4.5 stars This book, this series, is a total love fest You would have to love it to come this far in the seriesand be dedicated to reading these long books I m always apprehensive to start one but when I do, I m totally swept away and then I m sooo sad when I m finished As with all books in this series, DG packs an enormous amount of happenings into them and I actually had to take notes But I m not sure that I can really talk about them without spoiling something Suffice it to say that this book will take you on a roller coaster of emotions Everything that you think might happen, will happen and then some You may not understand these if you haven t read the book but some things I want to highlight Claire s surgery ether Cherokee agent naked women Lizzie Manfred Bobby Roger Amy calling Claire event 1 Donner Henri Christian Ian with the wolf hide Claire event 2 her hair Fergus Ian and Bree s trip Lizzie Jo Kezzie lice Roger Jem Malva knew who it was arrest Governor s house Tom Christie Bonnet Amanda Brianna Will Jamie s dreams stones fire gold BOX Another fantastic addition to the series Loved Claire and Jamie and Roger and Brianna ButI didn t care for all the war talk and the correspondence Thank goodness, it was only a very small part Favorite quotes Ye ve no idea how lovely ye look, stark naked, wi the sun behind you All gold, like ye were dipped in it If I die, he whispered in the dark, dinna follow me The bairns will need ye Stay for them I can wait Ye ll do, Auntie, he said It s still you, isn t it Claire, he said, quite gently, it was you It s always been you, and it always will be Get into bed, and put the candle out As soon as I ve fastened the shutters, smoored the hearth, and barred the door, I ll come and keep ye warm Ye re mine, Sassenach And I would do anything I thought I must to make that clear But we are here, all of us And we re here because I loved you, than the life that was mine Because I believed you loved me the same way I canna look at ye asleep without wanting to wake ye, Sassenach His hand cupped my breast, gently now I suppose I find myself lonely without ye. Where I got the book audiobook from Audible.I have spent the best part of a year listening to the Outlander series and honestly, by this point the books are just blending into one another Most of the time the story isn t really a story so much as a container that holds a whole load of smaller stories, some resolved quickly, others left for later If things slow down, one of the women gets kidnapped, raped or threatened with kidnap or rape, or all of the above Which probably happened quite a bit in pre revolutionary America.And then Jamie turns up and rescues everyone, and takes Claire to bed Considering she s about 55 by now she s doing pretty darn well they don t seem to go much longer than 3 days without a good bonk, Jamie never has eyes for anyone else, and he likes it when she puts on a bit of weight because it goes straight to her lovely round arse The perfect man indeed.After hundreds of hours of listening, Gabaldon s writing is pretty predictable She never passes up the chance to use a well worn phrase, endlessly describes what Jamie s hair looks like, and loves to go off on a tangent about 18th century science or doctoring Narrator Davina Porter never flags, although I have known her to mix up an accent here and there And you know what I ll miss these books when I m done They may be rambling and way too long but they re fun to listen to One day I ll probably go back to the beginning again A Breath Of Snow And Ashes Continues The Extraordinary Story Of Th Century Scotsman Jamie Fraser And His Th Century Wife, ClaireThe Year Is , 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 ForestWith 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 , Which Reports Jamie S Death, Along With His Kin For Once, He Hopes, His Time Traveling Family May Be Wrong About The Future 5 STARS JESUS H ROOSEVELT CHRIST image error I feel I have already written a review, with all the updates I did Where to start We know these books are long It s taking me, on average, three weeks to read them So, you sort of have to be dedicated to the genre and writing style to appreciate them.Jamie and Claire are living in North Carolina Their passion is still alive, their love is still true I absolutely love this couple Have loved watching them grow older together Ye ve no idea how lovely ye look, stark naked, wi the sun behind you All gold, like ye were dipped in it A lot happens in this book and some questions from the previous books are answered I canna look at ye asleep without wanting to wake ye, Sassenach His hand cupped my breast, gently now I suppose I find myself lonely without ye Her writing is very descriptive and she pays a LOT of attention to detail There was one part where Claire was making Black Pudding and I swear to God I swore I would never touch the stuff again I know I probably will, I just don t want to know how it is made.Roger and Brianna were wonderful also And wee Jemmy, what a hoot he was Loved him.Vroom, vroom I won t say too much as it would give things away and spoil the reading for others Or spoil the TV show if some of you will not read the books I chose my way when I wed ye, though I kent it not at the time But I chose, and cannot now turn back, even if I would Would you I looked into his eyes as I asked, and read the answer there He shook his head Would you For you have chosen, as much as I The books is so much than my review There is Ian, Lizzie, the twins, Malva, the Bugs, Lord John, Bonnet, Jocasta and many Pieces of the puzzle are put together, and some pieces are left for us to discover in the next books I must applaud Lizzie for her way of ensuring that she got what she wanted Apologies for bombarding you with so many updates Still hardly any plot, just people doing things, a few kidnappings, rapes and childbirths, a million of scenes of Clare healing someone But at least Brianna wasn t lactating all book long this time. Poor, poor ClaireDiana Gabaldon sent you to hell and back in this book didn t she view spoiler She had to endure one kidnapping, one group rape, having her husband being accused of impregnating a young girl, said girl murdered, getting arrested, losing her daughter, again, and grandchildren, to another time hide spoiler The first book had me completely absorbed in the little details and fascinating plot, the second book made me angry by the huge jump in time and then made me happy, while the third book continued to hold my interest The fourth book was a little slow The fifth book made me wish for all that time spent listening back again because really, however many pages an author should devote to homesteading, Ms Gabaldon surpassed it at least ten fold The sixth book frustrated me with its plodding story, with its hyper attention to detail, and with the continued and inexplicable use of multiple narrators This does nothing but prolong the agony If the last two books have been less than ideal and even somewhat of a waste of time, why did I continue the series and move on to A Breath of Snow and Ashes I wish I knew.The writing sucks It is not a well written series at all, repetitive and worthy of many an eye roll or snort of disbelief Ms Gabaldon uses the same phrases, descriptions, and dialogue all the time While continuity is important, the repetition becomes old very quickly This is on top of the fact that the entire series is just one big, very bad soap opera the kind where the villain suffers forty different ways to die but always survives to torment his victims Stephen Bonnet is the eighteenth century Stefano One can practically predict which major character is slated for his or her turn at mortal peril because it happens to them all with such frequency Yet, I keep listening, yelling at the characters for their stupidity and getting anxious on their behalf even though I know they all survive for at least two books I was sucked into the Outlander world, and I can t seem to get out.In the beginning of the series, the sex scenes were so unusual in a romance novel because they were actually vital to the story Through their most intimate moments, readers learned about Clare and Jamie, their vulnerabilities and their sensitivities It was never a sex scene purely for titillation but a method by which the characters developed and grew The same can no longer be said about any of the sex scenes within these later novels First of all, there is nothing to learn about Jamie or Clare Readers have been with them for years now, and their characters are fairly set in their development Then, there is the ick factor Both are approaching 60 years of age, and while I appreciate that their love life is healthy and frequent, it is not necessarily something about which I want to read Jamie s comments about Clare s body have him turning into a lecherous old man, and that is just wrong Then there is the physical descriptions themselves While Jamie is clearly an ass man given his many lascivious and slightly disturbing comments about the state of Clare s derri re, I m beginning to think Ms Gabaldon is a breast woman herself There is way too much attention and description devoted to all females breasts Dresses cling to them, sweat trickles between them, they are fondled, kissed, and cupped, they leak milk, and babies release them with audible noises If there is a woman in any given scene, Ms Gabaldon will inevitably mention something about that woman s breasts Frankly, it s annoying and disappointing.Then there is the issue with Jamie and Clare s daughter and son in law I hate Bree and Roger There I said it Bree is one of the most spoiled, stupid girls in print Roger was great, if a bit weak and unmanly in comparison to Jamie, until he married Bree With that one act, he became thoroughly uninteresting and superlative As for Bree, she is just now thinking of the dangers of going back in time 200 years to the Revolutionary War after the war has started For someone who is supposed to have such a brilliant mind, she completely lacks in common sense as well as empathy The scenes told from either of their points of view are just agonizing, as Roger spends most of his time thinking about Bree and Bree spends most of her time worrying about how certain events are going to affect her Their sex scenes are not in the least bit erotic or even very romantic Very rarely do they contribute something to the overarching plot, and most of the time, their presence causes complications than solutions It goes without saying that their removal from the story would also eliminate a good number of pages in this very bloated series.The problem is that at an average audiobook length of 50 hours, I have spent way too much time devoted to Jamie and Clare to quit the series now I may not be quite as vested in their survival as I once was, but I would like to solve the mystery of how they die I would like closure Ms Gabaldon has not yet written her stories to provide closure, and so I am stuck in this world of time travelers I will continue with the series onto book 7 and eventually book 8 when it is released next year Perhaps by then, Ms Gabaldon will have made it possible for me to say good bye Until then, there will be yelling and eye rolling and general frustration at the slow pacing, repetitive syntax, unnecessary narrative shifts, and completely unnecessary sex scenes It is most definitely the book world s version of a daytime soap opera. I got through another door stopper But this one made me freaking cry in the end Just nooooooooo I will talk about that later I still love it though I guess I m going to add some SPOILERS So this review is in no particular order As I have said before I m listening to them on audio and marking my place in the book and they are all starting to run together And there are lots of things going on in the books and I love most all of it Not the bad stuff There are some funny parts in the book I think my favorite is when Bree is in the shed chasing off a raccoon that is eating their food and Roger comes in scares her and she nails him in the head with a potato I wanted to add the excerpt of this but I didn t mark the freaking spot, but I was rolling with laughter at that part and Roger s reaction There s a funny part about a snake in the church And I can t remember the others because I m all upset about the ending Nothing major just wait Life is going along with everyone BUT Marsali Fergus wife and Claire are out at the thingy working on the stuff for booze They are all by themselves because they think nothing of it Some arsehole men show up, attack the women because they want the booze but the woman can t give them what they don t have These freaking jerks kick Marsali in the pregnant stomach and take off with Claire Claire gets raped of course and beaten to within an inch of her life I think these are also the same men that killed a family, sold some of the kids and burned another one alive in the home I think these were the same ones Oh, how death needs to come to them And it does all the evil people should meet the same end Anyway, Jamie wrings a neck and has the boys kill the rest of the gang Takes Claire through to make her look at all of the dead so that she knows they are gone and can t hurt her any It was horrible And the part before all of this, when Jamie and Roger find that family killed and the little girl still alive in the burned house, OMG, I can t even I mean Roger had to suffocate her because it was so dreadful and I felt sorry for everyone involved Marsali and Fergus have another child and he s a dwarf that Marsali names Henri Christian So they have a ton of kids now But some arsehole jerk little kids tried to drown Henri and luckily Roger was there to save him and give those evil kids what for Not long after that Fergus tried to kill himself and luckily Jamie was there and it made me so sad Jamie and Claire had to send them away and got Fergus a job at a printer and Fergus was happy so hopefully all of that will work out Bree got to finally get her vengeance on her rapist She shot him in the head Good riddance Bree and Roger also had a little girl named Amanda Claire Hope and there were some medical issues with her that Claire couldn t fix because it was one of those advanced things This is where I get really sad because Bree, Roger and the kids went back through the stones to save the baby And now Claire and Jamie only have Ian and it s so freaking sad because that whole family was there and I want them back Just damn it all Also, in these books there are always references to the other books and things that happened Explanations and I like that Even still, I m sad BUT on to the next.MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List The paperback edition of what is the sixth book in the Outlander series is over 1500 pages long and sorry to say, I did not hang on every word Who could There s so damn many of them Talk about bloated Diana Gabaldon s editor must love her a lot, or is just too nice for the business Kill your darlings remember that timeless piece of advice from Mark Twain I love Jamie and Claire not so much Roger and Brianna and have been hooked since Outlander, but the series is floundering, and has been for some time I could not even finish the fifth book, The Fiery Cross As for Breath of Snow and Ashes, how many times can any handful of people escape from prison, mob scenes, near death, kidnappings, etc, etc Maybe I m just cranky because while I was reading this tome, I could have finished at least four other books on my to read list But I sacrificed, I persevered, and I wanted to LOVE this book, I really did But alas, it was not meant to be There was enough Jamie and Claire antics, and classic Gabaldon humor, to recommend this title, but only to hardcore Outlander fans Remember, 1500 pages is a huge chunk of prose which translates into a huge investment of your precious reading time Approach with caution.
Diana Jean Gabaldon Watkins grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona and is of Mexican American and English descent She has earned three degrees a B.S in Zoology, a M.S in Marine Biology, and a Ph.D in Ecology.She currently lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.
- 980 pages
- A Breath of Snow and Ashes
- Diana Gabaldon
- 07 June 2018 Diana Gabaldon