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Shifter Made

(Shifters Unbound 0.5)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  3,675 ratings  ·  164 reviews
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, ...more
ebook, 38 pages
Published April 2011 by JA / AG Publishing
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Sophia Triad
This book is like a prologue for the "shifters unbound" series. It is set in 1400.
Although it is not important to read this book to understand the series, I suggest you do read it.
It describes a wonderful love story between a fae and a shifter.

You also learn about the sword that Sean uses in the next books:
-Where it comes from
-Why it is used for
Laura the Highland Hussy
Apr 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: highlander-books
Review posted on Got Fiction?

This is part of Jennifer Ashley's Shifters Unbound series, and it's a great little novella about the Sword of the Guardian and the Fae and Shifter who forged it.

It can be read as a stand-alone or as a prequel, but it is so much better if you read it after one of the full-length novels so you can grasp the importance of the sword.

The Fae created Shifters to use for, well, for whatever they wanted-sport, hunting, fighting. But the Fae creators were cruel and once the S
Mar 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: The lovers of the Shifter Unbound series readers.
Boy, these shifter cats are always hot and cozy.
A Novella with a approved prequel, 2.5 stars.

A prequel - The story of the making of the the first Guardian's sword which today's Shifters in the Morrissey family in Shiftertown (the Shifter Unbound books) still use to honor the dead.

Year 1400 in Irland. - Alanna, sister to a Fae prince from Faerie, is sent to force the chosen former swordmaker Niall O’Connell to craft a incredible sword. The widower Niall is a huge Feline (wildcat Shifter) who hat
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: friendable
"Shifter Made" which was previously published in the Mammoth Book of Irish Romance (this review is a a reincarnated version of my review from that anthology) is a short little prequel to Ashley's Shifters Unbound series. Set back in time and in Ireland, Shifter Niall, who is an ancestor to the leads in the [[ASIN:0425240789 Primal Bonds]] and [[ASIN:0425245047 Pride Mates]] is forced to forge a magical sword for the hated Fae as ransom for his kidnapped children. But during the forging he is aid ...more
Jan 21, 2013 rated it liked it

The was a prequel to the Shifters Unbound Series and a short short story. This story tells us how the Guardian sword was first made and why. We meet the Fae Alanna who wanted the sword made and shifter Niall the master sword maker. It was a cute story of what happened to them while they made the sword and how it came to be in the possession of the shifters.

nice enjoyable read...
Laura (Kyahgirl)
2/5; 2 stars; C

I read this in preparation for reading the Shifters Unbound series with my buddy group. It was ok. Book 1 has a lot of good ratings so I will proceed on faith. If I wasn't doing a buddy read I probably wouldn't proceed, based on this prequel.
Nov 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: shifter-romance
Shifter Made it's was a very interesting Introduction to the Shifters Unbound series.
Jennifer Ashley created shifters who are more animals that humans in fact: part animal, part Fae.

This story is about the creation of the Sword of the Guardian by the shifter Niall and a Fae princess Alanna.

The story is short and almost to the point. Alanna's brother - Kieran - needs a sword to imprison the shifter's souls. He sends her blacksmith and shifter Niall. To get Niall's cooperation Kieran has his chil
Jun 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who is looking to read or has read books 1 and 2 in the series
I finally have the back story on the making and enchanting of "The Guardians Sword", enjoyed finding out the back story on its beginnings and creators... This is a charming prequel, just enough of a story to whet your appetite with a very beguiling Shifter male and a very intriguing Fae female to keep the reader happy in the romance department as well... I strongly recommend if you get a chance to read this little 6 chapter novella if you are thinking about this series or even if you have alread ...more
Rebecca (everyday reader)
The beginning of this shifter series, a shifter lion blacksmith, Niall, is visited by a fae-princess, Alanna, who has him build a special sword for her evil and cruel brother in exchange for his 2 childrens safe return. It is supposed to be a soul-stealer sword, but the fae spells Alanna adds are slightly different to make it a soul-releaser unbeknownst to her brother. When her brother tries to use the sword to make some trapped souls kill Niall's children, but since the sword is actually differ ...more
Dec 31, 2014 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

Alanna, a fae, has been sent on a mission by her brother to seek out a Shifter, Niall, so that he can help her brother.

This is a short, cute story that is a prequel for a new series (for me) I think I am going to really enjoy. Things betwen Alanna and Niall were meh. It seems like they had more of a friendship more than that of lovers, but still I hope I see them further on in the series.
Frankie Robertson
Aug 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
It's hard to create fully realized characters in such a short package, but Jennifer Ashley does a great job. Compared to a novel, this felt a little rushed, but not horribly so. She captured the cadence of the Irish lilt without burdening the reader with a lot of non-standard spellings, too. I enjoyed reading this, and I recommend it.
May 17, 2012 rated it it was ok

It was ok.
Too short. I would have believed it a little more, if the 2 characters hadn't had sex.
Could have left it till the end, or even left it out.
The characters were good. And would have liked a little more.
Will I read the rest ......
Watch this space !!
This was very short, a little too short IMO. It's a back story to a series I guess but since I wanted to read them in order I started here and I probably shouldn't have. We get a very quick set up of fae vs shifters, lots of shifter I hate fae but you act different so I love you and fae just plain old you are hot and are doing something for me even though you are blackmaled into doing it so I love you and a half night of rolling in the hey. Oh and death to the king because he's an ass. That's it ...more
Mar 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Though this story wasn't bad it didn't work as a prequel to the series. having greatly enjoyed the first 2 i got this in a kindlebox set of in between books in the series. The whole books give you more background on the story line as between fae and shifters. This was just a little romantic short about how the guardians sword came to be. I liked it well enough but the romance wasnt paced well. The author never said the couple were mates yet they were at i love yous in 20 or so pages. you gotta e ...more
Apr 30, 2012 rated it liked it
I'm giving this a 3, even though it really ticked me off. The saving grace for it in my eyes was the world-building. Ashley's setting the scene for her future stories, and judging by what we learn in this one, I think it could be an interesting series. If this was a standalone book, though, I'd leave it at 1 star. I have a hard time with short stories anyway, because they always seem so rushed. This one was no exception. Hero meets heroine and hates her, falls in love a couple hours later, spend ...more
Dec 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
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This short prequel covers the romance of Niall (sword maker/shifter) and Alanna (fae princess) who unite under dire circumstances and together create an artifact pivotal to the series. The relationship that builds between Niall and Alanna is steamy and naturally covered quickly in this short but not necessarily rushed. As stated previously, the sword they create is very important to shifter lore for this series and is explained in Pride Mates and Primal Bonds (books 1 and 2 of the series).

In my
Niall O’Connell is a feline shifter who led a quiet life as a blacksmith in a small village. But then, one night a Fae showed up - Alanna. She needs Niall to make her a sword, and her (evil) brother is keeping Niall's cubs as hostage.

During that long night they fall in love. No matter how impossible it seems. A shifter and a Fae? But love knows nothing of obstacles.

It's a good prequel to the Shifters Unbound series. I liked Niall and Alanna, but the story is way too short. Okay, so they manage
harlequin {Stephanie}
3.5 stars

The story was ok. Here is what I found dumb.

Them jumping in the sack so soon. Ok, they are convinced they are going to die. I don't have kids, but if I did and some ass fae was going to kill them I would not be makin' it in the back room with the enemy. Would have been more plausible if the hookup came after.

Why on God's green earth would we have a villain so brainless. She brings him the sword and asks what it does. He admits he knows what a powerful mage she is & doesn't doubt fo
Sep 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
As reviewed on Read Our Lips:

Prequel to the Shifter Unbound series, explaining how the Guardian swords came about.
Alanna, a fae and enemy of the Shifters, comes to shifter and sword maker Niall with an offer he cant refuse.
Neither of them expected what happens next.
Smutty fluff and action & suspense.
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-buy, kindle
Not bad. Explains where the guardian's sword came from.
Struggling 2.5 Stars

I love Jennifer Ashley but this just didn't do anything for me and I am struggling to see why others loved it....Suppose we all different and we can't win them all!

I hope Pride Mates is a lot better and the series picks up!
Apr 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
This prequel novella tells the tale of a feline shifter named Niall and a fae woman named Alanna who together forged the sword that releases a shifter's spirit into Summerland. Though a very short novella, it was beautifully written and I loved it. Nice to finally know the story of the powerful sword that would later end up in the hands of the Guardian, Sean Morrissey.
Jan 18, 2016 rated it liked it
short and sweet. It has a happy ending.
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
this is a great 1st book, didn't want it to end, i love the differences in this series to any other shifter series around at moment.
Maddy Barone
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
A little too short to give real depth to the characters, but it was nice to see how the sword came about and the old history of the Fae and shifters. Looking forward to more in this world.
Coyora Dokusho
May 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Good for a short story! Interesting to read about the genesis of the guardian sword... could have done with more adorable children-ness... not enough adorable children-ness!!!
I love this series and I really enjoyed this little bit of insight into the Sword of the Guardian and how it came to be.
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
The beginning of it all had me wanting more than I got of Alanna (Fae) and Nial (shifter). I will proceed just to see where the tale will go next and how it last through the time.
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NY Times Bestselling author Jennifer Ashley writes historical, contemporary, and paranormal romance, historical mysteries, and urban fantasy as Jennifer Ashley, Allyson James, and Ashley Gardner.

Jennifer's novels have been translated into many different languages, and earned starred reviews from Booklist and Publisher's Weekly. More about her books at, http://www.all

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Shifters Unbound (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Pride Mates (Shifters Unbound, #1)
  • Primal Bonds (Shifters Unbound, #2)
  • Wild Cat (Shifters Unbound, #3)
  • Mate Claimed (Shifters Unbound, #4)
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