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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  26,161 ratings  ·  2,778 reviews
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
Paperback, 539 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published 2013)
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Annie It is, sort of. Not the main characters, but the object of their search is the child, Anna, from the Winter Sea. It could really be read as a stand-al…moreIt is, sort of. Not the main characters, but the object of their search is the child, Anna, from the Winter Sea. It could really be read as a stand-alone. Also, Rob, one of the main characters, is the young boy from The Shadowy Horses. Also not necessary to read before this one, but it is kind of fun seeing what happened to those characters later. Also, Anna from this story has a cameo appearance in A Desperate Fortune. (less)
Brenda I categorize it as dual-time period and paranormal (E.S.P). I loved it as well.

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Jul 18, 2012 rated it liked it
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:
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
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
All the stars for this Susanna Kearsley dual timeline (of course) novel, which takes us from Scotland to Belgium to Russia, with a brief stop in France, as our two modern characters, Nicola and Rob, who both have strong psychic abilities, follow the trail of Anna, a young girl in the early 1700s (and the daughter of the couple in The Winter Sea). The McGuffin in this story is the eponymous firebird, a wood carving of a bird that may have come from the tsarina of Russia back in the day. Nicola, w ...more

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
Ava ☕
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Diana Gabaldon fans
Recommended to Ava ☕ 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
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 Ke
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
5 knave stars

“If we cannot be what we were born to be, the whole of it, we die a little on the inside, every day we live the lie.”

So many happy tears. So many feely feels.

The Firebird is one of my favorite books of all time. This was the first book of Ms. Kearsley's that I inhaled before going on a binge of all her books a couple of years ago. Whereas every single one of her books are fantastic and I recommend them all, this one in particular has a very special place in my heart. Perhaps it is t
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
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This one was not as good as the Winter Sea (Not comparing the books., just stating my humble opinion). The story was slow in some parts and lacked the tension of the previous but all in all, I did enjoy the journey, and getting to know Nicola/Rob and Anna/Edmund and seeing some 'old friends' pop in again... including a clever one who hid in plain sight, the devil :) (And no, I don't care if that's a run-on sentence :-P)

I enjoyed seeing what became of Anna and her journey through life. The woman
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
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
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing

"I'm no feart."

Wow.. I loved this. Almost as much as the first one. I think I am completely sold on Kearsley's writing. It doesn't hurt that I am also in love with Scotland, and a wee bit of a Jacobite myself. These stories are very romantically written. They include a good bit of history in them as well. And honestly, the things people sacrificed for the love and protection of their king and country just leaves me speechless.

The actual romances, for which there were several going on
The Lit Bitch
Apr 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Firebird is a small wooden objet D'art that Nicola Marten has come across in her line of work. Brought to her for appraisal, its owner is hoping it is valuable so she can sell it and take a cruise. When Nicola touches it, there are flashes of historical memory that lead her to believe it came from the Empress Catherine of Russia.
She is unsure of her gift for seeing the past, so she enlists the help of her friend (an former love) whose gift she believes is stronger and more reliable than he
Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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 McMorr
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
Jennifer Parr
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Oh my heart I do love this series! I need more Susanna Kearsley books in my life!!!
Krista Claudine Baetiong
Nicola Marten possesses the gift of psychometry, which enables her to see the history of any object she touches. While her skill seems practical for her job as an antiques expert, she has never publicly shown her special ability for fear of being labelled ‘different’. One day, a woman brings in an old item to their art gallery, needing provenance: a wooden statue of Firebird, which is a Russian mythical bird.

Upon first touch, Nicola instantly glimpses a view of 18th century Russia, and is drawn
Christine Spoors
I think I can safely say that Susanna Kearsley is now my favourite author. This book is the sequel to The Winter Sea, but also features a character who was introduced in The Shadowy Horses so I'd recommend reading both to get the best reading experience. I LOVED this story.

This book follows Nicola, a woman from London with a rare gift. When she touches objects she can, with varying success, see their history. When she meets a woman trying to sell a wooden carving called The Firebird, claiming it
Aug 17, 2013 rated it liked it
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October 2019: It’s funny, how things change. This reread I find myself enraged that Rob didn’t say anything about the first editions right away, but instead chose to yank around two people.

Anna’s still darling, though.

August 2016: Bumping up to five stars. Whatever could I have been thinking, three years ago?

August 2013: The Firebird is an emotional journey - in fact, considering how slight the plot is, and how nonchalantly it concludes, it's amazing that the novel carries such emotional heft
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
Please do NOT judge this beautiful book by the audio version.
Review June 2021: This book just makes me so happy. I really love Rob and Nicola in the present day story line so much but then we go back in time to young Anna and her life and ugh. While it still hurts my heart that (view spoiler), the fact that she is loved by so many other people throughout her eighteen years of life really gets to me. Talk about found family, Anna has them in abundance.

This series is a favorite of mine and I never regre
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
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
While I struggled on whether to rate the first book in this series a 3 or a 4, this second book is at least a solid 4 for me. The books' format is very similar. They both have two timelines. There are people in the present day stories that have supernatural gifts that enable them to see what happened in the past. I liked the gifts presented in the second book more. In the first book, the story was set in Scotland. In this one, only a small portion of the story is in Scotland, while the majority ...more
ETA Oct. 13, 2017: THIS IS STILL SO GOOD. I liked it even more now that I've read the first book in the series as well. What an excellent book.

I loved this so much!!!!!

Both stories were SO GREAT. At the start, I was super into Nicola and Rob in the present, but as the book went on, I became so invested in Anna's story. ANNA!!!!!! WHAT A GREAT KID/YOUNG ADULT!!!! I love her so much.

I didn't quite see the twist at the end coming but it had me clutching at my face because I was hoping that that'
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Another fantastic Susanna Kearsley. As with most of her works, the writing is poignant, romantic, and informative, the characters are sympathetic, and the story is just downright cool. I love how adept Kearsley is at blending history and paranormal phenomena to make something altogether unique and altogether amazing.
Barbara (The Bibliophage)
I’ve been a big fan of Susanna Kearsley for several years. I discovered her not long after I powered my way through the Outlander books. And I felt like her writing had a similar vibe—what I call historical fiction with a twist. In the case of The Firebird, the twist is part time travel and part psychic awareness.

Nicola has a skill called psychometry. When she touches something, she sees its past. It may be just a few flashes, or even a whole scene. But mostly it’s a skill she hides, because tha
Bree Hill
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I initially went into this story I had no idea it was a follow up to The Winter Sea which is not of my favorite books from this year.
As I got further into the book and realized what it was I became so excited because there were so many Up in the Air emotions I had left from Winter Sea.
This book had its slow moments but when I finished it I was so damn glad I read it. Stories like this one remind me of why I love reading.
This story follows Nicola who in present day is trying to help a client
**First read - 1/30/13 to 2/3/13
**Second read - 8/28/13 to 8/31/13
**Third read - 1/28/14 to 2/1/14
**Fourth read - 7/13/17 to 7/20/17

>First listen - August 2014
>Second listen - Oct 2015

<<4th read comments>>
I started listening to this, again, because I was going on a long drive and knew this is a book that would keep my attention. My drive was done but I couldn't just leave the book. I _had_ to pick up the book and read to finish the story. For me, there is magic in the pages. Magic of imagination
4.5 stars
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New York Times, USA Today, and Globe and Mail bestselling author Susanna Kearsley is a former museum curator who loves restoring the lost voices of real people to the page, interweaving romance and historical intrigue with modern adventure.

Her books, published in translation in more than 20 countries, have won the Catherine Cookson Fiction Prize, RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards, a RITA Award, and Nat

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