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Firebird

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In Mercedes Lackey's Firebird, Ilya, son of a Russian prince, is largely ignored by his father and tormented by his larger, older brothers. His only friends are three old people: a priest, a magician, and a woman who toils in the palace dairy. From them Ilya learns faith, a smattering of magic, and the power of love--all of which he will need desperately, for his life is about to be turned upside-down. The prince's magnificent cherry orchard is visited at midnight by the legendary Firebird, whose wings are made of flame. Ilya's brothers' attempts to capture the magical creature fail. When Ilya tries to catch the Firebird, he sees her as a beautiful woman and earns a magical gift: the speech of animals. Banished, the young man journeys through a fantastical Russia full of magical mazes, enchanted creatures, and untold dangers. As happens in the best fairy tales, Ilya falls in love with an enchanted princess, but to win her freedom will be no easy task.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 137.16 x 205.74 x 22.86mm | 340.19g
  • St Martin's Press
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0765317192
  • 9780765317193
  • 144,430

Review quote

"A charming fairy tale." --Locus "Vivid and colorful. A well-told tale." --Booklist "Will delight Lackey's fans. Fast-paced." --Library Journal "A must buy." --VOYA "Filled with earthy wit and magic." --Publishers Weeklyshow more

About Mercedes Lackey

Mercedes Lackey is the author of the bestselling Valdemar series, the Obsidian Trilogy (The Outstretched Shadow, To Light a Candle, and When Darkness Falls), the Enduring Flame trilogy (The Phoenix Unchained, The Phoenix Endangered, and The Phoenix Transformed), and the Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms. She has written many other books, including Trio of Sorcery, Phoenix and Ashes, Sacred Ground, The Fairy Godmother, and Alta. Lackey is the co-author, with Andre Norton, of the Halfblood Chronicles, including Elvenborn. Mercedes Lackey was born in Chicago and graduated from Purdue University. She has worked as an artist's model, a computer programmer, and for American Airlines, and has written lyrics and recorded more than fifty songs. She lives in Oklahoma.show more

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5,523 ratings
3.83 out of 5 stars
5 29% (1,606)
4 35% (1,954)
3 27% (1,508)
2 7% (369)
1 2% (86)
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