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The Wings Upon Her Back

by Samantha Mills

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The Wings Upon Her Back by Samantha Mills
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A dedicated warrior in a zealous religious society learns too late where unexamined faith can lead.

Faith is a delicate thing. At its best, it can offer peace in times of crisis. At its worst, it can be a factor in breeding dissension, causing wars, and ruining lives. In Samantha Mills' novel The Wings Upon Her Back, it is the axis on which the world turns, and belief in the wrong thing can mean the end of your existence.

In the beginning, the people in the city of Radezhda carved out a meager existence as best they could. Then the gods came. Five ethereal beings descended from the sky, possessed of undreamt of technologies and knowledge that they gifted to the people: The creator, the scholar, the worker, the earth god, and the mecha god — the god of warriors. The people devoted themselves to these beings until one day the gods turned their backs and went to sleep, leaving only five favored disciples to act as their Voices.

Since she was a child, it was scholar ...

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