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The Fiery Cross (Outlander) Mass Market Paperback – August 30, 2005
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The fiery cross, once used to summon Highland clans to war, now beckons readers to take up Diana Gabaldon's fifth installment in the Outlander series featuring the time-traveling Frasers. Historical fiction fans who have waited four long years since the publication of Drums of Autumn will thrill to Gabaldon's trademark detail and sensuality, both displayed liberally throughout the nearly 1,000 pages of The Fiery Cross. In this pre-Revolutionary War period, Claire Fraser and her husband, Jamie, have crossed oceans and centuries to build a life together in the bucolic beauty of North Carolina. But tensions both ancient and recent threaten not only Claire and James, but their daughter, Brianna, her new husband, Roger, and their infant son, Jemmy, as well as members of their clan. Gabaldon delivers on what she does best: poignant storylines, empathetic characters, meticulous detail, and searing passion. Savor every carefully chosen word, readers; it may be a long time until the next installment! --Alison Trinkle --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Get ready for Gabaldon. Starting in July, the publisher will set the stage for her latest by actively promoting her backlist titles featuring 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser. In the new novel, Jamie learns from his 20th-century wife that the American Revolution is coming.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Why write ANOTHER review?
First, to give author Diana Gabaldon her due. Not only did she write this long novel (plus seven more, plus some related novellas and such), and keep it endlessly entertaining with vivid characters and fresh plot twists galore. No, that was not enough. She had to write some of the most vivid sweet prose around. Over and over I found gems--dozens of them. They are the kind of verbal jewels that make any author gasp and say "I wish I wrote that." What a feast!
Second, to comment on my fellow readers. While reading OUTLANDER it seemed Gabaldon was everywhere. I recently transitioned six times through airports. EVERY airport had someone reading a Gabaldon paperback. Most readers had no idea what was going on around them because they were clearly a couple centuries back, in Scotland. I wonder how many missed their flights?
Third, to comment on copy editing (as I usually do). This is a long book. I did spot some errors in my Kindle version but, compared to many ebooks, not many errors. Room for improvement but overall pretty good--better than most, for sure.
The odds are slim that anyone will encounter this five-star review in the vast ocean of existing appreciation for this delightful book and its author. If, perchance, a live person actually reads this review, please let me know with a "helpful" vote. I'll know it's a good day to buy a lottery ticket.
Next up: Dragonfly in Amber: A Novel (Outlander)
How sad that people clamor over the 50 Shades of .... books. This is so much more fulfilling. As "romance" novels have become more bold and inclusive of explicit dialog I find myself skipping through that. Been there done that. Insert Tab A into Slot B... etc. etc. borING. I want the emotion and feeling of the relationship.
Diana delivers the emotion, sights, sounds, smells, triumphs and failures with her words. She always finds alliterative and clever phrasing to bring everything alive - whether it is a trip across the sea or a dangerous encounter or mundane every tasks or Clare and Jamie enjoying the delights of each other intimately. The characters live and breathe.
There are not many books I reread. I am glad I chose to reread the Outlander Series. There is so much richness and depth I had forgotten. I also note things I missed the first time which deepen the experience of the stories.
These are excellent stories with something for most everyone.
This was a difficult novel for me to review, because for every aspect I liked about it, there was something I disliked. A few examples:
1. The writing is quite good. There are passages with amazing descriptions; there are paragraphs packed with emotion and brilliant word-weaving. And there are long passages that do little to nothing to advance the plot and feel like filler.
2. Jamie Fraser’s character is extremely well-drawn. He is complex and comes alive off the pages as an honourable, endearing man despite his flaws. I understand his motivations and why he acts as he does. Claire, on the other hand, I never felt I understood as well, which is odd since the novel is written in first person. She seemed a bit inconsistent, at times acting the perfect 18th Century lady, but at others acting more modern than a woman of the 1940s. I also never felt as sympathertic to her, especially because sometimes her actions were foolish and served to endanger herself, Jamie, and others. She is supposed to be intelligent and well-travelled. She should understand that as a stranger in a strange land one should try to follow local customs and listen to the local guides to avoid calamity.
3. I like novels with action and adventure. This novel had plenty of that. I also like a good villain and Black Jack Randall was a fantastic villain who I loved to hate. I don’t mind reading about blood, beatings, or even torture—if they advance the plot or are used for character development. I do mind such things when they are used wantonly, seeming to feed a fetish rather than to serve the story. There is plenty of blood and pain in this novel, especially in the latter part. I think, however, that the same ending could have been achieved without the gratuitous sexual assault.
4. And concerning the sex—there was a lot of it in this novel. Sex is another thing I don’t mind reading about, but it should be used to advance the plot or illuminate something important about the characters. While most of the sex scenes were well-written and several were vital to the storyline, some did feel like filler.
Overall, I like this book. I plan on keeping it in my library. Unfortunately, the truly amazing aspects of it are tempered by numerous drawbacks.