Wednesday, September 9, 2020



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.

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My father was sad to see me go; I’d been his helper. But I could also tell he was proud of me, and glad to see me forge a relationship with his kin. He may also have been a bit relieved he no longer had to worry about a spinster daughter. Actually, they were probably all relieved about that.

As he hugged me, he added one more reason he was glad to see me go. One I hadn’t thought of.

“Surely your prince has mentioned the preparations for war being made in Pilk?”

“He has.”

“Scary business, these thieving horsemen,” he said. “I take comfort knowing one of my children will be hidden in the forest, far from harm. Stay safe in your new home.”

“I promise I will.” When I said it to him, I meant it.

Less than an ank later, I said one last goodbye to my mother, then rode my horse to the edge of the forest with my father and my sisters. The hardest part was handing the reigns of my mare over to my father, so he could lead her back home.

I’d been told the Velka would meet me inside, and to bring little with me. I donned the backpack holding the things I couldn’t part with, waved goodbye to my family, and stepped in between the trees to see what would happen next.


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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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