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The Fiery Cross (Outlander #5)

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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 January 1st 1999)
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Tatiana
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...more
Nichole (Dirty H)
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
Amanda
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
Mo

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...more
Barb
Like a Glucose Tolerance Test,
Only Recommended for Absolute Die-Hard Fans

A glucose tolerance test is a test given to a pregnant woman in order to determine whether or not she has gestational diabetes. The test is administered by forcing the poor pregnant woman to drink a, beyond human portion, of a glucose drink, something that tastes like a sugared soft-drink. Then glucose levels of the blood are measured at different intervals after the glucose has been metabolized by the body. It's not the s...more
Holly
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Lucy
Aug 30, 2007 Lucy rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
April
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
Sherry
Sep 02, 2008 Sherry rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
Katie
Well, I finally finished The Fiery Cross.

*sigh*

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...more
Christy
Apr 13, 2008 Christy rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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...more
KatieMc
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...more
Lucia
“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 it...more
Suzie
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Natalie ♥for the love of TBH♥
★★★ 3 EPIC stars!



How can I say that The Fiery Cross, book 5 in the Outlander series, was epic when I only rated it three stars?
Even though it dragged in places, when it was good, it was brilliantly good. But I can't give it more than 3stars 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? That man, that man...how can I possibly describe him.?

He takes my breath away. He is...more
kingshearte
"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'...more
Bette BookAddict
Apr 18, 2014 Bette BookAddict rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bette BookAddict by: I am reading the series
Shelves: hist-fiction

As well as being superb reading, this taught me so much about sea travel between Britain and America, North Carolina in the late 1760s/early 1770s, about pioneer settling, early trade, The Regulators, Herman Husband and the Battle of Alamanac (some www sources quote it as a precursor to the American Civil War). But I must add that Gabaldon put (view spoiler) through some dreadful tribulations which made my stomach curl and my throat to become horribly dry. It's also pretty...more
Meghan
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
Stephanie • No BS Book Reviews
SO. MUCH. AWESOME.

Just...SO MUCH AWESOME.

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!
Allison
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Lori
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...more
Nicole
Jun 25, 2007 Nicole rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who love good historical fiction
The Outlander series is definitely one of my most recommencded series of books. I might even love these books more than Harry Potter - and that's saying something.

The Outlander books are set in the 1700s. They start off in Scotland, but later travel to Paris, Jamaica and the American Colonies.

Claire and Jamie, the book's two main characters are fantastic. They're deep, smart and action-oriented, yet very real. As their relationship evolves over the series of books, it evolves realistically. They...more
Jasmin
How do you know if an author is good?

It's when you're reading anxious to get to the last page, and just when you hit the last page, you want more.

How do you know if an author is really really good?

It's when you reach the last lines of the book, bittersweet tears fall of your cheek, not because it was extremely sad, but because it was extremely heart touching.

How do you know if an author is extremely good?

It's when you want to grab the hero from the book and make him the father of your future c...more
Shannon
I did it!! I made it through!

This book was a rough one. It felt like a chore at some points to get through it. not that I slowed down (obviously lol) but there were moments when I felt that I just wanted it to be done and over with. I am hearing from a lot of people that this is a mutual feeling.

I want to say the character who won me over most in this book was Roger.. You will see why when you read it, or maybe you already know but he deserved an MVP in this book LOL
Just know that you may want t...more
SheLove2Read
Re-read June 2012

For me, this - again - is the weakest story, mainly because of the monotony of the gathering/wedding. There's quite a bit necessary to the flow of the continuing storyline, but it does drag in way too many places. (and no Keri, you cannot skip this one!)

Still leagues above other writers out there, but not my favorite of the series. Reread in anticipation of the new book coming out in 2013.
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Got stuck on my 3rd re-read. Too long an daunting for me... but I loved it the first two times!
Jane
Where I got the book: audiobook from Audible.

This book contains probably two of the longest days in fiction, and I include in that sweeping statement entire novels that are based on one day in a character's life. The clan gathering! Jocasta's wedding! Hoots mon, Diana, how d'ye do it? Will I ever develop the authorly stamina that will allow me to spin out a day over a hundred or so pages? It's nae wonder yon Jamie has staying power in bed, given his creator's penchant for dragging things out.

But...more
Mary
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...more
Grumpus
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...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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Come to me. Cover me. Shelter me. a bhean, heal me. Burn with me, as I burn for you.”
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