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!