On their site, Marcher Lord writes of Wind and Shadow:
Long time fans of Kathy Tyers will relish reading the latest installation of her Firebird series. Many have hailed Kathy’s Firebird trilogy as a pacesetter for speculative fiction in the CBA market. Sweeping, complex, and emotionally engaging, Wind and Shadowcontinues the proud legacy of the Firebird trilogy.What can fans expect of the latest installment? Wind and Shadow follows the next generation, now making the Firebird books a familial saga. Set in an alternate universe where the Messiah has not yet come, Wind and Shadow continues the speculation of what waiting for the “Word to Come” might look like in the age of space travel and high technology. The protagonists of the Firebird trilogy now take a supporting role while their children face new dangers and threats. Wind and Shadowfocuses specifically on Firebird and Brennen Caldwell’s twin sons Kiel and Kinnor, while also introducing new protagonist, Wind Haworth.Fans familiar with Kathy’s previous work will greatly enjoy having new material. Her strengths as a storyteller shine as she vividly portrays the hostile, conquered world of Mikhur (known as Three Zed in the Firebird novels), introduces well-developed and sympathetic characters, and raises the moral and ethical questions of futuristic technology. There is also complicated romantic potential between protagonists Wind and Kinnor, which engages at a heartfelt level and leaves the reader fully satisfied. A few hours tucked up with Wind and Shadow leaves one feeling like they have risked life and limb with good friends.But while Kathy continues the Firebird legacy in her trademark style, Wind and Shadow introduces new theological depth. One can see the mark of her two-year pursuit of a Masters of Christianity and the Arts at Regent College in Vancouver, B.C. While Kathy has never shied away from “tough” questions in her previous books, she outshines herself in Wind and Shadow. As she examines the realities and complexities of the Christian life, she also builds the expectation and promise of the coming Messiah. One can sense the building climax as the characters look for the Word to Come – and come he will in Kathy’s fifth and final Firebird novel, Daystar, released with Marcher Lord Press in 2012.