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The Fiery Cross

by Diana Gabaldon

November 1, 2001 | Hardcover

The Fiery Cross is rated 4.2632 out of 5 by 19.
Crossing the boundaries of genre with its unrivalled storytelling, Diana Gabaldon’s new novel is a gift both to her millions of loyal fans and to the lucky readers who have yet to discover her.

In the ten years since her extraordinary debut novel, Outlander, was published, beloved author Diana Gabaldon has entertained scores of readers with her heart-stirring stories and remarkable characters. The four volumes of her bestselling saga, featuring eighteenth-century Scotsman James Fraser and his twentieth-century, time-travelling wife, Claire Randall, boasts nearly 5 million copies in the U.S.

The story of Outlander begins just after the Second World War, when a British field nurse named Claire Randall walks through a cleft stone in the Scottish highlands and is transported back some two hundred years to 1743.

Here, now, is The Fiery Cross, the eagerly awaited fifth volume in this remarkable, award-winning series of historical novels. The year is 1771, and war is approaching. Jamie Fraser’s wife has told him so. Little as he wishes to, he must believe it, for hers is a gift of dreadful prophecy – a time-traveller’s certain knowledge. To break his oath to the Crown will brand him a traitor; to keep it is certain doom. Jamie Fraser stands in the shadow of the fiery cross – a standard that leads nowhere but to the bloody brink of war.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 992 pages

Published: November 1, 2001

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385256655

ISBN - 13: 9780385256650

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Falling in love with Jamie all over again I'm not sure why this installment of the Outlander series has received the lowest marks of all the books. I loved this book. There was less adventure than the last few books, but no shortage of drama. I enjoyed spending time with Jamie/Claire (and even Roger/Brianna) as they went about their daily lives on the Ridge. I relished their trials and tribulations. And I adored Jamie anew. He is a love. Completely enthralled all over again. Looking forward to book #6!
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a Powerful Series Reviewed at Another Look Book Reviews My Re-Read Review of The Fiery Cross The Fiery Cross was a re-read for me. Originally I read it in 2010 and the entire Outlander series never really leaves my mind. I was really looking forward to this particular re-read of The Fiery Cross because I had originally rated 4 of 5 hearts . Looking back, was I crazy? The Fiery Cross is definitely worthy of a 5 rating without a doubt. I highly recommend re-reads. I do remember I was like a savage reader of this series in 2010. I was so desperate to read as fast as I could and to fit as much Jamie and Claire into my day as possible. This time around in 2012, I know how everything ends so I was much more paced and I just really sat back and enjoyed each chapter. I absorbed more of Jamie and Claire's daughter, Bree and her husband, Roger's scenes and I found myself much more interested in reading about the Gathering. The Fiery Cross starts off at the yearly Scottish Gathering. I remember thinking the first time around, 'when is this Gathering over with already'. But this time I paid much more attention to the names of the secondary characters. As many of these characters make repeats later in this book and I recalled them much more clearly. I also paid attention to some of the subtle hints that were placed on some of the secondary characters for future book plots. The Fiery Cross also marks off the beginning of the militias and ignites the sparks that later fueled the American Revolution. Once again I am reminded that the first time I read The Fiery Cross I was not really having much interest with the American Revolution (as I am Canadian) but since Diana Gabaldon places so much historical accuracy in her books, I found my eyes glued to the pages this time. For fun I used Wikipedia to see if some the characters she was writing about really existed. (as I mentioned I'm Canadian and we focus on Canadian history in school) I did find Herman Husband and a few others (Governor William Tryon) and I took the time to read more about their bios. I actually found it fascinating. There are some memorable and fabulous scenes in The Fiery Cross. As usual Diana Gabaldon delivered a kaleidoscope of emotions. Here are some of my favourites without too much of a spoiler. I laughed out loud when Claire finally built her microscope and she tried to have a medical discussion with Jamie. "So what ye've got there is broth that the mold has pissed in, is that right." Not to mention the most fabulous sperm discussion. My heavy heart at the mention of Ian. The warmth I felt for Jamie and Claire's love for each other. "Tell her...I meant it." The gasping of my breath with Roger's misfortune I also found I paid much more attention to the descriptions of Jamie and Claire's big house. I picture a different whitewashed residence than I previously did and the layout of the farm is placed differently in my mind now. I have a completely different view of Jamie's aunt Jocasta's house too. One thing does remain completely the same for me on this re-read of The Fiery Cross. The last last line of the book is still the best of any book I have ever read.
Date published: 2012-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the series, Love Jamie and Claire! Claire, Jamie, Brianna and Roger are making a life for themselves on the Ridge, in relative safety. The family attends a Gathering at which Jamie is required to call all the men from the families on the Ridge to create a militia. With the knowledge of the civil revolution coming in four years Jamie must protect his family and walk a thin line of politics to keep them safe. Add to their troubles Stephan Bonnet and you have a fast paced storey with love, adventure and mystery! This is a must read series! They are long, but you get so caught up in them.
Date published: 2010-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One word " Amazing" When I first started the series I didn't think I would like it , my mom had read them and loved them. But I started I couldn't put them down. I just finished number 5 and It is just as good as the first one and I can't wait to get the next. Reading this was just like watching a movie that was how well written it was. I am not one for words but what I can say is that this book along with all the rest is amazing and I think that everyone should read them.
Date published: 2006-07-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Such a snore! I'm used to not being able to put down a book of Diana Gabaldon's, hence why I was so excited about this book. It took me almost 6 months to read and that's only because I am stubborn! I could have easily left it and said goodbye to Jamie and Claire forever. You can tell that Gabaldon is only trying to stretch out the story to more books. It makes me sad that such a fine series has to die by this "Fiery Cross". Avoid this book and keep the sweet taste of "Drums of Autumn" intact.
Date published: 2006-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another Wonderful Book This book is the fifth of Diana Gabaldon's series and it is as amazing as the first four. Unlike many other series, this series keeps going strong. The plot and story lines never flat lines but only gets better! I have often cought myself keeping in my breath. Simply because I wanted to put as much energy in reading it, in order to read as fast as possible to find out what happens next!! This series is fantastic. You won't regret buying any of these books. Now I just can't wait to get the sixth book, Snow and Ashes!!!
Date published: 2006-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magical The whole Outlander Series is outstanding. I eagerly await the next installment.
Date published: 2005-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Carly I didn't think there was much more that could be said about Jamie and Claire untill I picked this book up. With all the new charactors and different times there is much to be learned of the Frasers and the Mackenzies. I lost many hours of sleep to this book. I guess I will catch up untill A Breath of snow and Ashes comes out.
Date published: 2005-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Fiery Cross Diana Gabaldon has had me hanging on every word, from the first book in the series, Outlander . I've read all five, twice, in anticipation of the long awaited A Breath of Snow and Ashes in September (two more months!). Will Jamie and Claire escape their destiny of death by fire? I just know Diana will not disappoint us. The Fiery Cross is the continuing love story of Jamie and Claire, Roger, Brianna, and Jemmy - characters that have become a part of my family! My mother and I talk about them as if they are long lost cousins. You'll love this latest installment which includes confrontation once again with Stephen Bonnet (don't you just want to slap that man?!) - and some wonderful surprises near the end that had me laughing and crying out loud!! I'll definately be searching for more of Diana Gabaldon if the story of Jamie and Claire ever dares to end!! (Have you read the story of Lord John Grey?!)
Date published: 2005-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Fiery Cross We have now, in Diana Gabaldon, an author whose story-telling skills are a boon to lovers of historical fiction. I expect no less than an eventual Pulitzer Prize for this exceptional lady!
Date published: 2003-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I found the book to be well written, and even though the author took a different approach using many small branches of stories instead of one, she still provided an excellent source of enjoyment. I read the book in four days because I couldn't put it down! I was actually worried that this book may be the end of the series and was overjoyed to read that it is not. I absolutely cannot wait until the next book! Until then I think I will start reading the series again.
Date published: 2002-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read!!!!!! This book is awesome. Anyone who has not read the series should. I highly recommend all of her books.
Date published: 2002-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Loved it! I can't wait for the next one!
Date published: 2002-04-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Mid-life Boredom After so much anticipation and hope that Gabalddon would rekindle some of the bust-grabbing excitement of the Outlander, this latest effort may be the strongest indication that both the author and her characters are suffering from acute mid-life boredom. It is almost entirely an incoherent diatribe of extraordinarily detailed nothingness. There is little literary substance. It is about as interesting as the watery consistency of the overly mentioned baby poop. A complete waste of a Christmas present. Gabaldon should be embarrassed to collect the royalities. It will certainly be my last read of her books, unless I have trouble getting to sleep. It worked every time.
Date published: 2002-04-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointed Perhaps I expected too much from this book. All of the previous books in the series were a joy to read and difficult to put down. With a series of seemingly disjointed tales with long, drawn out prose, this one was a chore. But, I kept reading with the expectation that the caliber of storytelling found in the prior books would soon emerge. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until the last few chapters of the book where this quality revealed itself. Hopefully, the last book in the series will more than make up for this one which, in my opinion, was sadly lacking.
Date published: 2002-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE FIERY CROSS Great Book. Worth every Penny. This writer never lets you down. If you have read all the others don't miss this one. If you haven't start them. She is a real page turner. And trust me any time i see the name MCKENZIE in print I can be pretty picky.
Date published: 2002-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So long awaited I was checking to see what other Diana Gabaldon fans had to say about her latest book. I'd waited for so long to see the continuing saga of Jamie and Claire. I must admit, I was a little dissapointed. I devoured the book but I found that I only got into it at the very end. It is still a very good read and I look forward to the next and last book.
Date published: 2001-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book This book was very enjoyable. I do suggest that if you haven't read the first 4 books in this series, that you do before you read this one. Outlander, being the first, was definetly the best book out of the five, and the setting for everything. I think that if this book was read, without the others being read first, it wouldn't have the same impact.
Date published: 2001-12-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from eagerly awaiting book 6 Had waited impatiently for this book, but was thoroughly rewarded when I read it. However,the pace has slowed down a bit, accounting for the 4 star rating. The characters were as captivating as ever.
Date published: 2001-11-21

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The Fiery Cross

by Diana Gabaldon

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 992 pages

Published: November 1, 2001

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385256655

ISBN - 13: 9780385256650

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Happy the Bride the Sun Shines On Mount Helicon The Royal Colony of North Carolina November, 1770 I woke to the patter of rain on canvas, with the feel of my first husband''s kiss on my lips. I blinked, disoriented, and by reflex put my fingers to my mouth. To keep the feeling, or to hide it? I wondered, even as I did so. Jamie stirred and murmured in his sleep next to me, his movement rousing a fresh wave of scent from the cedar branches under our bottom quilt. Perhaps the ghost''s passing had disturbed him. I frowned at the empty air outside our lean-to. Go away, Frank, I thought sternly. It was still dark outside, but the mist that rose from the damp earth was a pearly gray; dawn wasn''t far off. Nothing stirred, inside or out, but I had the distinct sense of an ironic amusement that lay on my skin like the lightest of touches. Shouldn''t I come to see her married? I couldn''t tell whether the words had formed themselves in my thoughts, or whether they - and that kiss — were merely the product of my own subconscious. I had fallen asleep with my mind still busy with wedding preparations; little wonder that I should wake from dreams of weddings. And wedding nights. I smoothed the rumpled muslin of my shift, uneasily aware that it was rucked up around my waist and that my skin was flushed with more than sleep. I didn''t remember anything concrete about the dream that had wakened me; only a confused jumble of image and sensation. I thought perhaps that was a good thing.
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From the Publisher

Crossing the boundaries of genre with its unrivalled storytelling, Diana Gabaldon’s new novel is a gift both to her millions of loyal fans and to the lucky readers who have yet to discover her.

In the ten years since her extraordinary debut novel, Outlander, was published, beloved author Diana Gabaldon has entertained scores of readers with her heart-stirring stories and remarkable characters. The four volumes of her bestselling saga, featuring eighteenth-century Scotsman James Fraser and his twentieth-century, time-travelling wife, Claire Randall, boasts nearly 5 million copies in the U.S.

The story of Outlander begins just after the Second World War, when a British field nurse named Claire Randall walks through a cleft stone in the Scottish highlands and is transported back some two hundred years to 1743.

Here, now, is The Fiery Cross, the eagerly awaited fifth volume in this remarkable, award-winning series of historical novels. The year is 1771, and war is approaching. Jamie Fraser’s wife has told him so. Little as he wishes to, he must believe it, for hers is a gift of dreadful prophecy – a time-traveller’s certain knowledge. To break his oath to the Crown will brand him a traitor; to keep it is certain doom. Jamie Fraser stands in the shadow of the fiery cross – a standard that leads nowhere but to the bloody brink of war.

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Crossing the boundaries of genre with its unrivalled storytelling, Diana Gabaldon''s new novel is a gift both to her millions of loyal fans and to the lucky readers who have yet to discover her.
In the ten years since her extraordinary debut novel, "Outlander, was published, beloved author Diana Gabaldon has entertained scores of readers with her heart-stirring stories and remarkable characters. The four volumes of her bestselling saga, featuring eighteenth-century Scotsman James Fraser and his twentieth-century, time-travelling wife, Claire Randall, boasts nearly 5 million copies in the U.S.
The story of "Outlander begins just after the Second World War, when a British field nurse named Claire Randall walks through a cleft stone in the Scottish highlands and is transported back some two hundred years to 1743.
Here, now, is "The Fiery Cross, the eagerly awaited fifth volume in this remarkable, award-winning series of historical novels. The year is 1771, and war is approaching. Jamie Fraser''s wife has told him so. Little as he wishes to, he must believe it, for hers is a gift of dreadful prophecy - a time-traveller''s certain knowledge. To break his oath to the Crown will brand him a traitor; to keep it is certain doom. Jamie Fraser stands in the shadow of the fiery cross - a standard that leads nowhere but to the bloody brink of war.

About the Author

Diana Gabaldon is the New York Times bestselling author of four previous novels – Outlander (which has been optioned for a television mini-series), Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, and Drums of Autumn – and one work of non fiction, The Outlandish Companion. She lives with her family in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Editorial Reviews

“Addictive in the extreme.” -- The Toronto Star

“A word-of-mouth cult success and a publishing phenomenon.” -- Kitchener-Waterloo Record

“Leaving out the history, the time-travel and fantastical subplots, the wit and irony, battles and heroes and villains, what will keep loyal readers and attract new is this fine portrait of two immensely admirable and interesting characters.” -- The London Free Press


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