Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes sees images; glimpses into its past, and of those who have owned it before. When a young woman arrives at the London gallery Nicola works at, offering a wooden carving for sale and claiming it belonged to Russia’s Empress Catherine, Nicola’s boss believes the carving – known as ‘the Firebird’– is worthless. But Nicola has held it, and she knows that the woman, who is in desperate need of money, is telling the truth ...
©2013 Susanna Kearsley (P)2013 Oakhill Publishing
"Susanna Kearsley has written a marvellous book" ( Bernard Cornwell)
This book starts with a woman wanting to sell a small wooden bird which she claims was a gift from Catherine 1 of Russia to a distant ancestor. The provenance of that little bird is the backdrop for the entire story. But the story doesn't end with the woman and her bird, rather we are given James Bond. Honestly the book was OK but the ending was unsatisfactory.
The Firebird, as with all Susanna Kearsley's books, is a work of art. It is beautifully written and interweaves characters from both the Shadowy Horses and Sophia's Secret (AKA The Winter Sea).
I am not going to spoil the anticipation of the book by reviewing the storyline but for those who wept for Sophie and Anna, this is a must read for you.
Sally Armstrong's narration was wonderful as always.
I enjoyed this book and it is well worth your credit.
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