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.
50ish retired public radio news broadcaster, female, rancher. I love good writing from historical fiction and interesting, off beat mysteries to history of religions and interesting biography coupled with excellent voicing. I have no use for poorly delivered reading. I'll suffer though so-so writing if the content is engaging, but if the narrator is bad, I'll buy the book and read it myself.
I loved learning about the early history of St. Petersberg, briefly the lives of the Czar and his wife, and the role St. Petersberg played in the Jacobite era of English history. The modern day romance was predictable, but the Jacobite era story was a satisfying continuation of the first book. The narrator was very loud and strident and didn't match the personality of the modern day heroine at all. Her accents were good, though, and I give her lots of credit for pulling off English, Scottish and Russian accents quite well. It is very hard to not compare this series to Diana Gabaldon's work. It pales next to that, but if you have finished all of Gabaldon and long for more, this is a reasonable replacement. Also, if you are interested in telepathic communication, you may find this interesting.
I have 3 kids that occupy all the TV's in the house...enough said...addicted to audiobook ....shhhh don't tell my husband ;-)
The story is actually one of self-blooming and becoming your true self. Nicola an art dealer in London she has a psychic gift where she gets visions by touching objects. Nicola was groomed growing up by her grandfather to never reveal her gift to anyone. One day a woman comes in with a priceless carved Firebird with a tale that it was given to her ancestor by Catherine the Great. Nicola knows this to be true by touching the object but nor the woman or Nicola can prove the worth of the Firebird. Nicola decides to go on a mission to find the proof needed to validate the worth of the Firebird, with such self doubt on her own skills, Nicola seeks the help of another psychic her ex-boyfriend Rob. Then Nicola's journey begins. The book is a gem. The narrator is awesome she pulls off male / female, British, Scottish, Irish and Russian accents and she even sings when the characters do...bravo! very credit worthy.
It is one of my favorites. I listen to it as I work out, because it transports me away from the pain to a beautiful place.
Strong characters and the way the author allowed you to travel back in time.
The summer garden and when she Lund out Rob had his passport.
Anna running away to protect her family?
Susanna Kearsley has a unique talent of bringing together so many genres seamlessly into one book, this book has historical fiction, magical realism and romance with none being overwhelming. We travel from the present day to Jacobite Scotland and Catherine’s Russia in psychic flashbacks. Nicola has unique ability, she can touch an object and see its history and when a woman brings in a wooden firebird she sees a girl named Anna when she touches it and must figure out who she is and where the firebird comes from, which leads her from Scotland to St. Petersburg, but she isn’t traveling alone she asks friend and ex-flame Rob to accompany her because his gift is even stronger than hers, his is more seeing spirits of the past and he sees the future too. But is Rob only doing it out of kindness and friendship or does he want more than that.
We “meet” Anna at Slains castle in Scotland where she finds out things about herself and her past that send her off to find her real family, this path takes her to France and Russia. I don’t want to give too much of this story away because the way it builds to the climax of Anna’s story is written so beautifully that I don’t want to ruin it for anyone. But she meets some amazing people and she doesn’t go through any real hard times because it seems like there is always someone there to look out for her, but I liked her spunk and her spirit.
I truly enjoyed this book and have found a new swoon worthy crush in Rob, I enjoyed he and Nicola’s relationship as it grew into something more (and if you follow my reviews you know I’m not one for too much romance). I think my favorite scene was when he drives her to the airport. (Yes that is all I am going to say you’ll have to read the book to see what I am talking about) ;)
Katy Kellgren never ceases to amaze me with her amazing capacity for accents and varied voices both male and female. She makes it sound like there are way more than one person narrating because each and every character has their own unique voice and accent. I will always choose a book in audio if she is narrating.
I will read anything his author writes she has such a beautiful way of phrasing and such a talent at mixing the genre’s and time periods.
4 ½ Stars
Smooth transition between past and present. Interesting capabilities of characters. I liked how it tied into the other book.
As with most books this days I listen to them while at work and when a book is interesting enough I read on my kindle app at home. I'm thankful for the feature because it allowed me to understand and correctly pronounced the Scottish /Irish chat. The performance immersed me in a different time and place; understanding that this is touched by actual historical characters and places makes the story even more magical. The characters are easy to like and you keep coming back so you can find out what happens with both of our heroines, Ana (from the past) and Nicola (present). The story transported me to lands and places I wish to yet explore and I can't help but realize how different the world is nowadays - less trusting, more isolated but still growing and fascinating.
Love my long commute since I found Audible!
I am listening to it a second time. I didn't see the twist coming and I wanted to listen again to see if I missed the obvious.
I like the parallel plot device that Kearsley used in this novel and the first novel The Winter Sea (prequel to this novel). It allowed one to read a historical novel without getting bogged down in explaining the details of everyday life.
I also was shocked and thrilled with the plot twists. I did not see them coming, which made them even more exciting, and pulled each story line to a satisfactory conclusion.
Powerful, emotive, loud - but appropritate to the story line. I enjoyed her ability to equally portray men and women of all ages and nationalities, it made the experience more like hearing a story than the potential monotony of being read a story.
Yes. I wanted to find out what happened. Usually I listen to books only during my commute, but with this book I had to keep listening after I got home.
The Firebird follows the story of characters from The Winter Sea. Even though the novel could stand on its own, I think The Firebird is more compelling after having read The Winter Sea.
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I did not really have any expectations when starting this and found myself pleasantly surprised and really drawn into the story. It was especially exciting when the story tied-in the storyline and characters from her previous novel Winter Sea
This story was so entertaining. I should say these two stories, as there are parallel love stories at play as well as the mystery of the Firebird's origin. Very good listen.
Because of the accents. Wanted to speak Scottish for a week after I read this book!
Anna. Love her strength.
Every time they went back in time. Very interesting.
When Nicola realized her abilities where bigger than she thought. Very moving.
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