A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander, #6)
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A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander #6)

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Eagerly anticipated by her legions of fans, this sixth novel in Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling Outlander saga is a masterpiece of historical fiction from one of the most popular authors of our time.

Since the initial publication of Outlander fifteen years ago, Diana Gabaldon’s New York Times bestselling saga has won the hearts of readers the world over — and sold more than tw...more
Paperback, 980 pages
Published August 29th 2006 by Delta (first published September 27th 2004)
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Stephanie
*Poke* *Poke* *Poke*

"AAAAHHHHHH!! What the?.....who the?....where the?"
"When the?"

"Stephanie wake up! It's Claire Fraser. What are you doing here? And should you be driving that contraption? You smell like a brewery!!"

"Oh Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ!....whaa....I'm not *hicup* a-saxtly sure how I ended up here. Oh look..hee...hee... I'm sitting on the time mower.....Kemper ish going to be sooo pissed at me, but what else is new?....haaaaaaaa!" *slowly sides off time mower in heap*

“Claire, what ha...more
Trudi
The paperback edition of what is the sixth book in the Outlander series is over 1500 pages long and sorry to say, I did not hang on every word. Who could? There's so damn many of them! Talk about bloated. Diana Gabaldon's editor must love her a lot, or is just too nice for the business. "Kill your darlings" -- remember that timeless piece of advice from Mark Twain?

I love Jamie and Claire (not so much Roger and Brianna) and have been hooked since Outlander, but the series is floundering, and has...more
Karen
5 STARS!!!!!!!!! JESUS H. ROOSEVELT CHRIST!!!!!!

What can I say that hasn't already been said about Diana Gabaldon and her fabulous Outlander books!!! This is yet another. Claire and Jamie's story continues here in the wilderness and growing new world of North Carolina. So many mysteries brought to the foreground in this episode, and many more laid out.


Jamie Fraser

The American revolution is in full swing, and Jamie finds himself caught between a loyalty to his king and a betrayal he knows he m...more
✽ Sharon is an emotional book junkie ✽
**4.5 stars**

This book, this series, is a total love fest. You would have to love it to come this far in the series...and be dedicated to reading these long books. I'm always apprehensive to start one but when I do, I'm totally swept away and then I'm sooo sad when I'm finished!

As with all books in this series, DG packs an enormous amount of "happenings" into them and I actually had to take notes. But I'm not sure that I can really talk about them without spoiling something. Suffice it to say th...more
Jane
Where I got the book: audiobook from Audible.

I have spent the best part of a year listening to the Outlander series and honestly, by this point the books are just blending into one another. Most of the time the story isn't really a story so much as a container that holds a whole load of smaller stories, some resolved quickly, others left for later. If things slow down, one of the women gets kidnapped, raped or threatened with kidnap or rape, or all of the above. Which probably happened quite a b...more
Jen
I clearly was not in top form when I read this book and that's probably the only reason I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5. I managed to ruin this book for myself so, while this review itself may not help, I hope it will assist in making sure no one else makes the same mistake I did: I absolutely LOVED "Outlander" (the first book in this series) ... Then I really messed up. I was so excited to have read the book that I looked around to see if there was a second book. I then read "A Breath of...more
Tatiana
Still hardly any plot, just people doing things, a few kidnappings, rapes and childbirths, a million of scenes of Clare healing someone. But at least Brianna wasn't lactating all book long this time.
LJ
Breath of Snow and Ashes - Ex
Gabaldon, Diana - 6th in series
The year is 1772, and on the eve of the American Revolution, the long fuse of rebellion has already been lit. Men lie dead in the streets of Boston, and in the backwoods of North Carolina, isolated cabins burn in the forest.

With chaos brewing, the governor calls upon Jamie Fraser to unite the backcountry and safeguard the colony for King and Crown. But from his wife Jamie knows that three years hence the shot heard round the world will...more
Korynn
Sep 13, 2007 Korynn rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: jamie/claire fans
Shelves: romance
This book is only for people who enjoy the characters and the America they inhabit. It is a series of incidents following familiar themes of kidnapping and rescue, disaster and salvation, sickness and carefully recaptured health, accusation and jail. Secrets are discovered and shared, there's sex scenes and a rape scene as another Fraser family member takes their improbable turn again as victim (what are the chances that three members of a family would be raped, one twice?)Finally,a decision is...more
Michelle
To quote a dear friend of mine, Diana is back on track with this one!

The 6th in the Outlander series started off a bit slow for me, but I was able to get sucked in once again. There is lots of romance and lots of drama on Fraser's Ridge as Jamie, Claire, family, and friends prepare themselves for the upcoming Revolutionary War.

And damn Diana for making me like Brianna after me being so annoyed with her in Fiery Cross. I am impressed when writers can turn your opinion around regarding characters.
Bette BookAddict

The mind boggles at just how much history Gabaldon has written into this novel. While the Outlander series may seem to some as an over-written tome for Jamie Fraser hysterics, the dearth of American history enfolded is quite amazing. I have much admiration for the author. A hearty 4.5★
Michelle
The first book had me completely absorbed in the little details and fascinating plot, the second book made me angry by the huge jump in time and then made me happy, while the third book continued to hold my interest. The fourth book was a little slow. The fifth book made me wish for all that time spent listening back again because really, however many pages an author should devote to homesteading, Ms. Gabaldon surpassed it at least ten-fold. The sixth book frustrated me with its plodding story,...more
Shelli
Wow....what a book! This was a long one to be sure. But, happily for me, back on par with Outlander and Voyager! After really loving the series through #3, the 4th and 5th books were somewhat disappointing for me. Both of them were way too long and I actually was bored in parts. The story left Scotland and Europe and came to the American colonies. The story started out ok but then got monotonous for me. I also didn't like what happened to some of the characters and felt some of them had very lit...more
Lori Anderson
I just have fallen completely in love with this series -- I bought them all in paperback, passed them on to a friend, and just bought them all in hardback, because I know I'll be reading them again. I finished this one last night, and joined a Yahoo group for folks who love these books, and was ECSTATIC to find out there are more coming! I thought this was the end! Unfortunately, I have to wait until the end of 2008 for the next one, but reading all of these in one fell swoop made me feel like I...more
Denise
this book was written in typical gabaldon fashion...one outrageous (albeit entertaining) incident after another. some of the big questions i had going in to the book (such as, the article about the fire killing jamie and claire, jemmy's paternity and will anyone travel back to the 1960's) were a tad anticlimatic. i won't get in to that as i don't want to give away any spoilers. but let's just say i was a little surprised (and let down) at the way some of the events turned out. overall, i am a hu...more
Erica
"But-oh God! Did she tell ye how it happened?" -Jamie Fraser

"Yes. I'll tell you the gory details later." -Claire Fraser


That little snippet of dialogue pretty much sums up this entire book. IT WAS FREAKING AWESOME! I admit that I really was starting to lose interest in this series after The Fiery Cross because it was just so boring, but this one really made up for it in SPADES. Oh, the drama! The scandal! The gossip! The sex scenes were better! The dialogue and jokes were better! At times, I felt...more
Linds
This book is wonderful! I think it's definitely the best in the series since the first one. In some ways it's almost better because the characters have grown and matured and by this point I as the reader know them so much better.

The Fiery Cross was hard to get through, and Diana Gabaldon really got back on track with this one. The pace and melodrama mixed in with a factual historical novel about the Revolutionary War makes this engaging, educational, and above all an entertaining and romantic re...more
Deanna
Aug 31, 2008 Deanna rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Adults
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Donna
This was my second reading and the story and DG's writing continues to amaze me. While I remembered the major events from my first read, it was the seemingly smaller moments that stood out to me this time. The story is packed full of family, adventure, love, heartbreak, trials and the enduring passion that is Jamie & Claire.

I would give this 6 stars if GR would allow it. Absolutely fell in love with the entire Fraser family all over again.
Bev
Oh my god...there is only one more book left in the Outlander Series. Whatever will I do? I "read" these as audio books (love you, Davina Porter!!), so it takes a long time to get through an >1400 page book covering the story of the time-traveling Frasier family, Claire, immigrant from the 20th century to 18th century Scotland, where she meets and falls in love with Jamie Frasier, conceives a child, returns to the 20th century, has the baby, returns 18 or so years later and has now taken up p...more
Cassy
Wow, so much happened in this book, it was amazing! There were so many elements of the story that we tied up in this book. In the beginning when I found out these books would take us to the year 1800 I was really nervous about Jamie and Claire growing old...I thought they would lose their magic and intensity.....OH how I was wrong!! I have really enjoyed watching their characters mature and grow, it has been amazing to read! The whole book was enthralling and intense! Truly an addictive addition...more
Holly
So I slogged through all 6000 some-odd pages of this and I truly hate myself because I actually want to read the next one when (if?) it comes out. I think the next story she set up is more interesting.

I guess I understand the appeal of these books. She tells a "ripping yarn" even though it takes her waaaaaaaaaaay too long to get there. Her characters are memorable. She has interesting details (albeit far too many of them.)

Far from great writing, but it's a good page turner and I must say I had...more
Ikonopeiston
Jan 18, 2009 Ikonopeiston rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ikonopeiston by: KJ from San Francisco
I grew bored when the action translated from Europe and especially from the highlands of Scotland to the Colonies. The book takes place in an area I know very well and I was able to visualize the scenery easily since I have actually been to many of the places mentioned. Maybe that is why I was bored.

It is extremely rare for me to not finish reading a book once I get started, however, I simply could not force myself to read the last third of this one. I feel guilty.
Shannon
**Not a complaint about the book, but a warning for anyone looking to read this book on audio. Amazon has this book set up so that it is not whisper whatever. So you cannot follow along with the audio and read in the same book (the other books highlight for you and you can pause and play audio from the book) You have to download the audio books. However note that these audio books come in 7 different parts, none of which are labeled with which section. I had to down load all 7 parts and pick aro...more
Rebecca
This latest installment in the "Outlander" saga didn't quite hit the mark for me. There was way too much going on. While I read, I kept thinking that there is no way someone would survive all the drama going on.

Claire goes through an awful lot. I don't want to add spoilers, but she should be more traumatized by the event. We know how Claire feels about Everything, and yet, she doesn't delve into, what for anyone, including Jamie, was something that required a lot of mental recovery.

And in that...more
Jill
Loved this one! Taking a break then on to book #7!
Miss Kim
Wow!!! The best in the series!! I cannot express how great this book is. I recommend this series to all.
JenJenBoBin
"5 Stars!!!!"

Awesome as usual!!!! So glad a few ends were finally tied up I felt like jumping through the book at points and killing a couple people myself! Another strong kleenex warning especially towards the end *sob* Will add more quotes as soon as I finish the next book ...

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Tina
Really, really good.
Jewel
Good grief, Diana Gabaldon. You don't need to write every thought in your head down. Take a walk. Watch "The Price is Right." No need to write every single second of the day. These books are so long that it's painful to finish them. Doesn't the publisher think about how much money could be made if these super long books were broken into 3, 4 or even 5 books released once a year? They'd make a lot more money that way and it'd be a lot easier on the reader.

Just too many details, once again. It als...more
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Diana Jean Gabaldon Watkins grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona and is of Mexican-American and English descent. She has earned three degrees: a B.S. in Zoology, a M.S. in Marine Biology, and a Ph.D in Ecology.

She currently lives in Scottsdale, Arizona .
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“Time is a lot of the things people say that God is. There's always preexisting, and having no end. There's the notion of being all powerful-because nothing can stand against time, can it? Not mountains, not armies. And time is, of course, all-healing. Give anything enough time, and everything is taken care of: all pain encompassed, all hardship erased, all loss subsumed. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Remember, man, that thou art dust; and unto dust thou shalt return.

And if time is anything akin to God, I suppose that memory must be the devil.”
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