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In a war she doesn't believe in, she must forge a bold new destiny.

Firebird: Lady Firebird Angelo departs her home world expecting death in space combat. Captured instead, she finds a startling destiny among an ancient telepathic family-and a new kind of battle against implacable enemies.

Fusion Fire: Firebird discovers both evil and uncontrollable power at the depths of her own spirit, and when her sister ...

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Overview

In a war she doesn't believe in, she must forge a bold new destiny.

Firebird: Lady Firebird Angelo departs her home world expecting death in space combat. Captured instead, she finds a startling destiny among an ancient telepathic family-and a new kind of battle against implacable enemies.

Fusion Fire: Firebird discovers both evil and uncontrollable power at the depths of her own spirit, and when her sister commits unspeakable treachery, she must draw on that power to save the man she loves from certain death.

Crown of Fire: Firebird returns to her home world, where some consider her a hero-but those in power have labeled her a traitor. Facing death once again, she discoversthe cost of pride and the true meaning of sacrifice.

In a single volume with newly created maps and annotations, here are the first three volumes of the beloved Firebird series, freshly edited for Marcher Lord
Press by bestselling author Kathy Tyers.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Sweeping drama in deep space…a plot filled with action and intrigue. Thought-provoking without being preachy.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982598764
  • Publisher: Third Day Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Pages: 1122
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathy Tyers has published ten novels in the Christian and general markets, including two authorized novels for the Star Wars extended universe, as well as a biography and a travel book. If she isn’t writing, she might be teaching a flute lesson, mentoring a hopeful author via the Christian Writers Guild, or battling quackgrass in her vegetable garden. Kathy lives in Montana and has one grown son
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  • Posted December 5, 2011

    Great Read in Speculative Christian Genre

    Kathy Tyers, an author I found during high school, continues to be one of my favorite authors. Though well known for her Star Wars novels The Truce at Bakura and Balance Point, there is something very special about her original fiction - her Firebird series in particular.

    Firebird follows the adventures of aristocrat Firebird Angelo, raised in the royal family for the sole purpose of laying down her life as a suicide pilot. On the day of her mission, however, enemy intervention prevents her death and instead offers a new lease on life. The Federate leader responsible for thwarting Firebird's mission is a telepathic Sentinel, Brennen Caldwell, sworn to serve "unaltered" humanity for spiritual reasons of his own. His unexpected attraction and connection to Firebird both fuels and compliments the political tension of the plot.

    I've read these books several times since discovering them and found the annotated version just delightful. It's nice to have that "backdoor" insight to the author's thought process as she created characters, worlds, and plot. Also helpful are the family trees and maps to help the reader visual different connections and geographies.

    If you're new to the Firebird world, the annotated version does not detract from a first impression. However, long time fans will more likely find the insights more intriguing than those coming in on their first time through. I would highly recommend it for any space opera, sci-fi, or speculative fiction fans!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2011

    A great series!

    I'm an extreme latecomer to the Firebird universe, having only just read the trilogy this summer. I found Kathy Tyers's Star Wars books to be some of the diamonds of that particular coalmine, though, so I was curious what her books outside the Star Wars universe would be like. Derivative? Less encompassing? Less fun?

    And to be honest, there are some similarities between the two. Unique cultures. Political intrigue. Spiritual warriors that to do superhuman things. But much of the intersection is in good areas. A master storyteller is able to sift out what works in other stories and make it wholly their own. (George Lucas didn't write in a vacuum either. Tyers and Lucas both took from the same pool of tropes that all sci-fi writers swim in.)

    It is the unique area of the Firebird trilogy where it really shines, though. The cultures are believable-rivaling the best of Frank Herbert. The spiritual struggles are nuanced, captivating. The origin and uses of psi-powers are exhaustively detailed. The characters have depth and history. (The villains are especially well-crafted. Phoena made me grit my teeth nearly every time she was presented.) Clearly the author has put a lot of thought into her work. As a reader, I appreciate that. As a writer, I applaud it.

    I understand what some have said about the footnotes of this version. There were times I wished I could have toggled them off. I didn't want to be distracted from the story.yet I knew I would be because the notes were interesting too. Overall, though, I'm glad the footnotes were available. I learned from them.

    The Firebird Trilogy is a timeless sci-fi epic. I recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    Awesome series blending faith and other worlds

    The Annotated Firebird features the full-length versions of Firebird, Fusion Fire, and Crown of Fire, along with updated maps and commentary from the author, Kathy Tyers. She explains some of the differences between the original mass market editions and the updated/revised Christian market release, as well as insight into the inspiration for characters and storylines.

    A super-generous sample is available, and once you begin reading, you become easily caught up in the lives and intrigue surrounding these characters and their worlds.

    I own both versions of these books, but was happy to plunk down this modest sum for the annotated version, and look forward to exploring the books in the expanded universe.

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  • Posted May 1, 2011

    Vastly Entertaining

    I love to read this book, Firebird is a beautiful mix of fiction and religion. In Firebirds world, familys have two children. Any more will die/be killed when they turn 21. She is close to her birthday when she is captured. I like that although there is an atraction between her and the love interest, its not a 'burning lustful' gotta have you attraction. The plot is interesting and progresses nicely.

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