A Breath of Snow and Ashes

A Breath of Snow and Ashes

Book - 2005
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Continues the story of 18th century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th century wife, Claire. The year is 1772, the eve of the American Revolution. But Claire has found a newspaper clipping, dated 1776, which reports Jamie's death.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, 2005.
ISBN: 9780770427993
9780385257404
9780385662451
0385257406
Characteristics: p. ; cm.

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gailfarlow48
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.

AL_JANE 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!

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erinsnest
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!

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DorisWaggoner
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.

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rjw0317
Jun 18, 2015

I've become accustomed to the slow meandering tone of the series, interspersed with page-turning action sequences. That's why the last quarter of this books seemed so rushed. An awful lot of stuff happens very quickly and I didn't feel the author really was emotionally invested at that point. I hope the next book is more polished. And I will read it when it comes out.

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dschneek
Jun 10, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyable read and filled with interesting scenes and vignettes with our favorite characters. As is typical with the series, the action intensifies in the last half so that you have to rush out to get the next one.

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ZenSojourner
May 21, 2014

NOT SF/F. Bodice ripper. I am really tired of having stuff like this foisted off on me as SF/F. This should be listed only under "romance novels". Even for a bodice ripper I find this series particularly brainless and unbelievable. I'm sure the author is weeping all the way to the bank. See my comments on the originating novel "Outlander" for a more descriptive comment.

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ZenSojourner
May 21, 2014

NOT SF/F. Bodice ripper. I am really tired of having stuff like this foisted off on me as SF/F. This should be listed only under "romance novels". Even for a bodice ripper I find this series particularly brainless and unbelievable. I'm sure the author is weeping all the way to the bank. See my comments on the originating novel "Outlander" for a more descriptive comment.

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zephyr74
Feb 01, 2012

My favorite of the series so far. Like a collection of mini-stories about the characters we have grown to know and love.

rhvic Sep 15, 2011

A major disappointment after the earlier books in the series (the first three are the best). Tiring and tedious plot repetition. I did not even bother to finish it.

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