Book Review: The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon

Title: The Fiery Cross
Series: Outlander #5
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Published: 10/01/2002
Publisher: Delta
Genre(s): Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Romance


New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon mesmerized readers with her award-winning Outlander novels, four dazzling tales featuring eighteenth-century Scotsman James Fraser and his twentieth-century time-traveling wife, Claire Randall. Now, in this eagerly awaited fifth volume, Diana Gabaldon continues their extraordinary saga, a masterpiece of pure storytelling that is her most astonishing Outlander novel yet....

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 unique view of the future has brought him both danger and deliverance in the past; her knowledge of the oncoming 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 ashes.


Let me just start by saying I loved the first four books in the Outlander Series—like everyone else! I read them in the '90s and again last year. I tried reading The Fiery Cross several times when it was released but just couldn't get past the first few chapters. Was it all the breastfeeding and "clout" talk? I am fairly certain that was it.

It took me over 6 months to read, but I did it! At some point I found myself looking forward to picking it up again. I'm sure that my interest was in direct correlation to Jamie and Claire being featured more prominently later in the story. I had reached the point where I had to find out what happened next.

I have A Breath of Snow and Ashes and An Echo in the Bone waiting for me. I look forward to reading them after a short breather—The Fiery Cross was a heavy read at 1456 pages!