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The Firebird (Slains Book 2) (original 2013; edição 2013)

por Susanna Kearsley (Autor)

Séries: Slains (2)

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Nicola Marter was born with a gift so rare and dangerous, she kept it buried deep. When she encounters a desperate woman trying to sell a small wooden carving called "The Firebird," claiming it belonged to Russia's Empress Catherine, it's a problem. There's no proof. But Nicola's held the object. She knows the woman is telling the truth.… (mais)
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Título:The Firebird (Slains Book 2)
Autores:Susanna Kearsley (Autor)
Informação:Sourcebooks Landmark (2013), 545 pages
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The Firebird por Susanna Kearsley (2013)

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I have loved every book that Susanna Kearsley has written, so I knew I would love "The Firebird". What I did not expect was to be just completely blown away by it. Her attention to Historical detail is second to none. Historical Novels Review said: "Romantic, passionate, and bittersweet, this intelligent tension-laden story will sweep you away." I was totally swept. ( )
  SharleneMartinMoore | Apr 24, 2021 |
I really wanted to like this book because I enjoyed Rose Garden so much. Maybe because Rose Garden was such a surprise that I like it much more but I felt that the time travelling/seeing in the past-future quality of the characters in this book was frankly, boring. In the Rose Garden her abilities snuck up on her and the reader. In this book we dived right into the seeing into the past and present abilities without any build-up. I invoked my friend Sue's rule and stopped reading after 125 pages - life is too short. ( )
  FurbyKirby | Jan 5, 2021 |
This book follows a double timeline. Nicola Marter is a modern woman who works with art. She has a bit of a leg up because she can touch an object and see its history. She is keeping this ability secret largely because she inherited it from her Russian grandfather who fled the Soviet Union after being forced into to experiments using his gift. He has raised her to hide and deny her talents. She also inherited an interest in Russia and Russian art.

When a woman named Margaret Ross comes to the gallery where she works hoping to sell a carved Firebird that she says was given to her ancestor by Empress Catherine of Russia in the 1720s, Nicola holds it and sees a vision of the exchange. Yet the Firebird comes without mark or providence and there is nothing to prove its history. Nicola would like to help the older woman who has lived a life in service to her relatives and has her heart set on a world cruise before she herself dies.

When Nicola was a student, she took part briefly in some psychic experiments of her own and met Rob McMorran who had a much stronger psychic gift than her own. They began a relationship but Nicola ran from him because she was afraid of her gift and his. Now she wants to track him down to see if he can help.

Rob agrees and together the two of them begin their travels to track down the young woman who is Margaret Ross's ancestor. I think that most of the story is that of Anna which begins as Rob and Nicola find the castle she lived beside and see her as a child living with some friends of her mother's. They follow her from Scotland to Ypres to Russia and watch her grow up steeped in the Jacobite cause. They see a young girl who never has a home or a family except the one she builds among strangers. While there are dangers in Anna's life, she has always been loved and cared for by the people she lived with.

And they see Anna who finally settles on the last name of Jamieson to honor one of the men who brought her from Scotland to Ypres as she travels to St. Petersburg and meets Edmund O'Connor and falls in love with him. O'Connor is a man of mystery and an actual historical figure that the author chooses to paint as a hero.

I loved the way the story moved from the present back to the 1700s. Both groups of characters were intriguing people and people a reader can identify with and sympathize with. The narrator did an excellent job with the accents and pacing of this story. I liked her ability to portray the ages of the characters with her voice.

Fans of historical fiction will enjoy this wonderfully written and narrated story. They will also enjoy the author's notes at the back telling about her research and which of the characters were real and which were a product of her imagination. I also like that some of the characters in this story make other appearances in the author's other books. ( )
  kmartin802 | Oct 15, 2020 |
Loved it! ( )
  Skylark918 | May 4, 2020 |
I really love this authors style, the writing really makes you feel you're at a time and place and is easy to follow and enjoy. I gave the Winter Sea 5 stars because of this. It was so amazing and the atmosphere of the place in the present was perfect and the details of the past were just enough to not be too much and keep my interest but still teach me about a time in history. Unfortunately this book just didn't do it for me. I just couldn't buy the premise of being able to see complete scenes of the past, even reading of minds is a bit much for me but the whole thing about just being in a place and being able to watch scenes from hundreds of years ago take place just didn't do it for me. I couldn't suspend disbelief that much unfortunately.

I will give this author another read though as I did LOVE the Winter Sea so much. Maybe I should read the Rose Garden next? ( )
  waltandmartha | Dec 3, 2019 |
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Successfully blending a contemporary romance with an historical adventure is no easy task, but in The Firebird, author Susanna Kearsley goes one step further, bestowing supernatural abilities upon her protagonist. ... As Nicola and Rob follow clues from Anna’s life, the novel’s focus shifts to the young girl, and the present-day love story is put on the backburner. The shift is so pronounced that scenes featuring Nicola and Rob in the second half of the novel seem jarringly out of place. The rich details of Anna’s story, which includes the appearance of several historical figures, carries the novel, while Nicola’s story pales in comparison.
adicionada por monnibo | editarQuill & Quire, Suzanne Gardener (Apr 1, 2013)
 

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“Aye. And when your father was away and fighting and ye were a bairn, why did your mother hide ye with another family?”
“So the bad men widnae find me,” Anna said.
“Exactly.” Colonel Graeme’s voice was a deep rumble in his chest that offered comfort. “They were very brave, your parents. If the agents of Queen Anne had ever chanced to catch your father, he’d have stood through any torture they’d have tried to use upon him and he never would betray his king. But if they’d learned ye were his daughter, if they’d ever taken ye or threatened ye with harm… well, then.” The colonel did not specify what Anna’s father might have done then. All he said was, “Men can bear most hurts, lass, but there’s few of us can bear to see the ones we love best made to suffer for our sake.”
“But Queen Anne’s dead,” said Anna, “and my father, too. So who is left to do me harm?”
“Your father still has brothers, lass, and they still serve the king. And so do I.” His hand felt heavy on her hair. “Those men who sought your father would be happy to lay hold of any one of us and turn us to their cause, and they’d use any means to do it.”
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Nicola Marter was born with a gift so rare and dangerous, she kept it buried deep. When she encounters a desperate woman trying to sell a small wooden carving called "The Firebird," claiming it belonged to Russia's Empress Catherine, it's a problem. There's no proof. But Nicola's held the object. She knows the woman is telling the truth.

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