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Author: Mercedes Lackey
Length: 352 pages
What it’s about (synopsis via Goodreads):
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.
How and when I got it:
Yet another find at a library book sale! No idea when — but probably in the last two years at some point.
Why I want to read it:
I’ve never read anything by Mercedes Lackey, and I know I should! She’s one of those authors whose books I’ve been wanting to read, yet there are so many that I never know where to start. Any suggestions? I grabbed Firebird when I saw it, and I do think it sounds great — but as someone new to this author, I wonder if this is representative of her works, or if there’s a different book (or set of books) that I should try first. Any recommendations?
What do you think? Would you read this book?
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2 thoughts on “Shelf Control #188: Firebird by Mercedes Lackey”
Ooh this sounds so dreamy and fairy tale-y, and that cover art is so pretty too! I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on this one, which is just reminding me that I’ve read so few books set in Russia.
I love the cover too! 🙂 Russian fairy tales make me think of The Bear & the Nightingale… there’s something so dreamy and magical about those books, and this one seems to have similar qualities.