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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
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Paperback, 539 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published 2013)
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Susan Hill No, it's history/romance as told by people who can "see" the past. You have to suspend any disbelief of mind-reading to enjoy it.
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No, it's history/romance as told by people who can "see" the past. You have to suspend any disbelief of mind-reading to enjoy it.
The romance applies to the present as well as the past. It's like 2 stories in one.
I love it!(less)
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Hannah
Rating Clarification: 2.75 Stars

This is a hard review to compose, because all my GR friends know how much I love Susanna Kearsley's books.

Let me reiterate:
I.Love.Susanna.Kearsley's.Books.
They make me smile.
They make me cry.
They (sometimes) make me gasp in surprise over her clever plot twists.
They educate me on less known periods of history.
They allow the romantic in me to squee over the characters and their struggles, and cheer these fictional people on.
They even allow the cynic in me to swallow
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Jill

Nicola Marter has special abilities. She can touch an object and sense its past. When a client brings in a small, wooden carving of a bird - The Firebird - to the gallery where she works for an art dealer, Nicola knows that the bird is as claimed by the owner, an artifact from the 18th century Empress Catherine of Russia. There is no proof of documentation to authenticate this though.

Nicola goes to the one person she knows who can help, Rob McMorran whose own psychic gifts are far stronger than
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Nov 16, 2014 ☕Bεε rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Diana Gabaldon fans
Recommended to ☕Bεε by: Goodreads, of course
It does stand to mention that although this book continues with characters from earlier works,

The Winter Sea
The Winter Sea (The Slains, #1) by Susanna Kearsley
and
The Shadowy Horses
The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley

The Firebird can easily be read as a stand alone. You don't necessarily need to read them in any order.


UPDATE 02 May 2013

Yes, a real review, HUZZAH! I couldnt put this down. Love, love, love. Fantastic. Beautiful. Everything I anticipated.

I first started reading Susanna Kearsley after I found Gabaldon's Outlander series. GR recommended similar books and Kearsley
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Misfit
“It just seemed a thing worth following, your Firebird.”

How to recap the plot when the book description does it so nicely? I'm going to take the lazy way out and bypass that and just talk about the reading experience.

The Firebird is a sequel to The Winter Sea, and while it could stand alone, I strongly urge that TWS be read first. Fans of Kearsley are familiar with her dual time storylines, and the paranormal elements she incorporates to take the contemporary characters into the past. In this c
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Marie
Initial thoughts on finishing, May 11th: *sigh* Susanna Kearsley is one hell of a storyteller. I'm honestly not sure what my final rating for this one will be - 4, 4.5, or 5. On a purely emotional level, it would be 5 stars. I bawled like a baby (happy tears) through the last 30 pages or so, and I really connected with the story and characters emotionally after having just recently read and loved The Winter Sea. BUT looking at it from a more critical point of view as a blogger/reviewer, it wasn' ...more
Lori
Jul 04, 2013 Lori rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of The Winter Sea
Shelves: favorites
Step 1. Read The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley.
Step 2. Read The Firebird.
Step 3. Squeal with delight.

I was so happy to find out this is the rest of Anna's story. I'm properly addicted to her books now.
The Lit Bitch
Don’t let the Slains #2 fool you….this book could easily be a stand a lone book. I happened to have read The Winter Sea which is Slains #1 and there wasn’t anything in this book that made book #1 necessary to this story. In fact I was kind of wondering why even bother with the Slains #2 part of the title? When The Winter Sea ended I wasn’t under the impression that there was any need for a follow up book.

This book was magical. I loved Anna much more than Nicola though. Nicola was so wishy-washy
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Laura
2.5 stars. I finally finished! I really grooved on this one at the beginning, but then it fell flat for me. The main characters in the present storyline were just too wooden and annoyingly perfect (him) or weak and dependent (her), and I just couldn't find the will to care about them. The characters in the past were more interesting, and their storyline picked up for me during the last 100 pages or so, but not to the point that I can give this one a high rating.

I'm finding out something about l
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Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
Goodreads-Giveaway- I Won

Setting: Present day London & 1700 Russia

Nicola Marter can hold an object and "sense" its history. She tells no one of this gift until a woman brings a small wooden carving to her boss,a dealer of Russian antiquities. When he refuses to believe the woman's tale that this is the Firebird that belonged to the Empress Catherine, Nicola knows the woman is telling the truth because she felt it and wants to help the stranger. Nicola decides to turn to her ex-lover, Rob McM
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Mary
This was probably more of a 2.5/3 for me. Susanna Kearsley writes compelling characters, and her stories have a certain charm, a lightness that seems to guarantee a happy ending. Maybe it's because I've read so many of her books within the last year, but I found this one formulaic. I liked both storylines, but I'm not really sure they needed each other. I found myself wishing that Kearsley would abandon her signature framing device and separate the stories rather than forcing them together in a ...more
Jo
While I didn't enjoy this one as much as The Winter Sea, this was still a very enjoyable read. I think I loved Anna more than I did Sophia too. It is amazing that most everyone in the tale is based on a true person. Kearsley does an excellent job of bringing people to life from another century. I do admit to skimming through the modern day parts of the story since I was truly more interested in Anna's story. I do hope there will be a sequel if only to find out if Stuart ever settles down. His ca ...more
Linda Baker
Susanna Kearsley is one of my favorite authors. I have read almost all her books and while I like some more than others I have never been disappointed. In The Firebird she brings back two favorite characters; a grown-up Robbie MacMorran from The Shadowy Horses and Anna Moray, daughter of John and Sophia Moray from The Winter Sea.

Nicola Marter works for an art dealer in London and has an unusual psychic gift. She can touch an object and see visions about it's origins. She is very uncomfortable ab
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Ian
Nicola has the gift. When she touches something she catches a glimpse of the history of the object. Despite her job dealing in Russian art and antiquities she refuses to use her gift, fearing ridicule and being made to look a fool.

Then one day a woman comes to her with a small hand carved wooden bird and a tale that it was a gift to one of descendents from Catherine I of Russia. Unfortunately the provenance of the firebird is almost impossible to prove. But having touched the firebird and knowi
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Blodeuedd Finland
I liked the fact that this book was connected to the other two Kearsley books I have read. The winter sea introduced us to two figures in the past and now we see their daughters journey. But like her other books she also have people looking into the past. Those two are Nicola and Rob, and Rob we met in The Shadowy Horses, where he was a kid with the sight. Two books connected in this third one.

Like I said, it's about Nicola and Rob. She can touch objects and see their past but she is no where as
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Michelle
While the official title of The Firebird indicates that it is the second book in the Slains series, rest assured that, based on Susanna Kearsley’s own website, it is not a sequel. Rather, it is a companion book. This means that anyone can pick up this charming novel and enjoy Nicola’s search for the mysterious Anna without losing anything to a lack of knowledge or understanding. References to the first book might exist but in no way hamper a reader’s ability to understand the current story. Ther ...more
LJ
First Sentence: He sent his mind in search of me that morning.

Nicola Marter has a gift but it’s one with which she is uncomfortable. However, when a woman comes into the art gallery for which she works, she is intrigued by the history behind an item the woman desperately wants to sell. Asking the help of Rob McMorran, briefly a former lover, whose gift is even greater than her own, they travel to St. Petersburg, Russia looking for answers for a gift given to the woman’s ancestor, Anna, by Empres
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Cristina
My initial reaction to this book wasn't enthusiastic, but after about halfway I fell in love with it (don't give up without getting to Russia!) I have read both The Shadowy Horses and The Winter Sea, but even though this book has characters from those books it can stand alone without reading them. Anna's story was especially good and the ending made me get a little teary-eyed, it was so great. In fact, the conclusions to both stories left me wanting more, which is always a sign of a great book f ...more
Catie
Nicola's in denial. She's turned her back on her psychic gifts and sweet psychic boyfriend to pursue a yuppieish lifestyle working as sidekick to a topnotch artdealer. That is until she decides to help out a woman in dire need of good news by tracking the history of a carved bird which is said to have come from Imperial Russia. Not trusting her own gifts she turns to her old flame and the pair of them go off on a psychic road trip.
This story is a loose sequel to The Shadowy Horses and Sophia's S
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Stephanie
Ohhhhh, I loved this book. As always with Susanna Kearsley's novels, The Firebird is deeply romantic and filled with rich, fascinating history. This time it also has the added fun of several different fabulous (and gorgeously described) European locations as the characters (both historical and modern-day, in two parallel storylines) race across the continent.

Both storylines are equally compelling - for once in a dual-storyline book, I didn't have a "favorite" main character or storyline. They w
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Kay Walker
This book has now been added to my all time favourite books.It was absolutely breath taking - I loved how Susanna wove together characters from previous novels into a new story.Fantastic.
I wish I could give more than 5 stars.
If you havent ever read any of her previous novels then get reading them.You just fall in love with the characters you cant help it.I must admit the last couple of chapters were read with tears in my eyes but in a happy way!!!!
congratulations Susanna on a cracker of a book.
Lisa
I read this book for my book club and probably wouldn't have chosen to read it on my own. Although I enjoyed the rich historical fiction this book offers, I never fully connected with Nicola, the main character. I did like the story within a story format, however I was underwhelmed by the romantic relationship of the present tense along with the ESP/paranormal aspect. If you enjoy historical fiction and time travel you may enjoy this book but for me it was just OK.
Jennie
Just wonderful. There's a formula that Susanna Kearsley uses for each book and it's one that I love. There's so much here to love: the connections to Winter Sea (my absolute favorite of hers), Rob, Edmund, Anna, the history, family. Must buy this one since I borrowed it from the library.
Donna
There seem to be many stories that, when I’m done reading them, don’t make me feel anything, good or bad. It was just a story whether it was well written or not. Then there are the stories that seem to tie you up, pull you in and make you root for the characters and that is how this book was for me. It was beautifully written. Kearsley has such a charming approach to her stories.

The characters were so vivid, I felt I had a clear picture in my mind. I loved the descriptive strokes that each of th
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Peggy
4 stars, but barely. 4 for the past and 2 for the present.

I can't help but compare this book to The Winter Sea, and TWS is definitely the better of the two. What I enjoyed about The Firebird is Anna's story, and how characters from TWS made an appearance in this book, some just for a second, some for a bigger part. What I did not like so much was the Nicola-Rob storyline. It started off okay, but it got worse towards the end of the book until at one point I just wanted to skip it all. Too cheesy
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Susana Ellis
There are two love stories in this book… which is no doubt why it's over 500 pages!

It's a contemporary romance between two young people with the extraordinary ability to see the history of an object by touching it. Psychometry. The narrator, Nicole, is ashamed of her ability and feels like a freak, which is why she ran away from a previous romance with Rob, from Shadowy Horses, all grown up now. She wasn't ready to accept fully accept herself at that time…will Rob be able to help her do so this
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EL
I've read all of Susanna Kearsley's books, and so far although I have particular favourites she's never written one I didn't like. The reviewer before me on Amazon claimed that this is 'over researched', but I have to completely disagree. One of the things I love about Kearsley's novels is the research that goes into them and which helps to make them seem so much more realistic.

In this case I was fascinated by the links between the Jacobites and Russia - something I previously knew nothing whats
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Barb
I have no idea how I ended up loving this book. The entire book requires the reader to suspend disbelief, which I usually dislike.


I liked the tension and uncertainty between the two contemporary characters at the beginning of the story. I liked the way their relationship progressed, I liked their teasing and national rivalry and I liked both of them. I especially liked Robby's sly sense of humor.

The relationship between Anna and Captain Jamieson was tender and sweet and the storyline from the e
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Lynn
Finally finished this book! I was torn between a 4 or 5 star rating for this book so I'd have to say a 4 1/2. I'm a big fan of Kearsley's writing, I've enjoyed everything I've ever read of her work. That said, for some reason this book didn't capture my heart like most of her other books have. Not that it wasn't an excellent read, it just didn't pull me in as much as I thought it would have. Things I enjoyed about this story: the duel story line, the fact that this is a follow up book to The Win ...more
Christina
There are few books I look forward to as much as a Susanna Kearsley novel and The Firebird more than fulfilled my expectations. It was quite simply perfect!
Not only is it a sequel to one of my all time favourite books, The Shadowy Horses, but at the same time it's also a sequel to another favourite, Sophia's Secret (aka The Winter Sea). That made the story extra special for me, but even without that added bonus, I would have loved it.
The story weaves so seamlessly between the past and the presen
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Aka Emma Cole.

Susanna Kearsley studied politics and international development at university, and has worked as a museum curator.

Her first novel Mariana won the prestigious Catherine Cookson Literary Prize and launched her writing career. Susanna continued her mix of the historical and paranormal in novels The Splendour Falls, Named of the Dragon, Shadowy Horses and Season of Storms.

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