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Firebird (Mercedes Lackey's Fairy Tale Series #1)

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Enchanting.

I lived in Russia for a while. Needless to say, I adore the old Russian fairytales. Firebird touches on several of these and is done so with a literary magic that is really quite awesome. I will say that the back blurb above is a bit misleading; the things happen, bu...
I lived in Russia for a while. Needless to say, I adore the old Russian fairytales. Firebird touches on several of these and is done so with a literary magic that is really quite awesome. I will say that the back blurb above is a bit misleading; the things happen, but not quite how the back blurb leads you to believe. The language of Firebird is a little archaic, not so much that it's hard to read, but it is told in a more formal style that lends its self to the type of story being told. Casual readers would probably be put off by that.

The Setting - is as far as I can tell probably some part of old southern Rus, now Russia. It is during that time when people embraced both their traditional faiths and the Orthodox Christianity that was taking root. It is a feudal society where the tsar owns almost everyone. Lackey has a way of communicating the setting for a place that makes it feel magical. The opening paragraphs describe a beautiful day to such a point that it feels real.

The Characters - didn't feel quite as alive to me. That said, they stick very near what I know to be traditional Russian style. The main character, Ilya, is not an innocent prince, pure of heart and intention. He's a young man who is much better than his brothers, but still just a man. I liked the characters, my favorites were not the main characters by far, but I still appreciated them. I didn't really sympathize with them.

The Plot - was the crown jewel of the story. Russian fairytales to me have always been fascinating. I love them. I also love how Lackey pays as much attention to the in between sections of time as she does to the action times. A lot happens within the pages of Firebird. It's a magical story that made me smile. I might not hand it to younger readers, but older ones will like the tale.

posted by Cid on September 11, 2010

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Decent Effort, But Lackey Can Do Better

The Firebird is a book based on the classic Russian fairy tale of the same name. Ivan is a self-styled tsar who has many strong, trained, warrior sons, but none of them are very bright. Except for Ilya, the middle son. He is much smarter than his brothers so they natura...
The Firebird is a book based on the classic Russian fairy tale of the same name. Ivan is a self-styled tsar who has many strong, trained, warrior sons, but none of them are very bright. Except for Ilya, the middle son. He is much smarter than his brothers so they naturally assume that he is a sorcerer and use every opportunity provided to beat him to a pulp and just generally make his life miserable. When someone steals Ivan's prize cherries, he sends his sons one by one into the orchard to discover who the thief is. Ilya knows who the thief is because he spied on the orchard and saw her. It was the Firebird. As a reward for not telling Ivan who was stealing his cherries, she gives him the gift of speaking to animals. As his older brothers fail to discover the thief, they become convinced that Ilya is the thief and give him the worst beating of his life. Ilya now fears for his life and can think of no other plan to save himself than to pretend that the beating addled his wits and turned him into a fool. However, not even his pretense protects him as his brothers continue to play cruel jokes - such as tying him to his horse and setting the dogs on him during a hunt. Using his newly acquired skill to communicate with his horse and the dogs chasing him, he is able to get away. However, when his horse is killed, he is lost out in the forest in the middle of winter with no supplies. A kindly ex-employee of his grandfather takes him in for a time and then Ilya becomes restless and follows the feeling of magic back into the woods. There he comes upon a giant maze which leads to an evil sorcerer's castle. After catching one glimpse of the 12 beautiful maidens that the sorcerer keeps captive, he falls in love with the lovely Tatiana. He decides to do whatever it takes to free her and to kill the evil sorcerer. But, with evil demons, a dragon, and other impossible tasks, can Ilya accomplish what so many other heroes could not? I gave this book 3 stars because there was such slow story development that I almost set it aside. I usually finish books in a day or 2 and this one took me a week and a half to plow through. The characters were likeable enough and the story was fine, but Mercedes Lackey spent well over half of the book just setting up the story. The first part of the book just dragged by as the author described Ilyas terrible life and the horrible things that his family did to him. She weakly explained that Ilya didn't dare leave because he couldn't survive out in the forest alone long enough to get anywhere else where he could survive. But, if Ilya's home life was actually as bad as it was potrayed, Ilya definitely had enough backbone to leave - long before the whole cherry tree incident. By the time Ilya actually does leave his father's land, there isn't a whole lot of time left for the real action in the book. The reader is going along at a nice slow pace and then suddenly is raced through to the ending where everything changes and nothing ends quite the way it was set up to. The ending was quite abrupt and left the reader hanging, too. If this book was a duology or a trilogy, then it would be understandable that Lackey spent so long setting up the story line and left the reader hanging at the end, but, as far as I am aware, it is a standalone novel. Perhaps Mercedes Lackey was planning on writing another novel to follow this one and it never happened?

posted by Anonymous on November 11, 2002

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2012

    Wonderful!

    I've loved this book for years, and was very happy to find it in a Nook book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2006

    Wonderful!

    I recommend the book, Firebird, to any one who likes fantasy and adult fairy tales. This breathtaking fantasy is adapted from a classic Russian tale. Ilya is a young man who is frequently ganged up on by his seven brothers. Because Ilya surpasses them in intelligence and liveliness, they are jealous of him, and beat him. Ilya¡¦s father, Ivan, is a tsar who distrusts everyone, even his sons, and is greedy. One day, while trying to discover the thief of Ivan¡¦s precious cherries, Ilya sees the firebird, a half bird half maiden. But because he saw her without her permission, he is plagues with bad luck, and encounters boars, is forced to pretend to be a simple-minded fool, getting lost in a forest, and more. Ilya has to prove his intelligence and worth to save the 12 most beautiful women in the world, with help from animals and the firebird herself. The surprise ending gave me a pleasant shock, and this book is truly a traditional story turned into a dazzling and astonishing legend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2014

    Yay!

    I grew up in a family of Russian descent, & i always loved this story. I heartily approve of her changing the end of the tale, though. Remember, this is a Russian tale! They looove depressing endings. The author gives the ending that it should've had. Thank you for that!

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  • Posted December 26, 2010

    Magical

    This story is wonderful and as usual has a addictive plot but leaves so plesently suprised and satisfied when it dose end. Full of memorable characters, and yes at least one talking animal, it not only makes a great read for all ages but makes a great re-read.

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

    Captivating

    I always wondered when an author would come out with such a touching but fantastically light-hearted novel of romance and wit. Thankfully Mercedes Lackey has saved the day. She amazes me with her attention to detail, and her ability to make each and every character shine. Firebird is gripping, but it grips with a gentle hand, not like a hard-core, edgy, scary kind of grip. She handles this book with the utmost of care. Its cuteness and characters captivated me from the start, and I catch myself wishing that every book I read is like this novel. No wonder I keep rereading this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2001

    Fantastic

    Firebird is a fantastic story. I couldn't put it down. I love a good magical tale, and I especially enjoyed the super clever Ilya and the book's ending twist!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2000

    Lackey has done it again!

    Firebird by Mercedes Lackey is a great book. It's about a youth named Ilya, who becomes enchanted with a firebird he finds stealing cherries in his father's garden. This enamorment with the firebird leads Ilya on a thrilling adventure with a great ending. Lackey has done it again, weaving us a wonderful, involving story to be enjoyed by all!

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