The Sisterhoods

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Five part work (850,000 words)

Contains foul language, violence and 

scenes of a sexual nature.


Book One: Seven Brides for Seven Bastards

Set in a violent and often cruel fictional medieval world of lords and ladies, priests and nuns, warriors and merchants, and slaves and sex workers.

Momentous cities burning in the night, burnished realms eclipsing the sun.

An epic tale of lusty villainesses and unlikely heroes in their travels and adventures through parlous realms, thrown  and melded together by mischance, bloodshed, expedience and pragmatism.

And, however unlikely, perhaps the females will outnumber and outdo the males.


Where does this all initially happen?

In the Fenigruin Empire, more correctly Eastern Fenigruin Empire, a powerful alliance of rich city states, flourishing by agriculture, industry, trade, and war but reliant on endemic slavery.

The Emperor is the utterly dissolute and venal Lord Constant, abetted by the vicious Prince Ferkund and wicked Princess Natisstathe, and kept in power by the Draggans, his fearsome army.

The increasingly zealous and dominant religion, however, is the Xenic Church, headed by the Patriarch, who also have their enforcers, initially the entrenched but sloppy Sanctorum Police, then the fanatical and deadly Xenic Guard.

An increasingly strained partnership results: despotic worldly emperor versus pious zealous patriarch.


Who are the Sisterhood?

A small band of hardened and successful adventurers, who have made a fortune from their infamous exploits – and so attract a loyal following of floozies, dandies, runaways and the unhomed.

The name is supposed to be an insult because of the relatively generous and kindly ways of the Sisterhood, at least in comparison to usual mercenaries, rogues and scoundrels.

Having found conflict and open warfare too dangerous and unpredictable, the Sisterhood now only take very lucrative jobs, no matter how dirty, bloody or despicable, as long as they can control the mission.


Who are in the Sisterhood?

The Bastards (of the title of this book)

Chaegurd A reformed but vicious assassin, last of the Nameless Ones

Viksgald A terrifying berserker and despoiler of women

Duinglas A mighty and unbreakable veteran warrior

Brimsaga A powerful but straightforward swordsman

Sibil A deadly slayer and swashbuckler

Foldric A tormented but resolute former bard

Zala A doughty female warrior and former gladiator


Non-bastards in The Sisterhood

Slim An enchanting working lady, who binds the bastards all together

Leah A young girl they rescued, now trained in all aspects of warfare

Cephie A scarred woman, leader of the floozies

Angel A toddler terror


Why do the Sisterhood do it?

They like unbridled wealth and travelling about together, loving, partying and getting into trouble.

But time passes, circumstances change, even adventurers mature.

So the Sisterhood plan to retire to the Castle of the Dead, a remote, blood-chilling but secure refuge in the mountains.

And they take one last very well-paid job: to betray the rebellious city of Alamata to the Fenigruin Empire.

The rewards are huge: hundreds of pieces of gold while (equally importantly) they intend to acquire comely fresh maidens to entertain them during the long and otherwise uneventful winter nights.


And who are the unwitting brides to be?

Leilani A distracted, innocent and kind-hearted noble girl

Raechil A controlled and fearless maiden from a strictly religious family

Dryffe A hard-working but hesitant tavern girl and dancer

Izarrah A nun imprisoned her whole life

Storm A fierce and uncompromising street girl

Gelda A mighty, dedicated and passionate farmer

Xapheron A feisty, lusty lass, daughter of a merchant adventurer


What could go wrong?


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