Cusromer reviews have trashed this novel in the Outlander series while praising all others. If you have read all in the series could you tell me if it is important to read The Feiry Feiry Cross or could it be skipped without interrupting the continuity of the series?
Don't skip this book, you'll regret it. The series is really like one continuous story. If any books are too long, listen to the audio version. I've listening to the audiobooks since Drums of Autumn, made the whole experience so much more enjoyable.
Just finished A Breath of Snow and Ashes, and before I skim through Fiery Cross trying to find Jem's formal name (what is it?), I'm confused by Bree's reaction to the name on top of the box with Jamie's letter(s), pg. 978 ... "Jeremiah Alexander Ian Fraser MacKenzie ... Who is that?" Have read all six books in as many months, so I may have missed something, but isn't that Jem's name? Why wouldn't she or Roger recognize it? Maybe she was joking and I was looking so hard in these last chapters for a tease re: book 7? I feel like such a dunce; can anyone help me? I'm probably just experiencing Outlander overload ... Thanks!
I love this book so much, yes it is long and loaded w/ lovely vignettes of every day life. Not as much of a plot so much as a continuation of the story of a marriage. It has one of the best best lines I have every read in a book. even now, years later I get tears and chill bumps from this line...... Jamie to Claire "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."
I am a little embarassed about how in love w/ Jamie Fraser I am. I can't wait for echo in the bone.
You are not the only one who is in love with him :) I love that he is flawed too, but oh so perfect at other moments.
That is a great line....I am over 500 pages through this book it is finally picking up. I love all the books, but this one was a slow starter for me. I am looking forward to 6 and then finally 7 when it comes out.
<<That is a great line....I am over 500 pages through this book it is finally picking up. I love all the books, but this one was a slow starter for me. I am looking forward to 6 and then finally 7 when it comes out.>>
The beginning of TFC IS slow, but I have to say that the second half of the book may be my favorite chunk in the whole series (not counting the entirety of Outlander). So much great stuff in the second half of TFC.
Oh i agree entirely with you J. Bergin. Yes, it was slow. However, I love the scenes of daily life. I can't stop thinking about the part where Jamie is snakebitten. I can't wait to get home from work, so I can pick up where I left off. The scenes between him and Claire are so heartwrenching....
The question: did I miss what happened to Murtagh? I honestly don't remember why he wasn't in this book. Is he in Scotland?
The comment: I think my favorite parts are when the modern meets the historical. In Dragonfly, you have this scene where Claire is so happy to have her legs and underarms waxed as it is a nod to her "modern" hygiene while Jamie is poleaxed by her yanking the hair from its roots and did it mean he was a beast in her eyes. Even funnier in this book is Jamie's education on the biological "bird and bees", seeing sperm for the first time, and then becoming obsessively concerned about them being trapped inside him. I'm slowly reading/listening to these books as a means of prolonging the experience. I'll pick up the next one soon...
I have read all 7 books, every word of the first 6 and most of book 7 (I did skim a few sections). I've read Outlander three times and will definitely re-read Dragonfly in Amber and A Breath of Snow and Ashes. I think you can skip both Drums of Autumn and The Fiery Cross without missing anything you need to know to move forward into A Breath of Snow and Ashes. I hated Drums of Autumn and loathed The Fiery Cross but thought A Breath of Snow and Ashes got the series back on track. (FWIW, I read a lot of 19th century fiction. I don't mind a slow pace per se if the writing is good. I made it through Middlemarch. But when nothing important happens to formerly-interesting-but-now-boring people in almost 2000 pages, that's too much for me even if the writing is good.) Patched together, uneven and occasionally ridiculous as it was, a lot actually happens in An Echo in the Bone, so you probably need to read it to make sense of what's coming next.