She’s the One Who Doesn’t Say Much
(Book Four of the
War Stories of the Seven Troublesome Sisters)
by S.R. Cronin
GENRE: Historical Fantasy
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.
As the eighth came to a close, Bohdan and I made plans to celebrate our first holiday together as proper lovers. On the morning of Sashi, I would pretend to make a sudden decision to go see my friends, much as I’d done on Heli. Only this time he’d be waiting for me. We both looked forward to it.
Then the morning before Sashi my mom declared she wanted a special family celebration this year with Celestine and me. Why?
Celestine spent more time away from home than I did, giving us little chance to share private information. I’d noticed that over the past eighth a certain fear had replaced our exchange of confidences. I guessed she had a lover now, too, probably a musician in Pilk. I couldn’t imagine why, but he must have made her as nervous as Bohdan made me.
“I can’t stay. I’m leaving this morning,” she told Mom, defiance in her voice and her stance.
“No. You’re not.” Mom’s voice rang out as firm as Celestine’s. “We’ve been more than tolerant about the way you two girls come and go; I can’t imagine other parents putting up with such. But not today. This means a lot to me, and you will stay.”
Celestine and I exchanged a look. Sashi celebrated those
who’d passed from this world into the next. Was Mom dying? Was Dad? We both
knew we couldn’t leave until we found out.
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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