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The Fiery Cross

(Outlander #5)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  170,871 ratings  ·  7,221 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 br…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)

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Aug 02, 2009 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 (DirrtyH)
Mar 05, 2008 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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
And the story continues. ♥


Listening to these audio books back to back, they are starting to run together. I think I mentioned this before, but it's like one big, ongoing Outlander movie or something. I don't know if what I listened to was something from the other book or vise versa.

Here's what I know. Everyone is living together at Fraser's Ridge. Jamie gets called into the army by the Governor and Roger is with him. There is some fighting but I think there is more to come.

And sweet baby Jesus
Jun 08, 2008 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 w
Jun 24, 2014 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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Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, audiobook
Gabaldon invests much time and descriptive effort in this novel, which ties off many threads left dangling in DRUMS and introduces the reader to a plethora of new characters. The novel continues where DRUMS ended, at a a gathering of some of the Scottish colonial settlers. Brianna and Roger are set to marry and have their son, Jemmy, baptised. When a proclamation arrives from the Governor of North Carolina, everyone is put on notice that rebellion will not be tolerated against the British King. ...more
Apr 16, 2014 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
Jun 05, 2007 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
Mar 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, series
Honestly, I must be crazy to dive into another re-read over my weekend rather than crack open one of the other million new reads that await me. But here I am having given myself over to 979 pages of my least favorite book in the Outlander series.

Major Warning: If you have not read the four preceding books or if you have only watched the first three seasons of the television show..don't peek at this review. Spoliers are ahead
First a confession, I haven't read this book as many times as its
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020-reads
Why oh why is this book so bloated?

No detail is too insignificant to include in this hefty tome. The plot itself - whatever tiny bit of it is there - is relegated to the back burner. The bulk of the pages seems to be taken over by the tedious depictions of breastfeeding and dirty diapers and then more breastfeeding and leaky breasts and diapers and more breastfeeding. And buried somewhere in the relentless onslaught of tedious minutia of the 18th century daily homesteading life there are hints o
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

Anyone who knows me knows how much love I have for this series. I really enjoyed listening to this book. I have recently listened to the first four books in the series after having read them years earlier. This was the first time that I have experienced this book and I was a little nervous about listening to it instead of sitting down with a book but I think it worked out well in the end.

So much happens in this book! That is really kind of n
Jul 20, 2007 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
In the end, I wound up liking this book, but it was a long (so, so long) and bumpy road to get there. Somehow, this book is written by the same author who managed to pack an epic fantasy adventure into 800 pages with the original Outlander. Yet 1500 pages were needed here to... to do what? I don't even know. There's more than a couple sweet scenes between Jamie and Claire, but in between it's a wasteland. Over and over, characters are described as hiding a smile or having the corner of their mou ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Fiery Cross (Outlander #5), Diana Gabaldon

The Fiery Cross is the fifth book in the Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. Centered on time travelling 20th century doctor Claire Randall and her 18th century Scottish Highlander warrior husband Jamie Fraser, the books contain elements of historical fiction, romance, adventure and science fiction/fantasy.

Claire, the heroine of Outlander, figures in The Fiery Cross as a reluctant oracle and wife to Jamie Fraser, her 18th century partner, a
Ashley Daviau
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this has been my least favourite out of the series so far. I did still love it but I thought it dragged a bit whereas the previous books flew by for me. I especially enjoyed the new characters they were added, it really gave a new dynamic to the story. And seeing Jamie and Claire’s relationship evolve is truly beautiful. I still wish it had packed more of a punch though, it just wasn’t as spectacular as the other books in the series for me!
Feb 04, 2008 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
Sep 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
Although I really do love this series-- but book 5 seemed to go on and on and on without really moving the story forward that much... certainly not 1,000 plus pages worth. That said, Gabaldon is a master at weaving characters, historical fiction details galore and yet gives you just enough to want to read more.

Looking forward to the next installment-- just hope it is a little less heavy on the colonial life details. I know more than I ever wanted to know about changing diapers and gutting animal
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now that I’m finally reading ahead of the TV series, I’m finding these epic tomes to be even more rewarding as I’m eager to find out what happens next to the residents on Fraser’s ridge.

Set during the early 1770’s Gabaldon expertly brings to life the colonial America setting perfectly.
Every aspect of day to day life is laid out with so much detail that the story’s main focus from the 20th century time travellers helps highlights even the small insignificant details and gives a fascinating contex
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Where do I start with my review of “The Fiery Cross”, the fifth (and possibly the l-o-n-g-e-s-t) book in Diana Gabaldon’s wildly popular “Outlander” series, which is also a highly-rated television show on Starz? How do I put into words the massive thoughts and emotions running through my head after finishing this grand opus of adventure, honor, love, and family? I think it starts with, “My name is Scott and I am an Outlander fan…”

Over last two years, I have devoured the first five books in this
Aug 24, 2007 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
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
Feb 07, 2008 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
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-5-star
There is so much happening in this novel. We start off with a Scottish Gathering. Jamie, Claire, Brianna, Roger, Jemmy, Fergus, Marsali, Germain and Joanie are all there to renew old acquaintances and to form alliances. There is to be two weddings (Brianna and Roger, and Duncan Innes and Jocasta Cameron) and three baptisms (Jemmy, Germain and Joanie). While at the Gathering, Lt. Archie Hayes issues a proclamation about the Hillsborough riots -- to bring those who participated in it to justice. L ...more
Finally finished the 5th book in this series (sometime this month) and I'm getting to the review part - YAY!

I kind of really wish these books were a lot smaller. They just take so much time to read and to absorb all of the information thrown at you. I need time to decide if I like the book, characters, storyline, and everything else. Also, things definitely dragged on. I didn't care about what the hell was happening for more than half of the book. It just seemed like I was reading so much unnece
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“When the day shal come, that we do part,” he said softly, and turned to look at me, “if my last words are not ‘I love you’—ye’l ken it was because I didna have time.”
Feb 25, 2016 rated it liked it
It's done. It's over.


Review to come.

Ok, folks, here comes THE REVIEW
..You might want to put on a seat belt. There is a LOT to say for this one.....


Ok. This book. Ahem.

If you already read it, you probably know the first thing on anyones review is that the book was SLOW. And I mean agonizingly, bang head on the wall, scream in frustration SLOW.


Fifteen. Thats the number of chapters that was spent, in essence, on one scene. Thats right, the great Gathering. Where many things were s
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, btb-2020
Reviewed on: Ashes Books & Bobs.

More than three years since I finished Drums of Autumn, I’ve finally finished The Fiery Cross. I have found that blogging and the general busyness of life have made it more challenging to commit to long books and these books are bigger than bricks! I started The Fiery Cross last year and ended up abandoning it about 400 pages in with the intention of picking it back up, but never found the motivation. I decided this year is the year I’m committing myself to these
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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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