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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 4.5 out of 5 by 24.
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.

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
Rated 3 out of 5 by from All Over the Place I thought this book was good but all over the place as far as a story line is concerned. Loved the ending as it left you wondering if there would be another or it could be the end of the series.
Date published: 2006-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! This book has it all!! Gabaldon is a literary genius. If you even remotely liked her first books in the series, you will definitely love this one. A good combination of fiction and history.
Date published: 2006-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OUTSTANDING Probably the best of the 6 books so far. I just finished it, after waiting months and months. I gave in and got the hardcover, and i don't regret it! For those who haven't read Outlander or any other novels in the series, GO READ THEM NOW!!! This book is so popular at Chapters that its crazy! I recommend to anyone who likes a good long story, historical fiction, a touch of romance and suspense. This book kept me on my toes, the ending made me cry, and anticipate yet dread the next book - sadly, the last. Excellent work Diana!!!
Date published: 2006-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A+++++(etc.) I had to wait for Christmas to get at this one and it was worth the wait! Read it in two days and am on the second go round. Quite possibly the best of the series. I do NOT want this series to end but I know it has to. Hopefully, Ms. Gabaldon won't leave us hanging too long. Read this, you'll be glad you did!
Date published: 2006-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Snow and Ashes in the Wind I found this book a very easy read it was like reading someone's diary which at first made me feel it was somewhat of a violation of privacy however I soon got over that. My only issue with the book was the ending as it seemed very abrupt almost as if it was added as a last minute thought however it does keep you wanting more and maybe this is why it was done this way. This is not like the other books as you are not getting the same pace and wonder as it happens but rather a view from a distance so you can stand back and be more objective however it is still an excellent read I was happy to have gotten it.
Date published: 2006-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Breath of Snow and Ashes This book was the best of the Outlander series!! I'm looking forward to the next book (the last one), yet I hate to see the series end.
Date published: 2005-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Diana Does it Again! It was SOOO worth the wait! This story is the best of example of love, sometimes fierce, but mostly comfortable, growing and strengthening, withstanding the test of time and challenge. The ongoing story of life, from the perspective of one family, crossing the chasm of time, and the struggle to make moral decisions based on the knowledge they have of the future. Diana does not disappoint us; between the introduction of new, story-enriching characters, and the development of the already popular and loved main characters, she draws us once again into the lives and experiences of Jamie and Claire Fraser as if they were family. For those of you who have not been introduced to Jamie and Claire, know that by picking up this book, you will hold your breath in anticipation, seethe with rage, applaud the underdog, laugh at circumstance, be comforted by familiarity, cry tears for the loss of innocence, and also shed tears of joy - but better friends you will not find anywhere. Enjoy.
Date published: 2005-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Breath of Snow and Ashes Well! It was certainly worth the wait this time. Just couldn't put it down - ran the gamut of emotions - tension, tears, giggles & outright guffaws. I can't believe the next one will be the last; I wonder how long Diana will keep us in suspense??
Date published: 2005-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Out Of The Outlander Series Out Of The Outlander Series comes A Breath Of Snow And Ashes. No one writes like this brilliant author. Yet again I am fullfilled by her wonderfully romantic novel. Rates up there with the likes of Fire In The Ice and Impossible as well.
Date published: 2005-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Breath of Snow and Ashes A breath of snow and ashes is my favorite of all the Outlander books. Her sixth book is a must read. I was amazed and shocked to read what happens to the Frasers and their family. I laughed and cried and could not believe what happened at the end. I await her next book with breath that is baited!
Date published: 2005-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 stars Diana did not disappoint with this new installment of the Outlander series. I laughed and I cried and I was sorry when I reached the last page knowing that I will probably have to wait another three years to see what happens next. A must read
Date published: 2005-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Only good things to come Even though this book is not yet released I can't brag enough about it. I found Diana Gabaldon about 8 years ago in a airport bookstore and haven't put her down since. I have read the entire series on Jamie and Clare and loved every minute of it. I have also read the excerpts for A Breath of Snow and Ashes on her web site and it looks as good as all the others. I can't wait to get my hands on entire book. If you are looking for a good long read (most books are almost 1000pgs for paperback) then this is the series for you
Date published: 2005-02-23

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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 CABINMarch 1773No 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 themen were all sweating. “I didna look,” he said simply. My own hands were like ice; as numb and unfeeling as therubbery 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 the ground beneath. Kenny had pounded on our door long before daylight, summoning us from warm beds. We had come in hast
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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 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


From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Diana Gabaldon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular Outlander novels, as well as the related Lord John Grey books, one work of nonfiction, and the Outlander graphic novel The Exile. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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