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Literature / Revolving Door

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Duchess Orobelle is the knot that holds the universes together. This is the legacy her late mother left her: if she dies, all reality would come to an end. She sits at the centre of a trouble history between Four Houses, a split matriarchy which together claims land in three universes as their own.

For all twelve years of her life, Orobelle has grappled with plots foisted upon her by the Diamond Duchy's long history of meddling in the affairs of the Houses. But none of the plots so far have been quite like this one. One night, she wakes up to the city centre destroyed, fifty civilians dead, and a ransom note hanging from her window that demands her life in exchange for the safety of her protector's niece, Freesia.


Orobelle soon learns that this threat comes not from any of the three known universes, but from far beyond them. More news cascades in. The eight heroes of scripture, said to hold her power in balance, are determined by scientists to live beyond their three universes. A tunnel into a fourth universe is discovered.

Orobelle decides she must gather the eight to defend her, and sets off to find them, each of whom lives in their own universe. None of them are aware that any universe other than their own exists, or know what their bizarre abilities entail. They are simply living out their lives, coming to terms with their strange powers, and trying to live in spite of them...


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