The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley

I decided to read the second book of the Slains series, The Firebird. It’s a sequel of sorts from The Winter Sea. But don’t go in expecting to see Carrie or Graham again. You won’t see them.

A quote from The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley

Nicola Marter works in London at the Galerie St. Croix that deals in Fine Russian Artefacts and Art. But Nicola also has a secret. She can touch things and see their past. But she’s worried about how people will treat her if they find out.

A quote from The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley

Rob McMorran is a Scot and a policeman. He also has a gift, much like Nicola, but he doesn’t keep his a secret. When Nicola is trying to find something out, she goes to call on him to help her.

Anna Moray is the daughter of John and Sophia Moray that are characters in The Winter Sea. Nicola and Rob are trying to find out her story throughout the book. Her story covers from when she was a little girl until she falls in love.

The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley

Brief Summary (while trying not to give everything away)

In The Firebird, Nicola meets a lady at work, who is trying to sell the carving of a bird that family legend tells of her ancestor receiving from Empress Catherine. Unfortunately, there’s no provenance for the carving so nothing to prove that. Nicola holds it in her hand and instantly she is transported to another time. Empress Catherine talks to Anna, but Nicola is not sure who Anna is.

After the lady leaves her scarf in the Galerie, Nicola feels compelled to return it to her. But not only does she want to return the scarf, but help her get money so she can travel. To help her, she calls on her ex-boyfriend Rob. Rob is more than willing to help Nicola. So off on an adventure they go, where they discover Anna’s story.


The Firebird is amazingly well written. While I don’t normally like switching timelines, this was well thought out so the story flowed seamlessly. I think I actually like this one, even more than the first. I highly recommend reading this one.

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