Review of The Firebird’s Tale by Anya Ow

Rating: 3/5

Recommend: Probably


The Firebird’s Tale was a fun read. It reminded me a little bit of Arabian Nights, which I’m a huge fan of. And I loved the incorporation of Russian folklore. I felt like I was reading a fairy tale.

I really enjoyed this book. But at the same time, I constantly found myself wanting more. More world building, more backstories, more explanations for why things were happening…just a bit more. This had so many great elements, but I felt like too many things were glossed over and skipped. I think a big reason why I felt like this was because I loved what I did see so much. This is an absolutely fascinating world and I really wanted to learn more about it. I’m not entirely sure if there will be a second book in the series. I’m assuming so, because it didn’t feel as if the story truly concluded. Hopefully there is a second book and some of my issues with history and world building will be resolved.

Despite my complaints, I still found plenty in this book to rave about. The characters, for example. I adored the characters so much. Aleskei and Nazar were adorable together and Svetlana was so awesome and sassy. Even though I wished there would have been more details about the world and it’s history, the fact that I loved the characters so much made me willing to overlook a lot of that.

I’d recommend reading The Firebird’s Tale. It’s a short, delightful story that made my heart melt. I’m interested to see what else Anya Ow comes out with in the future!

Thanks to NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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