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The Fiery Cross (Outlander #5)

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1771: the Colony of North Carolina stands in an uneasy balance, with the rich, colonial aristocracy on one side and the struggling pioneers of the backcountry on the other.

Between them stands Jamie Fraser, a man of honour, a man of worth. Exiled from his beloved Scotland, he is at last possessed of the land he has longed for. By his side his extraordinary wife, Claire, a
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Mass Market Paperback, UK, 1412 pages
Published August 1st 2002 by Arrow Books (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*

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Tatiana
Aug 02, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Nichole (DirrtyH)
Mar 05, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 Lover ♥ Martin
And the story continues. ♥

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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
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Amanda
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
Ashley
I DID IT. I FINISHED THIS HULKING BEAST OF A BOOK.



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
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Mo
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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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
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Holly
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Sherry
Jun 05, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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abby
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
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
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April
Feb 04, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Katie
Jul 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lucy
Aug 24, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
KatieMc
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Matt
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Alaina Meserole
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
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Angelica Juarez Gonzalez
De todos los libros de la saga hasta ahora leídos con este perdí un poco el ritmo. Entre las ocupaciones diarias, la universidad que no daban tiempo a leer a gusto, me tarde indeseadamente a leerlo. ¡Y por fin lo hice!

La historia no pierde cadencia, con una trama interesante, situaciones muy bien desarrolladas, personajes fascinantes, hasta los más secundarios tienen algo que contar aportando fundamento. El momento de lectura fue muy grato y emocionante.

Curiosamente es el libro de la saga dond
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Christy
Feb 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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❆ 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 poi
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Arya *Bibliomaniac!* Fraser Stark
It's done. It's over.
**faints**

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6/2/16
Ok, folks, here comes THE REVIEW
..You might want to put on a seat belt. There is a LOT to say for this one.....

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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.

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Fifteen. Thats the number of chapters that was spent, in essence, on one scene. Thats right, the great Gathering. Where many things were s
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Tania
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
Hannah Rae
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Boy, I'll tell you what: Diana Gabaldon sure does have a lot to say.

It took me approximately 350 pages to actually become interested in this book, which is the reason why I'm giving it 4 stars instead of 5, but I did really enjoy the last 1093 pages of the book. I mean, Jamie and Claire have the most unbelievable adventures and even though some of them are so very far-fetched, I need to know what will happen next.

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

Things I need to know:
1. Where did Stephen Bonnett get shot: i
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Lucia
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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
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Suzie
Oct 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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kingshearte
Dec 11, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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AH
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
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Brooklyn Tayla
Actual rating 3 and a half stars, but excuse me while I blankly stare at the wall again from feelings.
Truthfully I didn't know when I'd even get around to finishing this, because the first half I found to be so dragging and tiresome; where not a lot was happening across lots of pages.
Don't get me wrong; I'm in love with a series and it's characters; but after such an entire book 4 it was highly difficult to grasp my mind around this first half.
Then something happened involving a certain someon
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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.

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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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