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A Breath Of Snow And Ashes

by Diana Gabaldon

Doubleday Canada | November 27, 2007 | Mass Market Paperbound

A Breath Of Snow And Ashes is rated 4.25 out of 5 by 12.
Eagerly anticipated by her legions of fans, this sixth novel in Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling Outlander saga is a masterpiece of historical fiction from one of the most popular authors of our time.

Since the initial publication of Outlander fifteen years ago, Diana Gabaldon’s New York Times bestselling saga has won the hearts of readers the world over — and sold more than twelve million books. Now, A Breath of Snow and Ashes continues the extraordinary story of 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century wife, Claire.

The year is 1772, and on the eve of the American Revolution, the long fuse of rebellion has already been lit. Men lie dead in the streets of Boston, and in the backwoods of North Carolina, isolated cabins burn in the forest.

With chaos brewing, the governor calls upon Jamie Fraser to unite the backcountry and safeguard the colony for King and Crown. But from his wife Jamie knows that three years hence the shot heard round the world will be fired, and the result will be independence — with those loyal to the King either dead or in exile. And there is also the matter of a tiny clipping from The Wilmington Gazette, dated 1776, which reports Jamie’s death, along with his kin. For once, he hopes, his time-traveling family may be wrong about the future.


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Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 1456 pages, 6.88 × 4.18 × 2.04 in

Published: November 27, 2007

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0770427995

ISBN - 13: 9780770427993

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A bit more Jamie please! At around 1000pp, and I'm still craving more Jamie! This series continues to draw me in and I've loved each of the 6 books I've read thus far. This particular installment took me a little longer than it should have to read. The first 1/3 was captivating, the middle 1/3 dragged and seemed to lack purpose and forward motion, and the final 1/3 was engaging. I thought the ending in the second epilogue was a jaw dropper, and I'm keen to move on to book #7. I'm trying to pace them out for the release of #8 as I've had the luxury of spending my evenings with Jamie for the last year or so as I've moved throught he series ~ I'm not keen to have that end! A highly recommended series!
Date published: 2014-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites of the series Reviewed at Another Look Book Reviews I stayed up late last night. 3 am on a work night is not a great idea. I’ve read A Breath of Snow and Ashes (ABOSAA) twice before so it’s not like I didn’t know how it was going to end. I just get so immensely pulled into the eighteenth century with the Fraser's that I simply couldn't put it down. Doing a re-read of the Outlander series is a time consuming effort and a commitment worth every missed meal and having my bum constantly fall asleep from sitting for great lengths of time. When I got to the end of ABOSAA, I reflected on what I had read since the beginning of the novel and I am just astonished by how much story is compacted into one book. Outlander just blows my mind as no other series does. My main observation during this re-read is discovering how much I really really like Bree, Jamie & Claire’s daughter. I have no idea why she annoyed me before. Ok, annoy me might be a bit too strong but I guess I just didn’t care for her storyline as much. I remember that previously I had skimmed through the lots of the Roger and Bree storylines (as well as other secondary characters since I was so rabid for anything and everything Jamie and Claire) and that just proves how awesome re-reads of stories can be. I was foolish. By breezing through Bree & Roger’s chapters, I was in essence missing important components of Jamie & Claire's life. In feel ABOSAA is one of the most emotional books of the series. It really pulled at my heart strings and invokes a lot of frothing at the mouth outrage by me. This outrage is directed at certain characters that even as I write this, angers me. By this stage in the series the reader is already so emotionally invested in the characters that I find the sense of worry is hightened on the slightest conflict. I always felt during reading ABOSAA that the wonderfully warm magic family bubble that was built on Fraser Ridge could burst at any moment and have everything come crashing down. The imminent American Revolution was always on the cusp of conversations and I loathed the visits from Major MacDonald as much as Claire did. I admit that the Regulation/Loyalists and how the war is prepared for the reader is amazing. Jamie must walk such a tight line and break to one side. I found from a historical perspective, I was much more interested this time around. The constant drama at the Fraser Ridge community never leaves the reader bored with the setting. Funerals, sickness, abductions, brutality, fear, pregnancy, suspicion, religion, Indians, master manipulation (don’t get me started on Malva and Allan Christie) and just the daily grind of a hard life of operating a farm in the eighteenth century; all made for a masterfully crafted story. Each chapter felt like its own story yet they all were woven together intricately and they fed off one another. I was never lost. After staying up late reading ABOSAA (and then dreaming about it) today I just feel heavy. I feel fulfilled however I am so happy that ABOSSA was not the last book. I am not ready to let go of the Frasers’ or the MacKenzies. (will I ever?) The next book is Echo in the Bone. I have only read it once. My first read through was rushed and I really skimmed through that book desperate for Jamie and Claire scenes. I actually rated it a lot lower than all of the previous books and I do remember being rather disappointed. So on that note, I am ready to dive in now with a completely fresh and new perspective. Random comments - *sniff* Do we ever hear anything more about Josh again?, Oh Ian how I adore you, Marsali is probably the hardest working woman ever written, MALVA!
Date published: 2012-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing So Far Although I'm not down reading this, its an amazing book that has kept me reading these series throughout and I'm so glad I didn't get distracted from the size of the book. Anyways. I'll write a full review when I'm finished
Date published: 2011-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tears, Love and Passion! Claire and Jamie seemed to have settled into to building their community on the Ridge and are quite happy. They are hoping that the outside world will leave them relatively alone for the next couple of years. The outside world will not and does not. Soon Claire is in battles for her life one right after another. There is also the impending doom foretold in the newspaper that the big house will burn with Claire and Jamie it in. This is a must read series! They are long, but you get so caught up in them. I found this was the hard book of the series to read. I love Claire so much and felt much of the pain and frustration that she did.
Date published: 2010-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A good comeback After reading Fiery Cross - I was a bit dissapointed, it seems the author was capitalizing on the whole "highlander" idea. Fiery Cross was such a hard read until about 1/2 way through. A Breath of Snow and Ashes was literally a "breath of fresh air" for me - I found the book great from start to finish, can't wait for the next!
Date published: 2009-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow at first, but worth it in the end I must admit: I cannot put this series down, even though this was the hardest book to start so far. Gabaldon seems to be going the route of Robert Jordan: Describing every unnesessary detail! Once I got about half-way through, though, I couldn't put it down. The characters are in my heart, and I'm sad to see them go now that I've finished this book. I read all six of them in a row without anything in between, so I'm quite attached! It's absolutely fascinating reading history intertwined with fiction. This story was a heart-grabber, for sure. There is finality with this book, so I was quite surprised to find out there will be another story. It's fine with me, because I love these characters to death, but at the same time... how much is too much?
Date published: 2008-06-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It needs to end The outlander series is truly one of my favorite books however this series need to end. I mean it was great however the characters are all getting really old, it is the same adventures over again and it needs to be over. She should not make several more book. It will only go downward. That being said i am a HUGE fan of her books, therefore i loved it. but then again she needs to end it. It cannot go on forever. And now would be a good time for it to end.
Date published: 2008-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Breathable, readable This book was beautiful in almost every aspect. Hang on... Almost? Sure, Mrs. Gabaldon seems to not be able to stop herself from writing, and as a result there tend to be moments of "please can we move on?" But the action is mainly spot-on and interesting. The humour is delightful; it's not often you read historical novels without finding yourself bored to tears with factsfactsfacts. So, I therefore praise Mrs. Gabaldon for her intelligent use of her pen/keyboard.
Date published: 2008-01-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from "Not as good as the rest of the series" I have to admit this book wasn't as good as the original series. Everyone loves Jamie, but for some reason that really didn't come over that well in this book. Maybe it's the length of time between reading the original books and now reading this one?
Date published: 2008-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sad to see it end! Another fabulous book in the Outlander series, and I'm not sure which couple/relationship in this book that I enjoyed more - Claire and Jamie or Roger and Brianna. I was very sad to have the book end and am hoping that Gabaldon has at least one more book up her sleeve for these characters. The writing style in this one has changed just slightly from the original books in the series, and I would liked to have had a little more of the original romance that the original books had, but I wasn't disappointed, and found the ending of the book not only surprised me but brought tears to my eyes. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic This book was amazing. Diana has a great way of drawing you in and making you feel part of the story. Jamie and Claire are like two old friends you're catching up with. The story line is riviting and I had a very hard time putting it down. A must read for anyone who loves historical fictions
Date published: 2007-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful This book was phenomenal. Diana Gabaldon has done it again. I don't know how but Claire always seems to be able to get into scrapes unlike any other that she has ever been in. Life on the Ridge is only somewhat peacefull. I had tears in my eyes near the end of the book....a mother's love.....
Date published: 2006-11-24

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A Breath Of Snow And Ashes

by Diana Gabaldon

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 1456 pages, 6.88 × 4.18 × 2.04 in

Published: November 27, 2007

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0770427995

ISBN - 13: 9780770427993

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DUTCH CABIN March 1773 No one had known the cabin was there, until Kenny Lindsay had seen the flames, on his way up the creek. “I wouldna ha’ seen at all,” he said, for perhaps the sixth time. “Save for the dark comin’ on. Had it been daylight, I’d never ha’ kent it, never.” He wiped a trembling hand over his face, unable to take his eyes off the line of bodies that lay at the edge of the forest. “Was it savages, Mac Dubh? They’re no scalped, but maybe—” “No.” Jamie laid the soot-smeared handkerchief gently back over the staring blue face of a small girl. “None of them is wounded. Surely ye saw as much when ye brought them out?” Lindsay shook his head, eyes closed, and shivered convulsively. It was late afternoon, and a chilly spring day, but the men were all sweating. “I didna look,” he said simply. My own hands were like ice; as numb and unfeeling as the rubbery flesh of the dead woman I was examining. They had been dead for more than a day; the rigor of death had passed off, leaving them limp and chilled, but the cold weather of the mountain spring had preserved them so far from the grosser indignities of putrefaction. Still, I breathed shallowly; the air was bitter with the scent of burning. Wisps of steam rose now and then from the charred ruin of the tiny cabin. From the corner of my eye, I saw Roger kick at a nearby log, then bend and pick up something from
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From the Publisher

Eagerly anticipated by her legions of fans, this sixth novel in Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling Outlander saga is a masterpiece of historical fiction from one of the most popular authors of our time.

Since the initial publication of Outlander fifteen years ago, Diana Gabaldon’s New York Times bestselling saga has won the hearts of readers the world over — and sold more than twelve million books. Now, A Breath of Snow and Ashes continues the extraordinary story of 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century wife, Claire.

The year is 1772, and on the eve of the American Revolution, the long fuse of rebellion has already been lit. Men lie dead in the streets of Boston, and in the backwoods of North Carolina, isolated cabins burn in the forest.

With chaos brewing, the governor calls upon Jamie Fraser to unite the backcountry and safeguard the colony for King and Crown. But from his wife Jamie knows that three years hence the shot heard round the world will be fired, and the result will be independence — with those loyal to the King either dead or in exile. And there is also the matter of a tiny clipping from The Wilmington Gazette, dated 1776, which reports Jamie’s death, along with his kin. For once, he hopes, his time-traveling family may be wrong about the future.


From the Hardcover edition.

From the Jacket

“The sixth instalment of the adventures of Claire and Jamie Fraser, already number one on the bestseller list, is a whopping 980 pages of action-packed escapism. It also has surprisingly melancholy and insightful views on the experience of growing old and dealing with the losses that entails…. One of the things that sets Gabaldon apart from other romance writers is exhaustive research of the times in which her characters live, so evident in her attention to period detail…. plot lines and stand-alone yarns are expertly woven together with the overall theme of impending doom and the question of predetermination.” — The Toronto Star

“Fans of Diana Gabaldon’s popular Outlander series have another rousing historical-science-fiction-romance novel to savour in A Breath of Snow and Ashes…. For fans, this book is another slam-dunk hit. It’s a massive, long-lasting source of entertainment.” — The Gazette (Montreal)


Praise for Diana Gabaldon:
“Riveting. Gabaldon has a true storyteller’s voice.”—The Globe and Mail

“Triumphant. . . . Her use of historical detail and truly adult love story confirm Gabaldon as a superior writer.”—Publishers Weekly

“Diana Gabaldon is a born storyteller. . . . The pages practically turn themselves.”—Arizona Republic

"Readers will find every expectation fulfilled.... The large scope of the novel allows Gabaldon to do what she does best, paint in exquisite detail the lives of her characters."—Booklist


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About the Author

Diana Gabaldon is the author of six Outlander novels — A Breath of Snow and Ashes, Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, and The Fiery Cross — as well as Lord John and the Private Matter and one work of nonfiction. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.


From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

“The sixth instalment of the adventures of Claire and Jamie Fraser, already number one on the bestseller list, is a whopping 980 pages of action-packed escapism. It also has surprisingly melancholy and insightful views on the experience of growing old and dealing with the losses that entails…. One of the things that sets Gabaldon apart from other romance writers is exhaustive research of the times in which her characters live, so evident in her attention to period detail…. plot lines and stand-alone yarns are expertly woven together with the overall theme of impending doom and the question of predetermination.” — The Toronto Star “Fans of Diana Gabaldon’s popular Outlander series have another rousing historical-science-fiction-romance novel to savour in A Breath of Snow and Ashes …. For fans, this book is another slam-dunk hit. It’s a massive, long-lasting source of entertainment.” — The Gazette (Montreal) Praise for Diana Gabaldon: “Riveting. Gabaldon has a true storyteller’s voice.”— The Globe and Mail “Triumphant. . . . Her use of historical detail and truly adult love story confirm Gabaldon as a superior writer.”— Publishers Weekly “Diana Gabaldon is a born storyteller. . . . The pages practically turn themselves.”— Arizona Republic "Readers will find every expectation fulfilled.... The large scope of the novel allows Gabaldon to do what she d
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