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In a war she doesn’t believe in,she must forge a bold new destiny.Firebird: Lady Firebird Angelo departs her home world expecting death in space combat. Captured instead, she finds a startling destiny among an ancient telepathic family—and a new kind of battle against implacable enemies.Fusion Fire: Firebird discovers both evil and uncontrollable power at the depths of herIn a war she doesn’t believe in,she must forge a bold new destiny.Firebird: Lady Firebird Angelo departs her home world expecting death in space combat. Captured instead, she finds a startling destiny among an ancient telepathic family—and a new kind of battle against implacable enemies.Fusion Fire: Firebird discovers both evil and uncontrollable power at the depths of her own spirit, and when her sister commits unspeakable treachery, she must draw on that power to save the man she loves from certain death.Crown of Fire: Firebird returns to her home world, where some consider her a hero—but those in power have labeled her a traitor. Facing death once again, she discovers the cost of pride and the true meaning of sacrifice.In a single volume with newly created maps and annotations, here are the first three volumes of the beloved Firebird series....

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The Annotated Firebird Reviews

  • Erin
    2018-09-06 23:37

    I love a good Christian Scifi!

  • Kerry
    2018-08-27 20:42

    Review post reading to come.Written pre-reading:I read the very original editions of Firebird and Fusion Fire back in the '80s when they were originally published. I loved Firebird, but did struggle a bit with some of the nasty stuff Phoena got up to in Fusion Fire. I was always sad the story didn't seem to be finished.Move up to the new millennium and the books were rereleased in revised trade editions with a more spiritual bent from a Christian publisher. Finally the third book, Crown of Fire was released. I happily bought all three. I read and really enjoyed the new edition of Firebird (although part of me missed the original version, which I had loved so much), but again I got stuck in Fusion Fire. So to my great shame, I never actually got to read the new book. I always wanted to and the whole series has been on my reread list for a long time.So here we are in 2011, and over the weekend I was compiling a list of my favourite books (especially older ones like these) that I own in paper and would love to be able to buy as ebooks. For each one, I did a quick online search, just in case it was available and I'd missed it and what did I find by here was a new, annotated version of the trilogy. I bought it on the spot and I've started reading Firebird all over again today. This time I will keep on going with Fusion Fire and I WILL read all three books.Which is a good thing, since today I discovered that Kathy Tyers has two more Firebird books coming out, one this week and one next year. Yipee, hooray! I want to tell her how delighted I am to discover this, but find myself very embarrassed that I'll have to admit that much as I'm a fan of the series (I now own 8 editions of the 3 books after all), I never finished reading it. Maybe I'll just lurk on her Facebook page until I've actually read this annotated edition of the first three books.Please, please, do let the new ones come out as ebooks as this one did.Post reading:As I said in my post about the series (copied above), I was totally delighted to find Kathy Tyer’s Firebird books rereleased and available for Kindle. I read my way through the trilogy in about a week, loving the first one, Firebird, all over again and finding the second, Fusion Fire to be a better read than I remembered. The final book, Crown of Fire, I had never read and I found it filled out the sequence very nicely. I now have the next book, Wind and Shadow on my Kindle and I shall enjoy reading about the next generation when I get to it, although I’m going to take a bit of a break to start fresh again when I read the new one.

  • D.M. Dutcher
    2018-09-21 22:58

    A collection of three Christian SF novels, with annotations by the author. Lady Firebird Angelo is a wastling-a noble doomed to a heroic suicide for being far enough out of the royal line of succession. One day while repelling a Federate retaliatory strike, she is captured and meets the enigmatic Brennan Caldwell. Brennan is heir to a promise that affects humanity even beyond his own considerable psychic powers, and soon the two of them must deal with conspiracy and love.The books are uneven. In my opinion the first one, Firebird, is the best. Fusion Fire and Crown of Fire both bored me. The Netalian noble structure and intrigue were much better than the fighting against the Shurhr in the latter books. The second book especially has something happen to Brennan which really doesn't seem to make much sense, and Firebird's inner and outer conflicts just didn't resonate with me as much as the first book. While the writing is fine, and the book is decent, now retro SF (she mentions in an annotation Star Wars having a minor influence) the last two books for me dragged.It's also surprising she annotated it. These are not hard, classic SF novels. They are good, but at first you'd think the annotations are a conceit. But that is dispelled because they are a fascinating glimpse into her mind, and writing the book. It's almost like reading a biography of the writer, and almost all of the tidbits she shows are interesting to read. From where she derived character names from, to what actors she pictures them as, to personal information about herself that influenced scenes. The only downside is that on an ebook, the annotations are placed in the text proper, breaking up the narrative flow. This is definitely an interesting book, and decent Christian soft SF. It's a good value, but several negatives make me only just like it. I'd recommend picking this up, but you may instead just enjoy picking up the first book in the series un-annotated instead.

  • MC
    2018-09-07 18:56

    The Annotated Firebird by Kathy Tyers consists of the three books of the popular Christian sci-fi trilogy re-released under Tyers' new publisher, Marcher Lord Press (former publisher was Bethany House), with notes from the author. Kathy Tyers shares in these notes some interesting facts that create a coherent story almost as interesting as the fictional space opera itself. Originally, this was a duology of secular novels that sold reasonably well-enough to aid the then-very young wife and mother in becoming an established author. She left the world of Firebird behind quickly as she took on other projects. After many years as a very successful, and well-known in sci-fi circles, author, Tyers left writing altogether to dedicate her time to the Lord and her husband. When her husband passed away, Tyers felt lead of God to take up writing again, and she knew just where to start. She began by editing and rewriting her first novels into a speculative Christian space opera. The story that Tyers began to tell was a “what if” scenario. What if there were an alternate world where people from many planets had gone to the stars, and the Scriptures came to a space-faring people (who are analogous to the Jewish people), who then became God's “Chosen people” as the Jews have on earth, and the Messiah came through them? Note: The overall review is divided into four parts. Each book in the trilogy is reviewed individually, and then the overall volume is reviewed. Spoilers will abound, and this is, as it sounds like, a long review, or set of reviews, as it were. -----The Annotated Firebird, Book One: FirebirdThis story begins on the planet Netaia, which is extremely wealthy, but also very isolationist. They want nothing to do with the Federacy, which is a system of planets that seeks to open better diplomatic relations and trade with the Netaians. The Netaians have an inordinate, but somewhat justified, fear of the Federates. The Federacy controls many, many star systems, and though Netaia is wealthier and militarily more powerful than most of those systems and worlds put together, the Federacy as a whole far dwarfs them in size and military hardware. The fear and misunderstanding leads to an attack on the part of the Netaians on the Federacy outpost of Veroh, as they seek to hold a security outpost against the Federates, and to frighten them into backing off. The attack, as most dangerous military maneuvers are, is lead by the wastlings. The wastlings are those Netaians who are farther down the line of succession in their noble houses. To prevent anymore rebellions like an earlier one that occurred hundreds of years before the story opens, the state rulers in the monarchy and Electoral Council, have made suicide of these “wastlings” part of the state religion. Geis orders, or the the order to commit “honorable suicide” in battle, are a sickeningly ingrained part of Netaian culture. Wastling Firebird Angelo is the leader of the attack on Veroh, as she was given the rank of Major, due to her incredible ability demonstrated on the exams and exercises while attending the Military Academy, as most wastlings do, to prepare them for their “honorable” suicide. On the mission, she loses her best friend, and is about to lose the rest of her attack wing, when the commander of the opposing squadron senses psychic ability in Firebird similar to his own. He orders her capture, so that she may be possibly turned to the service of the Federacy. This leads to the attack on those under her command being cut off. Once she realizes that she is about to be captured, Firebird takes a poison that her mother, the queen gave her to take in the event that she was captured and failed to “die honorably”. At this point, the commander of the Federate forces at Veroh, Brennan Caldwell, believes Firebird to be a “he”, and is shocked to discover that Firebird is a woman, and a member of the royal family that he had meant whilst on a diplomatic mission on Netaia. He uses the knowledge he takes from Firebird's mind (in a gentle way, given the strictures his people are under given their faith in the Mighty Singer) to help defeat and conquer Netaia.There is something else in all of this, which is the fact that Caldwell feels a deep psychic connection, called connaturality with Firebird, and is eager to explore that connection. The only problem is the rigid belief of Firebird herself, who wishes to kill herself, and believes in the false gods of her state religion. Caldwell prays that the Mighty Singer (the Firebird universe's equivalent of God from the Bible, in this case the Old Testament context as the New Testament hasn't arrived yet in this setting) will bring Firebird to himself. The story was interesting and engaging, because Tyers wasn't at all shy of the allegorical or speculative aspects of the story. The analogues to the real-world history of the Jewish people and the events of the Old Testament are clear to anyone who reads the story. Yet, they did not seem to be at all grating or overly done. There was a balance struck between the necessary parallels to tell the “what if” scenario, and the effort to just tell a good tale. Rating for Book One: 5 Stars.The Annotated Firebird, Book Two: Fusion FireThis book begins almost a year after the events of the previous book, and finds Firebird and her husband Brennan Caldwell living a quiet life on a Sentinel settlement (Brennan's people) where Brennan is a high-ranking security chief. Brennan is no longer in Federate service after being “drummed out” as the term goes, for violating orders in the climactic fight of the earlier book. The fact that he and Firebird (whom Brennan calls “Mari”) saved many lives by their actions, is not enough to prevent Brennan's dismissal, though it does mitigate matters enough to net him a nice severance package and benefits. Mari has become Brennan's wife and is a new convert to his faith. She is also several months pregnant with his twin children. She is walking through their house when she is attacked, and nearly restrained by someone with voice-command powers, which is one of the Sentinels' abilities. She is almost kidnapped or killed, but she and Brennan repel the attack. Had she not been awake due to sickness from her pregnancy, she and Brennan may have been killed.All is not well, however, as tragedy strikes Brennan's extended family. This leads Mari to learn more about an offshoot of the Ehretan (Brennan's home planet) people who were responsible for the original chaos that destroyed their homeworld. These people, whom the Sentinels call the Shuhr, still believe in their superiority due to their (originally laboratory granted) mental abilities. Not having the same religious code of ethics as do the Sentinel communities, they engage in rabid abuse of their abilities. Their world, like the Sentinel sanctuary world of Hesed is nearly impregnable due to the “fielding teams” that are able to mentally control anyone who dares to attack them. For this reason, and the fact that this seems to be an internecine fight among the Ehretan remnants, the Federacy largely ignores the Shuhr and their world, Three Zed. This changes, however, when the Shuhr begin to launch flagrant attacks against the Federacy. Suddenly, there is the simultaneous need for the Sentinels, at the same time that persecution is slowly rising against them by Federate citizens at large, who (perhaps rightfully to some extent given what they can see the Sentinels could do if they ever gave up their religious faith in the Mighty Singer) fear the powers of the Ehretan remnants. To make matters worse, Mari's older sister, and vicious enemy, Princess Phoena Angelo of Netaia is out for revenge on Mari and Brennan for foiling her plans in the last book, and on her older sister, Queen Carradee, for taking a conciliatory stance with their Federate occupiers. She foolishly goes to the Shuhr, who begin using their powers to control her mind by making her increasingly susceptible to suggestion. With the threat of Three Zed taking over Netaia, the stakes are high. At the earnest and desperate plea of Prince Tel Tellai (Phoena's husband, who loves her dearly, and wants her back), and the revealed will of the Holy One that he take on the rescue mission, Brennan launches an attempt to bring Phoena safely back. The situation is about to become even more grave, however, and only a new technique, filled with as much peril to the user as to the target, can help Mari save her family, and the Federacy itself. What I really liked about this book was the further development of the plot, and the fleshing out of the characters. The antagonists, in the form of the Shuhr are given a real face and motivations. This is good, because any good adventure needs some good villains. That said, I could have gone with some breathing room and less graphic details of the heinous deeds perpetrated by the bad guys. It's enough to give one nightmares. I say this while still praising this work, that the graphic content set me off with some of my experiences in deployment, and it really is disturbing, and should be taken into account. This isn't something for anyone below high school age to be reading. And those who have had some traumatic experiences should be cautious, to say the least. Prince Tel was also given a lot more characterization, and developed as a hero in his own right. He is just as much of one as Mari and Brennan are, if in a different way. Suffice it to say that the narrative makes perfectly clear that the Federacy would have been saved, but the major characters dead on Three Zed, if it were not for his involvement, simple, and non-action oriented as it was. The final really nice piece was in the area of world-building. That is the further development of the Ehretan faith. It was nice to witness the rather vague notions from the first novel expanded upon to create a coherent religious system. It is, generally, based on the Old Testament Hebrew faith, with some twinks here and there to fit the narrative. Rating for Book Two: This would have been 5 Stars as well, but the graphic content was much too disturbing, so it is 3 ½ Stars.The Annotated Firebird, Book Three: Crown of FireThis is the third and final book of the original Firebird Trilogy (though not the final book of the series, as there are two more books published in recent years dealing with the kids of Mari and Brennan, and the other major characters, as well as completing the story). The book begins a month or two after the end of the previous book, and Mari and Brennan are back on Netaia. The Assembly that is more representative of the people under the Federacy has overridden the Electoral Council, and demanded that Firebird be invited back to Netaia to be restored as an heir under the Federacy program which has attempted to do away with wastlings and “honorable suicide”. Mari and Brennan return, but Brennan is unsure of this, as Mari is filled with hubris over her “accomplishments”, and over how much the people of Netaia “love her”. She stops relying on the Mighty Singer, and begins relying on herself instead. This proves dangerous, as she becomes sloppy, and begins to neglect her faith, resulting in her near-death during her and Brennan's attempt to trap a Shuhr agent. But all is not lost, as the Holy One has His own plans to help them.During Brennan's captivity by the Shuhr in the previous book, he had his DNA harvested. That DNA has been combined with the DNA of a young Shuhr scientist named Terza Shirak, and results in her carrying a baby via traditional pregnancy. This is a ploy by her brother and father, who are the leaders of the Shuhr. They intend to lure Brennan into a trap (to learn of a new Sentinel technology that could be used against them) and then destroy the child for experimentation purposes. Terza, who was already distant from her people, becomes irrevocably so after she learns of her family's plans to murder her child. Her journey from despising this “clump of cells” (as she erroneously calls it) to loving her child proves to be the Shuhr's downfall. The book is a good one, and a fine ending to the original trilogy, but had some issues. Namely, Mari's problem with pride was discussed in the second book, but it really was not fleshed out enough. The issues and problems were in the narrative, but not really focused on much. This made the plot appear to be artificial in order to tell an Aesop, instead of being a natural part of the tale. The other problem was that Mari was not exactly heroic, per se, and thus hard to root for. Oh, she was an enjoyable character, but at times, wasn't likable. I understand that she is angry with her sister Phoena, and that she has good reason to be so, but her coldness to Phoena's (very violent and painful, as Mari well knows) death by the hands of the Shuhr, was rather shocking to me. I expect my heroes to treat people as God would wish, and with kindness, not to have the attitude that they “got what they deserved”. For that matter, I expect any decent person to do so. Even when evil people must be fought, punished, or killed, it should not be done with joy, but with seriousness, humility, and a grave heart. Only at the end of the book in the final battle does she finally seem to forgive her late sister, commend Phoena to the Holy One's hand, and ask Him to show her mercy. That is when she finally got truly likable again. Of course, Tel is back and and shows himself heroic once more, though he will be the first to admit that he is not really cut out to be a hero. Other characters from the first two books make appearances, and they add to the narrative, as they give more light and happy moments that are interspersed to give a reprieve from the fast and intense major plot. Tyers was much better at giving “breathers” amidst the action than in the first two books.Rating for Book Three: 4 Stars. -----Overall, the trilogy as a whole was a masterful story, if a tad weak in parts. The characters were, perhaps, made a bit more realistic by the struggles they had. So perhaps, all in all, that's a wash, and the good and bad both were part of the tale. I must say that some of the material is quite mature and graphic. Tyers makes no bones about evil, or this being an Old Testament/Inter-Testament time, but in space. This is certain to put off some people. Eventually, I had to skip certain sentences or paragraphs where the more detailed depictions of evil were discussed. If you have problems with graphic depictions, then be careful, as this book has them in spades. The author's notes in this annotated edition are also enlightening not just for the biographic details and the information on how the text developed from a secular novel to a Christian Speculative space opera, as already discussed, but also in how she took to heart objections and thoughtful criticisms from fans of some of the unrealistic or untenable aspects of the series. She took these to heart when she originally rewrote the first two books for Bethany House. Given the comparison she makes between the original and changed elements, I would say the quality was greatly increased. Her humble heart improved the work in general. This work is the foremost modern Christian science-fiction space series, and a worthy successor to CS Lewis' Cosmic Trilogy. It would be well-worth the money spent to purchase it and give it a chance. Recommended.

  • Kayley Santiago
    2018-09-23 18:37

    I have re-read this version countless times. The annotations bring you into the writing process in a personal and insightful way. With regards to the first book of the trilogy - Firebird - I really connected to the main character's struggle with national identity, pride, and the gradual reconstruction of her worldview and faith. The process of re-defining your world when you've been raised in a closed society, is foreign to most first-world residents. Kathy brings out this struggle for truth in a poignant, and sensitive fashion.

  • Kerry Nietz
    2018-08-29 21:31

    I’m an extreme latecomer to the Firebird universe, having only just read the trilogy this summer. I found Kathy Tyers’s Star Wars books to be some of the diamonds of that particular coalmine, though, so I was curious what her books outside the Star Wars universe would be like. Derivative? Less encompassing? Less fun?And to be honest, there are some similarities between the two. Unique cultures. Political intrigue. Spiritual warriors that to do superhuman things. But much of the intersection is in good areas. A master storyteller is able to sift out what works in other stories and make it wholly their own. (George Lucas didn’t write in a vacuum either. Tyers and Lucas both took from the same pool of tropes that all sci-fi writers swim in.)It is the unique areas of the Firebird trilogy where it really shines, though. The cultures are believable—rivaling the best of Frank Herbert. The spiritual struggles are nuanced, captivating. The origin and uses of psi-powers are exhaustively detailed. The characters have depth and history. (The villains are especially well-crafted. Phoena made me grit my teeth nearly every time she was presented.) Clearly the author has put a lot of thought into her work. As a reader, I appreciate that. As a writer, I applaud it.I understand what some have said about the footnotes of this version. There were times I wished I could have toggled them off. I didn’t want to be distracted from the story…yet I knew I would be because the notes were interesting too. Overall, though, I’m glad the footnotes were available. I learned from them.The Firebird Trilogy is a timeless sci-fi epic. I recommend it!

  • Jamie Words
    2018-08-26 02:41

    Kathy Tyers, an author I found during high school, continues to be one of my favorite authors. Though well known for her Star Wars novels The Truce at Bakura and Balance Point, there is something very special about her original fiction - her Firebird series in particular.Firebird follows the adventures of aristocrat Firebird Angelo, raised in the royal family for the sole purpose of laying down her life as a suicide pilot. On the day of her mission, however, enemy intervention prevents her death and instead offers a new lease on life. The Federate leader responsible for thwarting Firebird's mission is a telepathic Sentinel, Brennen Caldwell, sworn to serve "unaltered" humanity for spiritual reasons of his own. His unexpected attraction and connection to Firebird both fuels and compliments the political tension of the plot. I've read these books several times since discovering them and found the annotated version just delightful. It's nice to have that "backdoor" insight to the author's thought process as she created characters, worlds, and plot. Also helpful are the family trees and maps to help the reader visual different connections and geographies.If you're new to the Firebird world, the annotated version does not detract from a first impression. However, long time fans will more likely find the insights more intriguing than those coming in on their first time through. I would highly recommend it for any space opera, sci-fi, or speculative fiction fans!

  • Carl
    2018-09-15 20:53

    For those who follow Christian science-fiction, Kathy Tyer's Firebird series is out again, and will be followed up with a couple new books. I've been slowly rereading the whole thing (pretty busy these days, so not done yet!!), so maybe more to come about this. I've posted my review on my blog, so I'll link to it rather than repeat everything:, I did a bit of Firebird fan art here:

  • Katia
    2018-09-10 23:52

    I've read Firebird several times over the years. The release of the annotated trilogy was a welcome surprise. I appreciated the insights into Kathy's work - her journey as a writer, and the comments on characterization.

  • C.J. Darlington
    2018-09-08 01:58

    This is my second read through of this series, and I gotta say... it was a whole new and satisfying experience reading the annotated version. I loved getting to know why Kathy wrote the things she did. A truly classic sci-fi tale.

  • Rebekah Adams
    2018-09-17 21:39

    Its great to have all this info in one place

  • Lynne
    2018-09-15 20:35

    Love this seriesThis is the second time I've read this series and its just as good as I remember. Great series highly recommend.