Advance Review- The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley

Title:  The Firebird


Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Fantasy

Author: Susanna Kearsley

Publisher: Sourcebooks, June 4, 2013 (Kindle edition pre order available)

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 5+

Sexy Rating: 5(steamy but not explicit)

Description from

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 girl named Anna into the past who leads her on a quest through the glittering backdrops of the Jacobites and Russian courts, unearthing a tale of love, courage, and redemption.


FIREBIRD weaves well researched, historical fact with a riveting, fictitious historical plot and an intriguing and beguiling contemporary subplot.  If you have read any of Kearsley’s previous novels you will recognize some of the characters in this one.  Rob the psychic boy from THE SHADOWY HORSES and Colonel Grahame, Thomas Gordon, John Moray and Sophia from THE WINTER SEA. That said, this is a stand-alone novel.

Rob is all grown up and had a university fling with Nicola but now it is two years later and Nicola seeks his help because Rob has higher psychic abilities than she.  They set off together to St. Petersburg to unravel the mystery of the Firebird carving.  As they delve, with their abilities, into the early 18th century and the Jacobite uprising they uncover the story of Anna, the child who grows to womanhood to hand down to her heirs the Firebird carving.

This is a story of overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds, a story of faith, trust and romance.  There is dangerous adventure, simmering sexual tension, a fairytale introduced that relates to the plot and some surprises.  It is also a story of being true to yourself and acknowledging who you are.

Five stars are not enough for this wonderful book.  I give it a 10.

Every so often I come across an author or a book, or one is recommended to me, that is just off-the-charts good and I want to get up on a soap box and shout  to the world “Buy this book” or “Read this author, I insist”.  That is what I’m doing here.  Susanna Kearsley is just too good and you must read her books. All of them!

  1. The Rose Garden
  2. The winter sea
  3. Mariana
  4. The Shadowy Horses
  5. Firebird (coming June 4, 2013)

(Deet’s reviews of the above books can be found using the search box in the left hand column)



Filed under Book review, Books, e-reader, Fantasy, Historical Romance, Kindle, Romance

4 responses to “Advance Review- The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley

  1. Edyta

    I can’t wait to read this one, it already released here so I do have it and I will be reading it shortly. I’m looking forward to you review of Gone Girl. Lots of mixed feelings on that one.


    • Edyta, I think it was you (or maybe Mo) who introduced me to Kearsley’s books. I can’t thank you enough. What a wonderful author! On Wednesday this week I have a reblog from Kearsley’s blog. Very interesting.


  2. I can’t WAIT to read this book! I love the cover as well…..stunning! I loved The Winter Sea!


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