Meet another of the troublesome sisters.
She’s the One Who Doesn’t Say Much (Book Four of the War Stories of the Seven Troublesome Sisters) by S.R. Cronin released in August in the Historical Fantasy genre.
Do you know what your problem is?
Olivine knows hers. This quiet thirteenth-century artist has been hiding a secret as she travels to K’ba to meet her friends. Others assume she’s fallen in love with another artist, but it’s much worse than that. For on the way to K’ba is the dirt poor nichna of Scrud, a place scorned by other Ilarians. And in Scrud is the one man who understands her.
However, Bohdan recognizes the dangers posed by an impending Mongol invasion. When he learns of Olivine’s unusual visual powers, he convinces her to pick up her bow and start practicing.
She does, though she’s more concerned with moving to K’ba where she can paint all day and see Bohdan whenever she wants. If only her sister hadn’t decided Olivine and her fellow long eyes held one key to defending the realm.
Then, as if life wasn’t complicated enough, Olivine learns the artist community she yearns to be part of has developed a different take on the invasion. They’re sure the only way to survive is to capitulate completely to the Mongols’ demands. Artists who feel otherwise are no longer welcome.
Where does her future lie? The invasion is coming soon and Olivine doesn’t have much time to decide.
Soon, I looked forward to the rides back and forth as much as I looked forward to my time in K’ba. Bohdan knew my schedule and never failed to be near the road on the days I came and went. His family and friends mostly left us alone, but when someone curious found an excuse to come by, he introduced me as if Scrudites often entertained travelers from Vinx. I wondered if perhaps they did, and Vinxites were the ones who didn’t mention it.
We usually exchanged small gifts, typically food and drink, until I gave him one of my paintings. A tiny thing done on wood, it showed a green bird alighting on a branch. He held it against his heart like something precious, then he hung it in his hut. I couldn’t have been more pleased.
As Plono approached, I suspected he hoped we’d celebrate it together, but I explained that my sister Coral was with child and would be married that day. Obviously, I needed and wanted to be at her wedding.
Had Bohdan been from Vinx, or another nichna, I’d have invited him to the festivities as my guest. No one would have raised an eyebrow. But a woman from Vinx didn’t show up at her sister’s wedding with a Scrudite guest.
After getting to know Bohdan, I questioned why this was so. But I also knew a Scrudite’s presence would generate a lot of attention. Was it fair to Coral to turn my growing qualms about social status into a centerpiece of her wedding? No. So I avoided the topic with Bohdan. If he was offended, he didn’t show it.
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.
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Author Blog: https://sherriecronin.xyz/
Book Series Blog: https://troublesome7sisters.xyz/
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