The Firebird and Other Stories by R. Cooper ~ Book Review by Teresa

TheFirebirdandOtherStoriesTitle: The Firebird and Other Stories

Author: R. Cooper

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Paul Richmond

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 09/18/2015

Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)

Genre: Contemporary, Historical, M/M Romance, Paranormal


Magical creatures known as beings emerged from hiding amid the destruction of the First World War. Since then they’ve lived on the margins of the human world as misunderstood objects of fear and desire. Some are beautiful, others fearsome and powerful. Yet for all their magic and strength, they are as vulnerable as anyone when it comes to matters of the heart.

A firebird in 1930s Paris is drawn to a writer with a haunted past. Upon returning from fighting in the Pacific, a jaguar shifter finds a third-gender human on his doorstep. Early rock ‘n’ roll DJ Hyacinth the fairy shocks his listeners with his admiration for his quiet assistant. During the AIDS crisis, a gruff, leather-wearing troll dreams of a settled life with a mixed-species elf across the bar. An imp, who remembers only too well how cruel the world can be, tells himself he’s content to stay behind the scenes—if only his chaotic, impish magic would stop getting in the way. And a shy human tending his poisonous and carnivorous plants is convinced no one will ever want him, certainly not the handsome werewolf grieving for a lost mate. Human or being, all must overcome fear to reach for love.

My View:

While all the stories are good, if you read none but the last, this anthology will be worth the money, especially if you’ve read A Boy and His Dragon. That was definitely my favourite story of the whole.

While the stories take us through the years and we re-encounter characters with in them, each one is about an individual couple finding love. I could definitely feel that I was in the various time periods. They were all unique and had something different to offer. Ranging from sweet no-sex to full on voyeurism the heat level varied and was appropriated for the story.

I liked some of the stories better than others. Next to Arthur and Bertie in The Dragon’s Egg, my favourite stories and couples were: gender-fluid Teo and his Jaguar in The Warrior’s Sacrifice set in 1947; The Imp and Mr. Sunshine set in 2005 with Rennet the Imp and John the politician; and plant loving Miki and his grieving werewolf Diego in The Wolf in the Garden Set in 2014.

Definitely an anthology worth reading!


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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2 thoughts on “The Firebird and Other Stories by R. Cooper ~ Book Review by Teresa

  1. I loved this anthology – as you said, some stories more than others; but overall, a superior read for those of us who like these fantasy stories.

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