THE WINGS UPON HER BACK nabs fourth starred review!


Most books are lucky to receive one starred review from the trade review journals; multiple award-winning author Samantha Mills‘s debut science fantasy novel THE WINGS UPON HER BACK is one of the very few books to receive four.

In this newest starred review, Kirkus writes: “…the real power here is in [Mill’s] exploration of finding one’s true path, the dangers of blind faith, and weaponized zealotry. All these elements combine in a narrative that is virtually impossible to put down. An absolute must-read—to paraphrase a line from the novel, fantasy fans will find themselves in literary heaven.”

We’re beyond thrilled for Samantha that her debut novel, to publish from Tachyon on April 23rd, 2024, has been honored with such positive reviews. We can’t wait for the rest of the world to read this fantastic book in just a few short weeks!

Previous starred reviews include:

Booklist: “THE WINGS UPON HER BACK is a triumphant debut novel. The complex narrative examines the intricacies of blind devotion, self-image, and the hidden motivations behind martial control. For fans of C.L. Clark’s The Unbroken looking for a timely perspective on the human cost of destructive nationalism.”

Publishers Weekly: “Mills debuts with an intricate and intriguing science fantasy… This cathartic adventure will stay with readers long after the final page.”

Library Journal: “Mills’s debut novel is complex and haunting, filled with beautiful prose and timely themes of political and religious upheaval and personal journeys.”