What really lies beneath the waves?
Dive into our magical collection of short stories written by award-winning and up-and-coming authors and follow the ocean’s call.
Meet murderous kelpies, hear the mermaid’s song, find a kidnapped prince, and explore the beautiful underwater kingdoms. Befriend selkie royalty, break fearsome curses, and swoon as you fall in love.
This book is fully illustrated with stunning paintings by Helena Satterthwaite and Elena Shelest.
All profits go to Oceana to support their mission to protect the world’s oceans and promote sustainable fishing.
Daughter of the Selkie King – Lyndsey Hall
Merrily Merrily – Jennifer Kropf
The Kelpie of Loch Linnhe – Alice Ivinya
The Bridge – Ben Lang
Kiss the Frog – Sky Sommers
Sea Ghost of the Isle – N.D.T. Casale
The Naiad’s Curse – Astrid V.J.
The Arctic Mermaid – N.D.T. Casale
Heartless Melody – Alice Ivinya
The Wishing Well – Elena Shelest
Targeted Age Group:: Young adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Enchanted Waters is a charity anthology, all profits from the sale of this collection of magical short stories will go to Oceana, a nonprofit working tirelessly to protect the world's oceans. The authors wanted to do something to help support this fantastic cause, so we put our heads together and decided to write a series of stories featuring fantasy water-creatures. We hope we can entertain readers while also doing our bit to save the world.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The characters from my story in this collection, Daughter of the Selkie King, are fae with water magic. It's a prequel to my debut novel, The Fair Queen, and I knew I wanted to set the story in the Ondine Kingdom and have the plot centre on the selkies that live there. I started with the characters' names, I searched for names that have meanings connected to water, for example the main character's name, Delta, means "mouth of a river". From there I built character profiles for each one and let them grow in my mind until I could hear their voices.
“Where are you taking me?” Delta asked, following Lorelei through the trees. Her friend’s bright red hair shone like a beacon in the dying light, guiding her. The leaves above their heads were gilded by the dusky pink and orange sky—another glorious June evening in the Ondine Kingdom.
They headed deeper into the forest that bordered Aberness, separating the Ondine Kingdom from the Celeste Kingdom in the north and following the curves of the River Aspid to the west. Delta knew that deeper still in these woods, the Ondine Palace stood, hidden from view by a great waterfall and protected from intruders by an ancient Solitary creature.
Rumour had it the beast was an Aspidochelone—the creature the river had been named for—but no one had dared venture too close to the palace in years. The Ondine Queens were private, cautious women. They rarely left the palace now, although Delta’s mother had spoken of a great celebration for the royal wedding twenty years earlier, before Delta had been born.
Delta wondered absently which sea creature had been so corrupted by the First Fair Queen’s aether magic at the creation of the Fair Realm all those centuries ago that it had become the monstrous Apidochelone. A whale? A giant sea turtle? She shuddered.
Solitary creatures were terrifying, and the waters surrounding Aberness were filled to the brim with them. Selkies, dracs, ashrays. Delta had never seen one up close herself, but her mother, Dorit, had told her many tales. Bedtime stories of men lost at sea in sudden swells that stopped as quickly as they’d started. Women seduced by a lone Solitary creature in the skin of a Fair male. Children snatched from the water’s edge by scaly, grey hands.
It was the reason she had never so much as dipped a toe in the water.
Lorelei had been vague about what they were doing tonight. The only thing Delta did know was that they’d be drinking the wine she’d pilfered from her mother’s inn—the bottles clinked merrily in her rucksack with every step.
“Just wait and see,” Lorelei said in her husky voice, squeezing Delta’s fingers and picking up the pace. Something was glowing up ahead—a faint, warm light leaked out between the tree trunks, making the rapidly falling darkness around them seem even denser.
They stepped into a large clearing that had been studded with lanterns, candle flames flickering in the evening breeze. Noelani and Rafferty were already there, sitting on either side of an inky-dark pool, their feet dangling into the water and sending ripples across the surface.
Delta’s blood chilled and goosebumps rose across the exposed skin on her arms and legs. What was this?
“It’s a natural spring,” Lorelei said, excitedly. “Hardly anyone knows it’s here, I overheard a customer telling my mother about it in the shop last week. It took me a few tries to find, it isn’t on any maps.” She looked pleased with herself, which only angered Delta further. “It’s supposed to have healing properties.”
Lorelei must have noticed Delta’s unease, because she added in a low voice, “I know you’ve never swum before, but you can just stay at the side. And we’re all here if you need any help.” Lorelei gave her friend an encouraging smile, but it did little to quell Delta’s nerves.
Delta knew how rare it was for an Ondine—a water-magic wielding member of the Fair—to be unable to swim. But that didn’t change the heavy sense of trepidation in the pit of her stomach.
They stepped closer to the pool and Delta stared into the water, the darkening sky reflected on the surface, making it look fathomless, infinite. She felt as though she was looking into the abyss, and it sent a shiver through her.
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