Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes glimpses those who have owned it before. When a woman arrives with a small wooden carving at the gallery Nicola works at, she can see the object’s history and knows that it was named after the Firebird - the mythical creature from an old Russian fable.
Compelled to know more, Nicola follows a young girl named Anna who leads her into the past on a quest through the glittering backdrops of the Jacobites and Russian courts, unearthing a tale of love, courage, and redemption.
©2013 Susanna Kearsley (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
This delightful story transcended time and cultures fusing intrigue, romance, and life experiences across the ages. The author gave such depth to the characters and vividness to the scenery that I felt myself drawn into the worlds spontaneously. The reader was extremely adept at entering the scenes in technicolor and realistically engaging the characters.
I would definitely recommend this adventure whether listening or reading.
Just loved this book! Great characters and absorbing plot. I will be reading more by this author!
Absolutely, though I would add the caveat that the contrived bridge between past and present is not plausible in the least, even for the paranormal genre. This must be overlooked, because the reason for the contrivance is a good one...we need the window into the past.
Not sure I would change it. I advise suspending disbelief and enjoying the story.
No complaints here. Her voice is pleasant and she works well with several accents and age groups. I would listen to her again.
I rather liked Captain Jamison from the start, and even though I had my suspicions as to his history within the Jacobite scheme of things, I would have liked to hear his story from his own POV. Otherwise, I would say dinner with Peter the Great would be a fabulous thing!
I highly recommend this book as well as the earlier tale The Winter Sea (which is my favorite of this author's writings to date). The Winter Sea has a bit less contrived paranormal backing, and it flows a bit more without suspending belief. Still... This book is well written and the characters are wonderful.
A different narrator
I was very intrigued by the story, but was unable to get through the first chapter due to the narration. Ms. Kellgren was reading very fast and sounded snobbish (for lack of a better word). Rather disappointing.
I liked the follow-up to The Winter Sea. I listened to this several times and probably will again because I get busy when I'm listening and miss important things.
The history is fascinating and I tend to remember storylines better than a historical essay so I like that she brings the history in but it's not the only thing I'm getting from the story.
She does a good job with the voices. That's not easy with all the different accents in this story.
There were places that had me teary :)
I like all of Susanna Kearsley's books so far but my favorites have been The Winter Sea and now this one. Although I also loved Mariana.
The author's use of a "time travel" gift by the lead character was very contrived. and distracting. The present time story was dull with boring characters. I really didn't care whether their romance flourished. The Jacobite understory which the present day characters "saw" by touching ancient things was only somewhat more interesting. What worked for Gabaldon doesn't necessarily work for all stories, and it didn't work in this book.
The author did good research on the Jacobite period.
Very well-written alternation between present time and solving a mystery in a previous time. And it was a pleasure hearing it aloud with all the accents- Irish Scottish Russian.
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