Lady Firebird, third daughter of Queen Siwann of Netaia, knows that she is slated to die. Netaian law states that she is an unnecessary threat to the line of succession of the crown, so she must sacrifice herself in an honorable manner for the good of the world. In her desire to do what is best for her homeland, Firebird has trained to be a fighter pilot. Yet, on her first mission, Firebird’s grand plans are thwarted by Federate General Brennen Caldwell, and she must rethink what is best for both her and Netaia.
Firebird is a story of choices – those we make and those forced upon us. Firebird knows that she is supposed to die honorably, but only because other people’s actions forced a law upon her and all other noble children in her homeland. The religion of her ancestors has never given her the freedom to choose any other path. Yet, when she learns that other religions hold ideas different from hers, her eyes are opened to the possibility that she doesn’t have to believe what her family has believed for generations. And the story is wonderfully conceived and written.
I will admit that I am not a sci-fi fan – I’ve never been able to get into Star Trek or things like that, because I’m just not excited about space-y stuff. However, I found myself continually fascinated by Tyers’ ability to both imagine all of the sci-fi space-y stuff and then to keep it all straight. Her writing was so interesting and her theme so strong and beautiful that the spaceships and laser guns and things faded into the background for me. She made a non-sci-fi girl really enjoy a thoroughly sci-fi story – it was both intelligently and creatively crafted. And I was impressed!
I would highly recommend you read Kathy Tyers’ Firebird, even if, like me, you’re not a fan of sci-fi. Definitely a great read!