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The Firebird

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  53 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Ivan, youngest son of the powerful, greedy Tsar Demyan, is resigned to a life of misery and humiliation at the hands of his brothers, brutal Yuri and sly Igor. And to add to his torment, Yuri has been promised in marriage to the girl Ivan has loved all his life�the bold and beautiful Princess Tamara, daughter of a neighboring king.

Then one day, Ivan sees the legendary Fire
Paperback, 249 pages
Published January 28th 2001 by Hodder Headline Australia
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Cassandra Page
The Firebird is a sweet little story that draws on Russian folklore -- not something I've read a huge amount of, although a lot of the tropes were familiar (such as the kind and honest younger son suffering from abuse at the hands of his cruel and conniving older brothers).

I found The Firebird an interesting but somewhat straightforward tale; there was only one plot twist that I didn't see very far in advance, and that was because we are only told the relevant information shortly beforehand.

Jan 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, romance, ya
It was ok.

The main character was passive to begin with and wasn't terribly interesting after the first couple of scenes.

There were a great many fantastical elements and minor characters which made the story unnecessarily complicated as I began to wonder what further roles these elements and characters were going to have. (The answer is "None".)

I felt the storytelling got in the way of the story itself. I didn't feel that the story of Princess Folfeux and her husband paralleled the story of Ivan
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The Firebird is a story made up of a range of Russian folklore, from the gnome-like 'leshis' to the greedy tsar to the Firebird itself. It reads like a fleshed-out fairytale, and contains much of the imagery and themes associated with such stories — everything from the persecuted younger brother to the quest narrative to the malevolent ruler of the land to the magical helpers and objects. For this reason, the story may sound rather predictable (and often it is), but as Russian folktales are not ...more
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Apr 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous book. I frequently have the compulsion to read it over again. And when I have less to do, I'm going to act on it. It's magical and mystical and has some strong female characters, as well as a more timid hero, who becomes just as strong. Ten out of five stars :)
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cool book
a little to dramatic
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3.5. A beautifully written fairytale.
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Born in Indonesia of French parents, Sophie Masson was sent to live with her paternal grandmother in Toulouse, France, when she was just a baby and lived there till she was nearly five, when her parents came back from Indonesia and took her to Australia. All the rest of her childhood, the family stayed in Australia, with frequent trips back to France, and this dual heritage underpins a good deal o ...more
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