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In Mercedes Lackey's Firebird, Ilya, son of a Russian prince, is largely ignored by his father and tormented by his larger, older brothers. His only friends are three old people: a priest, a magician, and a woman who toils in the palace dairy. From them Ilya learns faith, a smattering of magic, and the power of love - all of which he will need desperately, for his life is about to be turned upside down.

The prince's magnificent cherry orchard is visited at midnight by the legendary Firebird, whose wings are made of flame. Ilya's brothers' attempts to capture the magical creature fail. When Ilya tries to catch the Firebird, he sees her as a beautiful woman and earns a magical gift: the speech of animals.

Banished, the young man journeys through a fantastical Russia full of magical mazes, enchanted creatures, and untold dangers. As happens in the best fairy tales, Ilya falls in love with an enchanted princess, but to win her freedom will be no easy task.

©1996 Mercedes Lackey (P)2020 Tantor

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great story!

Really long chapters!!!, but fantastic story, great characters wonderful ending! I recommend this author, and enjoyed a story from a culture I'm not familiar with.

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Fun read. Felt little misogynistic, but if you can overlook that it is enjoyable.

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This is an ok book.none of the breath holding drama one expects from lackey.narrator is ok no drama just plods along.no excitement in the narration. Not sure it is worth a credit.

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Probably the worst Mercedes Lackey book I have read. The "hero" is shallow and unlikable and the story is slow and uninteresting.

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  • Steven Lehmann
  • 07-26-20

a bit rambling

great performance by the actor. The story does get a bit long winded as to the main character's reasoning in places, and he gets very fatalistic in some parts, and amazingly optimistic in others, which seems odd.