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The Fiery Cross: (Outlander 5) Paperback – 1 Aug 2002

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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (357 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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

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By A Customer on 6 Nov. 2001
Format: Paperback
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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Here's a little experiment for you to perform at home. Starve yourself for a couple of days, then cook your most favourite meal and lay it on the table in front of you. Take a fork-full of this food and hold it close to your mouth so you can smell the delicious aroma, then move it away, then close again, then away again. Repeat this about two-dozen times, then throw the whole plate of food in the bin and slap yourself across the face for being so silly. That's pretty much what reading The Fiery Cross is like. It promises so much but delivers so little.

Now, in reviewing this book I'm tempted to write a very snotty article bemoaning its lack of plot, poor character development, confused action scenes, overly longwinded and self-indulgent story... so I will.

Let's at least try for something positive to begin. Hmm... Well, Claire and Jamie are still present and more or less correct, though their relationship has cooled from the fiery and passionate romance of the first couple of books into the comfortable (read boring) life of a middle-aged married couple. Yes, there's the obligatory sex scene every dozen or so chapters (they still seem to go at it like rabbits, even if they're freezing cold, exhausted, dirty, sweaty or anything else that would turn most mere mortals off quicker than a naked picture of Anne Widdicombe), but you can't help but feel the vital spark is missing. They're just not as vibrant and interesting as they used to be. Still, anything's better than Brianna and Roger. Honestly, why do these characters even exist, except to make my brain angry?
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By A Customer on 14 Aug. 2002
Format: Hardcover
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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Fiery Cross is a LONG book. Far from being apprehensive about starting such a huge read (as I often am, being by nature rather impatient and easily distracted), I was relishing the prospect of spending more quality time with Claire and Jamie.

Unfortunately, while overall I enjoyed the story, it just didn't seem as exciting as the previous books. I got the feeling that the writer didn't really have any sort of idea for a main plot, only where she might want to end up at the end which is further dangling plots ready for the next book. Subsequently what happens amounts to rather a large number of pointless subplots. By the end of the book you feel like lots of things happened, but nothing much really moved the series forward. The interesting and exciting parts could have been edited down to about a quarter of the book.

Many other reviewers here have mentioned the Gathering at the beginning; it goes on and on, hardly anything interesting happens at all. It rains, and then the rain stops. Then it starts raining again. Babies cry and there is much breast-feeding to be done. Everything apparently smells slightly of baby poo. It's depressing. Yet I soldiered on.

There's a wedding at Riverrun which also drags, a calling to arms which never amounts to much at all, a number of accidents, some of them near death, many of which involve some sort of wild animal, so many in fact that it becomes ridiculous, and a whole lot of new, minor characters are introduced who you won't really care about.

Many things happen, bad things, random things. Things that make you go 'oh no!' and then in the very next moment go, 'oh wait, is that all? What was the point in that then?
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