Review: The Philosopher’s War by Tom Miller

The Philosopher's WarPublisher: Simon Schuster
Author: Tom Miller
Released: July 16th, 2019
Received: NetGalley
Warnings: Graphic deaths, wartime, sexism
Rating: Kitty Rating

I received a copy of The Philosopher’s War through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Philosopher’s War is the second novel in the series by Tom Miller. And it is an epic sequel by any means. This is a world where magic exists in the form of Philosophy. It’s also a female dominated practice, due to their innate talents.

The series follows Robert Canderelli Weekes – one of the only male Philosophers of note. And the only male R&E flier out there. Because of his unique circumstances, as well as his drive to follow his passion, Robert finds himself in a series of plots and schemes to end the war. But what will it cost him?

The Philosopher’s Series is in many ways, a historical fantasy series. It’s set during the First World War, which is going quite differently thanks to the use of Philosophers. It takes a little bit of getting used to, but it’s worth it.

This series has been a complete whirlwind for me. I first discovered the series thanks to Book of the Month club, but I was too hooked to wait and see if it would be featured again this year. And I’m glad I was impatient – because The Philosopher’s War held up to all of my expectations.

The Philosopher’s War is four hundred and sixteen pages – but they all passed by in a blur for me. I devoured this book. But then I was left with one of the worst book hangovers – I just couldn’t get this world out of my head!

Spoiler Warning

Warnings: The Philosopher’s War is set during World War I. Specifically, Robert and the rest of the team he works with, are evacuating soldiers from the front. There are graphic deaths described during these scenes, as well as fairly accurate descriptions of PTSD and survivor’s guilt. There is also a huge dose of sexism from those that run the war – the type that won’t want women in power. It’ll leave a bitter taste in your mouth (though I respect Tom Miller for portraying this element of his world).

It’s been two days, and I still can’t get the Philosopher’s War out of my head. This novel just completely grabbed all of my imagination and attention span, and it won’t let go. Honestly though, I’m okay with that. It’s not every day you can get that obsessed with a book, right?

This was a seriously intense book. I knew that Robert was going to join the R&E (Rescue and Evacuation) unit, and that he would be flying injured men from the war. But knowing it and seeing it are two completely different things. Honestly, all credit to Tom Miller for accurately portraying both the horror and the numbness that comes from seeing injuries and losses such as those.

There was more to this novel than that though, because of course Robert got himself pulled into something bigger. It was interesting to see him struggle and make the moral decision that felt right to him. Sometimes he was stuck between the love of his life and the women on his flight unit. Not an easy choice by any means.

I will say that there was one point that had been bugging me through the course of the novel. I’ll try to avoid spoilers here. Robert got pulled into a bigger plot during the war, because they needed a man. They didn’t say why, but kept building on that point. It wasn’t too painful, but maybe a little grating? However! Once the reason why got revealed, I had to laugh about it! It actually made complete sense, and I can’t argue with the what and why of it in the least. So if that part bugs you at all, just keep reading. I promise it’ll work out.

I’m honestly not sure if the Philosophers Series is a duology, trilogy, or whatever it wants to be. Part of me feels like this is the end, while the rest of me isn’t ready to say goodbye just yet. I’m too afraid to look it up and find out right now though. Maybe once the book hangover is over with I’ll be more inclined to find an answer.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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