THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!
"I've loved every one of Susanna's books! She has bedrock research and a butterfly's delicate touch with characters?sure recipe for historical fiction that sucks you in and won't let go!"—DIANA GABALDON, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Outlander
Two Women. One Mysterious Relic. Historical fiction with romance, betrayal, and magic you'll never forget.
Art-dealer 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, there's no proof.
But once Nicola holds the object, her buried talent gives her surprising insight. She knows the woman is telling the truth.
Trying to keep to her hard-won job, Nicola sets out to confirm the fascinating history of The Firebird with help from a man she never thought she'd see again.
The Firebird is a sweeping historical romance that will whisk you from London to Scotland to St. Petersburg in a magical, century-spanning epic about the dangers and rewards of being true to yourself.
Also by Susanna Kearsley:
The Winter Sea
A Desperate Fortune
The Rose Garden
The Shadowy Horses
The Splendour Falls
Season of Storms
Named of the Dragon
Nicola Marter has the gift of psychometry the ability to touch an object and discover information about its previous owners. Her grandfather's adamant instructions to never reveal her abilities, coupled with the negative reactions from those who do not understand her, has Nicola eager to keep her talent a secret. Margaret Ross appears at Nicola's artifacts and art gallery with a small carving of a bird, called the Firebird, and claims the item was given to her ancestor, Anna, by Peter the Great's wife, the Empress Catherine of Russia. Once Nicola holds the Firebird, she sees a vision of Anna with the Empress and realizes the carving could bring Margaret, who is in dire need of money, a fortune. Determined to help Margaret and prove the authenticity of the Firebird, Nicola enlists the help of Rob, who also has the same psychic abilities as Nicola's, only stronger. Following Anna's path, Nicole and Rob find themselves crossing Scotland, Belgium, and Russia, taking the reader on a journey spanning the Jacobite Rising of 1715 and its aftermath. Historical novelist Kearsley (The Rose Garden) wonderfully weaves past, present, and paranormal in this enjoyable adventure.
To be honest I’m not a reader but after reading her Rose Garden book I just couldn’t help myself and bought the Firebird. I ended up forgetting the book at work today with just 5chapters to go so I came here to buy an ebook. That’s how great this book is! You just can’t put it down.I’m starting to think I’m a sucker for romance novels😅
I found this book confusing and odious in relating the historical aspects. Loved the love stores.....however fleeting.
Genre bending fantasy
It's part love story, part historical fiction and part fantasy. I love how she develops the characters and weaves the stories across time. I have read this one at least three times and will likely make it an even four soon. Definitely worth the read, and while it's better if you've read The Winter Sea first, it can stand alone.