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CHARACTERS ´ The Fiery Cross ☆ The year is 1771 and war is coming Jamie Fraser’s wife tells him so Little as he wishes to he must believe it for hers is a gift of dreadful prophecy—a time traveler’s certain knowledge Claire’s uniue view of the future has brought him both danger and deliverance in the past; her knowledge of the oncoming revolutTime traveler’s certain knowledge Claire’s uniue view of the future has brought him both danger and deliverance in the past; her knowledge of the onco. When I finished this my knee jerk reaction was to give it a 4 star However after some consideration I have to be honest with myself and say it was really just a 3 star read The Fiery Cross is the 5th book in the Outlander series a fantasyromancehistoricaltime traveleverything but the kitchen sink series which began when Claire Randall on a second honeymoon in Scotland is thrown back in time from 1946 to Scotland during the Jacobite uprising that ended tragically at the battle of Culloden While stuck in the past she of course falls in love with a Highland warrior named Jamie Fraser Through four long ass novels they've been separated and reunited and managed to get themselves right smackdab in the center of any significant historical event taking place in the 18th century Jamie's natural ability to lead heightened by Claire's knowledge of what the future holds In The Fiery Cross Jamie and Claire are now living in America with their daughter Brianna and her husband Roger Jamie finds himself in the role of laird to a group of Scottish immigrants who populate his land grant known as Fraser's RidgeI freakin' love these novels and that's why it pains me to say that I'm suffering from PTDGD Post Traumatic Diana Gabaldon Disorder at the moment Gabaldon has always written massive tomes stuffed full of historical detail and it's clear that this woman does her research which sets her novels apart from the typical offerings of historical romance This isn't just costume drama However I don't think I've ever read a novel in which so much happens and yet nothing really happens The novel is so focused on the minutiae of day to day life pigpens are built militias are gathered and disbanded fields are plowed laundry is done buffalo are hunted that any narrative momentum is nil It just doesn't go anywhere There are rumblings of the American Revolution in the distance but no real battles other than a brief interlude in which Jamie gathers together a militia to help the governor put down the Regulators and the one driving narrative thread the hunt for Stephen Bonnet who raped Brianna in an earlier novel fizzles with no real resolution clearly to be picked up in the next novel Admittedly all of the mundane tasks of daily life are vividly brought to life and readable because the characters are so likable but Gabaldon can certainly beat a dead horse As evidence I offer the following1 She repeatedly overuses some wordsphrases sardonic gimlet eye wry smile and everyone's mouth twitches at the corner with suppressed amusement at some point in the novel Everyone's eye color is commented upon in every other paragraph Details that diehard fans should be aware of by now are tediously repeated 2 I read about breastfeeding than I ever wanted to Brianna's breasts spend so much time hardening between feedings of her offspring Jemmy they should be given their own novel And I won't even comment upon the milk sodden love scene Let's just say it gave a whole new meaning to Got Milk Blech3 Why does Roger MacKenzie still listen to Jamie Sure I know Jamie is his father in law and Roger wants to impress him but Jamie is constantly sending Roger out on dangerous solo errands to give Roger who is from the future a chance to prove his manliness in a time when men are defenders providers apparently tireless lovers etc However Roger always almost dies during his undertaking of these tasks He is hung nearly burnt to a cinder beaten to within an inch of his life how much must Roger endure Just let him stay home for a couple of chapters Sheesh4 The alternating point of view is vexing to me Some chapters are told in 1st person from Claire's point of view and these are definitely the interesting chapters especially since you are reading about historical events from the perspective of someone who is conflicted about what knowledge she brings from the future and the dangers of revealing too much; it's easy to forget that there's a time travel element when Claire isn't narrating but others are told in third person from other characters' perspectives Most of these are told from Roger's point of view Strangely we never really get anything substantial from Jamie or Brianna's point of view 5 Some chapters seem shoehorned in just because they were too darn cute to leave out In particular these chapters serve to show how clever someone is or how adorable little baby Jemmy is Don't care Don't give a shit Move onAnd then there's James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser himself or Himself as he's often called in the novel denoting his social position of laird God is there anything this man cannot do As much as I love the character of Jamie it's becoming increasingly obvious to me that he's female catnip although he does not sparkle; he's the anti Edward Cullen and yet they both share a similiar function to make women long for men that do not exist and would probably be endlessly exasperating if they did First off he's the physical embodiment of masculine perfection tall well muscled blazing red hair piercing blue eyes fills out a kilt uite nicely if you know what I mean and if you don't read the book Gabaldon will make it uite apparent He's a fierce warrior and yet a well educated intellectual who is just at home in the courts and palaces of Europe as he is on a battlefield He's multilingual and can read Latin Greek French etc and uote from high literature at a moment's notice He can be a brutal or tender lover depending on whatever Claire's in the mood for He can be a man's man and then inexplicably lapse into shy boy like behavior and whisper sweet nothings Men of the world give up Compared with Jamie Fraser you fail Despite all of this I still enjoyed the novel The relationship between Jamie and Claire has somewhat mellowed although not in a bad way There's still plenty of ridiculously hot sex between the two but the relationship isn't marked by the fear of Claire going back to her own time through the stones I also enjoy the good natured vulgarity that runs throughout the characters' speech and the humor with which Gabaldon writes And for all of my bellyaching about all of the details of 18th century life I will concede that if anyone can make it interesting it's Gabaldon I will be reading A Breath of Snow and Ashes the 6th book in the series but I'm definitely going to need a lengthy respite between the twoCross posted at This Insignificant Cinder

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The year is 1771 and war is coming Jamie Fraser’s wife tells him so Little as he wishes to he must believe it for hers is a gift of dreadful prophecy a. I don't think any author is in love with her characters and her own writing as much as Diana Gabaldon To the point that she is convinced that absolutely everything she writes about them has to be in her books Who cares about the plot and moving things along and putting in her novels only events that would advance the plot Not Diana I've loved the Outlander books for a while in spite of their fragmented nature and sometimes convoluted story lines but this time even the most dedicated fan would notice that There is hardly any plot in it I am still trying to figure out what the purpose of this book was my only guess is to lead to the confrontation with Stephen Bonnet But then hundreds and hundreds of pages in The Fiery Cross are dedicated to the events that have nothing to do with the main story line of it At least 23th of the novel could have been cut out because the only thing that happens there is that Jamie Claire and Roger have to go on some militia business and then come back twice During these trips nothing important takes place except of course they meet some random people And don't get me started on Brianna's breasts If all the bits about her breasts being swollen or leaking milk and her wanting Roger to suckle on them were taken out The Fiery Cross would have been at least 100 pages lighter And another 100 pages lighter without little Jemmie pooping in a diaper or otherwiseCertainly we fans have a fair amount of patience for Gabaldon's long books and a lot of love for the characters and scenes in their lives but come on a novel is still a novel If there is hardly any forward motion in the story no danger no intensity if you can skip hundreds of pages without missing anything vital and the author is preoccupied with indulgently recording every occurrence in her characters' lives important or not she might as well call her work fanfiction Or a soap opera with no end in sightInterestingly enough even after spending a year reading The Fiery Cross and dropping it so many times I can't count I still couldn't bring myself to give it less than 3 stars and I already have the next book in the series loaded onto my iPod This crack has a firm hold on me For now

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The Fiery CrossMing revolution is a flickering torch that may light his way through the perilous years ahead or ignite a conflagration that will leave their lives in ash. Went something like this50 chapters of camping and sexual frustration where nothing really happensNothing happens repeatedly50 chapters of a wedding with a LOT of sexual frustration followed by a murder most foul an autopsy and sex in the stables FINALLYMore nothing happens50 chapters of a large scale battleConfrontation where guy gets his balls shot off MaybeEnding with us waiting for the revolution to happenThrow in a couple of major characters almost dying okay she really got me with the bit about Roger I'll admit itAlso a lot of assgrabbing Which is probably better than the spanking But still EVERYBODY is grabbing butts here What is up with thatI uestion why I keep reading these books but they keep me just entertained enough to keep going Also there is some self loathing involved