Alanna, sister to a Fae prince, is sent on a thankless mission--to return to medieval Ireland and coerce a Shifter to craft an incredible sword. Niall O’Connell, master sword maker of the old Kingdom of Ciarrai, hates Fae, resenting the time when Shifters were little better than Fae slaves. But Alanna's heartbreaking story and her beauty are difficult to resist. Together, she and Niall forge a sword that changes Shifter history, at the same time forging an unbreakable bond between their hearts. This novella is prequel to the Shifters Unbound series, a standalone story that tells how the Sword of the Guardian came to be. This is a 10,000 word novella. It also appears in print in the Mammoth Book of Irish Romance.