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The Firebird's Vengeance (Isavalta Trilogy) Paperback – 5 Jan 2004

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (5 Jan. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007114052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007114054
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,181,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The Isavalta Trilgoy:

Zettel’s first fantasy novel is a triumph of story-telling…All the characters are powerfully drawn, especially Bridget, a strong and attractive heroine…A Sorcerer’s Treason is a magnificent fantasy novel, showcasing just how good this genre can be. Rich, compelling and exciting, this could be the best fantasy debut in years’ Amazon

‘A fresh and surprisingly exciting fantasy thriller…Zettel’s engaging writing style conjures up a gripping plot and some effective, three-dimensional characterisation. Even the magic system is well-thought out and inventive…this engaging and vivid slice of escapist fantasy will keep fans of Robin Hobb more than happy’ SFX

‘Sarah Zettel’s well-told and absorbing tale is full of original touches’ Starburst

‘A sumptuous tale of subtle magic, malevolent sorcery and twisted loyalties – you won’t regret venturing into Sarah Zettel’s world’ Sara Douglass

About the Author

Sarah Zettel was born in California in 1966. Since then, she's lived in ten cities, four states and two countries. She has written several science fiction novels and many short stories in the sf, fantasy and horror genres. She currently lives in Michigan with her husband and their son.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CeNedra Red on 22 Oct. 2010
Format: Paperback
It really is a shame, because this could have been a good series if two things had happened. Number one, and probably the most important; the books should have been released in this order. Book 2, should have been the first in the series, to set the scene for the rest of what followed. Book 1, should have been second in the series, and Book three released as it was. The second thing that would have improved this series would have been a more conclusive and better thought out ending. It left so many questions unanswered. I thought the characters were very well written, and that's perhaps one of the only saving graces for this series. AS I said, a real shame.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lidija Križman on 25 Feb. 2004
Format: Paperback
I think you should try this book, becausee it is very magical, beautiful and in a way, sad. You won't regret it.
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Sept. 2005
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Sadly not as gripping as the first in the series. Really a bit of a labour to get through it to the end!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant conclusion to excellent trilogy 4 Oct. 2004
By Kotori - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Brigets story resumes with the revelation that Briget's daughter Anna is alive - knowing this she will allow nothing to hinder her search for her daughter.

The landscape is in ruins as the Firebird is released and wreaks vengenance on those who have allowed it's captivity for so long, and both Isavalta and the Seven Kingdoms.

In a devestating world of fire, flame and demons, Anna must find the strength to free herself from her captivity as her father Valin Kalami seeks to control her even beyond the grave.

The spirit world have a vested interest in events, and interfere sometimes benevolently and occasionally malign.

Preponderance of wonderful characters throughout and my favorite is Anna's bodyguard, a dedicated and honour bound young (female) soldier ... the romance between Briget and Sorcha, only hinted at in the first book, is an enjoyable plus.

It is interesting that the characters motives are so very justified, from Medeoan to Kasha to the sorceror who is Anna's father - a little bit like the misguided attempts of some revolutionists or freedom fighters who cause so much tragedy in our world. The author does an excellent job of making even the villians sypmathetic.

Brilliant - I was devestated when I finished.

Kotori -
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Much improved compared to the first two 14 Mar. 2007
By Bish - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"The Firebird's Vengeance" is the third novel in Zettel's Isavalta trilogy, but picks up shortly after the events in "A Sorcerer's Treason" (since "The Usurper's Crown" was more of a prequel). Bridget has returned to Isvalta to build a life there, but that is quickly thrown into turmoil once more when she learns that the Firebird has vowed revenge against Isavalta and Hung-Tse, and that the daughter she thought was long dead may still be alive.

The daughter, Anna, is in fact still alive, and the story follows her travels through a good portion of the book. She is accompanied by her guard, Mae Shan, who I thought was one of the best characters that Zettel has created in this series. She makes a far better heroine than Bridget or Ingrid, and I was mostly interested in her story, and her interaction with Anna and the others. Mae Shan is intelligent, strong, quick-witted, resourceful, and compassionate, but still maintains a vulnerability that makes her easy to sympathize with. Anna as well is very likeable, and despite her power, a believable child.

Other storylines involve Bridget and Sakra as they simultaneously search for Anna and try to discover a way to stop the Firebird; Mikkel and Ananda as they deal with the unrest in their kingdom; Grace as she finally faces what's happening to her family; and of course, the spirit powers who are still vaguely defined and yet controlling many of the outcomes in the novel.

Once again, some of the issues I had with the previous novel are still there. The spirit powers, for one, who actively influence events but never reveal their reasonings are still annoying. It simply results in their use as plot devices, to present problems or offer tidy solutions without any real explanation. The use of magic is also still very erratic.

But other than that, the story itself is actually very engrossing. The depth of characterization has improved, as has the writing style, which flows more easily now. I'd say this was a lot better than the prior novels, and was a very satisfying read.
Satisfying 1 May 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The first three books of the series ends in a completely satisfying way. Unlike many series' books that end with foreshadowing or outright cliffhangers, you could stop reading this series at the end of this book and feel just fine about it.
But why would you? I can't wait to start the next book...
very nice sequel to sorcerer's treason 21 Jan. 2010
By Shante R. Morris - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I thought this was a well-written and well thought out sequel to a sorcerer's treason. it tied up all loose ends and allowed for a possible third book re: bridget and her adventures in isavalta.
The Firebird's Vengeance 27 Mar. 2008
By Sue Beebe - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a great book as are the previous two in this series. I love the mystic elements of theses books and I shall look forward to reading other books by this author.
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