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A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon
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Mar 06, 11

bookshelves: historical-fiction, over-1000-pages

Finishing one of Diana Gabaldon's books feels like a major accomplishment. After all, A Breath of Snow and Ashes topped 1400 pages! If you've come this far in the Outlander series, don't stop now! Snow & Ashes picks up the tale soon after the end of The Fiery Cross. All the beloved characters are back, with some new storylines and the conclusions of several ongoing threads. While the amount of sheer detail can feel a bit excessive at times (do I really need to know that much about treatment of - um - piles in the 1700s? or how to make blood sausage?), it was thrilling and satisfying to spend more time with Claire and Jamie, Brianna and Roger, and the rest of their sprawling, messy, stubborn, spirited family. Having read this far in the series, these people feel like well-known relatives, full of quirks and flaws, but loved despite and because of them all. I was touched to read how time had changed Claire and Jamie, and their love story is as timeless as ever. Can't wait to read the next installment in this series!
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