Steeped in Finnish and Russian mythology, Cry of the Firebird is a fantasy that would appeal to fans of American Gods by Neil Gaiman, C.Gockel's I Bring the Fire series and Sergei Lukyanenko's Night Watch.
"On a fairy tale level, Cry of the Firebird displays a gleeful innocence, but this is far from a Disney rendition of the Grimm stories. It's an adult novel,from the first word to the very last. Kuivalainen starts her narrative with the roots of Russian mythology, deftly blending in Grimm tales, classic Greek and Norse mythology, and a real world setting with satisfying results. From the first page, a perilous plot of powers, magic, and monsters is promised. Kuivalainen in no way reneges on that promise." Four Stars -Self Publishing Review
"Fantasy fans will likely enjoy Anya's adventures, which feature novel supernatural elements in a modern setting...the story incorporates a fair share of surprises, and never fails to provide new scenes featuring bloodshed and strange new creatures." Kirkus Reviews
After the murder of Anya's shaman grandfather, Tuoni the Finnish God of the Dead, arrives to give her a mission; awaken her magic and take up the family mantle of Gate Keeper to Skazki, the Otherworld, before monsters and dark gods break in and start a war in the real world.
Joined by Yvan, a Skazki prince who can transform into the legendary firebird, Anya is hunted by the prince's dark-magic-wielding brother, and they are forced to flee to Skazki for safety. There, they meet a host of friendly and hostile forces, and Anya learns the secret history of her family.
Anya's magic is unstable, and she finds herself returning to the real world, bringing all of her new enemies with her...