Friday, June 21, 2013
The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley
A few years ago, Nicola had met another person gifted with ESP in Edinburg. Robbie is at one with his gift, and when Nicola goes to find him, she also discovers that his small town accepts him as he is. Nicola has spent her life trying to hide her gift as her grandfather had warned her to do. Robbie and Nicola set off to Russia on a trip for Nicola’s work as well as to discover the past of the Firebird by following the imprints of history of Anna.
Anna is an intriguing character. The daughter of a Scottish patriot that is trying to get King James back on the throne, Anna is hidden while a child to protect her from the forces of King George. Anna travels to France during another uprising in Scotland and lives for a time with nuns. After unwittingly exposing family secrets to a spy in the nunnery, Anna runs away while getting relocated, and ends up with kindly Vice-Admiral Gordon in St. Petersburg during the reign of Peter the Great. The novel skips ahead to Anna as a young woman and the relationship she has with her adopted family and other families that support the “King over the Water” and also with a young and handsome Rogue. Will Anna be able to find her true family and true love? Will Nicola and Robbie discover the truth behind the Firebird? Will Nicola admit the truth about herself?
I loved, loved, and loved The Firebird. I had just finished The Shadowy Horses and eagerly started The Firebird. It starts after The Shadowy Horses with young Robbie now a twenty-something police officer. It was fantastic to get some of my questions from The Shadowy Horses answered and also to see what a grown-up Robbie was like. I loved Robbie and Nicola’s relationship and would love to see it explored even more in the future. I must admit though that even though I loved Robbie and Nicola, I loved Anna even more. As the story switched back and forth between the two timelines, I couldn’t wait to go back to the past. I also loved that the story mostly took place in Russia during the time of Peter the Great. I learned some new things and was fascinated by the Russian history.
I also loved the author notes at the end where Kearsley describes her research and how most of the characters in the novel were true to history. Fascinating. She also stated that many of the characters were from her novel, The Winter Sea. I have heard so many good things about that novel; I definitely need to pick it up!
Overall, the Firebird is an excellent historical fiction/contemporary/suspense novel with memorable characters, great romance, and a riveting plot line. I highly recommend this novel.
Book Source: Review copy from Sourcebooks – Thanks!