Picked this one because I liked the cover. When I started reading it, by page 4, it dawned on me that I know these people. And that I liked them. Read Outlander, Voyager and Drums of Autumn years ago. (Didn't read the Amber one) Fiery Cross is just as good, thank goodness, because it is 1441 pages long. Well worth the time spent reading it.
Of all the books so far in the series, this is the hardest to get through. The first third of the book consists of the Frasiers at a clan gathering of all the Scots in the new world. This in itself is kind of cool however, I don't think we needed to hear the intimate details of a bunch of ex-highlanders who had absolutely nothing to do with the Frasiers. It took forever and was boring as hell. The rest of the book was enjoyable in a kind of everyday life kinda way. Just learning how Jamie, Claire, Brianna and Roger survived life in the 1700s some of which was very fascinating. What they did to Roger in this book was heartwrenching. I cried many times while reading about his trevails.
I really enjoyed the ending of this one...bringing everyone together again and set the stage for A Breath of Snow and Ashes. I can't wait to start it and see what is in store for our friends.
The Fiery Cross is the fifth installment in the time travel/historical adventure series by Diane Gabaldan. The central character is Claire Fraser, a 20th century woman who accidentally traveled back in time in the 1940's and ended up in 18th century Scotland. She returns to her own time pregnant from her true love, and then returns again to find him 20 years later. Now Claire is settled with her 18th century husband and is building a life in the 18th century--right before the American Revolution.
Claire, her husband Jamie and her daughter Brianna live on an enormous property in the mountains of North Carolina. The rigors of frontier life from a 20th century perspective are detailed in an interesting and captivating manner. Claire is a trained surgeon and works to provide medical services using 18th century tools. As the revolutionary war approaches, Claire and Brianna's knowledge of the events of the future create tension and fearful anticipation for her family.
This installment of the series is interesting and lively. Gabaldan has grown as a writer. Altogether a worthy successor to the Outlander time travel series.
DONT EVEN THINK ABOUT STARTING TO READ -THE FIERY CROSS -UNLESS YOU HAVE AT LEAST A WEEKEND AT TOUR DISPOSAL-THE YEAR IS 1771' AND WAR IS COMEING.JAMIE FRASER'S WIFE TELLS HEM SO.BECAUSE OF CLAIRES GIFT OF DREADFUL PROPHECY-GOOD BOOK!!
Great read, especially for those who are already a Gabaldon fan. Jamie and Clare continue to build their lives in pre-Revolutionary North Carolina. The scene swings from a Scottish Gathering in the backwoods, to the Fraser lands, to the high society of Charleston. I highly recommend it!