'The Firebird' is a wonderfully engaging read filled with mystery, romance and historical aspects! Ms. Kearsely writes amazingly well, detailing history’s greatest secrets and perhaps is one of the best writers of today's time!
Nicola Marter has a rare gift, a gift that she never wanted but that's the problem with gifts you don't always get what you wish for. So when Nicola is given the opportunity to aid a dyeing woman in fulfilling her lifelong dream, Nicola decides to help the woman using her gifts for a great purpose. But there is just one problem, she isn't nearly as gifted as the man that had once captured her heart. A man that she runaway from so many years ago out of personal sorrow and heartache. If Nicola is truly going to help the woman then she knows that she is going to need Rob's help. He is after all the only person she can turn to and is perhaps the one man that can save her from herself.
Rob McMorran has grown accustomed to the word “psychic,” besides that's exactly what he is. He sees things, haunting images of ghosts that speak to him and beyond. Rob is ruggedly handsome, a true keeper of the Sea. That means that he is content in his life. However when Nicola Marter makes her presences known one crisp foggy night Rob knows that he has to help the woman that he loves and that means convincing Nicola to accept her own gifted abilities even if she doesn't want too.
The Firebird was a bittersweet read for me. I really expected and was a bit disappointed to find that the book was not written from Rob's point of view. Rob was one of the main characters of “The Shadowy Horses,” in which The Firebird follows in lead. However the book itself is from Nicola's point of view, an entirely new character that is introduce to readers. At times while reading Ms. Kearsley's writing style she makes it a focal point of the book to detail history's greatest mysteries which is fine but at times can seem more like a history lesson then actual novel. Still, I enjoyed reading this book and while it isn't a favorite of mine I would recommend it to anyone who is seeking adventure in the foggy mist that is the world's history!
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.