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Never to Wonder (A Trailerverse Novel, #1)
Author: Kimbra Swain


SUGGESTED READING ORDER

 

 

The Stories of Frost and Fire (SOFAF) series works in tandem with the Dog River Wolfpack (DRW) series. While it can be read on its own, this is the suggested reading order.

 

ZERO HOUR - SOFAF PREQUEL

FIRST FLAME - SOFAF BOOK 1

WAYWARD SON - DRW PREQUEL

BAD MOON RISING - DRW BOOK 1

SECOND SIGHT - SOFAF BOOK 2

MIDNIGHT RIDER - DRW BOOK 2

NEVER TO WONDER - SOFAF NOVELLA 2.5

TRIPLE THREAT - SOFAF BOOK 3

FLIRTIN’ WITH DISASTER - DRW BOOK 3

QUARTET OF QUEENS - SOFAF BOOK 4

BORN ON THE BAYOU - DRW BOOK 4

FINAL FLIGHT - SOFAF BOOK 5

SIMPLE MAN - DRW BOOK 5

ONE OF THE PACK - DRW NOVELLA 5.5

 

 

Books by Kimbra Swain

 

 

FAIRY TALES OF A TRAILER PARK QUEEN

Urban Fantasy

BLESS YOUR HEART

TINSEL IN A TANGLE

SNAKE IN THE GRASS

COMIN’ UP A CLOUD

GULLY WASHER

MOONSHINE IN A MASON JAR

HOTTER THAN BLUE BLAZES

SIGHT FOR SORE EYES

HAINT BLUE

FULLER THAN A TICK

BRIGHT-EYED & BUSHY-TAILED

SUCK IT UP, BUTTERCUP!

FIT TO BE TIED

PITCHIN’ A HISSY FIT

AMAZING GRACE

 

 

STORIES OF FROST AND FIRE

Urban Fantasy (New Adult)

ZERO HOUR - PREQUEL

FIRST FLAME

SECOND SIGHT

NEVER TO WONDER: A TRAILERVERSE NOVEL

TRIPLE THREAT

QUARTET OF QUEENS

FINAL FLIGHT

 

 

DOG RIVER WOLFPACK

Urban Fantasy

WAYWARD SON - PREQUEL

BAD MOON RISING

MIDNIGHT RIDER

FLIRTING WITH DISASTER

BORN ON THE BAYOU

SIMPLE MAN

ONE OF THE PACK: A TRAILERVERSE NOVEL

 

 

CHANTILLY LACE

Urban Fantasy (New Adult)

FRIVOLOUS MAGIC

AMBITIOUS PRODIGY

VICIOUS SPELLS

DANGEROUS TRICK

 

 

LEGEND OF A VAMPIRE REJECT

Urban Fantasy

HARD KNOCK VAMP - PREQUEL

VAMPIN’ AIN’T EASY

GET YOUR VAMP ON

VAMP IT LIKE IT’S HOT

VAMPIRE STATE OF MIND

 

 

PATH TO REDEMPTION

Urban Fantasy

ABOMINATION

INTUITION

REINCARNATION

TEMPTATION

 

 

PATH TO REDEMPTION HISTORICAL NOVELLAS

Historical Urban Fantasy

FOUNDATION

RESTORATION

DECEPTION & DEVOTION

TRANSFORMATION

 

 

KIMBRA SWAIN STORE

T-SHIRTS FROM TEE PUBLIC

KIMBRA SWAIN SWAG STORE

 

 

As our day ended, Rafe and I took our normal flight over the city, landing on the Battle House Tower building in downtown Steelshore. Its steel frame spire gave us the perfect spot to view the bay along with the busy streets below us.

I’d learned to douse my fiery wings so that I could hide among the dark skies. Rafe didn’t have to worry because his black feathered set couldn’t be seen. Although, with closer inspection, I’d found that the feathers gave off an oil slick sheen. Frankly, they were beautiful, but he seemed self-conscious when I asked to look at them.

He sat down next to me as I let my legs dangle off the side of the building.

“How are you?” he asked.

“Why do you keep asking me?” I replied.

“Because, first of all, you never tell me the truth, and secondly, at some point, you might decide to talk about it,” he replied.

I’d received a call from Remington Blake who had taken Kyrie to his people to be rehabilitated. The news wasn’t good. They weren’t sure when he would be able to return, if ever. I’d come to terms with his absence, but this was a blow that I didn’t expect. I didn’t feel comfortable talking about it to anyone. Soraya had begged me to open up and let out my feelings, but I kept them inside.

We had too much to do. There had been a recent spike in fairy trafficking. We had intercepted some of the shipments, but others were slipping through the cracks. Whatever the witches had planned seemed more urgent now. I supposed a lot of that had to do with Nick Meyers throwing a wrench in his mother’s plans. Just his presence in Dog River had upset her and her fellow witches. I blamed all of them for Kyrie’s condition. They went after him to hurt me, and because of that I couldn’t show emotion.

“I can’t,” I replied.

The wind whipped around the building blowing my hair in my face. It was purple today. I’d started changing it again. It gave me solace in a strange way. It was the one thing I could control. Rafe flared his wings out to protect us from the swirling breeze. The kind gesture struck a chord in me, and I almost let a tear fall.

“Before I came here to help you, before the war in the Otherworld, my beloved and I used to soar across the lands from Summer to Winter. When Mordred arrived, he began to purge Winter of any fairy that didn’t belong there. Sabine and I were trapped.” He paused for a moment and cleared his throat. He’d been with us for over two months, but he’d never told me what happened to the woman he loved. Once or twice, he had alluded to the love he’d lost. I had no idea why he was telling me this now, but I listened because I’d come to trust him as much as I had ever trusted Kyrie or anyone else in my family. Perhaps he needed to talk more than he thought I needed it. “Winter soldiers who were just conscripted Wild fairies captured us and dragged us to a dungeon in the main castle of Winter. I pleaded with them to let her go. They could do anything they wanted to me, but I knew they wouldn’t let us go. The Wild has always been divided. The dividing factor boils down to these wings.” He curled them around us. I could have reached out and touched them. I refrained, because the one time I had, he coiled away and didn’t speak to me for hours.

“Your wings?” I asked.

“There are two kinds of Wild fairy. Those with wings, and those without.”

“The Cambions were almost obliterated by forces within the Wild,” I said, knowing Malphas and Echo’s story.

“The Cambions are distant cousins to my kind. To your kind.”

“The phoenix is Wild?” I had suspected that if there were any fairy ties that it was to the Wild side of fairy. The power within me had darkness as well as light.

“The Phoenix is unique, and you would be the first to carry it that wasn’t born Wild. Your father and mother pulled off an impossible feat by endowing you with the gift. Your mother isn’t fully Winter though.”

“No, her mother was a siren with ties to the Wild side of things. My great-grandfather Nestor is a kelpie,” I said.

“Kelpies were mostly Winter, but there were some in the Wild. There are no clear definitions, just like with humans. A mix of races and ethnicities. However, those who chose to serve Mordred hated our kind. I watched them torture her.” His voice quietened to a whisper. “They removed her wings. I finally found a way to get us out of there, but it proved to be too much for her.”

“She killed herself?” I asked. He didn’t answer, but I knew that’s what had happened.

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