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Time traveler’s certain knowledge Claire’s uniue view of the future has brought him both danger and deliverance in the past; her knowledge of the onco. 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 fantasyromancehistoricaltime traveleverything 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 RidgeI 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 following1 She repeatedly overuses some wordsphrases 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 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 Blech3 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 must Roger endure Just let him stay home for a couple of chapters Sheesh4 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 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 onAnd 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 uite nicely if you know what I mean and if you don t read the book Gabaldon will make it uite 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 uote 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 twoCross posted at This Insignificant Cinder

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Ming 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 ash. 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 uell dissent in the Colony less a reuest 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 pathSome 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 than I had the first time around The story s underlying history begins its necessary heating up and will only get stronger and 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 earnedKudos Madam Gabaldon for pressing on with your longest novel to date Its content though dense for some proves highly attractive for the Outlander obsessed Likehate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at

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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. 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 editingYou 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

About the Author: Diana Gabaldon

Diana Jean Gabaldon Watkins grew up in Flagstaff Arizona and is of Mexican American and English descent She has earned three degrees a BS in Zoology a MS in Marine Biology and a PhD in EcologyShe currently lives in Scottsdale Arizona

10 thoughts on “The Fiery Cross

  1. says:

    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 convinc

  2. says:

    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 fe

  3. says:

    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 Fras

  4. says:

    When I finished this my knee jerk reaction was to give it a 4 star However after some consideration I have to be honest w

  5. says:

    I DID IT I FINISHED THIS HULKING BEAST OF A BOOK The Fiery Cross is the fifth book in Arizona woot author Diana

  6. says:

    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 wou

  7. says:

    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

  8. says:

    Went something like this50 chapters of camping and sexual frustration where nothing really happensNothing happens repeatedly50 chapters of a wedding with a LOT of sexual frustration followed by a murder most foul an autopsy and sex in the stab

  9. says:

    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 th

  10. says:

    Audio reread at 2x 25 starsThis 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

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