Here we go, with the next installment of this series.
She’s the One that Gets in Fights (War Stories of the Seven Troublesome Sisters Book 3) by S.R. Cronin released in May in the Historical Fantasy genre.
Do you know what your problem is?
Sulphur knows hers. This 13th-century woman has trained as a fighter all her life in hopes of joining the army. Then, within days, both of her older sisters announce plans and suddenly Sulphur is expected to find a man to marry instead.
Is it her good fortune her homeland is gripped by fear of a pending invasion and the army now goes door to door encouraging recruits? Sulphur thinks it is. But once she’s forced to kill in a small skirmish, she’s ready to rethink her career decision. Too bad it’s too late. The invasion is coming, and Ilari needs every good soldier it has.
Once Sulphur learns Ilari’s army has made the strategic decision to not defend certain parts of the realm, including the one where her family lives, she has to re-evaluate her loyalty. Is it with the military she’s always admired? Or is it with her sisters, who are hatching a plan to defend their homeland with magic?
The problem with being a woman who fights for what’s right is that now, she has to figure out what is.
(The War Stories of the Seven Troublesome Sisters consists of seven short companion novels. Each tells the personal story and perspective of one of seven radically different sisters in the 1200s as they prepare for an invasion of their realm. While these historical fantasy/alternate history books can be enjoyed as stand-alone novels, together they tell the full story of how Ilari survived.)
“What’s your name?”
I pressed the point of my wooden stick gently into the softest part of his neck when he asked the question.
“Do you concede?” I responded.
“Of course I do. Were these real swords I’d be dead and we both know it. You fight well.”
Yes, I knew that, too.
My opponent, a tall skinny lad with light brown hair, lacked the skill to bring out my best, but I didn’t say so. He’d agreed to spar with me; it was more than many males did. And this young man from somewhere in Bisu had told me I fought well, not that I fought well for a girl. That earned him an answer.
“My name. It’s Sulphur.”
He laughed and I pressed the stick back into his flesh.
“Hey, I meant no offense. But that is one odd name.”
I shrugged. “I come from one odd family. Seven daughters.”
“Wait. I’ve heard of you people. Your dad studies rocks?”
“That’s us. We farm, too.”
“And you fight. Are all your sisters like you?”
Not even close.
“No. None are like me.”
“Then we’ve something in common. I’ve three brothers and none are like me either.”
I stepped back, freeing him to move. As I dusted myself off, I surveyed the damage. I’d torn my dress in two places and covered one side with mud. My mother would not be happy to see another ruined frock.
“Thanks for the chance to practice,” I said. “If I run into you again, maybe …”
“Sure. Any time.” He laughed. “I don’t mind getting beat by a girl if I can learn from her.”
After I got on my horse and rode away, I realized I hadn’t asked him his name. Well, Bisu wasn’t far from my home. Perhaps I’d see him again.
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 eccentric 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 Social Media Links:
Author Blog: https://sherriecronin.xyz/
Book Series Blog: https://troublesome7sisters.xyz/
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