When Worlds Begin: A Collection of Four Young Adult Fantasy Novels

· Ink Worlds Press
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About this ebook

Enjoy When Worlds Begin, a collection of four series-starter novels, ranging from epic fantasy to dystopian paranormal romance, from YA author Megan O'Russell.

Romance. Magic. Danger. Impossible odds.

Enter When Worlds Begin, and dive into four full fantasy novels.

Each world is different. Each story is built to whisk you away.

A boy whose love is stronger than magic. He'll save the girl who holds his heart, no matter the cost.

An assassin with the courage to topple kingdoms. They shouldn't have let her live. She will be the one to end them all.

A girl who clings to hope at the end of the world. She didn't know the safety she lived in was a lie. The monsters are the only ones she can trust.

An orphan finds adventures that reach new realms. She knew she was a witch. No one warned her that magic would force her into battle.

All of these adventures wait for you.

If you need romance, crave adventure, and aren't afraid to leap into a new world, When Worlds Begin is the four-book collection for you.

When Worlds Begin includes Ember and StoneGirl of GlassThe Tethering, and The Girl Without Magic.

Readers rave about the four novels included in the When Worlds Begin boxset.

“I really enjoyed this novel! It’s on the same level as The Hunger Games.” – BookBub Review of Girl of Glass

“It's the magic we loved in Harry Potter, but happening right here and right now in the US.” – Amazon review of The Tethering

“This reminded me of Doctor Who, except from the standpoint of the Doctor's assistant.” – Goodreads Review of The Girl Without Magic

“David fights Goliath that will pass the Bechdel Test!” – Amazon review of Ember and Stone

Ember and Stone (Ena of Ilbrea, Book One)

Ena never hoped for a peaceful life. She never dreamt she'd become a killer either.

After her home is reduced to ash, Ena is swallowed by a world of secrets and magic. Legends warned of dark shadows hiding in the mountains. They didn't warn of the dangers of falling in love with a myth.

Girl of Glass (Girl of Glass, Book One)

The world is ending, but Nola has been chosen to survive.

This young adult dystopian novel looks at the apocalypse from the point of view of one of the few who has been chosen to survive. Blended with romance and a hint of paranormal, Girl of Glass asks the reader what the obligation of the privileged is to help the suffering.

The Tethering (The Tethering, Book One)

A dark spell may separate them forever.

When fate binds Jacob and Emilia together, war threatens to destroy all they hold dear.

Wizards are under attack, and Jacob and Emilia find themselves at the center of a battle that will decide the survival of magic.

Facing an enemy that can shatter their souls, will they find love or be devoured by flames?

The Girl Without Magic (The Chronicles of Maggie Trent, Book One)

Death would have been easier, but the Siren wasn't through with her.

The Siren dragged Maggie Trent out of a battle and into her Realm, a land where secrets hide in the shadows and pleasure comes at a price Maggie is unwilling to pay.

With the promise of adventure in new worlds, Maggie leaps into a journey of blood and romance.


When Worlds Begin is a four-book, series-starter collection for YA readers who love paranormal romance but just can't decide which of Megan's series to read first/next! The four young adult novels in When Worlds Begin all feature strong female main characters, runaways, hidden worlds, societal oppression, class differences, women in fiction, and, of course, all the adventure you could ask for!

So, whether you're in the mood for witchcraft and wizardry, feminism in fantasy―be it urban or epic―myths and legends, or dystopian darkness hiding behind a utopian façade, When Worlds Begin has something for everyone!


When Worlds Begin is perfect for fans of Kami Garcia, Rick Riordan, Missy Sheldrake, Anthea Sharp, J. C. Gilbert, Meg Collette, and TR Cameron.

Ratings and reviews

72 reviews
Amanda Tubbs
July 17, 2023
Very well written. I absolutely enjoyed these books and definitely will be reading more!!
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Maria Korsman
February 20, 2020
I really enjoy Megan's writing style and story telling and look forward to reading the other series that I haven't yet read. Here is my previous review of Ember and Stone, but if you can find it I would also recommend reading the prequel. "Thoroughly enjoyed this book! Read it in a single sitting. This author tells a captivating tale in this followup to the prequel. Ena's life gets harder, and many changes are forced on her... but some she chooses for herself. She is an appealing character, and the world she has to live in is well developed and realistic, (but with Magic.) Relationships develop with others, and the adventures she has are riveting. I did receive an ARC but this is my voluntary and honest opinion."
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L Carson
September 20, 2020
too bad you can't rate each starter, I liked the 1st one, the others were just ok
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About the author

Megan started writing when she discovered playing Cordelia in King Lear leaves you way too much time waiting backstage. She began her career as an author during an ill-fated trip to Oz. She hasn't stopped writing (even when living on a tour bus) since.

Megan's wanderlust has led her all over the globe. When she's not planning her next escapade, she's diving into fantasy worlds where she doesn't have to worry about what rules she's supposed to follow or how many pairs of socks she can fit in her suitcase.

Her latest series, Fracture Pact, finds seven teens pulling off the heist of the century to save magic. Psst…this book may feed on her love of Newport, RI, Manhattan, Las Vegas, mountains, and botanical gardens. Megan has a weakness for road trips. Having vampires, werewolves, mermaids, and hackers involved just adds to the excitement.

Her love of storytelling has helped Megan weave her real-life exploits into eight different book series. From the epic fantasy world of Ilbrea to the paranormal dystopian romance of Girl of Glass, there is always a new way to escape into adventure.

Megan would love to connect with you on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or TikTok but feels obliged to warn you in advance that you will be hearing about her cats…a lot.

If you want to stay up to date on all Megan's books and adventures (and hear about her cats), you can find all her social media links, including where to sign up for her readers community, at: https://linktr.ee/meganorussell

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