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A Breath of Snow and Ashes [Paperback]

Diana Gabaldon
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Aug. 29 2006 Outlander
Eagerly anticipated by her legions of fans, this sixth novel in Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling Outlander saga is a masterpiece of historical fiction from one of the most popular authors of our time.

Since the initial publication of Outlander fifteen years ago, Diana Gabaldon’s New York Times bestselling saga has won the hearts of readers the world over — and sold more than twelve million books. Now, A Breath of Snow and Ashes continues the extraordinary story of 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century wife, Claire.

The year is 1772, and on the eve of the American Revolution, the long fuse of rebellion has already been lit. Men lie dead in the streets of Boston, and in the backwoods of North Carolina, isolated cabins burn in the forest.

With chaos brewing, the governor calls upon Jamie Fraser to unite the backcountry and safeguard the colony for King and Crown. But from his wife Jamie knows that three years hence the shot heard round the world will be fired, and the result will be independence — with those loyal to the King either dead or in exile. And there is also the matter of a tiny clipping from The Wilmington Gazette, dated 1776, which reports Jamie’s death, along with his kin. For once, he hopes, his time-traveling family may be wrong about the future.

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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 (Montreal)

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."

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5.0 out of 5 stars Jamie and Claire...Extraordinaire! Oct. 25 2005
A hard to put down novel of exceptional style and rhythym that carries us along this long winding saga of life, death and history. Gabaldon is one of the rare authors today who can weave a tale so vivid and intensely realistic that I often found myself mimicing the casual movements of the characters (e.g.- running a thoughtful knuckle down my nose or brushing my hair from my forehead!) Just like in real life, you will love, hate, pity or root for many of the people that will come into your 'life', for once you begin these books, they really do become another world to escape into. This is a laugh and cry out loud, extremely entertaining journey. NOTE- although it does try and explain, somewhat, the role of the plethora of past characters, I would think that only those readers familiar with this series of books could truly understand 'what is what' and extract the full wonder of the story from these bountiful and wonderful pages. Do yourself a favour and start at Book One: Outlander.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dull and Disappointing July 24 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Disappointing and dull. Same story with different scenario. She really does not have anything more to add to this series but she still drags on and on. I did not even finish the book. She should have ended this series a long time ago and I will not even consider the latest book. This is the end of my relationship with the Outlander series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic saga July 8 2014
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Compelling story. Her characters are the heart of the tale, but the saga is written with such amazing imagination that it is hard to put down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just finished the 6th book in the series :) May 19 2014
By Val Z
Format:Kindle Edition
Loved it even though it took me one full year to read it.....read a few other books in between....hmmmmmm the million dollar question...should I download the next one in the series? Ok Outlander friends...Echo in the Bone is next should I go for it?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant Dec 26 2013
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LOVE this series of books. Have read all of Diana Gabaldon's books. I would recommend them to anyone who likes Historical Fiction.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK Dec 10 2013
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome Oct. 30 2013
By Jmisner
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I thought I would be sick of these books by the seventh one but they keep getting better. Diana finally tells you some of the mysteries. Can't wait for an echo in the bone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful continuation! Aug. 10 2013
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Like all of Diana's books you are anxiously awaiting the next installment. I have read the entire series several times and each time it is more amazing. Just like the classic Coronation Street each one is the same but different. But never a wasted moment.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great
Good book series. Found to be very heavy reading but a great story that leads you through a wonderful adventure. Full of description and facts.
Published 13 months ago by B. Arthurs-jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book!
I haven't finished this story yet but it is an awesome book and I'm halfway through and loving every line of it! Diana Gabaldon is my fave author and her talent is astonishing!!!
Published 16 months ago by janccd
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great story in the "Outlander" series.
I really enjoy this author's style of writing plus I like to read historic novels. The saga of the two main characters is a love story at its best and the time (century)... Read more
Published 17 months ago by judithhood
4.0 out of 5 stars A Breath of snow and ashes
I bought the whole serie at once, which turned out to be a lot of reading, maybe too much in one shot. Read more
Published on Aug. 20 2010 by G. Desjardins
5.0 out of 5 stars Diana is the BEST Author - This series is a Must Read!
I just finished A Breathe of Snow & Ashes. I tried to slow down the reading just to make it last as long as I could, but like all wonderful stories, I just had to finish it. Read more
Published on Feb. 1 2008 by Barbara
5.0 out of 5 stars Also a Canadian reader
I absolutely adore the Outlander series and am proud to say that I have brought many of my friends and co-workers on as die-hard fans. I have 2 copies of the series... Read more
Published on June 6 2007 by Kathryn Jost
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