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A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander) Mass Market Paperback – April 29, 2008
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“Fans of Diana Gabaldon’s popular Outlander series have another rousing historical-science-fiction-romance novel to savour in A Breath of Snow and Ashes…. For fans, this book is another slam-dunk hit. It’s a massive, long-lasting source of entertainment.” — The Gazette (Montreal)
Praise for Diana Gabaldon:
“Riveting. Gabaldon has a true storyteller’s voice.”—The Globe and Mail
“Triumphant. . . . Her use of historical detail and truly adult love story confirm Gabaldon as a superior writer.”—Publishers Weekly
“Diana Gabaldon is a born storyteller. . . . The pages practically turn themselves.”—Arizona Republic
"Readers will find every expectation fulfilled.... The large scope of the novel allows Gabaldon to do what she does best, paint in exquisite detail the lives of her characters."—Booklist
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Ordinarily, I am impatient of a lot of description, do a lot of skimming, and want to get down to the meat and potatoes of the plot. But not in this book. Every vignette, even if not central to the plot, is vivid and fascinating, giving the reader a glimpse into life in those days. I found myself devouring every word, enjoying the journey rather than being in a rush to the destination. Gabaldon is just such an incredible writer; such an imagination - you find it hard to believe she wasn't actually there. And when Jamie says things like "If I die, dinna follow me. The bairns will need ye. Stay for them. I can wait." I find myself crying and feeling like an idiot, since this is fiction, but it touches me so.
Unlike Fiery Cross, this book is much faster moving, with no long descriptions of diaper-changing. Brianna and Roger seem to have found their places at Fraser's Ridge . . . Brianna is much more likeable, much more mature, and a lot less whiny. And, of course, Claire and Jamie are featured very prominently . . . it's still their series. There's action, adventure, abduction, illness, war, and of course, sex.
A book more in the tradition of Voyager and Drums of Autumn . . . I wasn't disappointed.
Gabaldon's conceit, for those new to the books, is that certain individuals are able to pass from one century to another by means of ancient circles of standing stones. In OUTLANDER, the first volume, Claire time-travels quite by accident while vacationing in the Highlands; from 1946 she is hurtled back some 200 years, when the Jacobites, Scottish supporters of Bonnie Prince Charlie, were fighting to oust the English and reestablish their own king. She meets and marries Jamie, but after the rebels are crushed at Culloden in 1745 and he is condemned to death, she returns to modern life (and her bemused 20th-century husband) to save her unborn child.
Sounds pretty crazy, but Gabaldon makes it plausible because her research is so meticulous and her characters so sympathetic: heroic, yet attractively flawed. You get to know the central quartet --- Jamie, Claire, Brianna and Roger --- especially well, since they take turns narrating the book.Read more ›
I liked it and read it because I love the characters, but not even close to the fun of the first two books.
I loved the ending of Voyager-- Jamie and Claire washed up on the shore of the New World, and when he introduced themselves as "the Frasers", it was a hard-earned privilege after spending three books hiding their identities. It hinted at a fresh start and great things to come for the two of them. The ending of ABOSAA, on the other hand, just depressed me. They're both in their 60s, and they have to start all over *again*?? Like much of the last half of the book, it also seemed slapdash.
The book's biggest problem is that there is no overarching plotline driving the story, no major question that has to be answered. The reader is simply left to wander through the complex brambles of pre-Revolutionary American politics with characters that he or she doesn't even like that much...(excepting Claire and Jamie, of course).
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But for today I will devour all of Diana Gabaldon's words. Thank you Katie for introducing me to this incredible person. Read morePublished 4 hours ago by Amazon Customer
You know if you're in Outlander fan reviews don't matter, right? But this one picks up the pace again after a slow fifth book.Published 1 day ago by Happy Consumer
I keep saying I am not going to read the next book of the series, but so good. I love the history background.Published 1 day ago by BP
This book was the most surprising so far as far as the plot was concerned. There were so many situations that gave no clue to what was coming next. I could't put this one down.Published 2 days ago by katiepat
A lot going on in this one and it moves faster than Fiery Cross, which is definitely a good thing! You get more involved with Brianna and Roger and I love that Young Ian has way... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Brooke Towner
I strongly dislike when people post a review and reveal most of the story line. It's a great series for those who like history, sci fi, and romance.(No spoilers here)Published 2 days ago by marlas7