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*Starred Review* Authentic historic detail, a touch of the paranormal, and romance come together with a synergistic effect in versatile Kearsley’s (The Rose Garden, 2011) lovely and memorable novel. Nicola Marter works for a London gallery. She not only holds master’s degrees in Russian studies and art history; she also has the secret ability to hold an object and see past events. When a woman comes in with a small carved bird, Nicola has a vision of the Empress Catherine giving it to a young woman named Anna. With no documented provenance, the carving is worthless to collectors, and Nicola feels impelled to authenticate it. Impulsively, she heads to Scotland and enlists the assistance of Rob McMorran, to whom she was attracted when she met him in a psychic study. Even though Nicola can practice psychometry, she knows that Rob’s much stronger psychic powers will be invaluable. Together they embark on a journey that takes them to Ypres and Saint Petersburg and opens a window onto the early eighteenth century and the plight of Jacobites as they unravel Anna’s story. --Diana Tixier Herald
"The blend of the present and the past is very well done and should delight fans of historical fiction. " - Jackie Willey, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC
"The present and past come together as Kearsley masterfully merges paranormal elements with a wonderful dual story and a fascinating historical setting. Those who loved A.S. Byatt's Possession will adore The Firebird. " - RT Book Reviews
"Kearsley blends history, romance and a bit of the supernatural into a glittering, bewitching tale." - Kirkus
"Authentic historic detail, a touch of the paranormal, and romance come together with a synergistic effect in versatile Kearsley's (The Rose Garden, 2011) lovely and memorable novel. STARRED Review" - Booklist
"This story is not a quick read and deserves the reader's full attention, which means it also deserves a second reading to fully appreciate Anna's story." - Historical Novel Review
"It's been a long time since I've enjoyed a book so much. I love how the author blends the historical events in with the fictional elements, such that it truly is hard to distinguish fact from fiction, and I lived in the story." - The Good, The Bad and The Unread
"Kearlsey's writing is superb, which is why she is one of my favorite authors. If you've read her past work and enjoyed it, you will love The Firebird." - Library of Clean Reads
"If you love Historical Fiction with a little pinch of paranormal elements and romance, The Firebird is for you! I was immediatly transported in to Scotland and Russia and through Anna's and Nicola's life! Buy- Borrow, TBR-pile and Next-To-Buy list!" - Proserpine Craving Books
"All in all, if you enjoy history, a dash of romance, and a whole lotta plot...this is a book to invest in. " - Jilly Mcbean
"The Firebird is a beautifully written story with characters that practically leap off the pages, a story that alternately broke my heart and healed it, and a pair of romances (or a trio, more accurately) that made me fall in love. This book made me laugh, made me cry (I seriously bawled happy tears through the last 30 or so pages), and made me certain that Susanna Kearsley has a talent like no other." - Ramblings of a Daydreamer
Very disappointing. The Scots dialogue was annoying, the modern day couple were boring and their story very drawn out.
I preferred the story when it went back in time. Read more
The Winter Sea was the first novel I read by SK and so to continue the characters was a treat (and a surprise! Read morePublished 11 days ago by Kelli Sanders
It held my interest right from the beginning, excellent book if you believe that people can see back in timePublished 11 days ago by Jacqueline Soroko
I have read many of Kearsley's books, and I had this on my wish list for a long time; but when I bought it I couldn't finish it. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Sha
A tremendous amount of historical research went into this book, partly set in the early 18th century and partly in the present. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Alan A. Elsner