A Breath of Snow and Ashes

A Breath of Snow and Ashes

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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. 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.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2005
ISBN: 9780385324168
Branch Call Number: GAB
Characteristics: ix, 979 p. ;,25 cm


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tlk1956 Aug 16, 2018

Starting where I left off (having read the first four books of the "Outlander" series twenty years ago), I thought I would miss the a bit of the essences of the story. But was surprised...
It felt like I had just read them yesterday!
Jamie and Claire, Brianna and Roger living in revolutionary America, seemed like old friends awaken from their slumber!
Anyone who loves romance, history, conflict, and a bit of fantasy will enjoy these tales immensely!

Jun 06, 2018

I really like the story behind this series, and particularly enjoy the TV series. However, after the third book, the amount of detail becomes a bit tedious, and unnecessary. Also, the author uses the same phrasing over and over again. It would be interesting to count how many times she uses "to and fro" (sometimes several times within a few pages), Jamie "raises an eyebrow" or "coughs", and the image of someone, usually Claire, shivering, although it's warm. It seems at this point she's run out of ideas. This book could have told the story adequately in half the pages, as a lot of it is filler. And I think she's forgotten that Jamie can't wink, because he does in this book, but couldn't before. But I'll keep reading the series just to say I did, and to see how they deal with it for the TV series.

Nov 21, 2016

I have loved these books since I was given Voyager as a gift. Have read them all, now rereading them after a break of some years. My favourite was probably A Breath of Snow and Ashes. Despite the initially daunting size of the book, I soon felt as if I didn't want the book to end! This was the sign of a good book. I have been enjoying the TV series,too.

ArapahoeJane Sep 19, 2016

It's hard not to like the Outlander series. This sixth book in the series was as compelling as the last. Now I have to start book seven!

Dec 21, 2015

Dec 19, 2015....just finished this, and it was a slow go as I was listening to the audio book as well. Davina Porter does such a GREAT job of narrating this series. So many different voices. This was my third time reading this book, and I was so surprised that I didn't recall the answers to the mysteries....however, in my defense, the answers are all pretty much revealed in the last 50 pages or so, and it is all pretty rushed. Looking forward to my second read of the next book....I will listen to that one as well.....and then on to the next one, which I will be reading for the first time. I'm getting too old to re-read this series again, and I will not do it if she writes another. I have way too many books on my for later shelf!

Jul 13, 2015

Still a page turner, fascinating new characters and new things to learn about familiar characters. But just under 1000 pages is a bit heavy for reading in bed . . . . Gabaldon makes her point, though—many points—that the years 1772 to 1776 in NC, which most of us know so little about, were crucial in the history of the Rev. War. At the beginning, unrest is ambiguous, if sometimes deadly, and felt on Fraser's Ridge. A new time traveler appears, always associated with the Beattles, a stupid man, evil but ultimately helpful to the Frasers in an unexpected way. Stephen Bonnet reappears just as one would expect, and it takes a whore and all the men in the family to resolve the matter. Gabaldon knows just how to end chapters, and books, so that you have got to have the next one waiting in your pile. Oh, and the house burns, not on the scheduled date, but the family all survive the fire. Whether it's predestination or not, they have to, or the books can't go on. This is way too long, way too melodramatic, but I still love her work, and her people—the ones I don't detest. Some surprising revelations about old standbys, including the Bugs, Aunt Jocasta, and some of her slaves. On this reading, I finally got out my Rand MacNally Atlas, because there are two trips from Fraser's Ridge to the Coast and I wanted to know how many of the places were real and how close I could come to placing Fraser's Ridge. One of my ancestors was born in NC and fought in the Rev. War; I did find the county, and the Frasers and MacKenzies traveled through it. Now I want to look at one of the near-contemporary map collections to understand the story better. Gabaldon does her research!

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