Book Reviews of Firebird (Fairy Tale, Bk 1)

Firebird (Fairy Tale, Bk 1)
Firebird - Fairy Tale, Bk 1
Author: Mercedes Lackey
ISBN-13: 9780812550740
ISBN-10: 0812550749
Publication Date: 9/1997
Pages: 352
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 56 ratings
Publisher: Tor Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Helpful Score: 2
LOVED this novel- it's essentially a medieval Russian fairytale centered around a likeable motherless teenaged boy who has a hard lot in life, bullied by his egocentric brothers and father. He has a spirit of adventure and a desire to escape, and finds himself in a goodluck/badluck situation as a result of an encounter with an enchanted creature, the firebird. Many adventures and magical encounters ensue with a myriad of spirits, animals, and mythical creatures.

The story never loses it's fairytale quality. The only negative I can complain about is toward the end of the book, it seemed the story was being rushed. It also left some minor unanswered questions. But all in all, I would love to read similar novels or a sequel to this one.
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Helpful Score: 1
Tsar Ivan has eight sons; all are brutes like himself except for happy-go-lucky, least-favored Ilya. Cast out through the machinations of his jealous, competitive brothers, Ilya stumbles onto an enchanted castle, distressed damsels, a garden of questing princes turned to stone, and the secret of the shapeshifting woman called the Firebird. In love with a captive princess, Ilya enlists the Firebird and a charming, crafty vixen to help him battle the sorcerer. But is settling down with a princess what "happily ever after" really means?
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Helpful Score: 1
Of all the Mercedes Lackey re-told fairy tales I've read, this is one of my least favorites. Ivan is constantly getting beat up, to the point of broken bones - and yet days later he's able to climb trees & jump fences. My husband bruised his ribs once and it was 3-4 weeks before he could even lay flat! When Ivan isn't half-dead from his latest beating, he's chasing girls. Or thinking about girls. Or thinking about the girls his father and brothers get instead of him - or after him. While there is no descriptive sex, half of the plot revolves around either hormones or violence. We're supposed to root for Ivan the hero becuase he doesn't abuse his girls as his father & brothers do, because the girls think he's good in bed, and because he doesn't enjoy hurting people. I didn't like him because of his constant wenching, his wimpiness (he never does learn to stand up to his brothers), his stealing, lying, and at the end, petty victory over one of his brothers. A hero by comparison to the bumpkins around him is not a hero at all.
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Helpful Score: 1
Better than much of Lackeys work, this novel retells the Russian legend of the Firebird (with plenty of editorial embellishment). Ilya, a handsome Russian prince with a habit of womanizing, seems like he has everything going for him except that his seven lunkhead brothers want to kill him, and their father doesnt particularly care. After a rash of mysterious thefts of rare cherries from a prized orchard, Ilya discovers that the culprit is a beautiful and magical bird-woman. Using the chaos shes thrown the household into to escape his family, he finds himself on a quest to rescue a dozen gorgeous tsarinas from an enchanted castle but will he ever learn the true meaning of love?
Recommended for fans of re-told fairy tales, such as those by Jane Yolen, and much of Terri Windling & Ellen Datlows Fairy Tale series.
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Helpful Score: 1
I have always enjoyed Mercedes Lackey's fairy tales and this one is very enjoyable. It flows well and as always the good guy make the right decisions and comes out on top. Perfect book, if you want an underdog hero, a pretty AND strong lady and a happy ending! :)
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Helpful Score: 1
Of all the Mercedes Lackey re-told fairy tales I've read, this is one of my least favorites. Ivan is constantly getting beat up, to the point of broken bones - and yet days later he's able to climb trees & jump fences. My husband bruised his ribs once and it was 3-4 weeks before he could even lay flat! When Ivan isn't half-dead from his latest beating, he's chasing girls. Or thinking about girls. Or thinking about the girls his father and brothers get instead of him - or after him. While there is no descriptive sex, half of the plot revolves around either hormones or violence. We're supposed to root for Ivan the hero becuase he doesn't abuse his girls as his father & brothers do, because the girls think he's good in bed, and because he doesn't enjoy hurting people. I didn't like him because of his constant wenching, his wimpiness (he never does learn to stand up to his brothers), his stealing, lying, and at the end, petty victory over one of his brothers. A hero by comparison to the bumpkins around him is not a hero at all.
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Of all the Mercedes Lackey re-told fairy tales I've read, this is one of my least favorites. Ivan is constantly getting beat up, to the point of broken bones - and yet days later he's able to climb trees & jump fences. My husband bruised his ribs once and it was 3-4 weeks before he could even lay flat! When Ivan isn't half-dead from his latest beating, he's chasing girls. Or thinking about girls. Or thinking about the girls his father and brothers get instead of him - or after him. While there is no descriptive sex, half of the plot revolves around either hormones or violence. We're supposed to root for Ivan the hero becuase he doesn't abuse his girls as his father & brothers do, because the girls think he's good in bed, and because he doesn't enjoy hurting people. I didn't like him because of his constant wenching, his wimpiness (he never does learn to stand up to his brothers), his stealing, lying, and at the end, petty victory over one of his brothers. A hero by comparison to the bumpkins around him is not a hero at all.
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A delightful retelling of the Russian fairy tale. Lackey makes it sound so reasonable!

From back cover: 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 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.
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A good solid fantasy novel based loosely on Russian folk tales. The story drags in some places, but is redeemed by the likeable young protagonist, Ilya. An enyoyable work from a very capable author.
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Mercedes Lackey's fascinating twist on a classic fairytale.
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Interesting twist on an old fairy tale.
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Cute story, gets a bit boring at times. An easy read but don't expect a normal Mercedes Lackey kind of book
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Good read.