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The Firebird Paperback – June 4, 2013
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"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 immediately transported in to Scotland and Russia and through Anna's and Nicola's lives!" - 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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***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!"
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.
It continues the story of the Jacobites who fled to Russia and lived and served their King from the Russian Courts.Read more ›
I don't think I would have understood half of what was happening without knowing the details of Winter Sea - and there were several (the references to the pawn, the farewell scene when Sophia gives up her daughter at a very young age, the lock of hair, the chess piece, etc). There was so much emotion attached to these references that I don't think I would have felt had I not read the first book. I think readers should be aware that this is truly a sequel, and not a stand-alone.
Like Kearsley's other books, there are dual story lines - one in modern day and one historical. I guess what disappointed me most in this book was the modern day story line. The modern day "romance" felt very rushed. Rob and Nicola have some "history," and one day, very spontaneously, she seeks him out to help her solve a mystery. They both have telepathic/psychic talents of sorts, his being far more developed than hers. He is a small town police officer, and yet is able to drop everything - walk away from his job with no notice - to drive all over Scotland and then Europe to help her "travel" telepathically to the past. Just didn't seem realistic, and felt very convenient. And a lot to expect of someone you haven't seen in a few years.
Rob and Nicola "speak" telepathically to each other, and this irked me. Many conversations were conducted in their heads, as Robbie was easily able to read Nicola's thoughts - any time.Read more ›
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Susanna Kearsley is a favorite author, and the prequel to The Firebird--The Winter Sea--is my favorite of her books. Read morePublished 5 days ago by J. Harvey
"The Firebird" is a well written piece of historical fiction with some sprinkling of romance. The characters are well developed and the author makes you care about them. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Helen
Loved this book! Especially the connections to her other books. Just recently discovered Susanna Kearsley, and have been reading all of her books. My new favorite author!Published 6 days ago by Robbie Farley
I've read quite a few of Susanna Kearsley's books because she one just such a varied and interesting author. Her
"Seven Sisters" series is one not to be missed! Read more
This was a surprise recommendation on Audible.com. I thought I would give this author a try and have now listened to the book repeatedly! Read morePublished 21 days ago by Traci
I found it started slow but as I read on I could not wait to see what would happen next. It was a great story within a story.Published 23 days ago by Kathleen Dukart
I struggled to get through this, mainly because I intensely disliked the character of Anna. I see I'm in the minority here, but her story bored me and I had no sympathy for... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Herb Garden