The Fiery Cross

The Fiery Cross

Book - 2001
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Crossing the boundaries of genre with its unrivalled storytelling, Diana Gabaldon's new novel is a gift both to her millions of loyal fans and to the lucky readers who have yet to discover her. In the ten years since her extraordinary debut novel, Outlander, was published, beloved author Diana Gabaldon has entertained scores of readers with her heart-stirring stories and remarkable characters. The four volumes of her bestselling saga, featuring eighteenth-century Scotsman James Fraser and his twentieth-century, time-travelling wife, Claire Randall, boasts nearly 5 million copies in the U.S. The story of Outlander begins just after the Second World War, when a British field nurse named Claire Randall walks through a cleft stone in the Scottish highlands and is transported back some two hundred years to 1743. Here, now, is The Fiery Cross, the eagerly awaited fifth volume in this remarkable, award-winning series of historical novels. The year is 1771, and war is approaching. Jamie Fraser's wife has told him so. Little as he wishes to, he must believe it, for hers is a gift of dreadful prophecy - a time-traveller's certain knowledge. To break his oath to the Crown will brand him a traitor; to keep it is certain doom. Jamie Fraser stands in the shadow of the fiery cross - a standard that leads nowhere but to the bloody brink of war. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, 2001.
ISBN: 9780385256650
0385256655
Characteristics: 979 p.

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claire1953
Sep 19, 2017

So far, this is my least favorite of the first five books. Some of the sub-plots go on much too long. At 1400 pages, the numerous and often superfluous descriptions take away from the story and the characters. I will read on because I love the main characters a Claire and Jamie but not without taking a break.

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wrenbrin
Jul 31, 2016

Enjoy the series very much. I do not feel that this series should be consider a bodice ripper though. Series does not disappoint!

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DorisWaggoner
Jun 15, 2015

This one begins veeeery slowly, picks up speed wonderfully toward the end. Gabaldon knows how to keep the reader involved, mostly. What she's best at is character development, and particular scenes. She certainly knows early parenthood, and I adore Jemmy, a very particular child who must be modeled after one she knows, he's so alive. Roger, whose greatest gift has been taken from him, finds several new ones. There's a stunning scene between Claire and Brianna, when Claire's just had a patient die, thinks it's her fault, and has no one to talk to--until her daughter offers understanding. Some characters disappear, and some we thought were gone forever reappear. I have no idea how she keeps this many characters, and this complex a total plot, in her head over all the years it's taken her to write them. Can't wait to read the next one. I fortuitously started with the first one, then was able to read in order. The only problem is I lose so much sleep while reading one!

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rachelpisano
Jun 09, 2014

I cant wait to read the final book!!! I do however wish this series NEVER ENDED!!!

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ZenSojourner
May 21, 2014

NOT SF/F. Bodice ripper. I am really tired of having stuff like this foisted off on me as SF/F. This should be listed only under "romance novels". Even for a bodice ripper I find this series particularly brainless and unbelievable. I'm sure the author is weeping all the way to the bank. See my comments on the originating novel "Outlander" for a more descriptive comment.

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RLoewens
Feb 08, 2014

One of my favorite books in this series! Great character development and plot turns that make it impossible not to go right to the next installment!

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Cathy1123
Aug 06, 2012

I liked this one as much as her previous books in this series.

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elysecarney
Jul 03, 2011

Another great continuation to the series, but by no stretch of the imagination her best. It seemed to go on forever, even though the plot was fairly exciting. Roger's character was redeemed, in my opinion. I wasn't altogether impressed with him earlier (and now he's a favourite of mine). Crossing my fingers for more Jamie/Claire in the next book, but I'm not counting on it...

Still one of my all-time favourite series!

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CatherineBrown303
May 06, 2011

Book 6

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elag24
Mar 18, 2011

This series is terrific. Never a dull moment.

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