The Farrier's Daughter

The Farrier's Daughter

by Leigh Ann Edwards

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In 16th Century Ireland. Young and beautiful Alainn McCreary, healer in training to the powerful O'Brien Clan, is on the cusp of discovering she possesses vast and unusual supernatural powers, which she hopes will help her unlock the secrets of her past and break the curse on the O'Brien Clan.

Alainn is counseled to hide her magical abilities, but how can she when dark forces rise up to threaten not only the O'Brien Clan, but Alainn and the life of the Chieftain's beloved, but forbidden nephew, Killian O'Brien, a man Alainn has loved as long as she can remember?

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BN ID: 2940157114473
Publisher: The Tule Publishing Group, LLC
Publication date: 07/07/2016
Series: The Irish Witch series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 130,502
File size: 449 KB

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The Farrier's Daughter 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much!
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
The debut of a new magical fantasy series set in sixteenth century Ireland featuring witches, a swoony hero, an evil curse and fairies! “He snorted. "He fears you? Why ever would he fear a small girl like you, and his own daughter?" She napped her eyes back up and whispered, "Because, I know of magic." Killian smirked. "Of course you know of magic, everyone knows of magic. We live in Ireland. Everyone knows of fairies and druids, and the like. Magic cannot be disputed, even if the priests do not take kindly to these beliefs." "Aye, but I can do magic.” As Hurricane Irma bore down on Florida, I discovered a new magical fantasy series set in sixteenth century Ireland featuring witches, a swoony hero, an evil curse and fairies. It’s planned to be a seven-book series with four books having been released so far. I inhaled all four in less than three days. The Farrier’s Daughter by Leigh Ann Edwards was the series’ debut and it absolutely whetted my appetite for more! The Farrier’s Daughter introduces readers to seven-year-old Alainn McCreary and Killian O'Brien. She is the farrier’s daughter and a servant. He is the laird’s nephew and is set to be a laird himself of his family’s lands. My favorite scene is one of the first in the tale. Young Killian is near death when Alainn surprisingly heals him and engages him in an intriguing conversation which inspires a turning point in his recovery. Thus begins a deep friendship between the two. Because of their bond, she is educated and given benefits not normally afforded to those of the lower classes. As they grow up together, they share their hopes and dreams for the future. Their friendship evolves into love – but because they are from different social stations, there can be no future for them. Alainn is a beautiful, feisty witch who has been raised to hide her gift. Killian is honorable and torn between his love for Alainn and his duty to his uncle. As Alainn’s power grows, she begins to question her past and her future and she becomes aware that she may be the key to removing the old curse on the O’Brien family. I was swept away by the setting and their story… Following please find a few of my favorite quotes from The Farrier’s Daughter: “Tis a proud battle's scar you possess, Killian O'Brien," she murmured. He sat up higher at her praise. "But you've lived through the battle and now you must live on past the battle, for that is what warriors do.” --- “He fawns over ye like flies to a dung pile.” --- “I may not have journeyed to other lands, but a trip through the fairy glade is a journey few others have taken, and fewer still have spoken of. I will look forward to taking you with me, Killian. You will see why I always feel the need to return." He was not remotely certain he would ever share her sentiments.” It’s hard to believe that this book marks the author’s debut as it’s very well written and edited. This series would make a fantastic movie or mini-series. It’s engrossing and fun with wonderful characters. There’s a cliffhanger ending, but, since the next book is already available, it’s not a big deal. Just know that you will want to have the next installment ready to go! If you enjoy historical romantic fantasies with magical elements galore, I’d highly recommend that you check out The Irish Witch series! My full review is published at Reading Between the Wines Book Club. Please check it out there!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once into the story, I had to keep reading. The characters are very likeable, except for one! The author describes each character and scene with just enough detail to paint a picture in your mind that further transports you into this magical story. On to book two!
KerryACroucier More than 1 year ago
The first book in the Irish Witch series introduces us to Alainn McCreary and Killian O'Brien. Young Killian is near death when 7-year-old Alainn heals him, thus beginning a lifelong friendship between the two, of different classes, in 16th Century Ireland. Alainn is afforded many opportunities that others in her station don't have. She also has beauty and magical abilities, that her mentor counsels her to hide. Given opportunities that others don't have, she grows up side-by-side with Killian and his cousins, future Lairds. As adults, Alainn and Killian embrace a love that is doomed by their stations. As they grow closer, Alainn's powers grow, and she begins to question her past and who she really is. I enjoyed the way the story and the characters were developed, and can't wait to read the next book to see what happens with Alainn and Killian. **I received an advanced copy from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
The Farrier's Daughter, book one of the Irish Witch series is a page turner. Loved the characters of Alainn and Killian, they have known each other for years, now they have fallen in love. Alainn is a very strong willed witch that is not afraid to stand up for herself. Loved the magic and romance. Wonderful history and description that will keep you entertained. This is a cliffhanger, so get ready to read the next book in the series. This is not my typical read but so happy that I read out of my comfort zone. Off to read the next installment, The Witch's Daughter.
mel_t More than 1 year ago
I have always enjoyed the fantasy/paranormal romance genre and this book doesn't disappoint. In the first 2 chapters, Leigh Ann Edwards sets the stage for the deep friendship that develops between her heroine, Alainn McCreary and hero Killian O'Brien as children when she uses her powers to help him regain the will to live after having lost his family in battle. Ten years later, both are grown; their years of friendship develop into love. Their feelings for each other deepen even as they know that they cannot be together due to their differences in social station. When Alainn's guardian and mentor passes away, the old witch in the fairy glade reveals a secret which may change her life forever and could be the key to removing the curse that the witch had placed on the O'Brien family years before. The one thing I did not like about this book was that it ends in a cliffhanger and cannot be read as a standalone. That said, this story grabbed me enough that I definitely plan to read the next installment, The Witch's Daughter, to find out what happens. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
BookSnuggle More than 1 year ago
"The Farrier's Daughter" by Leigh Ann Edwards is Volume one in the "Irish Witch" series. This is not a standalone and continues in the next book in this series. This is Alainn McCreary and Killian O'Brien's story. Alainn is a healer and has a hard time keeping quiet. Morag, a healer too, took Alainn under her wings and trained her in the use of herbs and portions. Usually girls no matter what status they have in life do not get an education, but Alainn was able to attend classes with the chieftain's sons and nephew. The chieftain's wife convinced her husband to allow Alainn to receive training since she was a healer. It was in their best interest to provide her with this education since Morag was getting old and they needed someone to carry on for her. Killian's mom and dad are gone so he is being raised by his uncle who is the chieftain. Alainn and Killian because friends. At first he sees her as a sister but that begins to change. Alainn has had feelings for him too. The problem is that they do not hold the same status in society so they can never be together. So, how will things turn out for Killian and Alainn? If you are into fantasy and witchcraft romance, then this is a story that you might enjoy. This is a different story than I normally read. It took me a while to get into the story. Alainn and Killian were likable characters, but there were some pretty reprehensible characters. I received a copy of this book from Tule Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
jboehmke More than 1 year ago
I typically don't read much fantasy romance, but I really enjoyed this story. The characters were all well written and I really loved our heroine. The story continues in the next book of the series, so if you really don't like unresolved issues, you may want to have the next book(s) available before you start this one. There are some pretty detestible characters in the story, but the hero and heroine are very likable - along with the cook and healer.
ElisabethWA More than 1 year ago
The Farrier's Daughter by Leigh Ann Edwards is a fantasy romance story. The Farrier's Daughter is book one in The Irish Witch Series and is not a stand alone book. Book two, The Witch's Daughter takes of where The Farrier's Daughter ends. So if you don´t like "cliff hangers" or this type of stories where they simply continues from book, to book, don´t begin on this series. But, if you on the other hand love fantasy romance stories this one is a really good one. It´s well written, flows of the pages and you just want to keep on reading. It almost feels like a young adult type of story. The characters are younger but it is also set in sixteenth century Ireland so that probably explains the younger characters a lot.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Killian O'Brien is near death. He doesn't want to live. Not after the death of his family. When he meets the witch child, Alainn McCreary, she heals him. She too is alone abandoned by her parents. As they grow up they form a bond and fall in love, but they have no future. He is the nephew of the laird and a man of substance and she is a servant and the farrier's daughter. I liked Alainn. She's feisty and fierce in her opinions of the male dominated world she lives in. The magic that she possesses adds so much to the story. Killian O'Brien is honorable and loyal. He will fight for his people and honor his Uncle who took him in and raised him. When they became lovers, it was perfect, but they are torn apart by his greedy and cruel Uncle. Leigh Ann Edwards pulled me into their story. Her characters are compelling, the setting has both brutality and magic and the plot has unexpected twists. I need answers, but I'll have to wait for the release of book two to get them. I can't wait.
CArcidiacono More than 1 year ago
It took me a bit to get into this story but once I did, I could not put it down. Alainn is a healer but maybe better known as a witch for all the powers she uses and ones she has yet to learn about. Growing up in a time when women were to be quiet, and do whatever their husbands or other men wish, has not gone over well with Alainn. She has short patience, a sharp tongue and strong feelings. I was sad when the story ended but I look forward to reading the next one in the series. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.