Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Fiery Cross (Outlander, #5) by Diana Gabaldon

The Fiery Cross (Outlander, #5)Title: The Fiery Cross
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Series: 5th in Outlander Series
Published: October 2002 by Delta
Pages: 976
ISBN: 9780385336765
Source: Personal Copy

Description: 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.
Born in the year of Our Lord 1918, Claire Randall served England as a nurse on the battlefields of World War II, and in the aftermath of peace found fresh conflicts when she walked through a cleftstone on the Scottish Highlands and found herself an outlander, an English lady in a place where no lady should be, in a time — 1743 — when the only English in Scotland were the officers and men of King George’s army.  Now wife, mother, and surgeon, Claire is still an outlander, out of place, and out of time, but now, by choice, linked by love to her only anchor — Jamie Fraser. Her 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....

I Give This ... 

I can see were others would begin to fall out of love with the Outlander series at this point.  They are tedious and heavy books that take awhile to read.  But, I still thoroughly enjoyed this one. I do wonder about some of the details.  It's almost like the editors were afraid to tell Gabaldon that she needed to take some things out.  And, it also feel like not a lot happens.  At the end, I came to conclude that it's a setup book.  It's preparing to you for things to come.  While the overall content of the book is basically day to day living on the ridge, there are events that happen that are important to the future.  I was completely dumbfounded with what happens to Roger.  There are some tense moments with the local wild life (including a snake and a buffalo).  I wish we could have gotten so more closure with Stephen Bonnet, but have come to accept that it isn't time yet.  I loved the interactions between the characters.  I loved what happens with Ian at the end.  But, most of all, this particular book just made me think.  I began to wonder if it's truly possible for a time traveler to change what happens?  And if they do, what might the consequences be?  



  1. I'm glad to hear you're still enjoying the series. I've only read the first book but have the second waiting on my ereader (it's the only way I want to read these big books).

  2. I couldn't believe how much of this book took place in just one day! So much filler. No wonder they're so thick, and they keep getting thicker. It's like one of those tv episodes that is also filler but you have to watch through in order to see what all the action will be next. I really, really want to revisit this series but I'll still wait for all the books to be written before I start them again.

  3. I just bought the first book in this series for my Nook....

  4. The 1st and the 3rd are my favorites so far in this series!


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