Image of Firebird (Fairy Tales, Book 1)


Image of Firebird (Fairy Tales, Book 1)

Lackey's 1996 novel is a pleasant and unobjectionable reworking of a number of different Russian myths and folk tales. Ilya is a decent enough character, but he lacks that certain spark that would really bring him alive, and the story is interesting, if a bit slow. Still, fans of Lackey will want to add this title to their collections.

Ilya, a Russian prince, is ignored by his father and persecuted by his brothers. His only friends are the household's magician, priest and the woman who has taken charge of the dairy. Easily the brightest of the tsar's sons, Ilya realizes the tsar has set them against each other in the hopes that they won't band together to overthrow him.

But when he sees the mythical Firebird plunder the cherries in his father's prized orchard, his luck worsens. Forced out of his home, he travels in search of adventure and finds it in the form of a beautiful woman held prisoner by an evil sorcerer. (Tor, Jan., 352 pp., $14.95)
Reviewed by: 
Natalie A. Luhrs