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The Fiery Cross (Outlander #5)

4.25  ·  Rating Details  ·  99,009 Ratings  ·  4,072 Reviews
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 throu ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 1443 pages
Published August 30th 2005 by Dell (first published November 6th 2001)
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Robyn Yes! The two of them are maddeningly annoying. I don't find Bree as bad in this book because she doesn't seem to really do anything here other than…moreYes! The two of them are maddeningly annoying. I don't find Bree as bad in this book because she doesn't seem to really do anything here other than breastfeed and go on about her swollen breasts but in the last book I wanted to shake her senseless for her rampant and repeated stupidity. I mean really, who in their right mind walks unaccompanied into the lair of a big, bad and clearly rapey pirate and expects to come out unscathed?? *grinds teeth*

As for Roger, for a man that suffers long and repeated hardships all he seems to give a crap about is boning Bree. It's literally all he ever thinks about. He seems to have no other character traits other than the fact that he sings and is too unskilled to live in the 1700s. (less)
Rebecca Franco I definitely understand! I actually found the first couple books the most exciting and now find the 4th and now this one lacking, to be honest. I…moreI definitely understand! I actually found the first couple books the most exciting and now find the 4th and now this one lacking, to be honest. I think also the author assumes we have had enough of Claire and Jamie and don't wanna hear anymore about them being all lovey dovey and stuff. I admit, I appreciate the mundane aspects of them living day to day with each other now in the Colonies and with the new war approaching BUT...I still want to see more of them involved in exciting heart-pounding scenarios!! So I agree, definitely, and I have found myself flipping through pages a bit looking for something enticing.(less)
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Oct 19, 2011 Tatiana rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, 2011
I don't think any author is in love with her characters and her own writing as much as Diana Gabaldon. To the point that she is convinced that absolutely everything she writes about them has to be in her books. Who cares about the plot and moving things along and putting in her novels only events that would advance the plot? Not Diana!

I've loved the Outlander books for a while, in spite of their fragmented nature and sometimes convoluted story lines, but this time even the most dedicated fan wo
Nichole (Dirrty H)
Mar 30, 2008 Nichole (Dirrty H) rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2008
So far, the weakest book in the series. This book dragged on and on and on... It took me about four times as long to finish this one as it did the other four. There was just a lot of unnecessary drama. The interesting parts were few and far between, but were just enough to keep me reading. And I will admit, by the end I was finally engaged enough to want to read the next one, so it didn't turn me off completely. There were just a lot of things that didn't need to be in the book. This is the firs ...more
Jun 25, 2013 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog
When I finished this, my knee-jerk reaction was to give it a 4 star. However, after some consideration, I have to be honest with myself and say it was really just a 3 star read. The Fiery Cross is the 5th book in the Outlander series, a fantasy/romance/historical/time travel/everything-but-the-kitchen-sink series which began when Claire Randall, on a second honeymoon in Scotland, is thrown back in time from 1946 to Scotland during the Jacobite uprising that ended tragically at the battle of Cull ...more

The Fiery Cross is the fifth book in Arizona (woot) author Diana Gabaldon’s time-traveling historical fiction saga. I have enjoyed all the books up until this one, some with reservations, but still enjoyed. They all felt like they had strong backbones, and even though they were long, most of the stuff stuffed up in there had a point. Not so with this fucker.

Since the book is soooooo looooooong, I’m going to respond by being more concise than I wo
Aug 10, 2014 Mo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

And so book 5 comes to an end. I started reading this series on June 16th and they have consumed me for all of my summer holidays. I swore I would take a break after each one but could not. They are long, they are detailed, all the names get a little confusing sometimes. I suppose I, myself, could be accused of jumping on the bandwagon, what with the TV series airing last night in the USA. Maybe so, but as I have had the books on my kindle and some of them in paperback for some time now (certain
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Sep 02, 2008 Sherry rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sherry by: Rhon
Shelves: 2006-2010
This is a hard book to review. Besides the fact that it's over 1400 pages and took me over a month to read... it's Diana Gabaldon. She writes fascinating accounts of history, trivia, mythology, a great love story, science fiction and people with great detail.

In some places I wanted to hurry through the details and get to the heart of the story, and other places I savored every word. That's the beauty of her writing, you have to read every word, absorb every detail because it will come back (mayb
Feb 04, 2008 April rated it it was ok
I read this as soon as it came out. Had to have it in hardback because I couldn't wait for paperback and had to have my own precious copy. Wish I had waited or borrowed it from the library. I was so excited to see what Claire and Jamie were up to, but it was a very slow read, explaining every little thing in detail. I mean, I love to read books that don't gloss over the not-so-pretty parts of the day, but explaining that a child needs a diaper change, and it's unpleasant aroma, over and over and ...more
Mar 19, 2016 Natalie rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-stars

“Mo Nighean donn," he whispered," mo chridhe. My brown lass, my heart."
Come to me. Cover me. Shelter me. a bhean, heal me. Burn with me, as I burn for you.”

While The Fiery Cross, the fifth instalment in the Outlander series dragged in places, when it was good, it was brilliantly good. But I can't give it more than 2 stars either because the parts with Bree and Roger was really boring for me. Still not a fan of those two. But how can I give anything that has Jamie Fraser in it, anything less? Tha
Aug 30, 2007 Lucy rated it liked it
Recommends it for: women with a lot of time on their hands
The Fiery Cross is the fifth book in a series written by Diana Gabaldon about Clare Fraser, who can travel through time by touching stones (think stonehenge). The first time she time travelled, it was an accident. She travelled two-hundred years backward to the 1740s and met the love her life, Jamie Frasier, a Scottish highlander. Their love story has developed through out each of the books as Gabaldon details the historical setting that surrounds them. In The Fiery Cross, the year is 1771 and t ...more
Sep 14, 2007 Katie rated it it was amazing
Well, I finally finished The Fiery Cross.


I absolutely LOVE these books. This installment was no exception.....

I found that this installment had so many deep emotional scenes, that when i finished, I felt that i had connected to the characters, emotionally, more then ever before.

Starting with The Gathering, when Jamie calls his people out, and they all hold hands. The wedding scene between Roger and Brianna was both hilarious and touching. The various incidents at the Gathering really set
Jun 22, 2014 KatieMc rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical
Audio reread (at 2x). 2.5 stars.

This is a long meandering book that might have a plot. It establishes the family on Fraser’s Ridge and follows them for about a year. There are medical and military related story lines, and a lot happens in 1400 pages. Some highlights:

• Clare sets up a penicillin factory on the mountain.
• Jamie develops a foot fetish.
• Bree takes on the persona of the Professor on Gilligan's Island.
• The family seems to be an unhealthy obsession about knowing who Jemmy's biologica
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
This book starts off at The Gathering which is where all the Scots come together to see how everyone is and what's been going on. But that's only the tip of the iceberg of what all happens in these 1443 pages. The blurb makes you think that the book is a lot about the war but it's not.

Wow! There are so many major things that happen in this book and one extremely shocking event. I just couldn't believe that Diana Gabladon did that to Roger and while she set up things nicely, it was still incompr
Apr 13, 2008 Christy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all romance, historical romance fans
In the fifth installment of the Outlander series, time-traveler Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser and her eighteenth century husband, Jamie, have established their homestead on Fraser’s Ridge in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Grumblings among colonists against British tyranny have begun, and Jamie and Claire are resigned to the fact that the American Revolution will take place and there is nothing they can to do stop it. Although Jamie sympathizes with the colonists, his allegiance, for ...more
❆ Crystal ❆
Review for audiobook ~ 2.5 stars story 5 stars narration.
I have to say that it takes talent to write a book of 1,443 pages with nothing really happening. This 55 hr:30 min audiobook was loooonnngggg and tedious at times. The only thing that saved the book for me was the extremely wonderful narration. This book was 1,000 pages too long and it could have easily been well told in 40o. I will listen to the series again, but I will skip this book. It was mostly filled with everyday life to the poin
Nov 05, 2014 Grumpus rated it liked it
Mundane. Crap.

Not to say this was mundane crap, you have to read the period after the word mundane. Very important to interpret this as two separate thoughts.

I’ve listened to the first four books in the Outlander series and have absolutely loved Davina Porter's narration. I have continued the series primarily because of her fantastic efforts. This being book #5, the story is getting weak. I trudged my way through this book only through the encouragement of my friends at the Audiobooks Group. It
Sep 17, 2014 Lucia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars-read
“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 have to admit that this is my least favourite book out of all Outlander novels so far. Yet, it was better than the majority of the books I have read in my life. Outlander world has completely consumed my life and I am not complaining. On the contrary, I am already looking forward to reading next instalment. Bring i
Nov 26, 2008 Suzie rated it it was amazing
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About 3.5 stars for me.

I listened to the audiobook version of this book - all 55 hours of it. Yup, 55 hours. Luckily, the narrator Davina Porter is amazing and she does make the book come alive.

I've listened to the first 4 books in this series back to back and now it is time for a break. While I love Jamie and Claire, I kind of don't have the same feelings for Brianna.

The historical aspect of the book is interesting however I feel that it would be incredibly difficult for someone to jump from t
This was too long, way too long. I think part of this authors charm is that there is always some meandering between the important scenes, but in this book it felt like she was just going on and on about nothing, and I often found myself, thinking about other things instead of following these rantings. I still enjoyed the narration and the humour. I also feel that I understand Claire much better, we get to know her not only as Jamie's lover but also as a healer, a mother and a person. She has now ...more
Dec 11, 2009 kingshearte rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, fiction
"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..."

Book 5. And frankly, they'
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Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

Continuing the epic saga of Jamie and Claire, THE FIERY CROSS is rife with the trials and tribulations of our favorite characters. Gabaldon keeps things interesting with the various twists that occur in this book. However, my favorite aspect of this book has to be the small, intimate family moments sprinkled throughout. It’s not a strange notion, especially now with five books in the series that the characters feel a lot like family to the reader. If you’re anything like me, you love and there
Oct 14, 2008 Meghan rated it liked it
Finally finished this book. This was book 5 and I just couldn't get connected to the story line. I have devoured the other 4 books in this incredible series and have completely accepted all of the many leaps of faith that DG asks of us as readers - but I just couldn't do it this time around. I felt like the first 24 hours of the novel lasted for nearly 150 pages. The Gathering - the event that ate up so much of the book - was boring in my opinion. I notice that DG likes to start books this way. ...more
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The first 20-30% was a little slow for me, but the end made up for it tenfold.

There were tears, there were times I thought I was going to go into cardiac arrest, and there were moments I couldn't contain my happy feels (THE END OF CHAPTER 108!)

This series just keeps getting better and better! JAMMF is officially #1 in my heart.

4.5 HUGE stars!
Sonja Arlow
This was EXHAUSTING. I have loved this series so much I actually read book 1 twice – once as an actual book and the second time in audio version. But THIS book was so convoluted with unnecessary words, side stories, and meanderings that it became a chore to work through 110 chapters with very little plot action.

The previous books were full of fabulous scenes with a few bits of filler. This book is full of fillers with only a few fabulous scenes.

I did enjoy Claire's efforts to practice medicine
Oct 03, 2014 Lori rated it it was amazing
Well, I loved it. I have to gather my thoughts before I can write any kind of review.

*** So, I fell in love with Jamie and Claire all over again. This book gave me what Drums of Autumn did not, and that was many tender, passionate moments between them. As usual, JF had poetic and epic quotes that made me feel all warm, fuzzy and sad that I don't have a Jamie Fraser! I didn't find it boring at all. I enjoyed the slower pace, and reading about their life on Fraser's Ridge. I also enjoyed the mome
Jul 24, 2013 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Fiery Cross has, quite possibly, the best ending line in any book I've read: "When the day shall come, that we do part," he said softly, and turned to look at me, "if my last words are not 'I love you', - ye'll ken it was because I didna have time." Swoon...

Oh yeah, back to the review...Ahem.

Reviews for the 5th installment of the Outlander series are decidedly mixed. There are those that loved it (as did I) and those that hated. Others, in the middle, appreciated the story but thought it was
Mar 23, 2015 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, read-2015
*4.5 stars*

This was probably my biggest ever read. At 1400 pages, it is huge. And it took me 11 days to finish, with a 3 day break to read a different book in between. I'm pretty pleased with that, but I think I need a bit of a break before my next giant read.

Just like the previous books in this series, I adored this book. This series is different to anything else I have ever read before, and I can't quite explain my love for this world and these characters. It was a much slower paced book, whic
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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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“Mo Nighean donn," he whispered," mo chridhe. My brown lass, my heart."
Come to me. Cover me. Shelter me. a bhean, heal me. Burn with me, as I burn for you.”
“While the Lord might insist that vengeance was His, no male Highlander of my acquaintance had ever thought it right that the Lord should be left to handle such things without assistance.” 85 likes
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