The Philosopher's War (The Philosophers Series #2) (Paperback)

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This is book number 2 in the The Philosophers Series series.

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The Philosopher's War is a thrilling historical fantasy that follows the events of The Philosopher's Flight with high-stakes conflict set in World War I. As the first male member of the elite U.S. Sigilry Corps, Robert Weekes feels pressure to prove himself, both to the more experienced Sigilwomen in their overstretched and short-handed rescue and evacuation unit on the front lines, and to a world that doesn't believe men have a place in advanced sigilry work. Think of the R&E Sigilwomen as EMTs who practice difficult, empirical magic to stabilize and fly out wounded soldiers. Things escalate for Robert when he joins others in his unit in covert operations to recover intelligence from behind enemy lines, and a conspiracy to end the Great War using sigilry unfolds. Elements of tense spy fiction and WWI history meet great fantasy world building in the second installment of the Philosopher’s series. Couldn't put it down!

— Olivia Schmitz


The “propulsive follow-up to emergency physician Miller’s imaginative debut, The Philosopher’s Flight” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) 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 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.

But as he deploys to France during the waning days of the Great War, Sigilwoman Third-Class Canderelli learns that carrying the injured from the front lines to the field hospital is not the grand adventure he imagined. His division, full of misfits and renegades, is stretched to the breaking point and has no patience for a man striving to prove himself. Slowly, Robert wins their trust and discovers his comrades are plotting to end the Great War by outlawed philosophical means. Robert becomes caught up in their conspiracy, running raids in enemy territory and uncovering vital intelligence. Friends old and new will need his help with a dangerous scheme that just might win the war overnight and save a few million lives. But the German smokecarvers have plans of their own: a devastating all-out attack that threatens to destroy the Corps and France itself. Naturally, Robert is trapped right in the thick of it.

The Philosopher’s War is the electrifying next chapter in Robert Weekes’s story, filled with heroic, unconventional women, thrilling covert missions, romance, and, of course, plenty of aerial adventures. The second book in a series “that grabs readers from its opening lines and doesn’t loosen its grip or lessen its hold all the way through” (Associated Press), Tom Miller again brings Robert’s world to life with unrivaled imagination, ambition, and wit.

About the Author

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. He is the author of The Philosopher’s Flight and The Philosopher’s War. He works as an emergency room doctor.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781476778198
ISBN-10: 1476778191
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: December 8th, 2020
Pages: 416
Language: English
Series: The Philosophers Series