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She’s the One that Gets in Fights
(Book Three of the War Stories of the Seven Troublesome Sisters)
by S.R. Cronin
GENRE: Historical Fantasy
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.)
Tamara, our leader, must have been impressed because her tone softened with each day as she watched us work.
“I hate to mess with success,” she said one morning a few anks later, “but I’ve been told to break up this little group.”
She wore her dark blonde hair in a single long braid that hung all the way down her back and I’d noticed she often played with it when she talked, particularly when she delivered news she knew we wouldn’t like. She played with her braid now.
“Why?” Rooslin was upset. “You don’t like that we’re doing well?”
“I like it very much. But my next job is to get each of you to the right place.” She pointed to the woman who had streamlined our work. “You. You’re never going to make much of a fighter. What were you thinking when you joined?”
The woman hung her head. “I wanted to help defend Ilari.”
“And so you will,” Tamara said. “But not with us. I’m sending you to engineering. They can use a brain like yours.”
The woman gave a happy little shrug. I suspected she’d be welcomed by the engineers and far happier with them.
Tamara turned to the man with the bad back. “And what were you thinking? You don’t belong with us.” His shoulders sagged. “Never mind. Everyone has their reasons for joining. Lucky for you, your friend over there says you cook better than he does and we need cooks. Report to the kitchen. You can help save Ilari by keeping our soldiers fed.”
He stood up tall. “Yes, madam.”
She turned to the other two men in our group. “You’ve lifted more than your share of rocks. It’s time to let newer people take over. You’re off to training. Go learn to be good Svadlu. I’ll see you around.”
They made little gestures with their hands and arms that were popular signs of victory, and she laughed. Then she turned to Rooslin and me.
“Well. I didn’t expect to find two of you.”
“Two of what?” Rooslin asked.
“Two people I want to take back to headquarters with me. You two don’t need to go to training. Under the circumstances, you’ve been fast-tracked. You’re Svadlu already. Get your horses. Let’s go.
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/
S. R. Cronin will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
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