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A Breath Of Snow And Ashes

by GABALDON DIANA

October 14, 2008 | Hardcover

A Breath Of Snow And Ashes is rated 4.75 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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 992 pages, 9.3 × 6.3 × 2.1 in

Published: October 14, 2008

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385257406

ISBN - 13: 9780385257404

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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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

A Breath Of Snow And Ashes

by GABALDON DIANA

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 992 pages, 9.3 × 6.3 × 2.1 in

Published: October 14, 2008

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385257406

ISBN - 13: 9780385257404

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Chapter OneAn Interrupted ConversationThe dog sensed them first. Dark as it was, Ian Murray felt rather than saw Rollo’s head lift suddenly near his thigh, ears pricking. He put a hand on the dog’s neck, and felt the hair there ridged with warning.So attuned as they were to each other, he did not even think consciously, “Men,” but put his other hand to his knife and lay still, breathing. Listening.The forest was quiet. It was hours ’til dawn and the air was still as that in a church, with a mist like incense rising slowly up from the ground. He had lain down to rest on the fallen trunk of a giant tulip tree, preferring the tickle of wood-lice to seeping damp. He kept his hand on the dog, waiting.Rollo was growling, a low, constant rumble that Ian could barely hear but felt easily, the vibration of it traveling up his arm, arousing all the nerves of his body. He hadn’t been asleep–he rarely slept at night anymore–but had been quiet, looking up into the vault of the sky, engrossed in his usual argument with God. Quietness had vanished with Rollo’s movement. He sat up slowly, swinging his legs over the side of the half-rotted log, heart beating fast now.Rollo’s warning hadn’t changed, but the great head swiveled, following something unseen. It was a moonless night; Ian could see the faint silhouettes of trees and the moving shadows of the night, but nothing more.Then he heard them. Sounds of passage. A good distance away, but coming nearer by the moment. He stood and stepped sof
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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.

About the Author

Diana Gabaldon is the author of five previous Outlander novels — 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, The Outlandish Companion. 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 (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