PROLOGUE

I was born on one world, and raised on another.

In legends, the branches of the World's Tree, Yggdrasil, link the Nine Realms of the Cosmos. For thousands of years, our civilization spread out through the stars.

The Nine Realms saw my birth as a blessing: a child born of all Realms…An Asgardian Princess, heir to the throne and new owner of Mjolnir…

Now, I am returning to my home after eighteen years of living amongst the humans…to fight for the worlds of our universe…for love, honor and freedom…

This is my story…

My name…Princess Halena Thora Antoinette, loved daughter and sister, descendent of the thunder god…

A child of the Universe…

Our universe has millions of stars and galaxies. Many believe there are other worlds outside the Solar System, inhabited by various forms of life like our Earth being the world of humanity. But the theoretical existence of these worlds was dismissed as a near-impossible fact but praised as a fascinating legend. Before the universe, everything was a naked blanket of darkness with no burning sun. Until a sudden explosion of intense heat as hot as a supernova took place billions of years ago, creating an expansion of space conquering the darkness, and giving birth to light itself. The many atoms and rocks scattered in the explosion's aftermath were soon gravitationally pulled together, like being drawn together by a powerful magnet. That was how our universe was born.

Many stories then began to unfold over the centuries about the legends of the universe, about how ancient civilizations looked to the stars, worshipping them as gods.

While the universe was in formation, a peculiar sequence of stars, rocks and cosmic storms circled the Earth like our planets orbit the Sun, becoming the glue that held the universe together. The civilizations identified these as the Nine Realms.

These nine realms were linked together by the cosmic silhouette of a giant tree with roots and branches of ever-sparkling stars, comets and galaxies. Like the other eight realms, one of these starry branches surrounded the Earth encasing it with cosmic magic. It was said that the three wells drank the waters of the home worlds: the very sacred waters of wisdom, understanding and destiny. The people of Earth saw it as a large group of stars, but really it is an open pathway leading to another world.

The Nine Worlds - home of the Cosmos Beings born with magical gifts passed down from their ancestors, their worlds spiritually linked by the tree of life, Yggdrasil. In ancient times, inhabitants born within the Cosmos named Earth, Midgard; the remaining realms being Asgard, Vanaheim, Jotunheim, Nifheim, Muspelheim, Alfheim, Svartalfheim and Hel. But they were not the only worlds out there, for they had enemies in the universe, most of which could determine the fate of the Cosmos.

Perhaps this fate laid in the hands of a young girl: a girl whose destiny was written long before her birth…a child destined to bring about a golden age and become a symbol of hope for the first time in over three thousand years.