Budding Magic (The O'Byrne Daughters - Book One) [NOOK Book]

Overview

Ireland – 1838

Aine’s O’Byrne’s gift of foresight had shown her the coming famine in Ireland that would destroy the potato crop. She saw the millions of Irish that would perish during this time. Desperate to alleviate some of her people’s peril, she and her husband Keegan set up magical devices that would aid the Irish. Before all these protections could be finished, Keegan was senselessly murdered.

Keegan’s death brought Aine a lot of gut ...

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Budding Magic (The O'Byrne Daughters - Book One)

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Overview

Ireland – 1838

Aine’s O’Byrne’s gift of foresight had shown her the coming famine in Ireland that would destroy the potato crop. She saw the millions of Irish that would perish during this time. Desperate to alleviate some of her people’s peril, she and her husband Keegan set up magical devices that would aid the Irish. Before all these protections could be finished, Keegan was senselessly murdered.

Keegan’s death brought Aine a lot of gut wrenching sorrow—and maybe a little madness. Aine finishes the protections, but realizes that she does not have the strength to survive the birth of her child.

On the day of Haley’s arrival, Aine activates the magical devices with Birth and then Death magic—her death magic.

Shocked, the six daughters find themselves orphaned with mysterious magic’s working around them. They will have to learn how to deal with their own budding magic, the needy villagers, and the upcoming famine.

With the help of Druantia herself—and some special friends—the sisters will find the courage, the daring, and the determination to battle all the odds set up against them. They learn about freedom—the cost of freedom—life’s ironies, and the bonding of sisterhood.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011462160
  • Publisher: L. S. Fayne
  • Publication date: 8/6/2011
  • Series: O'Byrne Daughters , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 17,868
  • File size: 751 KB

Meet the Author

I was born in Norwalk, California in 1960, and grew up in Santa Cruz, California. At the age of ten, our family moved to Oregon.

I married my husband Darrel in June of 1984. We are still together and very much in love. Still happy and wanting more.

My husband and I created our own publishing company, Fayne Artists. In June of 2008, we published my first novel, Christmas in the House of O'Byrne. I was so taken with the storyline and characters of the book that I created a series for it called, Druantia's Children. In these books, the ancestry of their magical family is described. I was inspired to go back in time, and create stories for the original seven sisters who migrated to America. This series is called, The O'Byrne Daughters.

I create all my own covers and artwork. It would be nice if someone else could put on the publishing hat, but for now, I'm satisfied to be so involved. I always have several books in the writing stage. It keeps my ideas fresh and alive to be able to switch around.

At book signings, I'm always asked about my religion, or specifically, if I am a witch. Although that is a rather personal question, I like to answer, "I believe in a little bit of everything, and nothing of everything."

I do fight with Fibromyalgia. It was suggested that I write about it. It took me a while, but it's out there. It's hard to write about something so personal. I wanted it to be as blunt and forthcoming as I could make it. For those fighting with Fibromyalgia, I stress for them to pursue something they are passionate about! Something that will help them get up every morning! I have my husband, a big extended family, writing, and cats. I am passionate about all of them.

We have a Kympco 250. I love riding with my husband. I love the wind in my face, and the smell of blackberries on a hot summer day. I love pointing out the hawks on the power poles as we move along. We do live in a blessed time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    Pretty Great!

    The book in itself was great, and I loved the plot. I noticed quite a few spelling and grammar errors, but I assume that this was self-published, and the author did a pretty good job, as the book is 700 plus pages. I was absolutely confused though in the beggining, and almost wanted to give up, but after probably 100 pages or so, it cleared up, and the author went into great detail. I fully enjoyed this, and it's great for most ages, in my opnion.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012

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    This book is amazing! With interesting charachters and a creative plot it is hard to get bored with this book! It includes magical creatures like a talking cat and unicorns, both sad and funny moments, and lots and lots of complicated magic, that is described in excellent detail!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2012

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    Good clean fun

    If I'm honest, the covers of Budding Magic almost put me off reading it. There isn't anything actually wrong with it. It just didn't particularly appeal to me, too many bright colors for my rather drab personality. The story did though, so I reminded myself of the old adage 'never judge a book by its cover,' and I'm glad I did. It's an engaging story that carries you along pleasantly. Or at least it does after chapter one of Budding Magic. I cried in the first chapter, yes the first chapter!

    Each of the six sisters has a personality of their own, which can't be easy for a writer. You easily become attached and invested in their adventure. It is fun learning the Druadic lessons with them and seeing how Fayne describes all of the magical creatures. The language is distractingly modern for a story set in 1838, especially that of the O'Byrne sisters, but this is easily overlooked. If you like fairtale fare you'll like these books.

    It is a testament to the O'Brynes that I enjoyed the story as much as I did despite having one of my number one literary pet peaves in it. This is when main characters are presented as more morally advanced than their peers because they adhere to normal modern civic mores. It comes through in little things like insisting on bathing regularly in a historical time period when hygiene was neither understood nor appreciated, or expecting fair labour (or gender) laws in what would otherwise be a feudal state. Express a desire to see change, sure, but surprise that others adhere to what would be the norm of the day, no. Like everyone else, the main characters would know no different. I generally find it smug and condescending, and Fayne's story is no exception. Despite this one major drawback for me, I really liked Budding Magic.

    When all is said and done, the story of the Irish O’Bryne’s is one worth the read for those who are 14ish and up. There are a few sexual references, more often than not when a baddie needs to be seen as especially depraved. But there is no explicit sex or violence. It is well edited and easy to follow.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    Love it!

    I got this book 2 days ago and its been a fast paced read 4 me.considering the fact im starting 7th grade in the fall and have a comprehension skill of a college student i reccomend it for ages 14+.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

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    Budding Magic by L S Fayne is Blooming Beautifully

    Budding Magic by L S Fayne, the first book in the fantasy fiction series, is a wondrous and beautiful telling of the tale of the O’Byrne Daughters. The children of Aine and Keegan O’Byrne have all inherited the magic that runs through their lineage; this novel explores their lives during and after the passing of their parents. The cover does not do justice to the content. It is a magnificent tale, which is wonderfully written.

    The title of main character is passed from parent to child and then shared by the daughters themselves, much like the magic running through the characters’ veins. Each character is painstakingly crafted with just enough description to create a vivid and elaborate image in the reader’s mind of this beautiful portion of Ireland and its inhabitants. This novel enfolds the reader in the tale and builds its world around each to place him or her at the heart of the story. Fayne has created a storyline, and the telling there of, that not only gives the reader a front row seat to the happenings, but pulls each into the tale to feel and be transported by its words.

    The plot is highly developed and beautifully written. Each movement of the characters affects his or her surrounding landscape as if Aine herself had charmed the very land. The tale is straightforward, but far from plain. Many writers would stumble trying to create such an intricate tale, but Fayne does so seemingly effortlessly and the reader is all the better for it. From the Emerald Isles to the reader’s hands, this is magic not to be dismissed

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    Excellent

    I loved the book. One of the best boooks I have read.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    Incredible!

    This book brings together, as I would say it, old languages, problems with prejudice, power, and goofs to keep us readers from crying. The one bad part is there is somewhat not-top notch English, but that's blown out of the water by the good points. All in all, it's a great read!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2014

    In sixth grade

    Taking college classes and read in 3 hour

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    Really neat book

    Really neat boot

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    Me Good but not toogood

    It is alright

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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