A Breath of Snow and Ashes Paperback – Aug 29 2006
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After waiting nearly four years since The Fiery Cross (2001), readers will find every expectation fulfilled in the sixth book of the popular Outlander series. Gabaldon shines as she unfolds the continuing story of the Frasers, heartbreakingly heroic highlander Jamie and his time-traveling wife Clare. Set during the three years leading up to the American Revolution, this compulsively readable mix of authentically set historical fiction and completely satisfying romance maps both violent loss and strong family ties. On the eve of war much is changing on Fraser's Ridge and Jamie and Claire encounter much harm. This vivid and haunting novel, therefore, brings an aching sadness, but it is balanced with sheer joy, revelation, and solace. The large scope of the novel allows Gabaldon to do what she does best, paint in exquisite detail the lives of her characters. Gabaldon's ability to invoke the heroic and the harrowing writ large, while also creating moments where you dare not take a breath for fear of missing something tiny and fine, is her hallmark. For it is in describing the sound of rain on the roof, Jamie's injured hand, or the understanding between father and daughter that the world of the novel comes alive and offers readers an enthralling experience. Neal Wyatt
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“For fans, this book is another slam-dunk hit. It’s a massive, long-lasting source of entertainment.” The Gazette
Praise for Diana Gabaldon:
“Riveting. Gabaldon has a true storyteller’s voice.” The Globe and Mail
“Triumphant. . . . Her use of historical detail and truly adult love story confirm Gabaldon as a superior writer.” Publishers Weekly
“Diana Gabaldon is a born storyteller.... The pages practically turn themselves.” Arizona Republic
"Readers will find every expectation fulfilled.... The large scope of the novel allows Gabaldon to do what she does best, paint in exquisite detail the lives of her characters." Booklist
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This book is great escapist reading, and it will draw you into the lives of its characters. It's rare to find characters in a novel that you come to love, and that continue to stay fresh and interesting even after 6 books. Diana Gabaldon has lived up to my every expectation of what this book would be. I laughed, I cried, and I'm already anticipating the next book!
I felt that things picked up towards the end and were reminiscent of the earlier books but found the dual kidnappings rather redundant. While I'd rather not say goodbye to Jamie and Claire, it's probably best to wrap things up and start something new.
Hang on... Almost? Sure, Mrs. Gabaldon seems to not be able to stop herself from writing, and as a result there tend to be moments of "please can we move on?" But the action is mainly spot-on and interesting. The humour is delightful; it's not often you read historical novels without finding yourself bored to tears with factsfactsfacts. So, I therefore praise Mrs. Gabaldon for her intelligent use of her pen/keyboard.
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The cover was damaged could have bought it in a store for the same qualityPublished 8 days ago by Kristopher
Simply awesome,unable to put it down. I can't wait to see what book 7 holds . I am gratified that Brianna and her family were able to return and get the help needed.Published 2 months ago by linda Gordon
Diana Gabaldon books are phenomenal. This book came brand new, along with my other order An Echo in the Bone.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This story is gripping to the point that it is difficult to put it down. Historical information is accurTe .Published 3 months ago by Bigtimereader
Started to scan over fluffy stuff to get back to the story. I would not recommend this bookPublished 3 months ago by Karen Grieves
Diana Gabaldon gathers you up and carries you along from one book to another in such a way that you feel like you never missed a step. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Penny