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A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander) Mass Market Paperback – April 29, 2008
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After waiting nearly four years since The Fiery Cross (2001), readers will find every expectation fulfilled in the sixth book of the popular Outlander series. Gabaldon shines as she unfolds the continuing story of the Frasers, heartbreakingly heroic highlander Jamie and his time-traveling wife Clare. Set during the three years leading up to the American Revolution, this compulsively readable mix of authentically set historical fiction and completely satisfying romance maps both violent loss and strong family ties. On the eve of war much is changing on Fraser's Ridge and Jamie and Claire encounter much harm. This vivid and haunting novel, therefore, brings an aching sadness, but it is balanced with sheer joy, revelation, and solace. The large scope of the novel allows Gabaldon to do what she does best, paint in exquisite detail the lives of her characters. Gabaldon's ability to invoke the heroic and the harrowing writ large, while also creating moments where you dare not take a breath for fear of missing something tiny and fine, is her hallmark. For it is in describing the sound of rain on the roof, Jamie's injured hand, or the understanding between father and daughter that the world of the novel comes alive and offers readers an enthralling experience. Neal Wyatt
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“The sixth instalment of the adventures of Claire and Jamie Fraser, already number one on the bestseller list, is a whopping 980 pages of action-packed escapism. It also has surprisingly melancholy and insightful views on the experience of growing old and dealing with the losses that entails…. One of the things that sets Gabaldon apart from other romance writers is exhaustive research of the times in which her characters live, so evident in her attention to period detail…. plot lines and stand-alone yarns are expertly woven together with the overall theme of impending doom and the question of predetermination.” — The Toronto Star
“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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The first two books have been excellently adapted for television by the Starz network. Mostly filmed in Scotland, the scenery is breathtaking. The sets and costumes are painstakingly accurate and award-winning. Fans are sitting on the edge of their seats awaiting the third season.
You will have to excuse me now. My downloading of the next book has just finished and I have to start reading it!!
Diana Gabaldon’s writing is flawless, the pacing was just right and while there are some funny moments, there’s a certain wistfulness at the end, making me feel a bit melancholy.
The Fiery Cross (Outlander #5) was such an EPIC disappointment that I was nervous going in toA Breath of Snow and Ashes. Fear not, I absolutely LOVED this book and what a relief!!!! Seriously, I loved it.
Oh the DRAMA!!! And the scandalous revelations were jaw-dropping moments!! I think that’s what made this book so completely fabulous.
So much happens to Claire and then to Jamie and Claire as a couple. It’s what made the first four books of the series so fantastic and we see it in this one as well. Even though they go through so much, the love they have for each other is unyielding.
“I cried then, holding nothing back. For empty years, yearning for the touch of a hand. Hollow years, lying beside a man I had betrayed, for whom I had no tenderness. For the terrors and doubts and griefs of the day. Cried for him and me and for Mary MacNab, who knew what loneliness was—and what love was, as well.”
Also, there’s more information shared for a few of the supporting characters, especially Ian who absolutely broke my heart. He still remains my favorite and Lizzie left me speechless! Don’t even get me started on Malva.
As per usual I’m overly vague saying too much and nothing at all.
If you gave up reading this series because of The Fiery Cross, give it another try because this book makes up for it big time.
PS: I’ve already started An Echo in the Bone (Outlander #7) *wink*
This is one of the best series I've ever read. However, with each new book the story gets longer and longer. Here's what I mean: The first book was just over 300 pages and each of the new books is between 500 and 900 pages long. It's becoming at epic EPIC. While I love the story and the characters, I'm beginning to tire of the sheer length of the story. I would suggest to the author that she consider paring down some of her story in the future.
All that being said.... I read every word and was enchanted, intrigued and spellbound. I could not stop reading. Claire and Jamie are two of the most entertaining people I've ever had the privilege to spy upon.