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.
Gabaldon is the creator and author of the Outlander novels, a series that has remained strong for 15 years. Time-travel, romance, and historical fiction combine to bring to life 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century time-traveling wife, Claire. In this adventure, it is 1772, and the American Colonies are at odds with King George III and what they perceive as oppressive British rule. Violence has already appeared in the North Carolina backwoods where they live, with cabins being burned to the ground. Jamie is a Loyalist who is asked to safeguard the colony for his King. The governor begs Jamie to try to unite the people in loyalty to the Crown and thus restore peace in North Carolina. What happens to Jamie and Claire and the lives that intertwine with theirs is an exciting adventure through a tumultuous time where traitors are heroes and supporters are outcasts. Davina Porter does an excellent job as narrator, spanning characters with ease and skill. Gabaldon's fans will not be disappointed by this last installment. Highly recommended for all public library popular fiction collections.-Gloria Maxwell, Penn Valley Community Coll., Kansas City, MO Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
Showing 1-4 of the 4 most recent reviews
1 . Couldnt put it down
Posted January 05, 2012 by Patty , Lake City, FlI have recently finished the last book in this series and am dying for the next one. I am an avid reader and this is one of the best stories I have ever read. I fell in love with Jamie and Claire and their family is forever a part of my heart. Beware though, these are hard to put down and will keep you reading for hours and hours on end. Diana Gabaldon is a born novelist, in the Outlander books she makes you feel like you are part of the story. She tells a beautiful story like no other. I am truly greiving the loss of finishing these books for now, hopefully she finishes the next sooner than anticipated 2013.
2 . I thought this was the end
Posted September 26, 2011 by Anna , Las CrucesI thought this was the end and was surprised to learn that there is another book which I'm reading now. This has been a long series but I am enjoying it. The subplots introduced into this book have added to the story and continue to the next.
3 . Fantasic continuation of the series
Posted April 02, 2011 by Pam , Cincinnati, OHThis is a mesmerizing continuation of the Outlander series. If you haven't read these books, start with Outlander and work your way through all 7 books currently in the series. These books have it all: great story line, historically based with some real people but also fictional characters, romance, humor, loss, joy, etc. Once you are hooked, you won't want to stop reading!
4 . This entire series is wonderful.
Posted October 25, 2009 by Shirley Gordon , New YorkYou are really transported back in time and the characters (all of them -- not just Jamie and Clare) are so real, with all their flaws and personal difficulties, that to think this is the last book in the series brings a disappointment that you'll hear no more about them. It is great that Ms. Gabaldon has followed up with another book
August 26, 2006
Number of Print Pages*
Adobe DRM EPUB
* Number of eBook pages may differ. Click here for more information.
Excerpt from The Breath of Snow and Ashes (The Outlander Series: #6) by Diana Gabaldon
An Interrupted Conversation
The dog sensed them first. Dark as it was, Ian Murray felt rather than saw Rollo's head lift suddenly near his thigh, ears pricking. He put a hand on the dog's neck, and felt the hair there ridged with warning.
So attuned as they were to each other, he did not even think consciously, "Men," but put his other hand to his knife and lay still, breathing. Listening.
The forest was quiet. It was hours 'til dawn and the air was still as that in a church, with a mist like incense rising slowly up from the ground. He had lain down to rest on the fallen trunk of a giant tulip tree, preferring the tickle of wood-lice to seeping damp. He kept his hand on the dog, waiting.
Rollo was growling, a low, constant rumble that Ian could barely hear but felt easily, the vibration of it traveling up his arm, arousing all the nerves of his body. He hadn't been asleep-he rarely slept at night anymore-but had been quiet, looking up into the vault of the sky, engrossed in his usual argument with God. Quietness had vanished with Rollo's movement. He sat up slowly, swinging his legs over the side of the half-rotted log, heart beating fast now.
Rollo's warning hadn't changed, but the great head swiveled, following something unseen. It was a moonless night; Ian could see the faint silhouettes of trees and the moving shadows of the night, but nothing more.
Then he heard them. Sounds of passage. A good distance away, but coming nearer by the moment. He stood and stepped softly into the pool of black under a balsam fir. A click of the tongue, and Rollo left off his growling and followed, silent as the wolf who had been his father.
Ian's resting-place overlooked a game trail. The men who followed it were not hunting. White men. Now that was odd, and more than odd. He couldn't see them, but didn't need to; the noise they made was unmistakable. Indians traveling were not silent, and many of the Highlanders he lived among could move like ghosts in the wood-but he had no doubt whatever. Metal, that was it. He was hearing the jingle of harness, the clink of buttons and buckles-and gun barrels.