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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

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark; 1st Thus. edition (June 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140227663X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402276637
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (748 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I write modern gothic novels that blend historical adventure and modern-day suspense with romance and a touch of something spooky, so they don't fit neatly into any category, really...but they're fun to write!

I live on the north shore of Lake Ontario, east of Toronto, in Canada.

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86 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Carole A. Freeman on February 6, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
FIREBIRD, has become my favourite Susanna Kearsley novel to date..

***There are NO spoilers in my review***

When a carving called the Firebird, leads Nicola Marter, a young women with psychic abilities, on an exciting adventure across Europe from England, Scotland, Belgium to Russia she is aided by Rob McMorran, her friend from Scotland, who's psychic abilities are even greater than Nicola's, suddenly, the Past meets the Present...

Firebird, is a beautifully written novel, where the story just flows from the pages and is captivating from the first page to the last. It is clear that Susanna Kearsley was passionate about her characters and her story when she wrote this novel. You can tell that the historical information in this novel, had been very well researched and it is quite interesting.
The novel has an engaging story plot and dialogue which transfers between contemporary and historical characters with ease. I also found this novel to be extremely visual. I felt my senses come alive while reading this wonderful story. I was travelling with the characters from England to Scotland to Belgium and on to Russia and what a wonderful journey it was! I found myself completely engrossed by the lives of the characters and the excellent plot. The journey involved an exciting adventure, that I did not want to see come to an end and the protagonists in this story, were so endearing, that I found myself emotionally attached to them.... Simply put, "It was a Damn Good Read!"
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73 of 79 people found the following review helpful By C. Valdizan on February 7, 2013
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I've purchased this book because I have enjoyed Susanna Kearsley previous books. Still being my favorites Mariana and The Winter Sea, to my surprise this is a new book that also follow up with the beloved characters of The Winter Sea!! One of the main characters is also a dear one (all grown up now) from The Shadowy Horses.

Nicola works for a respectable art dealer in London who specializes in Russian art. She also posses the gift (a curse in her opinion) of psychometry. Thanks to her abilities she decides to help a woman who is in great need to sell an old wooden crave figure of a Firebird. She told Nicola that the Firebird has been in her family for generations and was given to her ancestor by Catherine I of Russia. Since its impossible to prove the real value of the crave figure, Nicola starts a quest to find the true story of the Firebird with the hope to prove the value of the piece. She doubts her abilities and is afraid to use them, therefore she decided to ask for the help of Rob (an ex boyfriend), who is highly gifted in the paranormal.

During their quest we met Anna, a lovely girl from the past that grown up as a very likeable and strong woman. She is one of the leading characters of the book and is the daughter of Sophia and John Moray. By a leap of faith she became the ward of Vice Admiral Gordon who was commissioned in Russia by Peter the Great.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Gettysburg Girl on July 4, 2013
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This book is two stories and alternates between good historical fiction and a present day romance. The latter is where the novel annoyed me beyond belief. I wasn't anticipating a romance novel...I don't like them. The protagonist, Nicola, and her love interest Rob, were caricatures of themselves who seemed to be in this story as a plot device to tell the historical story of much more interesting people and also paint a wonderful picture of early 18th century Russia. Good characters should be complex, and although the author made an effort, it fell flat. Rob, in particular, was the type of guy you would see on the cover of some crass romance novels. He had no faults - none. This does not make a good and memorable character. He was the perfect man...handsome, charming, sweet, patient, helpful, etc, etc, etc. I wanted to like him but he was sickeningly saccharine. Nicola fights against her attraction to him throughout the entire novel, which, honestly was stupid, pointless and unexplained. We know what's going to happen. There is no drama if the readers know what is going to happen. For Pete's sake, get it over with.

Both Nicola and Rob have an ability called psychometry, a type of ESP. Rob has honed his skills and uses them readily. Nicola avoids allowing anyone to know what she can do and is a virtual neophyte compared to Rob. Their sections of the novel, as he helps her follow the story of the carved bird, features page after page after page of Rob saying, "You can do this" and Nicola saying, "No I can't." Of course, this got old quickly (I didn't need this dialogue twenty plus times), and their entire story, as well as the rest of the novel, is completely predictable.
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