Firebird

Firebird

Book - 1996
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A young nobleman glimpses the legendary Firebird as it steals cherries from his father's orchards, and he journeys through a fantastical version of Old Russia to find the Firebird and fall in love

Blackwell North Amer
In Firebird, Lackey draws inspiration from the classic Russian fairy tale to present a marvelous coming-of-age fantasy with a most unusual setting: medieval Russia before unification under the Tsars.
Ilya is the son of the boyar, a Russian prince. In his father's rough-and-tumble household, Ilya is persecuted by his large, doltish older brothers, who delight in tormenting him and making him seem the fool. His only friends are three old people: a priest, a magician, and a woman who toils in the palace kitchens.
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 boyar's magnificent cherry orchard is visited at midnight by the legendary Firebird - a gigantic, magnificent hawk whose wings seem to be made of flame. Ilya's father and brothers swear to capture the magical creature - but each fails. When Ilya disobeys his father and makes his own attempt to catch the Firebird, he is banished.
The young man journeys through a fantastical Russia full of magical mazes, enchanted creatures, and untold dangers. Gifted with the ability to understand the speech of animals, Ilya saves the life of a fox, who becomes his most steadfast companion.
As happens in the best fairy tales, Ilya falls in love with an enchanted princess. To free her, he must battle a cantankerous wizard and a powerful dragon. Magic swirls throughout this battle as Ilya uses his wits, his warrior's and magical skills, and some very unusual allies to save the day and win true love.

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A young nobleman glimpses the legendary Firebird as it steals cherries from his father's orchards, and he journeys through a fantastical version of Old Russia to find the Firebird and fall in love.

Publisher: New York : TOR Book, Tom Doherty Assoc., c1996
ISBN: 9780312858124
0312858124
Branch Call Number: F LAC
Characteristics: 352p. ; 24cm

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mammothhawk229e
Aug 21, 2017

Nice twist in the end.

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Cassisa
Nov 27, 2012

One of my favourites of Mercedes Lackey's books.

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beadingbritt
Jul 23, 2012

Mercedes Lackey has thrown another wonderful 500 Kingdoms book at us. Though not one of my favorites in the series, it's still a great read!

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WardenofMagick
Aug 06, 2010

The most enjoyable thing about this novel is Ivan's interactions with various other characters and the thought process he employs to solve his problems. There is a surprise ending which is cute but not stunning.

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