This is going to be a difficult relationship and honestly, the fact that she’s the ‘other lady’ is not the main reason.
She’s the One Who Thinks Too Much(Book One of the War Stories of the Seven Troublesome Sisters) by S.R. Cronin will release in the Historical Fantasy genre.
It’s the 1200’s, and the small realm of Ilari has had peace and prosperity for generations. That doesn’t mean everyone is happy, however.
Ryalgar, a spinster farm girl and the oldest of seven, has always preferred her studies to flirtation, yet even she finally meets her prince. Or so she thinks, until she discovers he’s already betrothed. Embarrassed, she flees her family’s farm to join the Velka, the mysterious women of the forest known for their magical powers and for living apart from men.
As a Velka, she develops her telekinesis and learns she has a talent for analyzing information. Both are going to come in handy. For she’s continued to meet her prince at the forest’s edge, thinking being his mistress isn’t such a bad deal. Then she learns more about his princely assignment. He’s tasked with training the army of Ilari to repel the feared Mongol horseman who’ve been moving eastward for years, killing all in their path. And, her prince is willing to sacrifice the outer farmlands where she grew up to these invaders, if he has to.
Ryalgar isn’t about to let that happen.
She’s got the Velka behind her now, as well as a multitude of university intellectuals, a family of tough farmers, and six sisters each with her own unique personality and talents.
Can Ryalgar organize all that into a resistance that will stop the Mongols? She thinks she can.
Mom said no more. So I said something.
“I want you to know I’m content there. It’s not perfect, but I have found a place to belong.” I couldn’t resist adding “and I’m seeing Nevik when he can get away.”
She sucked in her breath. “It’s a dangerous game, being the mistress of royalty. What are you thinking? The jealous wife of a ruler is no enemy to have.”
“It’s more complicated.”
“I don’t care what he tells you, dear. Be careful. This often does not end well for the woman in your shoes.”
She looked away from me towards the festivities. Davor was putting on a good show, despite his small entourage. Coral was dancing with him, playing her part, too. The guests were full of ale and wine and complimenting my father on the fine celebration he’d hosted. More than one of them cast a pitying glance my way as they spoke to him.
“Does it bother you that you’ll never have a day like this?” There was nothing mean in my mother’s tone when she asked the question. She genuinely wanted to know.
“Not nearly as much as you’d think.” It was an honest answer. “I suspect I’m having a better day today than Coral is, and that tells me something.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Sherrie Cronin is the author of a collection of six speculative fiction novels known as 46. Ascending and is now in the process of publishing a historical fantasy series called The War Stories of the Seven Troublesome Sisters. A quick look at the synopses of her books makes it obvious she is fascinated by people achieving the astonishing by developing abilities they barely knew they had.
She’s made a lot of stops along the way to writing these novels. She’s lived in seven cities, visited forty-six countries, and worked as a waitress, technical writer, and geophysicist. Now she answers a hot-line. Along the way, she’s lost several cats but acquired a husband who still loves her and three kids who’ve grown up just fine, both despite how odd she is.
All her life she has wanted to either tell these kinds of stories or be Chief Science Officer on the Starship Enterprise. She now lives and writes in the mountains of Western North Carolina, where she admits to occasionally checking her phone for a message from Captain Picard, just in case.
Author Blog: https://sherriecronin.xyz/
Book Series Blog: https://troublesome7sisters.xyz/
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