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Mostly descriptive, as is often Lackey s tendancy Very little action for the length The Firebird appears for the first time around page 75 and is barely glimpsed, then does not reappear or speak till than 200 pages in I found Ilya uninteresting as a protagonist and have no idea what the bird saw in him Weak, but mostly inoffensive, although there were a couple painfully stupid moments.Read Brokedown Palace if you re interested in the violent brothers aspect, Rusalka if you want vaguely historical fantasy with Russian mythos, or Magic s Pawn if you want something better but with similarities by the same author.
[[ DOWNLOAD E-PUB ]] ↵ Firebird ⇨ A young nobleman, who has glimpsed the legendary, enchanted Firebird, is banished from his homeland He journeys through a fantastical version of Old Russia, solving magical mazes and befriending a talking fox, before falling in love with the Firebird herself who is actually an enchanted maiden who has been waiting for true love to break the spell that holds her captive. It took me a couple of tries to get through The Firebird I usually don t keep trying but I really enjoy Lackey s Thousand Kingdom books and the Firebird is a favorite fairy tale and another retelling In the Forests of Serre is one of my all time favorite books The beginning is sluggish and it takes a while to get into the meat of the story Also, I felt Lackey missed in her attempt to create a loveable rogue, although the characterization itself is well drawn and the background history is logical and even poignant If you are expecting the fun, romantic romps of the Thousand Kingdom series, you won t find it here As books go, it s okay, at least for me I could easily see another reader picking this up and it becoming a favorite, but it just didn t work for me. Firebird introduces Ilya, the least favoured of Tzar Ivan s sons Upon first impression Ilya struck me as cheeky, arrogant, skirt chasing idiot, an impression that lasted just as fervently all the way through Putting that aside, the plot in itself was purely nonsensical As the story progresses, Ilya undertakes a supposedly reckless mission, involving the rescue of several very pretty damsels in distress , the gorgeous Tatiana, with whom he fell in love on first sight for the single virtue of her otherworldly beauty, among them On top of that, the book was unusually slow paced, and much to my frustration, the author felt the need to elaborate on and analyze each of the character s acts, words or feelings as if they weren t laid bare in front of the reader s eyes as it is Secondary characters were just as bad, their only redeeming virtue is the fact you don t have to bear so much of them as of the main character. This is a pretty bad book It s not the worst thing I ve ever read, but it really wasn t worth my time The prose is clunky, it seems poorly edited, the characters are either boring or unbelievable, mostly both, and the plot is not even a very good re imagining of the classic Russian fairy tale The pacing moved along all right, I suppose It was quick to read But it s just a really unimaginative book, and I found myself groaning and rolling my eyes a lot at the main character. In Old Rus, people used to speak of the lands being filled with spirits bright, terrible, mischievous and kind Oral folklore passed along as part of what is now known as the byliny also regaled its listeners with stories of plain men and women who overcame adversity They tell of Olga s heroism and cleverness in punishing those who killed her husband and of Ivan the Terrible s stupid cruelty.Unfortunately, this oral tradition is mostly lost to us Rather than sit as a live storyteller brings rich folklore to life, we lounge in front of the television or curl up with a book, taking our literature in solitary doses Yet the stories so rich in imagery and magic need not be lost as long as there are talented writers such as Mercedes Lackey to translate them to modern mediums.Lackey s Firebird is a beautiful narrative that combines many elements from many traditional Russian folklore It is a book that is completely Russian, without ever mentioning the name of the land It is the Russia of the folklore, where bannik inhabit bathhouses and the rusalka stalk the rivers It is the Russia where the unloved middle son of a cruel and stupid tzar can use his cleverness and kindness to achieve great deeds and reap rich rewards.Lackey shows immense talent in taking stock characters, traditional plots, and ancient spiritlore and making it into something creative and interesting She accurately depicts the romanticized Russia of medieval times She even accurately depicts the tension between pagan and Christian forces The Christian and pagan priest disagree with one another, but live and work together toward the same goals They both promote kindness and goodwill in an environment that is chilly to both sentiments They work together because although they are theologically of opposite poles, they both believe in higher virtues than cruel stupidity.Ilya, the hero, is the victim of beatings and practical jokes from his brothers Firebird is the story of how he escapes his murderous brother and father and pursues a dream across many dangers He must face many foes and seemingly insurmountable odds and defeat them with his cleverness, strength, and kindness I will not give any plot details for part of the wonder of the novel is to discover things as Ilya does and to wonder with him whether he will ever be able to change his life or escape his circumstances.There are times where the book seems a little trite, as it does draw on many stereotypes, but ultimately, it is the use of well worn yarns that make the entire tapestry so lovely It is also a story that is enhanced by a passing familiarity with Russian culture and history Possibly the book would not be as enjoyable if you have no previous knowledge of Russian folklore or stories I hesitate to say that though, for Lackey truly does tell a good story and makes an effort to explain each bit of folklore she weaves in without belaboring it.All in all, this was an enjoyable read It s a feel good novel that is as charming as it is entertaining. Mercedes Lackey, we usually get along tolerably well if not like a house on fire What was this drivel Really, what If it s not outright offensive, it s boring as hell, or it s boring and offensive at once Struggled through to the end out of sheer bloody mindedness Book did not improve Please can I have those hours back I rate this book so highly because at 14, when I first read it, it was incredible Adults looking for accurate historical fantasy fiction should look elsewhere as this book is best appreciated with an adolescent na vet However, I recently reread it at 28 and enjoyed it tremendously for the classic mythic storytelling and characters. I thoroughly enjoyed this I can see why Mercedes Lackey is held in such high esteem. Not being overly familiar with Russian fairy tales and folklore, talk of banniks and domovoi and rusalka and polevoi was new to me However, it is a very natural thing to our leading man, Ilya Ivanovitch middle son of a greedy and power hungry self declared tsar of Rus The Russian fairytales and spirits mingle freely with those of Christian notions brought in by the Christian priest, Father Mikail, one of Ilya s three friends in his father s land along with the Rus shaman Ruslan and the lead dairy woman Mother Galina Together, those three created the basis of pretty much all that is good in Ilya, and which separates him from both his older and younger brothers with their propensity for frequent fighting and lack of intelligence Yet Ilya has his vices too, as living in that family would make it very surprising indeed if he did not have sufficient vices to balance out the good in him It is the unique balance of good and vices in Ilya which help make him such an interesting protagonist to follow and encourage as he encounters all sorts of adversity From his brothers tendency to gang up and beat on him since they were all children, to his rash of bad luck which has him come face to face with a spiteful and viscous rusalka, to the tribulations he encounters when trying to free a captured tsarina it is the steadfast morality and goodness of heart that his friends Father Mikail, Ruslan, and Mother Galina instilled in him coupled with his natural cleverness and kindness which help him through, often in doing services for others for the sake of helping them, with rarely a thought for what he could get out of the deal He grows along the journey, in ways that staying at home would never have allowed him to do, and becomes a better and better person as time passes The adversity humbles him, reinforces his respect of others as well as his own work ethic The summary on the back states that Ilya is banished, but he is not quite banished in the stricter sense of the word being sent away by someone in power and forbidden from ever returning It is of a happenstance, passive banishment, or a self imposed exile it is not even intentionally self imposed, but by a series of unfortunate occurences and plain old bad luck, Ilya finds himself lost outside of the palace and wandering through the land of Rus with all of its magical corners and tricksters There he is confronted by magic and beings of Russian folklore he only half believed in, and even then not really each of whom has their own great power to change Ilya s path Yet, he also has some level of belief in the Christian ideas taught to him by Father Mikail, as occasionally he will think about the Virgin Mother, or demons of hell, or the powers that God wields These seemingly conflicting yet cohabitating views of the world which Ilya has illustrates how it is possible to believe in two things which seem mutually exclusive, but are in actuality not so excluding as they seemed at first These contradictions in his psyche as well as in his developing maturing views of the world as the story goes on help ensure just how well rounded of a character Ilya is, and help us realize that even if we think two things can never overlap, well, maybe we just are not looking at them quite the right way All of the above, including of course the magic and majesty of the Firebird herself, and the weaving of coincidences and fate make for a very fun, flowing, exciting, and growth full tale I thoroughly enjoyed being in this strange yet vaguely familiar world, where the magical is not just a story but real, and can help or harm at its own whims and fancies Side notes, very spoilery for the end especially view spoiler I thought that vixen fox who helped Ilya get the Katschei s heart box down from the tree might have been the same one who Ilya freed from the split tree in the forest, but the possible connection never came up Then there is also the nightingale who comes for him along with the vixen fox at the end, who I presume is the same one who guided him through the Katschei s maze in the first place Also, I cannot really say that I was surprised the Firebird fell in love with Ilya, and I definitely cannot say I was surprised that he did not realize her feelings for him or even his own for her until the very end given how he has spent most of his life doing the pursuing, not being the object of said pursuit While in the end I am glad that Ilya managed to escape Tatiana by leaving with the Firebird, as he does surely deserve happiness after all he had been put through first by his own family, then by the Firebird s bad luck, then by hiding in the Katschei s domain, and finally by smoothing out the spoiled, selfish requests and demands Tatiana made of the palace staff , it also seemed to force the story to turn back to the classic happily ever after ending If anyone deserved it, he did, but it also felt a bit like a last ditch deus ex machina type forced effort to give him happiness instead of continued torture and suffering at the hands of Tatiana his new family It was a bit of a betrayal of what we had come to expect of his ability to get out of bad circumstances for most of this book and indeed most of his life, no matter how welcome and how much he deserved better Admittedly it did fit in that suddenly and with fortuitous coincidence he could understand the speech of animals again, just in time for them to encourage him to witness his betrothed s infidelity, and he was very decisive once he witnessed it in his decision to leave You know, the way he basically became addicted to having magic and adventure and the Firebird in his life reminds me a bit of Prince Rupert s forced yet chosen path to follow magic and adventure in Simon R Green s Blue Moon Rising Forest Kingdome 1 hide spoiler