Budding Magic (The O'Byrne Daughters, #1)
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Budding Magic (The O'Byrne Daughters #1)

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Ireland - 1838Aine 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 at least 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...more
Kindle Edition, 296 pages
Published October 7th 2009 by Fayne Artists (first published October 1st 2009)
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Hock Tjoa
This is a gentle and fascinating enticement into the magical world of the O'Bryne family in Ireland before the potato famine (although individuals from the family do get around--one even to China). I tried not to dwell on the improbability of the situation (this is after all fantasy) but found it hard to not be aware that the oldest of the daughters is 14. She is magically gifted and like no 14 year old you have ever met or heard of. It was fascinating to have the differences among the girls sho...more
Sadie Forsythe
If I'm honest, the covers of Budding Magic almost put me off offering to 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...more
C.M. Truxler
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.

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L.S. Fayne
This book was challenging, because I needed for it to make sense that such a powerful, magical family couldn’t circumvent the Irish Potato Famine. When I wrote the series, Druantia’s Children, I hinted as to where their magic had come from. I became fascinated with the original seven sisters, and decided to go write about them. The problem was that when I hinted about them, I placed them in the time of the famine. I couldn’t change history, so created a way to explain their magic. Budding Magic...more
Natalie Long
At times it seemed like there was a fantastic story line, but at others it seemed like the 6 year old character was the one who wrote the book. I made it through to the end, but I don't think I will be reading the next in the series. It was simply too immature in the writing style for me to want to go on, which is a shame because I think there is a great story there.
Darrel Smith
I liked the time period, the thoughts preparing for the potato famine, and the donkey's. I liked the blind lady that wasn't really blind. I like the way the sisters watch each others backs. The dual realities were thought provoking and stirs the imagination.
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