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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
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.
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Nikolo came to see me later that day.
“Arek practiced with me and he did okay. We both want to work with you and the oomrushers. When can we start?”
“Are you sure Arek agrees?” I didn’t want to drag my friend into a risky situation unless he felt as enthused as his boyfriend, and his absence at the moment was not a good sign.
“He does. He and I went back to Gruen last ank, and we got out my equipment. Arek’s not bad, and he’ll get better. That’s not why I came alone today.”
He leaned in closer to me and lowered his voice. “Have you heard about the wall the Svadlu are building between Gruen and Pilk? We rode over to it and it’s huge, taller than most trees. The Svadlu try to keep people back but it’s easy enough to get close if you know Gruen well. Olivine, listen. That wall is not meant to slow down an invasion. It’s meant to stop one. And it’s not stopping anything that hasn’t already run over Gruen!”
I nodded. I’d heard about this wall when I spent time with my sisters in the forest. It had been upsetting news then because it implied the Svadlu might give up other nichnas besides Vinx. I hadn’t considered how particularly upsetting it would be to Gruenites, however.
Gruen has richer soil and gets more rain than Vinx, so they grow more crops including coveted fruits and vegetables. The Pilkese and the western nichnas rely on Gruen for many of their favorite delicacies. The people of Gruen must have believed they’d be protected, even if the Svadlu sacrificed others. To be honest, I would have thought so too.
“Those rantillions aren’t even going to try to defend us!” Nikolo said.
“Probably not. I don’t understand why.”
“It’s unacceptable. We’re not going to let this happen. I’d organize my own army of Gruenites except I think it makes more sense to work with you and the Vinxites. Who else are they planning to sacrifice? Scrud? Biru?”
“Probably. We’re making plans with both nichnas and with the Velka too. Please, don’t try to start your own army. Work with us. My sister says K’ba and Eds could be forfeited too if the Svadlu have their way. She’s going to try to involve them as well. All six nichnas may be sparsely populated, but we’ve still plenty of people to work with.”
“Oh no, not the Edsers!” His eyes widened and he took a step back from me. “I mean, everybody knows the people in Eds despise the K’basta. Heli, the Edsers don’t like anyone.”
I had to agree. The Edsers were a cranky lot at best and I wasn’t anxious to work with them either, but this was no time to be picky about our allies. We needed all of us.
⚜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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