The Firebird

The Firebird

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Nicola Marter was born with a gift so rare and dangerous, she kept it buried deep. When she encounters a desperate woman trying to sell a small wooden carving called "The Firebird," claiming it belonged to Russia's Empress Catherine, it's a problem. There's no proof. But Nicola's held the object. She knows the woman is telling the truth.
Publisher: Naperville, Illinois. : Sourcebooks Landmark, [2013]
ISBN: 9781402276637
140227663X
Branch Call Number: FIC KEARSLE
Characteristics: 539 pages ; 21 cm

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cmlibrary_ecrites Aug 16, 2017

This isn't my favorite of Susanna Kearsley's works, but that by no means makes it bad. It is still a beautifully told love story that blends historical and contemporary threads in a really readable and entertaining way. In comparison to her other books, especially The Winter Sea, The Shadowy Horses and Mariana, it is not as strong. If you have read the Winter Sea and the Shadowy Horses I do recommend it because this one explores the lives of two people who who are tangentially involved in those books. We get to find out about their lives after the events that we read about and also get tidbits about the main characters from those books.

AL_MARYA Jul 30, 2017

I picked this book up because it was offered as a suggested “read-alike” to Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander. Like Outlander, The Firebird blurs the lines between romance, historical fiction, and fantasy. Firebird, however, could have been half of its 500+ pages and been a more satisfying read.

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firebird770
Jun 15, 2017

Absolutely spellbinding - could not put it down from start to finish and now working on Winter Sea. Excellent book.

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Zedd
May 05, 2016

Two Women. One Mysterious Relic. Separated By Centuries. Nicola Marter was born with a gift so rare and dangerous, she kept it buried deep. When she encounters a desperate woman trying to sell a small wooden carving called "The Firebird," claiming it belonged to Russia's Empress Catherine, it's a problem. There's no proof. But Nicola's held the object. She knows the woman is telling the truth. Expertly weaves two tales into one vastly entertaining read.

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Lillitone
Feb 10, 2016

Sloppy romance, posing as fantasy/paranormal. A total waste of time.

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andreareads
Dec 01, 2014

This book features two characters who were children in earlier novels: Rob, from The Shadowy Horses, and Anna, from The Winter Sea. The historical plot is a sequel to the historical plot of The Winter Sea. Storywise, it dragged a bit through the middle, but picked up again at the end.

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ryner
Jun 02, 2014

Nicola is a buyer for a prestigious London art gallery. She also carries within her a secret, innate gift of psychometry: merely by touching an object she can draw forth scenes involving people and places from its history. When a woman asks for assistance in verifying the authenticity and provenance of carving that according to family lore had been given to one of her ancestors by Empress Catherine of Russia, without thinking Nicola reaches out to touch it. She is immediately struck by a vision of the Empress Catherine speaking to a young woman named Anna. Nicole now knows that the carving is genuine, but how can she prove it without revealing her secret to the world? Seeking advice and possibly assistance, she heads first to see Rob, an old friend with similar talents.

In The Firebird, Susanna Kearsley spins another compelling tale that is ingeniously and seamlessly woven into the loose ends of The Winter Sea, the first novel in this series. How I love a good historical mystery! I also must repeat the sentiment expressed in my review of the first novel: That my library categorizes this novel as primarily a romance is doing it a disservice, making it invisible to a greater potential audience. This fantastically detailed story could definitely stand alone (though perhaps not be quite as enjoyable) minus the romantic story line.

ChristchurchLib May 18, 2014

"Along with its parallel storylines, The Firebird incorporates a bit of the paranormal: when Nicola touches an object, she receives strong visions of its past, though she prefers to keep this ability a secret. But when she comes across a small carved bird and "sees" Empress Catherine, she feels compelled to help its owner by authenticating the item. With the help of attractive Rob McMorran, whose abilities are stronger than hers, Nicola travels to Russia, where she uncovers the story of the bird -- and the aftermath of the Jacobite Rising of 1715." Fiction A to Z May 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/96117fb3-f773-4ebe-a30e-0933ee1fb11f?postId=88caf547-9d7c-4692-932a-8cbe7ef5fe90

AnneDromeda Dec 06, 2013

Are you looking for an excuse to curl up somewhere with a mug of hot chocolate and do nothing for a few hours? Of course you are! It’s awful weather. Plus, snuggling in with a good book beats getting bodychecked by someone else who desperately needs Santa to bring a Tickle-Me-Cabbage-Bratz-Kid or whatever. Hey, your friendly librarian is here to help.

At least, I’m here to help if a long, charming ramble through Scotland and Russia with a smoldering Scotsman sounds appealing. If not, you can probably get off this boat here.

Still here? Grand! Grab your cocoa.

By day, Nicola Marter works in an arts museum in London, England. By night, however, Nicola struggles with a rare gift that lets her divine the provenance of the rare items she curates simply by touching them. Her grandfather had been viciously prosecuted in Russia for his gifts, so Nicola faces strong family pressure to suppress her second sight and live a more normal life.

However, a chance encounter with a destitute woman forces Nicola to reconsider her gifts and their role in her life. Before Nicola really thinks about it, she goes to Scotland in search of Rob, whose own keen gifts could help her find the proof she needs that this woman’s family holds a rare artefact, given to them by Empress Catherine of Russia. Rob, naturally, would be our smoldering Scotsman – one with whom Nicola had an intense connection in university, and with whom she has unfinished business.

The two depart on a whirlwind tour of the Scottish coast and St Petersburg, hot on the trail of the firebird artefact. As with any Susanna Kearsley novel, there’s plenty of steamy tension rendered so carefully that you can share this book with your mother without blushing. I’ve recommended other Kearsley books in this space as readalikes for fans of Diana Gabaldon’s *Outlander* series - the sexual tension, historical research, and time travel elements make Kearsley’s books a perfect match for any Sassenachs looking for a great next read. *The Firebird* is no exception. This book is highly recommended as a shopping procrastination tool, or as an excuse to get out of anything else you’d like to avoid this holiday season.

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_Amazon_
Oct 01, 2013

The Winter Sea, Shadowy Horses and Marianna are Kearsley's best stories....This one started out a strong contender, but towards the last few chapters, I was skimming and just wishing she'd get on with it. Far too much slogging through history...

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M_ALCOTT Jul 15, 2015

" ’Tis by their words that men betray themselves, and often by the smallest of their actions, which ye’ll rarely see unless ye hold your tongue and use your eyes instead. Ye’ll learn more of a man if ye look at his face when he’s looking at somebody else, than ye’ll learn any other way, but ye have to keep silent to do it."-Captain Jamieson(advising a young Anna)

M_ALCOTT Jul 15, 2015

“See now, nothing that we do in life is easy. Your pawn will capture mine in his next move, and yet that move will leave ye open to attack then from my bishop three moves hence. Each choice we make has an effect for good or ill, for all we may not yet perceive it at the time.”-Colonel Graeme(teaches young Anna more than a game of chess)

M_ALCOTT Jul 15, 2015

“So you would not let him bear that shame, yet you yourself would shoulder it? You need not always stand and take a whipping you do not deserve.”-Anna(speaking to Edmund)

M_ALCOTT Jul 15, 2015

“I’m not good with fragile things. I’m careless, and I break them, and I lose them, but I…I’d take care of you.”-Edmund(speaking to Anna)

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andreareads
Dec 01, 2014

the city had survived, as it had always done: endured the changes of its name and government, stood fast through war and siege and revolution, and through all of that had managed still to shelter and encourage art and dance and life and beauty.
It was what my mother always told my brother and myself that she missed most of all about St. Petersburg – the beauty that lay everywhere, in unexpected places, if you only had the eyes to see it.

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andreareads
Dec 01, 2014

“Never let him fool you into thinking that he’s calm, it’s all an act. . . . it isnae in his nature to sit still, he’s only taught himself the trick of it.”

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andreareads
Dec 01, 2014

It surprised me that I hadn’t noticed him earlier. I usually didn’t miss noticing good-looking men. And on top of it all, he’d been reading a book, and a man doing that didn’t often escape my attention.

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andreareads
Dec 01, 2014

Men, so Anna had observed, replied to threats in one of two ways, much like bears. They either dropped and turned and scuttled off, or else they stood their ground and bellowed back and tried to make themselves look larger.

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andreareads
Dec 01, 2014

If we cannae be what we were born to be, the whole of it, we die a little on the inside, every day we live the lie.

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sra963
Jun 21, 2013

"You should never give your hand to any man unless he also holds your heart."

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Zedd
May 05, 2016

Nicola Marter has the gift of psychometry-the ability to touch an object and discover information about its previous owners. Her grandfather's adamant instructions to never reveal her abilities, coupled with the negative reactions from those who do not understand her, has Nicola eager to keep her talent a secret. Margaret Ross appears at Nicola's artifacts and art gallery with a small carving of a bird, called the Firebird, and claims the item was given to her ancestor, Anna, by Peter the Great's wife, the Empress Catherine of Russia. Once Nicola holds the Firebird, she sees a vision of Anna with the Empress and realizes the carving could bring Margaret, who is in dire need of money, a fortune. Determined to help Margaret and prove the authenticity of the Firebird, Nicola enlists the help of Rob, who also has the same psychic abilities as Nicola's, only stronger. Following Anna's path, Nicole and Rob find themselves crossing Scotland, Belgium, and Russia, taking the reader on a journey spanning the Jacobite Rising of 1715 and its aftermath.

AnneDromeda Dec 06, 2013

Are you looking for an excuse to curl up somewhere with a mug of hot chocolate and do nothing for a few hours? Of course you are! It’s awful weather. Plus, snuggling in with a good book beats getting bodychecked by someone else who desperately needs Santa to bring a Tickle-Me-Cabbage-Bratz-Kid or whatever. Hey, your friendly librarian is here to help.

At least, I’m here to help if a long, charming ramble through Scotland and Russia with a smoldering Scotsman sounds appealing. If not, you can probably get off this boat here.

Still here? Grand! Grab your cocoa.

By day, Nicola Marter works in an arts museum in London, England. By night, however, Nicola struggles with a rare gift that lets her divine the provenance of the rare items she curates simply by touching them. Her grandfather had been viciously prosecuted in Russia for his gifts, so Nicola faces strong family pressure to suppress her second sight and live a more normal life.

However, a chance encounter with a destitute woman forces Nicola to reconsider her gifts and their role in her life. Before Nicola really thinks about it, she goes to Scotland in search of Rob, whose own keen gifts could help her find the proof she needs that this woman’s family holds a rare artefact, given to them by Empress Catherine of Russia. Rob, naturally, would be our smoldering Scotsman – one with whom Nicola had an intense connection in university, and with whom she has unfinished business.

The two depart on a whirlwind tour of the Scottish coast and St Petersburg, hot on the trail of the firebird artefact. As with any Susanna Kearsley novel, there’s plenty of steamy tension rendered so carefully that you can share this book with your mother without blushing. I’ve recommended other Kearsley books in this space as readalikes for fans of Diana Gabaldon’s *Outlander* series - the sexual tension, historical research, and time travel elements make Kearsley’s books a perfect match for any Sassenachs looking for a great next read. *The Firebird* is no exception. This book is highly recommended as a shopping procrastination tool, or as an excuse to get out of anything else you’d like to avoid this holiday season.

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