- M. A. I. Murray
The first installment in the Circle series and M.A.I. Murray's debut novel, Destined narrates the adventures of four friends—Mari, Laria, Gren, and Hal—as they step through a mushroom circle and enter the mystical, mythical otherworld of Aorea. With only a few half-remembered dreams to guide her, Mari leads the group on a quest across the mountains and through the heart of the Endless Forest. They encounter both allies and enemies along the way, including a group of jealous leshii, several annoyed Slavic deities, and one hungry dragon. If they can’t reach the sanctuary in time, chaos threatens not only Aorea, but also the world they abandoned: Earth.