor. He's now an emergency room doctor in Madison, Wisconsin. The Philosopher's F ...more

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