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The Boy Who Wanted Wings

The Boy Who Wanted Wings

The wings wanted by the hero of James Conroyd Martin’s splendid historical novel The Boy Who Wanted Wings are those worn by the hussars, elite Polish winged horsemen who fought the invading Turks in 1683 and changed the course of European history. The boy is Aleksy, a dark-complexioned Tatar raised by a Polish peasant family, who falls in love with the daughter of a nobleman. Winning the woman he loves and becoming a hussar are the impossible dreams he pursues in this hard-to-put-down story of love in the time of war.

Amidst class and religious warfare, this alternately romantic and brutal love story is also a reminder that the struggle between Christianity and Islam is a great deal older than 2001. Culminating in the re-creation of the Siege of Vienna in 1683, this is a meticulously researched and convincingly written tale of love’s triumph that will surprise historical fiction readers with its little known historical backdrop. The main characters struggle with loyalties to family, race, and country as they come to understand that no fear or evil is unchangeable.

The Boy Who Wanted Wings is the winner of a 2017 Gold Medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards, nicknamed the IPPYs. The organization is the world’s largest book awards competition. James Conroyd Martin is also the author of The Poland Trilogy of historical fiction: Push Not the River, Against a Crimson Sky, and The Warsaw Conspiracy–all excellent reads.

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