The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon

685376The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon

Published October 1st 2002 by Delta (first published November 6th 2001)

979 Pages

Goodreads Summary: New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon mesmerized readers with her award-winning Outlander novels, four dazzling tales featuring eighteenth-century Scotsman James Fraser and his twentieth-century time-traveling wife, Claire Randall. Now, in this eagerly awaited fifth volume, Diana Gabaldon continues their extraordinary saga, a masterpiece of pure storytelling that is her most astonishing Outlander novel yet….

The year is 1771, and war is coming. Jamie Fraser’s wife tells him so. Little as he wishes to, he must believe it, for hers is a gift of dreadful prophecy—a time-traveler’ s certain knowledge. Claire’s unique view of the future has brought him both danger and deliverance in the past; her knowledge of the oncoming revolution is a flickering torch that may light his way through the perilous years ahead—or ignite a conflagration that will leave their lives in ashes.

Review: SPOILER ALERT – DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU HAVE NOT READ BOOKS 1-4

The book picks up right where we left off in Drums of Autumn at the Gathering.  There are so many crazy things that happen throughout this book.  While it wasn’t as good as Outlander, Voyager or Drums of Autumn, I would rate it above Dragonfly In Amber.  Certain characters return to the story.  New characters are introduced.  Bad things happen to beloved characters (no, I’m not saying which ones!).  Just like in books 1-4, don’t get too comfortable when all seems to be going well for the main characters.

Diana Gabaldon is a master.  Just when you think you read a seemingly irrelevant plot line, she turns around and brings it back to circle to another plot line.  I love how intricate her plot lines are and how she ties everything together.  Like I said… MASTER.

The more I read of Brianna, Roger, and Jemmy, the more I love these characters.  Jemmy is adorable and it has been a riot “watching” him start to grow up.  Cutest little family award goes to the Mackenzies!

And Jamie and Claire… I am still so completely and utterly in love with these two.  I absolutely adore how much they are still in love with each other!  Any time Jamie makes a declaration of love to Claire, I swoon.  I mean who wouldn’t want a man to say this…

I love you, a nighean donn.  I have loved ye from the moment I saw ye, I will love ye ’til time itself is done, and so long as you are by my side, I am well pleased wi’ the world.

I am really looking forward to seeing where the next book takes the Frasers and Mackenzies.

5 Stars

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Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon

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SPOILER ALERT – DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU HAVEN’T READ BOOKS 1-3

Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon

1070 Pages

Published November 10th 1997 by Dell (first published 1996)

Goodreads Summary: It began in Scotland, at an ancient stone circle. There, a doorway, open to a select few, leads into the past—or the grave. Claire Randall survived the extraordinary passage, not once but twice. Her first trip swept her into the arms of Jamie Fraser, an eighteenth-century Scot whose love for her became legend—a tale of tragic passion that ended with her return to the present to bear his child. Her second journey, two decades later, brought them together again in frontier America. But Claire had left someone behind in the twentieth century. Their daughter, Brianna….

Now Brianna has made a disturbing discovery that sends her to the stone circle and a terrifying leap into the unknown. In search of her mother and the father she has never met, she is risking her own future to try to change history…and to save their lives. But as Brianna plunges into an uncharted wilderness, a heartbreaking encounter may strand her forever in the past…or root her in the place she should be, where her heart and soul belong….

Review: If you are a returning visitor to my blog you will have probably seen how much I love the Outlander series.  I have been obsessed with it ever since I read Outlander this past December.  Although Outlander is by far my favorite, I loved books 2 & 3 (Dragonfly in Amber – Voyager) This book, the fourth in the series was just as good as 2 & 3.  With each new book, Gabaldon brings Jamie and Claire on new exciting adventures.  I have always had an interest in Native Americans so it was great to see them interact with a few of the nearby tribes.  I just love seeing Jamie and Claire together and although I was a little bummed that they missed out on 20ish years together, it’s great seeing them just as much in love as they  have ever been.  Brianna and Roger are back as well.  When they were first introduced into the series I wasn’t really liking them, mostly because I was mad that Jamie and Claire had to part ways but as their storyline progresses I find myself enjoying them more and more.  With many plot twists throughout the novel you will have no trouble getting through the book despite its being 1070 pages.  I can’t wait to see where Gabaldon takes the characters in the next installment!

5/5 Stars