"There are times when our victories have a cost that we did not foresee, when winning brings us loss."
Nicola Marter was born with a unique gift that allows her to see a glimpse of the past when she touches an object - a gift that she has tried her whole life to keep a secret. When she is approached by a women looking to sell an object known as the firebird, Nicola is convinced to jump into the past and find out the truth. Here, she discovers a young girl named Anna and the mystery takes on a life of it's own. Nicola travels to Scotland and then to Russia to discover Anna's story and involvement with the Jacobites and the Russian court. She also finds her self on an adventure of her own that will test the limits of her powers and how far she is willing to go to reveal the truth.
I'm so glad that I discovered Susanna Kearsley a few months ago with The Winter Sea! This novel continues with many of the similar characters. It also follows a similar pattern of unique gifts and a sort-of time travel to the past. I didn't find it quite as compelling as the first, but it was still very enjoyable. I love Kearsley's writing style and unique storytelling! She has a wonderful ability to weave together stories that are interlocked together and I can't wait to read more.