The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon

The Fiery Cross

byDiana Gabaldon

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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.

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Diana Gabaldon was born in Flagstaff, Arizona on January 11, 1952 . She has a Ph.D. in Quantitative Behavioral Ecology, a M.S. in Marine Biology, and a B.S. in Zoology. She has worked as a university Professor and has written freelance for various magazines and companies such as Walt Disney. Gabaldon is the well-known author of the "Ou...
Title:The Fiery CrossFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 17, 2010Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Marvelous! I laughed, I cried, I occasionally wanted to throw it against the wall but was rendered physically unable to put this masterpiece down. It was beautiful.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Often gets a bad rep, but I love it! Fiery Cross is definitely different from the previous books. There are more storylines to follow, but there is also more time spent in a single setting than is usual. It's a slow mover, but it contains a whodunit type mystery that brings together all kinds of facts and threads from the previous novels and from throughout this book as well. Absolutely worthwhile and one of my favourites!
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent This a great series - must read, although this book seemed to drag on and took me a lot longer than normal to get through it.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the series Took me awhile to get through this one & seemed to drag out a bit but this series is still one of my favourites.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superbly written Another fantastic book . Don't want the series to end.can"t get enough. Diana takes.the reader so vividly into the lives of these characters that you wish you were actually there.
Date published: 2015-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Fiery Cross Almost as good as the previous volumes I found it to be a bit dragged out, as if the author was running out of exciting things to write about.
Date published: 2015-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Book 5 It continues to be the best of the best. Cried a few times and laughed also. I really feel as though these characters actually lived. Can't wait to read the next book.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this Series I started reading this series in October and now about 1/3 or the way through the Fiery Cross. I love books intertwined with History and the author does such a good job describing the scenes that I feel like I am really there. Jamie and Claires adventures have not disappointed thus far. Great read If your like me make sure you have lots of time on hand before you pick up the books because it is so hard to put them done.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beyond words.... My love for this series is beyond words, and can only be expressed by the amount of times I have read this series..... And will read it.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beyond words.... never get tired of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. Character development is great, but can any one family really suffer all the misfortune and recovery? I guess that's what makes her stories compelling despite their length. 1st 1300+ page e-book I've read.
Date published: 2014-03-22
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!
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beyond words.... Loved it! All the pages, it was a nice breather to enjoy family time with the Frasers and the Mackenzies :) exploring tragic events trend (cause you can bet the break doesn't last long)... We needed that or else it wouldn't be a novel written by Diana Gabaldon!! Other readers wine about the events that take place to these characters and maybe I'm more of a sadistic prude, but I'll take well developed characters and (harsh or not) difficulties in life over a mushy gushy love story any day! Je suis priest, Diana! What else is in store for these peeps?!?!
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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 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