Four-and-twenty extraordinary women; one chance to save a kingdom. What would you sacrifice to save your family, your loved ones, yourself?
In September 1486, the reign of King Henry VII of England is again threatened by York loyalists. The only thing standing in the way is a four-hundred-year-old sidhe who just wants to be left alone, and a group of London women with a lot to lose if England is plunged back into war.
But, in 1486, women have no power. Only the ability to make difficult choices and sometimes-heartbreaking sacrifices.
Become immersed in the fascinating, perilous lives of these women, as told through the medium of 25 interwoven short stories.
A prostitute selling her daughter’s virginity to pay her debts; a nun returning to the world after 30 years; laundress whose son is murdered; a lady’s maid hiding her Jewish culture; a blind musician running from a forced marriage; and more.
Each story is a piece in the puzzle. Each woman faces her own trials as she plays her small part in the desperate attempt to protect King Henry and his wife, Elizabeth of York. Because if they fail, England will once again be thrust into civil war between the Yorks and Lancasters. And these four-and-twenty women have already sacrificed too much.
Praise for Blackbirds Sing -
"A clever, dazzling adventure through historical London, with a touch of magic and a wealth of accurate historical detail. A wonderful read." - Amazon Review
"This book is for you if you love historical fiction from this period that’s conversational and really gets into the day-to-day details – and very well researched details they are, too!" - Amazon Review
"This was a pleasure to read, and a brilliant prequel to the Ruadhan Sidhe trilogy. Multiple POV characters all bringing different voices and perspectives to the story, all wielded with a deft hand. And the author's knowledge and love of history and Ye olde stuff shines through. Terrific!" - Amazon Review
About The Author
Aiki Flinthart has 16 published books and has edited 4 anthologies of short stories. Her long and short works have been shortlisted in the Aurealis Awards and top-8 shortlisted in the USA Writers of the Future Competition.
Blackbirds Sing has been shortlisted in both the Aurealis and the Norma K Hemming Awards. When not writing, Aiki does fantasy-approved hobbies such as martial arts, archery, knife-throwing, lute-playing, and belly-dancing.
In memorium - February 2021
Sadly, Aiki Flinthart, Warrior Woman, transcended her battle with cancer on 31st January 2021. In her memory, all donations to the Queensland Writers Centre in the month of February will be dedicated to the Flinthart Writers Residency, a program supporting emerging writers. You can make a donation to Aiki's legacy at -
Or you can purchase any of her 17 books. Her final publication was the anthology "Relics, Wrecks & Ruins" which has an enviable list of fantasy, science fiction, and horror authors that jumped at the chance to contribute.