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Firebird: A Trilogy (Tyers, Kathy) Paperback – October 1, 2004
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Kathy Tyers is a bestselling author and has earned degrees in microbiology and education. Kathy lives in Bozeman, Montana, where she plays flute in the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra.
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Firebird is a thirdborn child, condemned to death from the time of her birth. Since her planet has long been at war with a federation of other planets, she goes to a military academy with the expectation that she will eventually die a glorious death in battle. Things don't quite work out that way for her, though, or instead of a trilogy, this book would've been less than a hundred pages long. Captured and interrogated by the federates, Firebird is impressed by her chief interrogator, Brennan, one of the genetically altered Sentinels. As she learns more about his beliefs and the federate culture, she sees an alternative to suicide. Over the next two books, she and Brennan are thrown into contact with the "offshoot" race, the Shuhr, whose genetic abilities are being used for bad things, leading to a different kind of suicide mission for the pair. Whether they'll survive it...well, you have the read the book for that.
It's not perfectly written--Tyers doesn't seem to know that "clench" does not mean "clutch" so she uses the one instead of the other, with distressing results, and she has an aversion to the past perfect tense which can be confusing at times. But her main characters are well drawn, and she's done a good job of painting the beliefs and lifestyles of several very different societies. Her secondary characters suffer a little--one of them spends most of the first and second books wishing Firebird would die so Brennan would marry HER, and then, with no explanation of how it occurred (but a hinted conversation at which I'd have loved to have been a fly on the wall), she becomes best friends with Firebird and Brennan forevermore. But these are for the most part minor nitpicks, and I'm more upset at the editor than the writer.
All in all, the three books are fun, futuristic and yet tell a very old story, and are a great read.
Fusion Fire. Princess Firebird and VeeRon Master Sentinel Brennan Caldwell have bonded and are expecting the birth of twin sons. However, her older sister Princess Phoena detests Firebird for choosing life when her destiny like all Wastling was death. Phoena will try anything to insure Firebird dies while the Shur will kill to prevent the Master Singer's prophesy that the Messiah is coming as a member of the Caldwell clan.
Crown of Fire. Phoena has managed to have Lady Firebird sentenced to death for treason and heresy while rebels are destroying cities on several worlds trying to eradicate the Caldwells and the Angelos. Her family asks Firebird to come home as a royal heiress to try to lure a deadly assassin out into the open even as Phoena plans to kill her dishonorable sibling.
The FIREBIRD TRILOGY consolidates three fabulous novels into one terrific package. The Judeo-Christian science fiction story-line turns readers into believing in the varying worlds and the specific mythos starting with the intriguing sacrificial customs that the Naetai have for the younger members of the family that seem like the flowing of blood to replenish the land. The VeeRon beliefs in the coming of the Messiah add to the insight into their values system. This is a fabulous trilogy.