Read Short Stories Online

Already caught up with all the new fantasy books of 2019 and looking to read short stories online? Step through the Azrian Portal, and discover immersive fantasy short stories.  

What Fantasy Short Stories Can You Read Online Through The Azrian Portal?

Welcome to Azra, a world unlike any other.

In these fantasy short stories, you’ll discover a place of not only magic and legend, but also diverse characters and communities. Azra is a place where monsters lurk and mystic energies pulse beneath the surface, all while following the stories of characters that feel genuine and real. The fantasy short stories you’ll find here are written not just to help you escape the everyday, but also designed to offer something that resonates.

If you are looking to read short stories online, you’ve found ten right here! The fantasy short stories on The Azrian Portal range in length from quick a thousand word read to longer eight-thousand plus slow-burns. Whatever you are after, you’ll easily be able to find the perfect short story for you. Whether you are looking to read short stories online to while away the time on your daily commute, or settle back in an armchair and explore a new world, a trip through the Azrian Portal can satisfy anyone’s hunger for a good story.

 

Ten Fantasy Short Stories 


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Tradition is everything to the people of Myah's village, but when tradition is torn away, how will they cope? The Voice of Azra decrees that no more sacrifices shall be made in the deity’s name. That the old ways are dead. Yet the villagers fear the wrath of God. As tensions rise in this fantasy short story, can Myah keep things from falling apart?

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Alone in the woods. Hounded by hunters. There seems little hope for Driev. Escape means braving the darkness, it means exposing himself to the vulnerable world beyond his place of safety. But, if he stays here too long, he might never get out alive. If you are looking to read short stories online that surprise, this one will definitely get you.


Reader’s Choice

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It came while he was out in the city, chasing women and drinking himself into a stupor: the monster from the mountains. The wraith slaughtered his village, killed his father and stole his future. He has nothing left. Nothing but vengeance. Leading a small party of wrathful survivors into the mountains to claim back a life for the many the beast had taken, it soon becomes clear that the fight isn’t against the creature they hunt, it is for their very survival. One of the fantasy short stories with a deeper meaning, will it resonate with you like it has other readers?


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Centuries pass, and the wealth of the family slowly dries up, one is selected to enter the forest. The goal is simple: claim the reward within its heart. A reward that keeps them in a life of luxury. It’s a secret passed down from generation to generation. But one thing the chosen is not prepared for, one thing nobody knew to tell them, is that the forest is ready to fight back.

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Two things come out of the mines: bodies and stone. They call him the Backbreaker, The Chain Keeper, The Merchant of Bones, but he prefers to look upon himself as their saviour. If the mines fail, the city fails. If the city fails, its residents will starve. He might be ruthless, his methods might be extreme, but he gets the job done. The people should thank him for it. Shouldn’t they?


Writer’s Choice

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Of all the fantasy short stories on The Azrian Portal, this is my favourite. Kiara is a prostitute, and she can’t stand it. Trapped between her own two perfect visions of hell, she wants to escape her life in the service of others, but her only way out of the whorehouse puts her into service of an even greater power. Maybe there is another way though. Maybe she can find a way to escape both prisons that seek to cage her. She just needs a little help.


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Captain Bankamp has seen horrors, but none like this. A young girl, a child: alone, scared and sold every night into a world not meant for someone so innocent and delicate. He has a chance to save her, but it will cost him everything he has. When looking to read short stories online that tug at the heart strings, this tragic tale could really catch you out.

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He was born a fisherman and he will die a fisherman, but he is also deathly afraid of the ocean. Here, on the islands, where you can only ever be what you were born to be, how can you escape a world you can longer stand to live within? How can you make progress in a place that denies it? The answer, and resolution to this fantasy short story, is simple when you think about it: you take desperate and dangerous steps.

In a nation torn apart by cultists and treacherous family members, an overthrown Prince struggles with how best to serve his people. When temptation comes for him, when a chance to liberate his kin seems within reach, will he replace the monsters that enslave him, or will he become one of them?

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It's a game of wits. Of luck. Of Chance. Opponents face each other, one-on-one. A sword in the middle of the arena, a dagger at their side. The rules are simple, but the game is hard. Only a lone champion can emerge. Only one can survive.


 

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Where Else Can You Read Short Stories Online?

The Azrian Portal isn’t (always) about the self-promotion of my fantasy short stories. There is so much exciting short fiction out there that it would be criminal not to share hubs and writing communities.

If you’re looking to read short stories online, you’ve got plenty of options. BookHub, Wattpad and BookRix are all good places to start if you’re in the mind to discover fiction across all genres. If you want to read short stories online that are exclusively within the fantasy short stories subset, Tor and Clarksworld would be the top recommendations.

You can also pretty much always find good fantasy short stories or anthologies by punching the term into the Amazon Kindle marketplace, or other platforms like Kobo, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, and other eBook platforms.

If you’re going to the paid route, there is a blog available on The Azrian Portal about the best fantasy short story collections.