I have now read three of Susanna Kearsley's novels. Her new offering, The Firebird is something of a sequel to The Winter Sea, which I read in January of this year. I have not rated The Firebird as highly, however, because I found the story relies too heavily on the psychic ability of two characters and their ability to see the past, of 300+ years ago, with so much clarity. Also, the past that these characters relate is not as significant as the time period explored in The Winter Sea (the Scottish Rebellion of 1708). The action of The Firebird takes place AFTER James is defeated in his one attempt to land on Scottish soil and is forced to return to France. Most of the action then takes place in Flanders and in St. Petersburg, Russia, among supporters of James who fled Scotland to regroup and attract new military assistance.
I did not dislike this novel and, in fact, I found the language quite beautiful, more refined, and more poetic than the earlier novels. Also, the setting in St. Petersburg at the time of Peter the Great and his wife, Catherine, is quite well handled. The romantic themes are too prominent in this novel, however, and overshadow the history, which is my prime interest in reading this author's work.
This book was such a good listen that I despaired every time I had to leave the story.
Romance, history, mystery and more. Susanna Kearsley writes with grace and style. Of course Katherine Kellgren is the perfect person to read it to you. She has so many voices and accents that it seems impossible she is one person. This is the best audible book I have every heard. Download and enjoy.
I bought this book thinking it would fit in with my enjoyment of mystery or supernatural type of books. It was so boring I tried speeding up the playback. After several chapters I just gave up and used my menu options to mark it as already listened to. But really, this book sucked for my tastes.
Listening to Mitch Rapp right now. Love Vince Flynn. So saddened for his family and his huge family of listeners and readers.
Yes. The story is excellent, bringing to life both the current time and historical characters with some depth. The Scottish, British, and Russian history provided is very informative, as well as adding much to the story. Katherine Kellgren gives a very engaging performance with different voices and accents for the various characters, so that one feels right in the middle of the story.
I enjoyed the relationship between Niccola and Rob, as well as the growing awareness Niccola has of her gifts and the courage to acknowledge them in public. That idea translates to a wide variety of issues, beliefs, and abilities for the reader.
Rob. He is so self-assured and confident, yet never arrogant. He is willing to be patient with Niccola on her journey to self-awareness.
I chose this book because it is narrated by Katherine Kellgren, and she is my favorite narrator. I loved her English, Irish, Scottish, and Russian accents. She really made the characters come alive. I liked how the author entwined two stories and two timelines. I love historical fiction, and learned about the Jacobites. I hope the author will continue the story of Nicola and Rob, and how they unravel future mysteries.
I LOVE this book. I've read all of Kearsley's novels and have enjoyed them all but this is my favorite to date. I love historic fiction and romance genres and this was the best of both. Although one needn't have read The Shadowy Horses and Winter Sea, having done so, the reprised characters felt like old friends. And now with this read, I've fallen in love with Rob and Nicola and hope they will start a series of books.....am thinking there could be lots of areas to explore with their gifts.
At first was unsure of Katherine Kellgren but only because I thought her voice was too old for Nicola. That is my only constructive criticism as she was fantastic overall. All voices were distinct and beautifully accented.
I now think I'm off to re-read (rather, re-listen to) Winter Sea as I think I'll have a different experience of it after this.....
The story was cleverly written and well narrated. I found it very enjoyable with likeable characters and good narration.