The Firebird

The Firebird

by Sophie Masson
published 2001 Ligature untapped genre Fantasy · Young Adult

The Firebird is a spellbinding story set in the splendours and savageries of old Russia.’ — Libraries Australia

On the night of her engagement, Princess Tamara is caught in the palace garden with her fiancé’s brother, Ivan. They claim to have been watching a firebird, a rare and wonderful creature—and it’s true: the bird has left a feather. The Tsar, desperate for the bird, promises half his kingdom to whoever finds it. This might just give Princess Tamara and Ivan the chance to live happily ever after.

First published in 2001, The Firebird was shortlisted for the Aurealis Awards Science Fiction and Fantasy that same year.

Sophie Masson is an award-winning author of over 70 books for children, young adult and adults across a range of genres including fantasy, mystery, history, thrillers, ghost stories and fairy tales. Her most recent books include the YA speculative fiction novel, The Ghost Squad (2021), and Magical Tales from French Camelot (2021). In 2019 she was awarded AM (General Division) in the Order of Australia ‘For significant service to literature as an author, publisher, and through roles in industry organisations’. For more information visit