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The year is 1771, and war is coming. Jamie Fraser’s wife tells him so. Little as he wishes to, he must believe it, for hers is a gift of dreadful prophecy—a time-traveler’s certain knowledge. Claire’s unique view of the future has brought him both danger and deliverance in the past; her knowledge of the oncoming revolution is a flickering torch that may light his way throuThe year is 1771, and war is coming. Jamie Fraser’s wife tells him so. Little as he wishes to, he must believe it, for hers is a gift of dreadful prophecy—a time-traveler’s certain knowledge. Claire’s unique view of the future has brought him both danger and deliverance in the past; her knowledge of the oncoming revolution is a flickering torch that may light his way through the perilous years ahead—or ignite a conflagration that will leave their lives in ashes....

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The Fiery Cross Reviews

  • Tatiana
    2019-04-16 23:17

    I don't think any author is in love with her characters and her own writing as much as Diana Gabaldon. To the point that she is convinced that absolutely everything she writes about them has to be in her books. Who cares about the plot and moving things along and putting in her novels only events that would advance the plot? Not Diana! I've loved the Outlander books for a while, in spite of their fragmented nature and sometimes convoluted story lines, but this time even the most dedicated fan would notice that There is hardly any plot in it! I am still trying to figure out what the purpose of this book was, my only guess is to lead to the confrontation with Stephen Bonnet? But then, hundreds and hundreds of pages in The Fiery Cross are dedicated to the events that have nothing to do with the main story line of it. At least 2/3th of the novel could have been cut out because the only thing that happens there is that Jamie, Claire and Roger have to go on some militia business and then come back (twice!). During these trips nothing important takes place, except, of course, they meet some random people. And don't get me started on Brianna's breasts. If all the bits about her breasts being swollen or leaking milk and her wanting Roger to suckle on them were taken out, The Fiery Cross would have been at least 100 pages lighter. And another 100 pages lighter without little Jemmie pooping in a diaper or otherwise.Certainly, we, fans, have a fair amount of patience for Gabaldon's long books and a lot of love for the characters and scenes in their lives, but, come on, a novel is still a novel. If there is hardly any forward motion in the story, no danger, no intensity, if you can skip hundreds of pages without missing anything vital, and the author is preoccupied with indulgently recording every occurrence in her characters' lives, important or not, she might as well call her work fanfiction. Or a soap opera with no end in sight.Interestingly enough, even after spending a year! reading The Fiery Cross and dropping it so many times I can't count, I still couldn't bring myself to give it less than 3 stars and I already have the next book in the series loaded onto my iPod. This crack has a firm hold on me. For now.

  • Nichole (DirrtyH)
    2019-04-10 15:11

    So far, the weakest book in the series. This book dragged on and on and on... It took me about four times as long to finish this one as it did the other four. There was just a lot of unnecessary drama. The interesting parts were few and far between, but were just enough to keep me reading. And I will admit, by the end I was finally engaged enough to want to read the next one, so it didn't turn me off completely. There were just a lot of things that didn't need to be in the book. This is the first time reading the series that I've really felt a need for better editing.You will read this book because you're already deeply involved in the story and invested in the characters, and there's just enough in the book to keep you, but on the whole it's exhausting and a little disappointing.

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    2019-04-20 20:21

    And the story continues. ♥Listening to these audio books back to back, they are starting to run together. I think I mentioned this before, but it's like one big, ongoing Outlander movie or something. I don't know if what I listened to was something from the other book or vise versa. Here's what I know. Everyone is living together at Fraser's Ridge. Jamie gets called into the army by the Governor and Roger is with him. There is some fighting but I think there is more to come. And sweet baby Jesus, if Roger didn't go through hell. I mean he did do something stupid. I thought it was stupid. You can't do that stuff back in the day, you could hardly do it now. But, when he saw someone he knew he should have just waved and went on about it. But no, he has to be an idiot and go over and talk and what not, in the middle of people wanting to start a war. Then it just gets horrible from there. Luckily a man came and got Jamie and Bree and Claire in the nick of time to save him. They thought he was dead and my heart was on the floor until finding out he was still barely alive. At this point I would have been thinking, the hell did I come back to this damn arse time in history. Alas, it took some time but Roger got better. And that slimy Stephen Bonnet is still out there somewhere and they can't seem to get their hands on him. And now there is another person they need to beat down, William MacKenzie. And of course he's kin so the hell. I remember listening a lot about all kinds of babies and goats and horses and craziness and funny stuff. At one point I didn't who what freaking kid belonged to who! And Ian, he comes home with wolf, Rollo. =)This book was a massive tome to get through but listening to the audio with the wonderful Davina Porter narrating is wonderful. She does the best job, ever! You would think a book that just goes on about random stuff during the majority of the book would be boring but I they aren't to me. There is just something about them. And I'm still so happy to know that Jamie and Claire still love each other as much as they always have. I still really wish they didn't miss 20 years together though. It still gets to me, but I digress. Now, onto the next . . . .MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List

  • Amanda
    2019-04-06 15:14

    When I finished this, my knee-jerk reaction was to give it a 4 star. However, after some consideration, I have to be honest with myself and say it was really just a 3 star read. The Fiery Cross is the 5th book in the Outlander series, a fantasy/romance/historical/time travel/everything-but-the-kitchen-sink series which began when Claire Randall, on a second honeymoon in Scotland, is thrown back in time from 1946 to Scotland during the Jacobite uprising that ended tragically at the battle of Culloden. While stuck in the past, she of course falls in love with a Highland warrior named Jamie Fraser. Through four long-ass novels, they've been separated and reunited and managed to get themselves right smackdab in the center of any significant historical event taking place in the 18th century, Jamie's natural ability to lead heightened by Claire's knowledge of what the future holds. In The Fiery Cross, Jamie and Claire are now living in America with their daughter, Brianna, and her husband, Roger. Jamie finds himself in the role of "laird" to a group of Scottish immigrants who populate his land grant known as Fraser's Ridge.I freakin' love these novels and that's why it pains me to say that I'm suffering from PTDGD (Post-Traumatic Diana Gabaldon Disorder) at the moment. Gabaldon has always written massive tomes stuffed full of historical detail and it's clear that this woman does her research, which sets her novels apart from the typical offerings of historical romance. This isn't just costume drama. However, I don't think I've ever read a novel in which so much happens and, yet, nothing really happens. The novel is so focused on the minutiae of day-to-day life (pigpens are built, militias are gathered and disbanded, fields are plowed, laundry is done, buffalo are hunted) that any narrative momentum is nil. It just doesn't go anywhere. There are rumblings of the American Revolution in the distance, but no real battles (other than a brief interlude in which Jamie gathers together a militia to help the governor put down the Regulators) and the one driving narrative thread--the hunt for Stephen Bonnet, who raped Brianna in an earlier novel--fizzles with no real resolution (clearly to be picked up in the next novel). Admittedly, all of the mundane tasks of daily life are vividly brought to life and readable because the characters are so likable, but Gabaldon can certainly beat a dead horse. As evidence, I offer the following:1) She repeatedly overuses some words/phrases (sardonic, gimlet eye, wry smile, and everyone's mouth twitches at the corner with suppressed amusement at some point in the novel). Everyone's eye color is commented upon in every other paragraph. Details that diehard fans should be aware of by now are tediously repeated. 2) I read more about breastfeeding than I ever wanted to--Brianna's breasts spend so much time hardening between feedings of her offspring, Jemmy, they should be given their own novel. And I won't even comment upon the milk-sodden love scene. Let's just say it gave a whole new meaning to "Got Milk?" Blech.3) Why does Roger MacKenzie still listen to Jamie? Sure, I know Jamie is his father-in-law and Roger wants to impress him, but Jamie is constantly sending Roger out on dangerous solo errands to give Roger (who is from the future) a chance to prove his manliness in a time when men are defenders, providers, apparently tireless lovers, etc. However, Roger always almost dies during his undertaking of these tasks. He is hung, nearly burnt to a cinder, beaten to within an inch of his life--how much more must Roger endure? Just let him stay home for a couple of chapters. Sheesh.4) The alternating point of view is vexing to me. Some chapters are told in 1st person from Claire's point of view (and these are definitely the more interesting chapters, especially since you are reading about historical events from the perspective of someone who is conflicted about what knowledge she brings from the future and the dangers of revealing too much; it's easy to forget that there's a time travel element when Claire isn't narrating), but others are told in third person from other characters' perspectives. Most of these are told from Roger's point of view. Strangely, we never really get anything substantial from Jamie or Brianna's point of view. 5) Some chapters seem shoehorned in just because they were too darn cute to leave out. In particular, these chapters serve to show how clever someone is or how adorable little baby Jemmy is. Don't care. Don't give a shit. Move on.And then there's James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser himself (or Himself, as he's often called in the novel, denoting his social position of laird). God, is there anything this man cannot do? As much as I love the character of Jamie, it's becoming increasingly obvious to me that he's female catnip (although he does not sparkle; he's the anti-Edward Cullen and yet they both share a similiar function--to make women long for men that do not exist and would probably be endlessly exasperating if they did). First off, he's the physical embodiment of masculine perfection: tall, well-muscled, blazing red hair, piercing blue eyes, fills out a kilt quite nicely (if you know what I mean--and if you don't, read the book. Gabaldon will make it quite apparent). He's a fierce warrior and yet a well-educated intellectual who is just at home in the courts and palaces of Europe as he is on a battlefield. He's multilingual and can read Latin, Greek, French, etc. and quote from high literature at a moment's notice. He can be a brutal or tender lover (depending on whatever Claire's in the mood for). He can be a man's man and then inexplicably lapse into shy boy-like behavior and whisper sweet nothings. Men of the world, give up. Compared with Jamie Fraser, you fail. Despite all of this, I still enjoyed the novel. The relationship between Jamie and Claire has somewhat mellowed, although not in a bad way. There's still plenty of ridiculously hot sex between the two, but the relationship isn't marked by the fear of Claire going back to her own time through the stones. I also enjoy the good-natured vulgarity that runs throughout the characters' speech and the humor with which Gabaldon writes. And for all of my bellyaching about all of the details of 18th century life, I will concede that if anyone can make it interesting, it's Gabaldon. I will be reading A Breath of Snow and Ashes, the 6th book in the series, but I'm definitely going to need a lengthy respite between the two.Cross posted at This Insignificant Cinder

  • Ashley
    2019-04-20 15:04

    I DID IT. I FINISHED THIS HULKING BEAST OF A BOOK.The Fiery Cross is the fifth book in Arizona (woot) author Diana Gabaldon’s time-traveling historical fiction saga. I have enjoyed all the books up until this one, some with reservations, but still enjoyed. They all felt like they had strong backbones, and even though they were long, most of the stuff stuffed up in there had a point. Not so with this fucker.Since the book is soooooo looooooong, I’m going to respond by being more concise than I would usually, just to get my point across here.- – -HOW TO WRITE A TURGID HOT MESS OF A BOOK, IN FIVE EASY STEPS!1. Don’t have an outline or any other sort of plan going in. Narrative arcs are not important, and neither is change. Just have your characters do thing after thing after important thing for a whole novel and it doesn’t matter if you have something to tie it all together by the end. You can even switch genres halfway through your novel. It will totally not be confusing or frustrating at all! It is totally okay, even encouraged! to have your reader not be able to identify more than three or four parts that were actually important and relevant.2. Describe in great detail meals, bowel movements, sweaty clothing, every poopy diaper, regular updates on the breasts of a character who is breastfeeding (a little swollen, leaking milk, rock hard, empty, etc.). Include extended excerpts from dream journals that hint at character arcs but never actually turn into anything. No detail is too small or insignificant. (DON’T EVEN MISS ONE!) EVERY SMALL DETAIL AND ACTION YOU CAN HAVE YOUR CHARACTERS DO WILL MAKE YOUR NOVEL EVEN LONGER AND HOTTER AND MESSIER. Don’t listen to those people who tell you that most of the things in your novel should connect to the central storyline or theme. Don’t listen to the people, even your readers, who will tell you that these moments are nice every now and again, but not all the time. Your novel should be mostly these moments, like we’re following your characters around in a neverending documentary of their every waking moment over a period of years.3. Make your novel as long as possible. Longer=better. More=better. Drown these people in words. Their hands should be black with ink and their wrists ache by the time they’re finished. Never mind that pesky writing advice that says the more times you do something, the less impact it will have. Never mind all those people who praise concise writing, or get off on variation. Your characters are special, and the more time you let your readers spend with them, well, they should just be grateful, dammit.4. When you’re at the thousandth page of your manuscript and have been teasing your reader mercilessly with the promise of a plot for hundreds of pages by this point, make sure to take one last completely pointless trip into the woods so your characters can deal with a mystical fucking white ghost bear* because in previous books the natives had given them portentous names like The White Raven and Bear-Killer, so they’re the only ones who can help, obvs. Have the bear be killed in a freak storm by a giant bolt of lightning while your characters coincidentally watch. The whole episode should take up at least seventy-five pages and have no bearing on the plot whatsoever.*Or equivalent thereof.5. Make sure to fit in the actual important bits towards the absolute end of the novel, after your reader has already checked out emotionally from the book and couldn’t actually give a flying saucer about any of it anymore. Just really make sure to bury completely the really interesting bits of your novel in absolute mundane as shit stuff so your reader can’t even find it!- – -Voila! Follow this formula, and even your most diehard reader will think twice next time about purchasing your books. Again, don’t listen to those people with common sense. Turning away readers is an excellent way to make money.

  • Mo
    2019-04-04 15:26

    And so book 5 comes to an end. I started reading this series on June 16th and they have consumed me for all of my summer holidays. I swore I would take a break after each one but could not. They are long, they are detailed, all the names get a little confusing sometimes. I suppose I, myself, could be accused of jumping on the bandwagon, what with the TV series airing last night in the USA. Maybe so, but as I have had the books on my kindle and some of them in paperback for some time now (certainly before the glorious casting of Jamie Fraser), I feel I can join the legion of true fans, those of you who started reading this series when it was first released, many moons ago.To be honest, I am not sure where the last book finished and this one started. All I knew is that I wanted to read more about Jamie and Claire and their journey in the New World.”Let the dead bury the dead, Sassenach,” he said softly. “The past is gone - the future is not come. And we are here together, you and I." I was lucky enough to see the first episode of the TV series and it was wonderful. I thought it stayed verra true to the book and I am sure that is what Ms Gabaldon and the fans wanted. Jamie is perfect. He is soooo romantic. He is tough too but he has a heart of gold.“D'ye ken that the only time I am without pain is in your bed, Sassenach? When I take ye, when I lie in your arms-my wounds are healed, then, my scars forgotten.” We did not study a lot of American History in school. We did learn about the obvious major historical moments, The American Revolution, the Colonial period (och, aye, anything where the British are trying to take over, us Irish are verra interested). I do like history and am very proud that my son is starting his first year in University (IN SCOTLAND) to study history. I think this book was over a two or three year time spam. I sort of know because Jamie was the same age as me when the book started and he did then turn 50. Even a fifty year old Jamie is a fine figure of a man. “You are beautiful,” he whispered to me.“If you say so.” “Do ye not believe me? Have I ever lied to you?” “That’s not what I mean. I mean—if you say it, then it’s true. You make it true.” But this was not just Jamie and Claire’s journey. We had Roger and Brianna - I love Roger. What the poor man had to go through. Bloody hell, I nearly gave up at one stage when one part was happening.ROGER?BRIANNA?There is still a lot more to happen in this adventure.That ballocks, Stephen Bonnet is still out there, or is he? God, I hate that bastard. He would have to be Irish, wouldn’t he. Here is who I imagine the toad would look like … I will have the Gandy Police on my case now! Och, bring it on - I have Jamie on my side!”There may be a day when you and I shall part again,” he said softly, at last, and his fingers brushed my lips, light as the touch of a falling leaf. He smiled faintly. “But it willna be today."Off to find my next read. It will be a hard act to follow this one.And how could we forget "wee Jemmy"?

  • Barb
    2019-04-11 15:59

    Like a Glucose Tolerance Test, Only Recommended for Absolute Die-Hard FansA glucose tolerance test is a test given to a pregnant woman in order to determine whether or not she has gestational diabetes. The test is administered by forcing the poor pregnant woman to drink a, beyond human portion, of a glucose drink, something that tastes like a sugared soft-drink. Then glucose levels of the blood are measured at different intervals after the glucose has been metabolized by the body. It's not the substance as much as the quantity of the sweet tasting drink that is so difficult to stomach and that it has to be consumed after fasting for eight or more hours. It's making me a little queasy remembering it... Anyway, that's what this book reminded me of. I understand that letting Diana Gabaldon run wild without a heavy handed editor worked like magic in the past but there's always an exception to a rule and this would have to be it. I loved, Loved, LOVED the first four books in this series and I have given them as gifts to one of my best friends, my mother and my mother in law. I thought they were fabulous, I can't say enough good things about them. I'm having a hard time thinking of something good to say about this book, I do however have plenty of criticism. My dilemma is where to start...and then, when to stop, I think I could go on and on. First, let me say that there is absolutely no reason for this book to be 979 pages long, almost nothing happens. There is no unifying thread of story that draws the reader along in this story, there are a few interesting mysteries but they happen somewhat suddenly and then are resolved rather quickly. There are two exceptions that will obviously be continued in the next book. I loved these characters going into this book. I read in The Outlandish Companion that Diana Gabaldon, when asked how she keeps all the details of her characters straight, said that they are like real people to her and she wouldn't forget things about someone she knew. Well, I think she must be suffering from some form of long term memory loss because she forgot plenty. A few things that were huge, beyond forgiving in my opinion: that Duncan has only one arm, that Jamie is left handed. I couldn't understand how those two things could ever be forgotten. There is a scene where she describes Duncan being carried to bed by Jamie and Major MacDonald 'limp arms about their shoulders'. There's another place where she describes Jamie's injured right hand and how it makes writing difficult for him, he's been left handed in the previous four books and he is again at the end of this book but somehow he's using his right hand to write in the middle of the book? There were so many other details that were inconsistent but I'm not going to try to list them all here. I also thought that Gabaldon really victimized Roger, to the point of annoyance. I thought she completely changed Brianna's character and failed to develop or reveal the character of any of the rest of the family. Fergus seemed an after thought, Lizzie and Marsali as well. And the preoccupation with all things scatological was over the top and the phrase 'comically blank' used to describe someone's facial expressions was used so often it almost became a catch phrase. And just one more thing I have to get off my chest. There is a scene where Jamie and another man have an altercation and the man calls Jamie a c*** (the c-word). Let me say that I am not offended by the c-word but that the use of it in this situation was just completely incongruous and gave a false ring to the entire scene. I was so disappointed by this book that I'm not sure I will read the next one... As a reader and fan of the Outlander and the first four books in the series I'd really like to know "What the heck happened?"

  • Holly
    2019-04-05 15:04

    Went something like this:50 chapters of camping and sexual frustration where nothing really happens.Nothing happens, repeatedly.50 chapters of a wedding with a LOT of sexual frustration followed by a murder most foul, an autopsy, and sex in the stables (FINALLY!)More nothing happens.50 chapters of a large scale battle.Confrontation where guy gets his balls shot off. Maybe.Ending with us waiting for the revolution to happen.Throw in a couple of major characters almost dying (okay, she really got me with the bit about Roger, I'll admit it...)Also, a lot of assgrabbing. Which is probably better than the spanking. But still. EVERYBODY is grabbing butts here. What is up with that?I question why I keep reading these books but they keep me just entertained enough to keep going. Also there is some self loathing involved.

  • Sherry
    2019-04-15 15:26

    This is a hard book to review. Besides the fact that it's over 1400 pages and took me over a month to read... it's Diana Gabaldon. She writes fascinating accounts of history, trivia, mythology, a great love story, science fiction and people with great detail.In some places I wanted to hurry through the details and get to the heart of the story, and other places I savored every word. That's the beauty of her writing, you have to read every word, absorb every detail because it will come back (maybe 700 pages later, but it does come back) and it has some importance.I also love the fact that she doesn't waste time with back story, she throws you right into the action where the last book left off. She repeats a few of the important details, but for the most part lets the reader read between the lines or call upon their own memory of the previous books.

  • abby
    2019-04-04 21:24

    In the end, I wound up liking this book, but it was a long (so, so long) and bumpy road to get there. Somehow, this book is written by the same author who managed to pack an epic fantasy adventure into 800 pages with the original Outlander. Yet 1500 pages were needed here to... to do what? I don't even know. There's more than a couple sweet scenes between Jamie and Claire, but in between it's a wasteland. Over and over, characters are described as hiding a smile or having the corner of their mouth twitch in amusement. The every action of a toddler including the contents of his diaper are described. Jamie & Co. march around the woods a bit and then they go home. They go to River Run and then they go home. Rinse and repeat. Fascinating.Despite creating an ever growing cast of characters, this book focuses on the nuclear core of Jamie, Claire, Brianna and Roger. Ian has reason to be absent, but I don't know what happened to Fergus and Lord John. Then there's the mystery Gabaldon seems to shoehorn in her books of late. I get that the author started out wanting to write mysteries, but it's seriously time to reconsider. The second half of the book is improved over the first, especially the last 200 pages. But, overall, it lacks anything resembling a plot and contributes very little to the larger story arch of the series. It takes a pretty devoted fan of the series to appreciate this book, and, even then, I'm not sure how necessary it is. Here's to hoping things get better with book #6.

  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    2019-04-03 23:06

    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.Anyone who knows me knows how much love I have for this series. I really enjoyed listening to this book. I have recently listened to the first four books in the series after having read them years earlier. This was the first time that I have experienced this book and I was a little nervous about listening to it instead of sitting down with a book but I think it worked out well in the end. So much happens in this book! That is really kind of normal for this series but this book has so many things going on. I guess that really should be expected since this book is also really long. It is like 3 or 4 books if you just compare page counts. There were a few sections of the book that I did think went on a little longer than was really needed. The book starts out at a gathering and I wasn't sure that they would ever leave but they did in the end and the book did start to really pick up steam quickly.All of the characters that I have grown to love over the years were back in this book. Jamie and Claire are getting a bit older and it is really nice to see watch them grow over the course of the series. It is refreshing to see a couple that have been married for a long time still have the passion and love that Jamie and Claire have for each other. Brianna and Roger go through a lot in this book. In a lot of ways this book isn't very kind to poor Roger. Jemmy is growing up and his personality really starts to shine through in this book.I really enjoyed the narration of this audiobook. I think that Davina Porter does a fabulous job with this series. In this book, she is able to give a unique voice to all four of the main characters. She is able to convey a lot of emotion during her narration. I found myself not wanting to stop listening because I had to know how things would work out. I would highly recommend this book to others but I do believe that this is a series that needs to be read in order so please start with Outlander. The ending of this book really was exciting for me and I came really close to moving directly into the next book in the series. I can't wait to read more about Jamie and Claire!Initial ThoughtsI feel like I deserve some kind of reward for finishing this audiobook in a month. 55 1/2 hours is looong!This book started out slow for me but picked up eventually. There were a lot of new developments and some heartbreaking moments. The last part of the book was fascinating. I can't wait to read more of Jamie and Claire but I will probably take a break for a bit first.

  • April
    2019-04-21 23:09

    I read this as soon as it came out. Had to have it in hardback because I couldn't wait for paperback and had to have my own precious copy. Wish I had waited or borrowed it from the library. I was so excited to see what Claire and Jamie were up to, but it was a very slow read, explaining every little thing in detail. I mean, I love to read books that don't gloss over the not-so-pretty parts of the day, but explaining that a child needs a diaper change, and it's unpleasant aroma, over and over and OVER again is ridiculous and boring. They didn't go anywhere for most of the book, staying in one place this time whereas in the other books they were hardy and seasoned travelers, falling into tons of mischief. This was a big disappointment, especially since the rest of the series is such a huge success! Read it anyway, just to get you to the next book in the series.

  • Katie
    2019-04-24 20:04

    Well, I finally finished The Fiery Cross. *sigh*I absolutely LOVE these books. This installment was no exception.....I found that this installment had so many deep emotional scenes, that when i finished, I felt that i had connected to the characters, emotionally, more then ever before. Starting with The Gathering, when Jamie calls his people out, and they all hold hands. The wedding scene between Roger and Brianna was both hilarious and touching. The various incidents at the Gathering really set up so much for the story. I love how Diana Gabaldon weaves the tale with details so deep, and how it all comes together in the end. My complaint after "Drums of Autumn" was that, while i cared about Roger and Brianna, i didnt feel as emotionally connected to them, as i did with Jamie and Claire. In fact, i didnt really like Brianna very much. In Fiery Cross, i found that the deeper exploration of the relationship between Roger and Brianna was very satisfying. Roger especially, gave a whole new facet to the face of the family living at Fraser's Ridge. His brush with death, when he was hanged, was especially heart wrenching. The loss of his voice, and his constant doubts as to the paternity of Jemmy, and his own marriage really made me sympathize with him. The atomosphere of Frasers Ridge is intoxicating. The natural beauty she describes. The danger. Fraser's Ridge is a character in itself. I love these characters. When Roger almost died, before i realized that he was alive, i put my head down and cried. it was horrible!! but so well written, and thats the beauty of this author. His reaction to his "almost death" was heartbreaking for the entire family and as a reader, you felt it yourself. Wee Ian!!! I honestly didnt think we would ever see him again. I thought for sure he would turn up dead, or only mentioned in memory. I was thrilled when he came back. Because i enjoyed this character so much, i was thrilled that he now knows the family secret of the stones. "I knew you weren't a wee fairie Auntie Claire!" my favorite quote.

  • KatieMc
    2019-04-18 16:22

    Audio reread (at 2x). 2.5 stars.This is a long meandering book that might have a plot. It establishes the family on Fraser’s Ridge and follows them for about a year. There are medical and military related story lines, and a lot happens in 1400 pages. Some highlights:• Clare sets up a penicillin factory on the mountain.• Jamie develops a foot fetish.• Bree takes on the persona of the Professor on Gilligan's Island.• The family seems to be an unhealthy obsession about knowing who Jemmy's biological father is.• Sadly Lord John only shows up in correspondence.• Ian mysteriously returns.• Clare starts having hot flashes.• Jamie turns 50 but is ok with it because he still gets morning wood.• Then there is poor, poor Roger. I am convinced that Diana Gabaldon hates him.I like to complain about this book. In a series of 8 books (for now) there is bound to be a stinker. It’s not really a stinker, it’s just not as good as the rest, and probably 500 pages too long. That being said, I love this series. I love Jamie and Clare. Good, bad or ugly, I am invested in it.Rating relative to the series overall.

  • Lucy
    2019-04-03 23:17

    The Fiery Cross is the fifth book in a series written by Diana Gabaldon about Clare Fraser, who can travel through time by touching stones (think stonehenge). The first time she time travelled, it was an accident. She travelled two-hundred years backward to the 1740s and met the love her life, Jamie Frasier, a Scottish highlander. Their love story has developed through out each of the books as Gabaldon details the historical setting that surrounds them. In The Fiery Cross, the year is 1771 and the unrest and dissatisfaction of the colonists in the New World are humming. Even though the author uses almost 1,000 pages, the story progresses less than a year through time. That's an awful lot of information, in my opinion, without anything really happening to the characters. Jamie continues to lead, Clare continues to freak out everyone by practicing 20th century medicine in the 18th century, Briana continues to nurse (I couldn't believe how often the author had to point that out to us readers. Her breasts are hardened with milk again????) and Roger continues to be a complete fish out of water. In fact, I believe this book gets read solely because it is part of a series where the reader is already attached to the main characters. Separate it from the other books, and The Fiery Cross is unnecessarily wordy and quite dull.This book came out four years after the previous book in this series, Drums of Autumn. Four years. I finished Drums of Autumn only few months ago and I was constantly confused by the many, many unimportant names of characters Gabaldon throws at her readers. Who? Is this important?Turns out, not really. My theory as to why she bothers making it so complicated is that she is trying to convince the masses that these books are much more than fantasy romance, but legitimate historical fiction. She makes her point. Gabaldon clearly has done a lot of research about the living conditions, medicinal remedies, and political atmosphere of the pre-revolutionary war colonies. She included it all and then some. Lots and lots of digression about medicine that Claire Fraser would not have learned or remembered from her med school days. They do not teach microbiology stain techniques, or pathology to the extent that she would be the expert she always ends up being. Gabaldon seems to forget that Clare was a surgeon, and since she rarely gets to do surgery, the author flaunts what she's learned about medicine elsewhere in the book and always uses Clare as her medium. I find it annoying. Clare wouldn't know all of that stuff and making her some sort of superbrain takes away from the realness of her character. Why can't Claire just be wrong...or simply not know? She's pigeonholed her greatest characters. Jamie must be uberbrave. Claire must be ubersmart. Throw in some nookie a few times and you've got your book.This took way too long for me to read. It simply wasn't very interesting. Until, of course, the very end. Around page 920, she finally threw in some of her good stuff - the time travel stuff. Genuine conflict and not just a side story that takes you somewhere for 100 pages without a purpose. Darn it...I'm going to have to read the next one!

  • Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
    2019-04-01 17:04

    This book starts off at The Gathering which is where all the Scots come together to see how everyone is and what's been going on. But that's only the tip of the iceberg of what all happens in these 1443 pages. The blurb makes you think that the book is a lot about the war but it's not. Wow! There are so many major things that happen in this book and one extremely shocking event. I just couldn't believe that Diana Gabladon did that to Roger and while she set up things nicely, it was still incomprehensible!! I keep wondering why she did that...I have an idea but I'm not sure if it will ever be addressed. I LOVED Jamie and Claire and Roger and Brianna and little Jemmy. I don't think I'll ever get tired of hearing about their family activities. I got a big kick out of how Roger was always watching Claire and Jamie as an example of how a good marriage should be.It was great seeing Jamie and Roger finally getting closer. I feel they were headed that way anyway but I hated what happened to make it even more so. (Poor Jamie)There's also sooo many funny lines. I especially loved the part where Claire is showing Jamie things in the microscope and he doesn't realize it's his sperm he's looking at:“I’ve never seen such a thing, Sassenach. Ye’d told me about the germs, aye, but I never in life imagined them so! I thought they might have wee teeth, and they don’t—but I never kent they would have such handsome, lashing wee tails, or swim about in such numbers.”I do have to say that I was apprehensive to start this book solely due to the length but once I started reading, I was happy to be back in Jamie and Claire's world. That doesn't mean there weren't problems because there were. There's just no way to sugar coat this....it's wwaaayyy too long. And it's really hard to say what could be edited because with all of DG's books, the little things tend to come back in a big way. Not so much this time. There were several things that were made up to be this big story and then just ended with nothing else being said. I have no idea if they will be addressed in future books or not. I think one of the problems is a lot of the times, the family will split up....for example, Jamie will be with Roger when something happens and when they get back to Claire and Brianna, you would expect some explaining or what they might do but nope, nothing. It's verra frustrating or maybe I'm just expecting too much. Also, there are more and more people and it's getting harder to remember everyone. I think that DG did a good job for the most part but all of a sudden, someone would pop up and it took a while for her to refresh you with who they are. There are also a lot of POV's and while I didn't really mind it, I just wish it was clearer in the beginning of who it was. Sometimes I found myself going back and rereading.All in all, maybe not the best book in the series but definitely one that a lot of major things happened. It took me awhile to get through it but I'm glad I did. Cover Talk: Not a big fan but one thing I can say is at least they are consistent. Favorite quotes: (again, I could go on and on but I will try to just put down my favorites)♥ “No matter what,” he whispered, “no matter where. No matter whether you’re there to hear or not—I’ll always sing for you.”♥ “Let the dead bury the dead, Sassenach,” he said softly. “The past is gone—the future is not come. And we are here together, you and I.”♥ “There may come a day when you and I shall part again,” he said softly, at last, and his fingers brushed my lips, light as the touch of a falling leaf. He smiled faintly. “But it willna be today.”♥ “He’s a man,” she said, “and that’s no small thing to be.”♥ “You’re beautiful to me, Jamie,” I said softly, at last. “So beautiful, you break my heart.”♥ "I love you, a nighean donn. I have loved ye from the moment I saw ye, I will love ye ’til time itself is done, and so long as you are by my side, I am well pleased wi’ the world.”♥ “When the day shall come, that we do part,” he said softly, and turned to look at me, “if my last words are not ‘I love you’—ye’ll ken it was because I didna have time.”

  • Matt
    2019-04-01 19:10

    Gabaldon invests much time and descriptive effort in this novel, which ties off many threads left dangling in DRUMS and introduces the reader to a plethora of new characters. The novel continues where DRUMS ended, at a a gathering of some of the Scottish colonial settlers. Brianna and Roger are set to marry and have their son, Jemmy, baptised. When a proclamation arrives from the Governor of North Carolina, everyone is put on notice that rebellion will not be tolerated against the British King. While local sheriffs wreak havoc on the matrimonial plans, those within the group are able to make some alternate arrangements, just as a missive arrives for Jamie. The Governor has tasked him to create a militia to quell dissent in the Colony, less a request than a directive. As everyone returns to Fraser's Ridge, Jamie begins making the necessary arrangements. An eventual battle ensues, pitting the militia against a group of Regulators, bound to fight against Britain's continued rule in the area. Roger becomes embroiled in events and suffers greatly for it, which draws the Frasers in closer to him, showing their familial strength. Brianna and Roger must also struggle with everything that relates to Jemmy and their larger relationship. Gabaldon shifts the romantic and relationship focus to the next generation of characters, putting Brianna, Roger, and Stephen Bonnet into a veritable parental triangle, as Roger struggles with Jemmy's potential parentage, going so far as to learn a little genetics from Claire to understand implications. Roger and Brianna must wrestle with much of the same issues Claire and Frank did years ago. Where Gabaldon left much of the awkwardness of the Claire-Frank-Jamie triangle to small crumbs in VOYAGER, a thorough exploration takes place herein, with some interesting insight to enlighten the reader. Claire's knowledge of history can be both a blessing and curse, as she watches Jamie prepare for the early stages of the War of Independence, sure to divide the colony and keep everyone on their toes. As old enemies return to tie off their storylines from novels past and new foes begin to lay roots for long-standing hatred, Jamie and his family grow closer through peril and tragedy, exemplifying that the family fabric can withstand much strain. With ghost bears and wild boars, snake bites and attempted executions, war drums and Scottish folk songs, the novel offers many a vignette to educate and entertain. Told in a way only Gabaldon could, the reader is in for a long and twisted story, but never left to drift too far off the beaten path.Some have commented that this book was a turning point in the Outlander series, as it dragged on and began to derail the built momentum. To those readers, I would acknowledge the freedom of expression, but also remind this posse that this is not a series for the feint of heart or easily bored. Much of Gabaldon's content does play a key role in later missives, as the reader will have discovered in this novel. While seemingly minor topics appear in the narrative, they become central with the reemergence of characters, or new spins on their placement in the larger narrative. There were sections of the book that did take up much space and might have been trimmed or edited out, but something tells me there is a reason for their inclusion and the reader can skim all they like, hoping a re-read is not necessary at a later point. That said, this being a re-read for me, I took away so much more than I had the first time around. The story's underlying history begins its necessary heating up and will only get stronger and more interesting as the series progresses. Gabaldon, like perhaps George RR Martin, can see the mighty forest for the acorns currently scattered on the ground, and for that we owe her the true benefit of the doubt. She's shown that she is in control and trust has long-since been earned.Kudos, Madam Gabaldon, for pressing on with your longest novel to date. Its content, though dense for some, proves highly attractive for the Outlander obsessed. Like/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/

  • Alaina Meserole
    2019-04-08 17:23

    Finally finished the 5th book in this series (sometime this month) and I'm getting to the review part - YAY!I kind of really wish these books were a lot smaller. They just take so much time to read and to absorb all of the information thrown at you. I need time to decide if I like the book, characters, storyline, and everything else. Also, things definitely dragged on. I didn't care about what the hell was happening for more than half of the book. It just seemed like I was reading so much unnecessary information.The Fiery Cross is about Brianna, Roger, and Stephen. Oh look! Another triangle with a dash of awkwardness. Then there's the details about Brianna and her freaking boobs - I was getting annoyed a lot in this book if you couldn't tell.Now don't get me wrong, I have liked (maybe loved) most of the books I've read in this series but this book was a toss up. It should have been a much smaller book with way more interesting details. Diana gave you unnecessary drama and pages and pages of worthless crap. You could probably skip tons of chapters and not miss anything later on.Unlike most of the book, the ending was a whole lot better and actually piqued my freaking interest. The ending is what makes me what to read the next book - which I already know is not a small one. I just hope it's a lot more interesting.

  • Angelica Juarez Gonzalez
    2019-04-06 23:15

    De todos los libros de la saga hasta ahora leídos con este perdí un poco el ritmo. Entre las ocupaciones diarias, la universidad que no daban tiempo a leer a gusto, me tarde indeseadamente a leerlo. ¡Y por fin lo hice! La historia no pierde cadencia, con una trama interesante, situaciones muy bien desarrolladas, personajes fascinantes, hasta los más secundarios tienen algo que contar aportando fundamento. El momento de lectura fue muy grato y emocionante. Curiosamente es el libro de la saga donde los protagonistas no están en Lallybroch. Ninguna parte y/o capitulo sucede ni da nombre y hasta eso extrañe. Además de Jenny, claro está. Continuando desde el final de Tambores de otoño con Brianna y Roger ya instalados en el cerro Fraser. Jamie y Claire se adaptan al entorno. Con un futuro tan incierto, la guerra de la regulación por venir y la revelación de que ambos mueren en un incendio en 1776.—Para mí eres hermoso, Jamie—dije al fin, suavemente—. Tan hermoso que me rompes el corazón. —Pero soy viejo—objetó, sonriente—. Ya tengo canas en la cabeza; mi barba se ha puesto gris. —Plateada—corregí. —Gris –insistió él, con firmeza—. Y, encima, escasa. Y aun así…— Sus ojos se ablandaron al mirarme—. Aun así, ardo cuando me acerco a ti, Sassenach; creo que así será hasta que ambos quedemos reducidos a cenizas.Jamie de abuelo; totalmente adorable.—Arroja eso al fuego, a chuisle, y te daré una zurra—le informo Jamie, afectuoso. Jem contrajo la frente e hizo un elocuente puchero, pero no arrojó la pelota a las llamas. —¿A chuisle?—repetí, tratando de imitar la pronunciación—. Ésa es nueva. ¿Qué significa? —Pues… —Él se frotó el puente de la nariz con un dedo—. Significa “mi sangre”. —¿Eso no se dice mo fuil? —Sí, pero ésa es la sangre que brota cuando te lastimas. A chuisle es algo así como… “Oh, tú, en cuyas venas corre mi propia sangre”. En general se lo dices sólo a los niños de tu familia. —Qué encantador.—Dejé mi taza vacía en el suelo para recostarme contra su hombro. Aún estaba cansada, pero la magia del vino había pulido los rudos bordes del agotamiento, dejándome agradablemente atontada—. ¿Se lo dirías a Germain? ¿O a Joan? ¿O acaso a chuisle tiene un sentido muy literal? —Como apelativo para Germain preferiría un petit enmerdeur –respondió, con un leve resoplido de diversión—. A Joan…. Sí, a la pequeña Joan le diría a chuisle. Es sangre del corazón, ¿comprendes? No sólo del cuerpo.Tres cosas:1. Me contento el regreso del joven Ian. 2. Eche de menos la aparición de Lord John Grey. Uf. Como me gusta. 3. Ya van cinco libros y todavía no develan (dicen) quien es el hombre que ve Frank Randall fuera de la casa en Inverness de 1945 observando a Claire por la ventana. NECESITO SABERRRRRRR! (view spoiler)[El experimento con la gema “confirmo” que Jemmy es hijo de Roger y por ende puede viajar en el tiempo como Claire y Brianna. Jamie no, lástima porque en mi mente lo imagine viajando al siglo XX. Ja!Ahora, en serio, siempre pensé que ESE hombre era Jamie. Pero como no es viajero ya no sé qué pensar. Y por la carta de Frank al reverendo Wakefield en el cuarto libro que Roger le recita a Jamie al final. Por citar algo: Y, sin embargo, investigué. Busqué al hombre, a Fraser, Y tal vez lo encontré. Al menos, encontré una persona con ese nombre y lo que pude averiguar coincidía con lo que Claire me había contado. Ya sea porque haya dicho la verdad, o porque convirtiera una ilusión en una experiencia real... bueno, había un hombre. ¡De eso estoy seguro!Y luego… Y, sin embargo- tengo una extraña sensación sobre James Fraser, casi un recuerdo, como si lo hubiera visto en alguna parte.Solo… ¡Ya no que pensar! Y también está la lápida falsa de Jamie en St. Kilda. Eso me enojo, no Frank. Me enoja cuando una autora quiere dejar mal a un buen personaje para justificar que la protagonista haya elegido a otro. Sorry, Diana, todo bien hasta ahí. Eso debí decirlo en la reseña de Tambores de otoño. Y por último… Stephen Bonnet y William Buccleigh MacKenzie deben morir @#%&*; El primero obvio; por traicionero. El segundo también y por hacerle eso a Roger, ¡Que como llore! (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Christy
    2019-04-02 17:19

    In the fifth installment of the Outlander series, time-traveler Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser and her eighteenth century husband, Jamie, have established their homestead on Fraser’s Ridge in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Grumblings among colonists against British tyranny have begun, and Jamie and Claire are resigned to the fact that the American Revolution will take place and there is nothing they can to do stop it. Although Jamie sympathizes with the colonists, his allegiance, for the time being, lies with William Tryon, Governor of North Carolina, who gave Jamie a land grant of 5000 acres in North Carolina, although Jamie is Catholic and this was forbidden at the time. When Governor Tryon appoints Jamie Colonel and asks he put down a forthcoming rebellion by the colonists (called Regulators) at Alamance, Jamie follows Highland tradition and calls together his fellow clansmen by burning a large cross, referred to as the Fiery Cross. Accompanied by Claire (acting as field surgeon) and Roger Wakefield, Jamie’s son-in-law, they journey to Alamance, where a brief but brutal skirmish takes place. This installment addresses interesting issues of the eighteenth century, including everyday mundane activities, medicinal herbs and treatments, Highland superstitions, and a wide array of characters, savory and otherwise, made all the more intriguing by the time period. The love story between Claire and Jamie, is, as always, in the forefront and continues forward as they age with each book. Recommended.

  • Grumpus
    2019-03-29 14:56

    Mundane. Crap.Not to say this was mundane crap, you have to read the period after the word mundane. Very important to interpret this as two separate thoughts.I’ve listened to the first four books in the Outlander series and have absolutely loved Davina Porter's narration. I have continued the series primarily because of her fantastic efforts. This being book #5, the story is getting weak. I trudged my way through this book only through the encouragement of my friends at the Audiobooks Group. It was a 50+ hour listen that I sped up 20% on fast speed using my Sansa Clip. The story was mundane. As a result, it seemed to drag on for an eternity save for the last 7 hours.Although I enjoyed reconnecting to the characters after about a year between this book and the previous, I was resigned to simply get through it and be done with the series. Curse those last 7 hours! Generally 7 hours make for an interesting stand-alone book and there was no exception here beside the fact they were at the end of the story. Suffice to say it was interesting enough for me to want to give the series another chance and now I must continue on with the next book.Crap. :-)

  • ❆ Crystal ❆
    2019-04-03 19:00

    Review for audiobook ~ 2.5 stars story ♫ 5 stars narration. I have to say that it takes talent to write a book of 1,443 pages with nothing really happening. This 55 hr:30 min audiobook was loooonnngggg and tedious at times. The only thing that saved the book for me was the extremely wonderful narration. This book was 1,000 pages too long and it could have easily been well told in 40o. I will listen to the series again, but I will skip this book. It was mostly filled with everyday life to the point of wanting to strangle myself. Compared to the first book of 800+ pages where I was afraid to blink to miss something really important... this book really fell flat for me. I get that her books are magic... they really are. And, it's enjoyable to hear about daily life but NOT to this extent. I'm already not really a fan of Brianna, but after all of her breast feeding/leaking/squirting/squeezing/draining etc I was sick to death of her and her breast. I could not wait for Jemmy to move onto solid foods and give up the boob. When events of significance did manage to pop up (few and far between) there wasn't as much detail and it felt like they were just ended abruptly to move onto the more boring subject of blood types, or what was in the pantry... I don't know how to explain but the important issues were just dropped when I would have enjoyed hearing more. Luckily I have heard that this is a one of a kind in the series... the next books pick back up and for that I'm thankful. The narration by Davina Porter is just fantastic. I can't say enough good things about Davina Porter. She is just magical. And, personally, I think she shares in my dislike of Brianna as there were times she made her character sound a shrill as I imagine her to be. Porter get 5 stars once again!

  • Arya *Bibliomaniac!* Fraser Stark
    2019-04-20 18:05

    It's done. It's over. **faints**Review to come. 6/2/16Ok, folks, here comes THE REVIEW..You might want to put on a seat belt. There is a LOT to say for this one.....Ok. This book. Ahem.If you already read it, you probably know the first thing on anyones review is that the book was SLOW. And I mean agonizingly, bang head on the wall, scream in frustration SLOW.Fifteen. Thats the number of chapters that was spent, in essence, on one scene. Thats right, the great Gathering. Where many things were supposed to happen, that after fifteen, nay, nearly twenty, if we include the Gathering wrap-up clean up, finally happened. It was agonizing, torturous, and it didn't help that I fell asleep every time I tried to read it. (ok...I could watch that duck forever...especially the little head shake in the end. <3 Seriously, look at it. Look at it! ....Ok..Moving on....ugh. LOOK AT IT! Great, now I'm like Gabaldon, unable to move past a Gathering, er, duck viewing....)The rest of the book didn't really improve. It continued it's crawling pace, and it took me many days to even finish two chapters at a time. I started to use it as a pre-curser to my naps for Sassenachs sake! I kid you not; My Da would pop his head in, see me with the book, say that he'd wake me in two hours. Near the very end, maybe 85% in (not that I was carefully keeping track of when it would end), she sparked a little, little more interest with her murder mystery at the plantation. THAT was another marriage and gathering that took FOREVER, mind you. And was way too much a rip off of Gone with the Wind, if you ask me. Gabaldon realized it so much that she even had Claire MENTION how much it was like that particular book. That bothers me, where they can't come up with enough description and such on their own, that they have to reference another book that is so far of time period wise, even if Claire was from that time period, I just...UGH. I might get some haters here because sure, it was similar, both scenes WERE on a lazy summer day at a plantation...but alas. She fought for plot by random scenes hunting down Stephen Bonnet...which again, as far as villains go...is a disappointment, since my standards are B. J. Randall high. Bonnet is freaking Puff the Magic Dragon in comparison. Ugh, my Randall! My Heart Throb! Just...just look at him!LOOK AT HIM!! This is one of my favs - whoever did this one is awesome. Yeah yeah, I'm a bit crooked, but when Randall was in the books, he and the situations actually pulled EMOTIONS from me. So...That's why he is a big plus. No judging. Anyways, where was I? Oh yeah, Bonnet being Puff the Magic Dragon. And how it should have been reversed in my mind - Randall lived, Bonnet dies. Please and thank you.Can we make Claire go back to the past past and somehow save Randall or...or SOMEONE? I volunteer as tribute. *throws self at stones*And then...then...the most severe of errors in the book that PISSED ME OFF ROYALLY...Jamie was bit by a 'poisonous' snake....I'll give you a second to see what was wrong there. ....Nobody? A poisonous snake? I mean really? REALLY?Did you touch a venomous ivy while you were at it? Snakes are VENOMOUS. And since she bothered to specify WHAT sort of snake it was (yes some snakes may excreet POISON from their scales/skin, like tree frogs), it further pissed me off; RATTLESNAKES EXPELL VENOM! VENOM!!!!!!.A quick review, lads and lasses;Venomous,Poisonous(wait...why is he touching that? No, stop that, don't do that. Stop.)Venemous...NOT POISONOUS(Damn...that...that has to be painful...)Learn this lesson well, Gabaldon. Don't disappoint me again. Other than that...Not one of my favorites from the series...but based off the reviews of the next book, it should improve. So...cheers to that. I WILL hold my breath....So...you better deliver.

  • Tania
    2019-04-08 18:56

    This was too long, way too long. I think part of this authors charm is that there is always some meandering between the important scenes, but in this book it felt like she was just going on and on about nothing, and I often found myself, thinking about other things instead of following these rantings. I still enjoyed the narration and the humour. I also feel that I understand Claire much better, we get to know her not only as Jamie's lover but also as a healer, a mother and a person. She has now become my favorite person in the series. Lastly I liked reading about life in the colonies.I hope the book six is more focused, otherwise I'll have to give up on this series.

  • Hannah Rae
    2019-04-01 18:19

    Boy, I'll tell you what: Diana Gabaldon sure does have a lot to say.It took me approximately 350 pages to actually become interested in this book, which is the reason why I'm giving it 4 stars instead of 5, but I did really enjoy the last 1093 pages of the book. I mean, Jamie and Claire have the most unbelievable adventures and even though some of them are so very far-fetched, I need to know what will happen next. ***SPOILERS AHEAD***Things I need to know:1. Where did Stephen Bonnett get shot: in the hand, in the nuts, or both?2. Did Stephen Bonnett survive?3. Can Stephen Bonnett roll his tongue? Could he still be Jemmy's father?4. Why did Ian leave his wife?5. What else is in that time traveler's journal and are there other time travelers wandering around?6. Is Jenny going to come to America so she can see Ian again? 7. If Jenny does come to America, what will she say about Ian's face tattoos?!8. Is Bree pregnant again?9. Is Roger bound to experience yet ANOTHER near-death experience?10. What's Jocasta going to do with all that gold?So even though Jamie and Claire have some unfathomable experiences, and even though Diana Gabaldon sometimes uses too many words to tell a story (as IF I could forget the color of Jamie's red hair... and how it glints in the sunlight...), I really have no choice but to continue with the series.

  • Lucia
    2019-04-20 20:18

    “I love you, a nighean donn. I have loved ye from the moment I saw ye, I will love ye ’til time itself is done, and so long as you are by my side, I am well pleased wi’ the world.”I have to admit that this is my least favourite book out of all Outlander novels so far. Yet, it was better than the majority of the books I have read in my life. Outlander world has completely consumed my life and I am not complaining. On the contrary, I am already looking forward to reading next instalment. Bring it on DG :)To read my reviews of previous books, click on pic:...

  • Suzie
    2019-03-31 21:20

    I originally gave this 4 stars, because I hesitate to give any “romance novel” 5. But this isn’t a romance novel. It’s a story about a family whose love for each other transcends the boundaries of time. Cheesy and cliché, I know, but true. Outlander began as a guilty pleasure, but the series has morphed into something much more profound and worthwhile since then. I’m impressed with Gabaldon’s ability to ease in new characters throughout her books. Usually in a long series, I’m wary to welcome new people on the cast list. In Fiery Cross, by the time you realize these new people are main characters and here to stay, you’re already in love with them. Gabaldon knows her characters, and helps her readers know them as well. I was annoyed at first at her overuse of the same descriptions of Jamie’s wide smile, long nose, ruddy hair, his inability to wink (so he always blinks, like an owl), and all of the mouth twitching and Scottish grunting. It’s these consistent descriptions, though, that endear him to me.Gabaldon’s vivid narratives and attention to detail are what continue to draw me to these books. Intoxicating imagery of Scottish Highlands and North Carolina’s back country spills from each page and sucks you into her world. She’s especially sensitive to sounds and smells – two senses that are overlooked in some storytelling. I find it appropriate that Claire is Gabaldon’s most descriptive character, given her background in science. It warms my heart whenever Claire describes her latest autopsy, amputation or treatment of smallpox. For that matter, Claire is a woman to be reckoned with. Not only does she repeatedly escape burning at the stake for witchcraft, she also cultivates penicillin in colonial America, sets her own broken nose, serves as a medic for three major wars, and has seen more blood and carnage than most men of the time. Despite all of that, she’s still able to respect her husband’s traditional pride. Claire and Jamie are in their 50’s now, and still madly in love. I hope my marriage is that lively in 30 years.Fiery Cross gets a higher rating than the others because its characters and their trials have a special place in my heart. The first person that comes to mind is Roger. I am tense with fear whenever danger comes near him. “No! Leave him alone! He’s been through enough!” The loss of his beautiful voice left me in tears. Gabaldon masterfully subjects her best characters to tragedy after tragedy, shaping and molding them with scars and grief recovered.

  • kingshearte
    2019-04-20 16:18

    "The year is 1771, and war is coming. Jamie Fraser's wife tells him so. Little as he wishes to, he must believe it, for hers is a gift of dreadful prophecy - a time-traveler's certain knowledge. Claire's unique view of the future has brought him both danger and deliverance in the past; her knowledge of the oncoming revolution is a flickering torch that may light his way through the perilous years ahead - or ignite a conflagration that will leave their lives in ashes..."Book 5. And frankly, they're starting to wear a little thin. I think the author suffers a little from Dickens syndrome: there's just too damn much in the book. There are just so many things that happen in the book, and while none of it is poorly-written or even uninteresting, there are just too many events that have no direct bearing or influence on the main storyline... If there were one. Which is really the crux of the problem. She does a pretty good job of showing snippets of the lives of these people, but there's no real over-reaching narrative. Which I suppose makes it more realistic, because let's face it; how many of our lives have nice tidy arcs to them? However, I expect something like that from a biography. From a work of fiction, I want a beginning, a middle, and a defined end. I want an arc. I want to feel like the story is moving toward some kind of resolution, rather than just... moving. The first two books in the series had definite arcs, definite end-points you felt you were moving toward. The third one almost had three separate arcs to it, and the fourth one, despite a whole lot of extraneous material, could be said to have one over-reaching arc, but this one? This one felt more like the author didn't really know what point she was trying to reach, and she just kept writing until she figured the book was long enough (which, if you ask me, she overshot by several hundred pages). It doesn't really end in a logical place. It just stops.As a result of all this, it was kind of a slog to get through this book. Which really is kind of a shame, because as I said, the first two were really very good. But, being this far in, I feel compelled to finish the series - at least as far as it goes so far - so I will read the next one. But not just yet. In a while, I'll start fresh with it.

  • AH
    2019-04-13 17:16

    About 3.5 stars for me.I listened to the audiobook version of this book - all 55 hours of it. Yup, 55 hours. Luckily, the narrator Davina Porter is amazing and she does make the book come alive.I've listened to the first 4 books in this series back to back and now it is time for a break. While I love Jamie and Claire, I kind of don't have the same feelings for Brianna. The historical aspect of the book is interesting however I feel that it would be incredibly difficult for someone to jump from the 1970's to the 1700's without making some gaffes. As I listened to the book, I thought about all the things we take for granted like electricity, indoor plumbing, sanitation, vaccines, household appliances, big box stores, etc. and wondered how I would do without. Anyhow, I'll get back to this series as the TV show catches up. Can't wait for that!

  • Brooklyn Tayla
    2019-04-09 18:05

    Actual rating 3 and a half stars, but excuse me while I blankly stare at the wall again from feelings. Truthfully I didn't know when I'd even get around to finishing this, because the first half I found to be so dragging and tiresome; where not a lot was happening across lots of pages. Don't get me wrong; I'm in love with a series and it's characters; but after such an entire book 4 it was highly difficult to grasp my mind around this first half.Then something happened involving a certain someone; and holy hell this book turned itself on its head. And then I was once again embraced by all those Outlandish feels that I do so love; and having finished this now I'm still thinking about everything that I've just read.