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The Firebird

Kearsley, Susanna (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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.
Authors: Kearsley, Susanna, 1966-
Title: The firebird
Publisher: Naperville, Illinois. :, Sourcebooks Landmark,, [2013]
Characteristics: 539 pages ;,21 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 140227663X
9781402276637
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Report This Dec 06, 2013
  • AnneDromeda rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Report This Oct 01, 2013
  • _Amazon_ rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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...

Report This Sep 17, 2013
  • Utenochek rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Fabulous! I was sad to finish it. Great read with history, paranormal and romance interwoven together.

Wonderful book however you would be best to read ''The Winter Sea'' first so you are familiar with the characters.

I have enjoyed all of SK's books, but I loved the threads she picked up from the Winter Sea and, one of my favourites, the Shadowy Horses. Her characters are believable and the historical context is interesting.

Report This Jul 27, 2013
  • elag24 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Even though Ms. Kearsley's books are very formulaic and somewhat predictable, I still enjoyed this book. I think it is one of her strongest efforts. I couldn't put it down! I especially appreciated her ability to switch from the modern character's story to the historic character's story. I also really appreciated that she continued some of the characters from her previous works. I hope that more of these historic characters find their way into future works.

Report This Jul 18, 2013
  • ehbooklover rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Yet another fantastic book from one of my favourite authors. A modern Gothic tale full of romance, history, adventure, mystery, and the supernatural with a very satisfying ending! Note: This title contains characters from her previous novels “The Winter Sea” and “The Shadowy Horses”.

Report This Jul 11, 2013
  • emerald2pac rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

So far this book is mesmerizing , I can't for the life of me put it down. It transports you back in time and than back to the present. The characters are dynamic and complex. The story is simply captivating it sucks you in from the start and hasn't stopped since. You really start to care about the characters and come to understand them. I will edit and add more if needed once I finish this book. Side note on how good this book is I finished half of it in one day or night for that matter. Amazing read just wow love it. Lovely book can not say enough about it. The physic storyline was not my usual thing but this one just sucks you in from the beginning to the end. The characters are so vivid and have such charisma that you can't help but feel for them as you travel along with them to the past and back. I do recommend reading The Winter Sea before reading this so you know more of what is going on and possibly The Shadowy Horses too , to get as much back story as possible on all characters.

Report This Jul 04, 2013
  • ready2read rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This was a surprise. I was a quarter of the way through this novel before I realized that it is a sequel to Kearsley's excellent novel "The Winter Sea"......sort of. Both novels are written with parrallel naratives set in two different time periods. It is only the historical timeframe (set around the time of the first Jacobite uprisings) that is the sequel. This story is about Anna. At the end of "The Winter Sea", her mother had left her with a fisherman's family for her own safety.. This story picks up about six years later. The modern narrative is not based on "The Winter Sea"

This is not science fiction/fantasy and should not be shelved there but with the author's other fiction.

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Report This Dec 06, 2013
  • AnneDromeda rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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Report This Jun 21, 2013
  • sra963 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

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