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She’s the One Who Thinks Too Much (Book One of the War Stories of the Seven Troublesome Sisters)
by S.R. Cronin
GENRE: Historical Fantasy
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.
A dozen of us gathered in a large living room to learn about the art of moving objects with our minds. The glass in the windows of this room could be raised to let the fresh spring air rush in. I always sat by a window.
Two of the older women were our informal teachers, but we all contributed. Most of us could only nudge small items or move smoke and dust in the air, but a couple of the younger women were advanced enough to be scary. We practiced and exchanged tips and theories and sometimes we speculated about how oomrush worked or when it could be useful. I suppose I got a little better with each session, but mostly I enjoyed the chance to not feel weird about doing something that had always fascinated me.
One of the two skilled women seemed to take a liking to me, and we started to sit together at dinner. Her name was Joli and I learned she was from Zur, the only nichna in Ilari’s large central forest. The Zurians had been trying to drive the Velka and others out of the open the forest for centuries, hoping to incorporate some or all of it into Zur. The Svadlu had been forced to step in many times, as the rest of Ilaria believed the existence of this unincorporated space was vital to the realm. It sure was vital to the Velka.
Zur and the Velka had such a history of animosity, I was surprised any Zurian women would do what Joli had done. Then she told me she’d been with the Velka for about five years, having joined them when her oomrush abilities became so strong she had to spend most of her energy concentrating on not using them.
“It was no way to live,” she said.
I understood. It had been hard enough to hide my nascent talents.
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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