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  • Paperback: 992 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor Canada (Aug. 29 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440296587
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440296584
  • ASIN: 0385662459
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 4.4 x 23.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 621 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Karen on Oct. 19 2005
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book! I laughed, I cried and didn't want it to end. I thought it may have been the best one since Outlander--although I loved all of them. Jamie and Claire are growing older, with all the normal aches and pains--and they are still madly in love! I can't wait until the next book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SkylarKD on Dec 9 2005
Format: Hardcover
I am an avid reader, but there are very few books that I will purchase when they're first released in hardcover (the frugal side of me usually waits for paperbacks, or bargain bins). The books in Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series are the exception for me, though. I bought this book a few days after it was released, and I didn't put it down until it was finished.
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!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Denise Sevier-Fries on Oct. 25 2005
Format: Hardcover
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nancy on Oct. 24 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book lived up to all my expectations of what Diana's NEXT book would offer - plenty of excitement, history and the one thing that elevates Diana Gabaldon above the crowd - an excellent story with sympathetic characters who you actually care about, plus a marvelous, engrossing, rich and exciting story. I would recommend that new readers check out the Outlander Series before buying this book, because it is the 6th in the series and newcomers would be a bit confused, but the book is golden. I love it and would not hesitate to recommend it to readers. The entire series is just fantastic and I hated to finish this book. It is the best entertainment, you will learn so much and you will miss Jamie and Claire after reading it!!! Waiting patiently for the next book.... Diana, you rock!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jolc on Jan. 3 2006
Format: Hardcover
If you have read the first 5 books in the series, there is no way you can miss out on the 6th! Gabaldon has managed to keep the fans wanting for more with each book, a feat that is not easy to achieve for any writer. For those who have not read the Outlander series, you should start with the first book and work your way to this book, else you will miss out and not be able to follow the beautiful tale thus far.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 9 2006
Format: Hardcover
I am an avid fan of the Outlander series but was very disappointed with the Fiery Cross. I had high hopes for A Breath of Snow and Ashes but found I was just as frustrated when I started to read it as I was with FC. Not much plot, too much gratuitous titillation, etc., etc. Once I started to view each chapter as a short story, however, I found it much improved.
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 6 2006
Format: Hardcover
The Outlander series is a wonderful set of books sure to please anyone that enjoys a little bite in thier romance. What a prolific writier. I also agree with a prior reviewer, katlyn Stewart's book Fire In The Ice is excellent!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alexina P. on March 1 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book was beautiful in almost every aspect.
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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