Adventures in Magic and Fantasy

Other Worlds

Discover the wonders of Other Worlds.

This collection features four fantasy and science fiction stories by Australian author, Mara Amberly.

'The Oracle's Guardian': Astera possesses the sight, and with some reluctance, she's preparing to take up a role of Oracle for her people. Before her initiation ceremony, she's given four days to consider her future and take some time out in the world for herself. She isn't sent alone; she's appointed a gryphon, Karulo, to protect her during the journey.

'The Spymaster's Dragon': Princess Niera of Olys has become the new Spymaster. As she's growing into her role, she's ordered to kill a foreign princess who poses a threat to their kingdom. She soon discovers she's been lied to and faces an impossible choice. If she fails to carry out her orders, the penalty could prove worse than death.

'Planet Hunter: Taliesin': Earth is overpopulated, its resources dwindling, and the Taliesin is one of many ships tasked with finding an alternate world for humanity's population. They're on the verge of success when the Taliesin hits a cloaked mine near an unexplored planet. Forced to abandon ship, engineer Major Marcus Reede finds himself in a lifepod alone; his survival in his own hands.

'The Sea of Time and Stars': Condemned by the Kerathi Empire after a failed heist, Cole Zorenn is dumped on an alien world in the past with no hope of escape. He finds himself in a strange, alien environment and must find a way to live there. He soon discovers he's not alone, as the planet is inhabited by mermaids.

If you crave adventure and the strange wonders of Other Worlds, this story collection awaits you.

These stories have previously been published:
‘The Oracle’s Guardian’ in Myths and Monsters: A Limited Edition Anthology
‘The Spymaster’s Dragon’ under the name ‘Eyes of Amber, Wings of Jade’ in Dragons and Mages: A Limited Edition Anthology
‘Planet Hunter: Taliesin’ under Planet Hunter Taliesin
‘The Sea of Time and Stars’ in Mermaidia: A Limited Edition Anthology

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A Key to Worlds

Nessa didn't mean to open a portal at the bottom of her aunt's garden, but her unique gift and reckless nature have an unfortunate tendency of getting her into trouble. Imprisoned in an archaic world, a chain of perilous events and poor decisions force Nessa to test the limits of her gifts. Can she find the strength and ingenuity to set things right and help her new friend James find his way home?

Pandora is a scientist trapped on the post-apocalyptic world of Alverron. A mystical dream compels her to explore her family's forgotten history, and she can no longer deny the troubling rumours that people might be living beyond the planet's protected settlements. Wouldn't they all perish in the world's toxic environment, just like her parents? Determined to find answers, Pandora goes against council law to explore her home world, and maybe, finally learn the truth.

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Persephone's Raven

I always believed mythology to be stories from the past, but what if they're prophecies... and now they're coming true?

I didn't want to take my little sister trick-or-treating on Halloween night, but I'm glad I did.
I'm surprised to meet a handsome stranger with an otherworldly air in the shadows. At first he intimidates me, but when our paths cross again at a masquerade party, I have the chance to get to know him. I find him captivating, but I doubt his claims that his name is Hades—the name belonging to the Greek God of the Underworld. After all, what are the chances it's his real name, God or not, when my name is Persephone—the same as Hades' mythological queen?

What's he going to say next? That he's the real Greek God of the Underworld? That we're destined to be together? It seems more likely he's trying to win me over, and yet, I want to get to know him better. I'm drawn to him more than other men; the difference is like night and day.

I'll give him a chance, but I don't believe he's the real Hades or that we have a special destiny. Of course, I've been known to be wrong.

Persephone's Raven is a clean romantic Halloween short story with a modern day myth of Hades and Persephone.

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