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(Firebird #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  874 ratings  ·  73 reviews
Her death was expected, but something more powerful kept her alive.

Lady Firebird was born to the royal family of Netaia. Because of her birthplace in the family, however, her life is expendable. Honorable suicide is the highest calling she could hope to attain. When she is chosen to lead an attack on the neighboring planet of Veroh her death is expected. Instead she is ta
Paperback, 264 pages
Published October 1st 2014 by Enclave (first published May 1st 1987)
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Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A moderately enjoyable sci-fi adventure.
Kristen Kooistra
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall 3.5 stars.

This detail was VERY important for me, but I wish it'd been revealed at the beginning of the book not after.

This book is based on the idea of what if Christ hadn't come yet and the Israelites had gone on waiting for another 3k years. This is not an allegory.

I saw "Christian Sci-fi" and assumed it'd either be an allegory or "the future if the time up to our present remained the same". This left me a bit confused at times as the MMC talks about the Savior being expected to come o
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Since I just gave five stars to the previous book, I was tempted to give this only four. This wasn’t quite as inventive as Singularity, but it will certainly resonate with many of its intended readers. Since it’s the author’s first, I give her extra credit.

Tyers does one thing well: she gives the reader a satisfying closing. I mention that up front because so many authors of series don’t. Even though this is the first of a series, she gives closure to this phase (even as she dangles loose thread
May 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writing may not have been great (I had to re-read a few sentences to figure out who did what), but the story was quite good! I enjoyed the action, the characters, and even the romance, and if I was a bit confused about the political aspects of the various factions/planets, it wasn't enough to detract from my enjoyment of the story.
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-deadtree
It’s been years since I read this and apparently Kathy Tyers re-wrote it with a heavy Chrisitian message. I’ll have to see if I can get a hold of a newer copy and compare the versions.
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Really not my cup of tea, but if you like romance you may find it charmingly pulpy.

I almost put the book down the first time it referred to the heroine's "flowing auburn locks" - and then again when she's captured by the enemy and they take off her helmet and GASP because IT IS A WOMAN!

And I sort of threw the book across the room when the mysterious alien man with All The Powers finds himself magically attracted to her. (There's some mumbo jumbo about soul mate stuff. ICK.)

I love space opera, bu
The premise for this was really good, and the book wasn't bad, it just had some issues that, if fixed, would make the book better. It starts out kinda rough. I like Firebird, and her story, but the beginning doesn't draw you in. It's full of politics, which do not make good reading material for me. I had issue with all the make believe jargon. It didn't make sense, and I had difficulty following it. Basically, I just read thru it.

The relationship between Firebird and Bren was pretty sketchy. I
Sep 10, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sci-Fi fans and those interested in Christian fiction
Shelves: fantasysci-fi
Edit: The new Annotated Firebird is out. More on my blog:

Original review:

I first read this in used paper back form (I guessed '97, but it may have been earlier) and enjoyed them as young-adult sci-fi in the vein of Star Wars (very much in that vein). I had the pleasure of meeting Kathy at the Mt Hermon writers conference one year (got to drink root beer with her while watching John Fischer sing at the Mt Hermon soda
Christopher J. Pittman
I didn't know what I was getting into

At first I expected this book to be like so much of the other electronic pulp that is floating about, but I was pleasantly surprised. The author explores a richness and depth that usually eludes the science fiction writer, specifically a spiritual aspect of life.
It is singularly difficult to inject this into the genre where people expect an explanation for everything and typically abandon the idea of faith.
Well done, Kathy, well done.

Firebird. I have a lot to say about this book.

This book was a kindle freebie that I began reading at work. Late into the book, I discovered that the downloaded copy I had was actually a re-written fourth edition of the original 1987 novel. Apparently, Tyers wrote two books in the eighties, Firebird and Fusion Fire (the edition I have linked here is the original), but apparently they didn't receive much success as science fiction novels. Thus Tyers wrote newer editions that were targeted
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Firebird opens with the interesting premise of a spacecraft fighter pilot princess. In a kingdom with a civic religion of heir limitation, "extra" children are not allowed to live into adulthood, so the protagonist has been raised to be a suiciding military hero. Wow! Unfortunately, the rest of the novel fails to live up to the exciting beginning.

This book was originally published in 1987, and it's very much a product of that time. It features an endangered race of people with Jedi-type powers a
Phillip MC
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book accounts for every possible circumstance. The choices of the characters are very logical which is a breath of fresh air from the books where you say “Why in the world did they do that?” The Federate nation is so thorough and well thought out in their actions that it is no wonder that Netaia and its crimes do not stand a chance. Oddly, all of this logic makes the story somewhat less suspenseful until the end setting.
To be honest, I read the book in chunks over a rather protracted period
Cole Ramirez
I don't know if I'm just a little ignorant due to lack of exposure to sci-fi lit or if the author just made up a bunch of words, but I found myself a bit befuddled at times over the terms she used. It interfered with my ability to actually picture what was going on in the battle scenes.

The story itself is ok - you might call it "The Israelites in Space!" which was interesting on some level. I would never have read it if it wasn't recommended to me and I probably won't ever recommend it to someo
Jul 04, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-book-dump
This book is stuffed with invented terms which are unexplained, making it difficult to visualize things and understand what exactly is going on. After struggling through half of it and then running into some silly romance, I decided to send this one to my "book dump".
Judith Noameshie
What a great read!

From the first pages this book has captured my attention. I loved how the author kept us hooked till the last minute and how she didn't drop any important plot. Great job on describing Firebird hearing the timeless Song. I am buying the trilogy.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I really enjoyed this fascinating sci-fi about a princess growing up in an oppressive cast system where birth order is a matter of life and death.
Sandy Carmichael
A Christian based sci-fi story about other worlds, not earth, and the evaluation of one god, Our Lord. Interesting concept. Good read.
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good Christian Sci-Fi.
Dec 03, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-finished
Normally I would never rate or review a book I haven't finished, but I'm making an exception because I don't anticipate finishing this one. (Since I've not read to the end, it is certainly possible the book gets brilliant later on. But since I am pretty sure where the story is going, I reserve my right to be skeptical.)

The beginning, despite some rough writing, was fairly interesting. Firebird is the daughter of a queen in a world that has chosen as a way to ensure the continued unity and power
I picked this up because a friend recently mentioned her own excitement over the author's decision to continue the series.
I found it mediocre in most aspects. Cute, wholesome, and moderately entertaining. Also fairly derivative, highly predictable, and unevenly paced. I found my eyes rolling especially high at the "Sentinels:" mind-reading, telekinetic, mystical sword-armed warriors who really aren't a Bit like the Jedi. Oh no. At least they're allowed to marry, and they *are* the good guys (Ch
Adam Collings
Lady Firebird Angelo is the daughter of the Queen - but don't assume this means she has an easy life. She is a "wastling", distant enough in the life of succession that she is expected to sacrifice her life for the good of her planet. It seems abhorrent to us that a child could be raised without love, with the sole destiny of being wasted, but growing up in that culture, she feels an obligation to fulfil her destiny.

This book is the story of Lady Firebird, a protagonist with a long journey ahead
Kyle Pratt
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christian science fiction fans
Together romance and faith set on a galactic scale have the elements of great science fiction.

Lady Firebird Angelo, the protagonist, is a member of the privileged royal class of Netaia and has always followed the teaching of the authoritarian state religion. Due to her birth order though, she is a wastling, her life expendable. Trained to go into combat and there die a glorious and honorable death for her planet of Netaia, her plan and destiny are forever altered when she meets a man who has a d
Lady Firebird Angelo knows her fate. She's a wasteling, which means that when her oldest sister gives birth to her second child, Firebird's life is forfeit. She would rather die with heroic glory than commit suicide. Upon her graduation from the Academy, Firebird is given a chance to die heroically. Yet something goes terribly wrong, and she is captured by Federate forces. There she meets Master Sentinel Brennen Caldwell who is immediately drawn to Firebird. There's one problem - he comes from a ...more
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C.O. Bonham
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who feel like wastlings.
Shelves: i-met-the-author
Firebird by: Kathy Tyers, contains deep levels. This one of those books where you really have to be wiling to think about things. Things like: why am I here, and what comes after?

The title character Firebird is a wastling. This is the equivalent of being a third in Ender's Game. Firebird's only purpose in living is bring glory to her family through an honorable death. The real kicker is that it isn't even some kind of overpopulation thing. Instead it's mandated by their religion. Firebird wants
Amy Riccio
*sigh* I was disappointed. Maybe it's because this is really my first dabble in the science fiction genre except for the Ender's Game series, but I had such a hard time grasping all the science fictioney terms. When you are making up a new world, you have to find some way to describe all the new fancy technology that comes with your fancy new world, or I am going to get lost and put off by the tediousness of trying to figure out the terminology. If all science fiction were the same, that would b ...more
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
There isn't much for me to say about this book apart from the fact that it simply bored me. I was never able to care all that much for the main character, and the plot went in circles and stagnated for a good portion of the book before finally pulling itself together towards the end. In addition to this, while I generally enjoy good politics in fantasy/sci-fi, the politics of this book were really confusing and there was too much jargon, which made it hard for me to determine what was going on ( ...more
Rena McGee
Nov 04, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to give Firebird a chance, really I did. I have a fondness for Lewis’ Space Trilogy and will always have a soft spot for Zenna Henderson. I honestly wanted to give this book a chance, even though the preface did not impress me very much. (It offers a solemn disclaimer that this is an imaginary story about God having created multiple planets instead of Earth. The disclaimer also states that this is basically New Testament fan fiction, and is about an Evil Religion and a Good, Real Religi ...more
Ashley Bogner
Firebird by Kathy Tyers is perfect for fans of Star Wars . I've been dying to find a Christian space opera, and this book is just what I was looking for.

I loved Firebird's character. Despite her people's insistence that she's worthless, Firebird's selflessness and loyalty to those same people is admirable. Her conversion was believable. I liked Brennen, too, and his refusal to compromise his values/beliefs.

The writing could be a little slow/confusing at times, and there were a lot of charact
Kelsie Beaudoin (The Bookworm)
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I think Firebird is one of the only Sci-Fantasy genre books I have read. Technically it should be classified as Sci-Fi as it is futuristic and takes place in space and on different planets, but it felt more…fantasy to me with the magical qualities people possess and Lady Firebird being noble, thus Science-Fantasy.

I loved how Tyers uses music in this world. I think that was one of my favorite parts of the story. As a musician, music in boo
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She is the first child of Dr. H.C. Moore, an accomplished dentist and jazz musician who had served during WWII as a test pilot, and Barbara Putnam Moore, flutist with several California orchestras.

Kathy attended Montana State University in Bozeman, where she received a degree in microbiology, married, performed widely on her flute, and then became certified as a K-12 classroom teacher. After teach

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