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Firebird

By: Mercedes Lackey
Narrated by: Curt Bonnem
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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.

©1996 Mercedes Lackey (P)2020 Tantor

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great story!

Really long chapters!!!, but fantastic story, great characters wonderful ending! I recommend this author, and enjoyed a story from a culture I'm not familiar with.

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Lovely tale of the clever fool.

Moved along smoothly. Well and thoroughly placed in the Russian setting. Fascinating magical palace, and nice twist to the traditional ending.

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this would make an amazing animated movie!

I love the story and the Storyteller. I can see it in my head as an animated movie.

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interesting Take on Firebird and Fool Memes

I have been a Mercedes Lackey fan for decades. I've enjoyed her retelling of fairy and folk tales. This one was darker than either original and added new twists and turns. The years of repetitive and escalating experiences of abuse at home for Ilyia culminate in near fratracide. The twist when the hero wins the fair captured princess was unexpected. There is no redemption for either family. This tale has heros, evil sorcerers, talking animals, even dragons and lots and lots of magic.

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Fun read. Felt little misogynistic, but if you can overlook that it is enjoyable.

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This is an ok book.none of the breath holding drama one expects from lackey.narrator is ok no drama just plods along.no excitement in the narration. Not sure it is worth a credit.

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below par

Probably the worst Mercedes Lackey book I have read. The "hero" is shallow and unlikable and the story is slow and uninteresting.

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a bit rambling

great performance by the actor. The story does get a bit long winded as to the main character's reasoning in places, and he gets very fatalistic in some parts, and amazingly optimistic in others, which seems odd.