Sep 22, 07
most fantasy lovers
Read in September, 2007
I had heard good things about this author and I'd wanted to try one of her books. Despite checking The Black Gryphon out from the library like 5 times, I never managed to get past page 3 on that one, so I got this one instead.
Based on the Russian fairy tale, this one introduces the son of a minor tsar as our hero. Ilya is not the firstborn or the lastborn. But he's the fool. Or at least that's what he sets out to be. After catching a glimpse of the firebird, he cannot stop thinking of her. He must see her again.
I enjoyed this one, but it wasn't as good as some other updated fairy tales I've read. It's written for adults and is a little too adult in some of the attitudes. The tsar and his relationships with the young peasant girls, for instance. But nothing is graphic, just a little grown up in its themes. For older teens and adults.