I think this is one of the best books I have read in a long time. I was completely sw
ept away by the characters and the story. I love how Kearsley's books weave the past and the present together so beautifully. Kearsley is such a great writer; the setting and characters are always so magical. The romance was epic and overall this was a fantastic book! 5 stars.
The Firebird is amazing in that it contains characters from both The Winter Sea and The Shadow Horses. The present characters are from the latter and the past characters are from the former. It was awesome to find out what happened after The Winter Sea as there was a lot left wide open at the end. I also loved to getting see Robbie from The Shadowy Horses all grown up. It is actually because of this book that I wanted to read Kearsley's books. The fact that it was about Russia appealed to me but I also knew it would make more sense if I read her other books first. This is a new favorite. 5 stars.