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The Fiery Cross: (Outlander 5) [Paperback]

Diana Gabaldon
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1 Aug 2002 Outlander (Book 5)


1771: the Colony of North Carolina stands in an uneasy balance, with the rich, colonial aristocracy on one side and the struggling pioneers of the backcountry on the other.

Between them stands Jamie Fraser, a man of honour, a man of worth. Exiled from his beloved Scotland, he is at last possessed of the land he has longed for. By his side his extraordinary wife, Claire, a woman out of time and out of place, blessed with the uneasy gift of the knowledge of what is to come. In the past, that knowledge has brought both danger and deliverance to Jamie and Claire. Now it could be a flickering torch that will light their way through the perilous years ahead - or might ignite a conflagration that will leave their lives in ashes.

The Fiery Cross is by turns poignant, page-turning, meticulous in its historical detail and searingly passionate.

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  • Paperback: 1412 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (1 Aug 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099710013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099710011
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 5.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Diana Gabaldon is the internationally bestselling author of many historical novels including Cross Stitch, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross and A Breath of Snow Ashes. She lives with her family in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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To describe Diana Gabaldon's novel The Fiery Cross as epic barely does it justice; this massive successor to the much-acclaimed Drums of Autumn weighs in at nearly a 1,000 pages, and is squarely aimed at those readers who want to enter the world of a book and remain thoroughly immersed for a lengthy period. It's essential that such a book can offer riches: riches in dense, complex plotting, riches in larger-than-life protagonists, riches in sheer story-telling skill. Gabaldon, thankfully, has it all.

After a list of acknowledgments that is long enough to tell us that this is an author who takes her time, we are plunged into the Colony of North Carolina in the year 1771, with a volatile society not under threat from Britain so much as from a bitter internal conflict. The divisions are between the colonial aristocracy, secure in their wealth, and the disadvantaged pioneers, carving out a rugged living in the shadow of the mountains of the west. Caught between them is Jamie Fraser of Fraser's Ridge, who is at ease with both sides. But Jamie's wife is the beautiful Claire, unable to integrate in the manner of her husband, always out of place. Her ability to discern the future warns of the pending revolution, and in the bloodshed that follows, the love of Jamie and Claire will be tested in the forge of war.

Gabaldon's canvas frequently evokes the epoch-spanning South of Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind, but Gabaldon is very much her own woman: this is romantic writing, but tempered with a steel edge that makes for an exuberant, turbulent blockbusting read.--Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"A story that is both moving and magical" (Northern Echo)

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90 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book! 6 Nov 2001
By A Customer
I waited 4 long years for the fifth book in Diana Gabaldon's time travel series and finally the wait is over! Often in a series, the first book is excellent and subsequent books can be disappointing; not living up to the reader's expectations. Not so with Diana Gabaldon's books. Every one has been a gem!
Fiery Cross is the continuing story of Claire and Jamie Fraser. In the first book, Cross Stitch, Claire is a WWll nurse who unwittingly steps through a crevice in time, back to 18th century Scotland, in 1743; a couple of years before the battle of Culloden. Jamie Fraser is the gallant Highlander she stumbles upon and eventually marries; leaving behind a husband in the 20th century.
Fiery Cross opens the day after the previous book, Drums of Autumn, ends. It is October 1770, and Jamie and Claire are contentedly settled in the backcountry of Fraser's Ridge,North Carolina with their daughter, Brianna and her husband, Roger (also from the future) with their son, Jemmy. Through Ms. Gabaldon's superb narrative, we witness the beginnings of dissent towards the British hold over the Colonies, the dangers and hardships of living in uncivilised territory, and secrets from 30 years before.
There are quite a few surprises revealed in this book and some questions from previous books answered. Is time travel inherited? Did Louis of France REALLY send gold for the ill-fated Scottish cause? Are there other time travellers? And many more. Read the book to find out!
I was not disappointed at all with this book! It had everything - romance, intrigue, comedy, drama, history, danger. The author's meticulous descriptions of even the tiniest details draw the reader right into the story; making you feel like a casual observer of all the goings-on.
This book is excellent and the wait was well worth it! Diana Gabaldon has surpassed herself! Roll on book six, hopefully not in another 4 years!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars start again! 2 Feb 2002
actually my favourite dg book so far, the only problem (or not ) is that i had to start the whole series again to refresh who everyone was, and unsurprisingly enjoyed them could turn into a vicous circle, with no other books getting a look in!!
fc is written differently from the rest of the series, in that it concentrates more on the day to day life on frasers ridge, rather than being constantly on the run as claire and jamie usually are, and thats why i loved it, dg has conjured up a realistic(i imagine) story of life, and i read everything from what maggots are best for putrid flesh to how to make willowbark tea with equal enjoyment. a must read for everyone!! .......well, must go start cross stitch again ;-)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Expected a lot more 14 Aug 2002
By A Customer
I have loved all the Diana Gabaldon books so far and with every one have not been able to put them down. This one, however, did not capture me in quite the same way. The long wait building up expectations probably didn't help. It is not as fast paced or dramatic as its predecors but it is still a very well written story and if you are a fan of Jamie and Claire then it is a must. Just don't expect the level of drama present in the previous books. And if you haven't read any of the series you must start at the begining with Cross Stitch, the best book of them all!! I am eagerly anticipating book 6.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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i would recommend this book to any fan of the series but they must be forewarned that it is not nearly as good as the others because of a complete lack of plot.
i personally read all 4 of the earlier ones in one go but i stopped and started three times for this one...
of course it is entertaining as gabaldon's books always are ,with intresting characters and dialogues but still it wasn't the same
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Fiery Cross as the beginning of the end. 14 Mar 2004
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I started reading this series of books at the beginning of January. It has been difficult to put the books down. The characters are very finely drawn and each has an appeal of its own. But of course we are all drawn to the main characters and in Jamie Fraser and Claire Beauchamp we have enigmatic, heroic but also very humane characters. Jamie Fraser was fantastic from the start, but the art of Gabaldon has meant that he has become more clearly drawn as a hero of his time. Like Claire, we are drawn to his flame and we expect him to live up to our expectations. So far, he has not disappointed.
Writing in the first person, Claire has been our immediate contact with this new, though ancient world. Her honest and clear descriptions of events have meant that the reader has trusted her perceptions. I have been thrilled with how quickly unforeseen circumstances and events are presented to the reader, and left us stunned with the impact. I have also so relished how she has brought experience and (Historical) knowledge from her old world and tried to let it have bearing on her new.
Fiery Cross was great in that it drew lots of threads from previous books together. Made us fear for Jamie and Claire, because of what was ordained, but at the same time let them get on with ordinary life in 18th century America. I didn't expect to, but loved the development of the characters of Brianna, Roger and all.
I expect that Diana Gabaldon knew that Jamie's description of Claire as 'an Old One' would keep people like me drawn to her books.
As I said to my husband "I feel like they are old mates. I just want to see how things turn out for them".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic next book I the Outlander series. A real page-turner it is all consuming once you start reading!
Published 3 days ago by Sheena Liddell
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
This is the best book of the Outlander series so far. I love Diana G' s descriptions of the scenery and the surroundings it makes me feel as if I'm there.
Published 8 days ago by Laura Grieve
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant as usual
Another bountiful offering in the lives of Jamie and Claire Fraser, their family and extended family.
5th time of reading this series and now away to buy the next in line.
Published 10 days ago by Ms Beverley Owen
3.0 out of 5 stars Subtitle should be "daily life in the new colonies". No major plot as...
Diana Gabaldon said in an interview that she doesn't plan her books, she just writes what comes to her, and this is very clear in this book. Read more
Published 12 days ago by S. Malvik
5.0 out of 5 stars book in excellent condition.
She is currently reading book 3, book in excellent condition.
Published 13 days ago by LES JOHNS
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Different cover than shown in website.
Published 14 days ago by Kristine Nielsen
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not as riveting as the previous novels in the series.
Published 19 days ago by Ann E Gayter
5.0 out of 5 stars Love them!
Absolutely love these books!! Diana Gabaldon is an amazing author and this series is truly one not to be missed!
Published 26 days ago by witchymamma
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep me coming Ms Gabaldon
A marvellous continuation to the series. Loved it.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Again great book
Published 1 month ago by mrs v st hilaire
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