These three novellas take place before Promising Light. It’s up to you how you want to start the series—read the novellas first if you want to read about the Avialies from the POV of someone who already knows what they are (Sashe & Sierra) and want something short and light (for the most part) or read Promising Light first if you want to find out about the Avialies from someone on the outside (Grace) and would live something longer and more in depth.
Shifting Light by Emily Ann Ward
When a new boy moves to town, Sashe realizes how suddenly her life is about to change. Though non-magic themselves, she and her sister have grown up with shape changers, and now a deadly foe is out to banish the shape changing magic from the country. The Protectors have the ear of the king and they’ve cast a curse on the shape changers designed to slowly kill them off.
Sashe is forced to consider her survival when a friend of hers is killed because her father refused to help the Protectors. She’s slowly falling for the new boy, but she must choose whether she and her sister can stay with the shape changers with their dangerous future. Should they decide to stay, how will they protect themselves against such powerful enemies?
First novella (nearly 22,000 words or 75 pages) in the Protectors prequels. Set ten years before Promising Light and two years before Fire and Light.
Fire and Light by Emily Ann Ward
Sierra has always considered Evan like a brother, but suddenly she sees him as more. When he confesses his feelings for her, she shies away. In the midst of her confusing feelings for Evan, the Protectors try to convince Sierra she’d be better off with them. Sierra thinks she’s brave enough to stay with the shape changers, but is she brave enough to risk her friendship with Evan?
Second novella (nearly 28,000 words or 95 pages) in the Protectors prequels. Set eight years before Promising Light and two years after Shifting Light.
The End of Light by Emily Ann Ward
Two and a half years after the events of Fire and Light, an elder of the shape changers comes to Shyra with life-changing news. She’s had a vision, and in it, Sashe and Sierra break the curse the Protectors set on their family — by becoming pregnant. Yet a pregnancy hasn’t been carried to full-term for eight years, and many women have died from the curse.
Sierra, Sashe, and their husbands must decide whether to trust the elders and risk their lives for a chance at breaking the curse. And when a spy reveals the vision to the Protectors, the consequences could be catastrophic.
Third novella (nearly 34,000 words or 115 pages) in the Protectors prequels. Set two years before Promising Light and two and a half years after Fire and Light.