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The Fiery Cross: (Outlander 5)

The Fiery Cross: (Outlander 5)

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By (author) Diana Gabaldon

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  • Publisher: ARROW BOOKS LTD
  • Format: Paperback | 1424 pages
  • Dimensions: 110mm x 178mm x 52mm | 662g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099710013
  • ISBN 13: 9780099710011
  • Sales rank: 1,032

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This is the fifth novel in the bestselling outlander series - soon to be a major new TV series. 1771: the Colony of North Carolina stands in an uneasy balance, with the rich, colonial aristocracy on one side and the struggling pioneers of the backcountry on the other. Between them stands Jamie Fraser, a man of honour, a man of worth. Exiled from his beloved Scotland, he is at last possessed of the land he has longed for. By his side his extraordinary wife, Claire, a woman out of time and out of place, blessed with the uneasy gift of the knowledge of what is to come. In the past, that knowledge has brought both danger and deliverance to Jamie and Claire. Now it could be a flickering torch that will light their way through the perilous years ahead - or might ignite a conflagration that will leave their lives in ashes. The Fiery Cross is by turns poignant, page-turning, meticulous in its historical detail and searingly passionate.

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Diana Gabaldon is the author of the award-winning, No.1 New York Times and international bestselling OUTLANDER novels. She has also written several books in a sub-series featuring Lord John Grey, a number of non-fiction titles, and a graphic novel The Exile (set within the OUTLANDER universe and featuring the main characters from OUTLANDER). She holds three degrees in science: Zoology, Marine Biology, and Quantitative Behavioral Ecology, (plus an honorary degree as Doctor of Humane Letters) and spent a dozen years as a university professor with an expertise in scientific computation before beginning to write fiction. She has written scientific articles and textbooks, founded the scientific-computation journal Science Software Quarterly, and has written numerous comic-book scripts for Walt Disney. She and her husband, Douglas Watkins, have three adult children and live mostly in Scottsdale, Arizona. To find out more visit www.dianagabaldon.com

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"A story that is both moving and magical" Northern Echo

Editorial reviews

The fifth of Gabaldon's magical historical sagas begins in 1770. Claire and Jamie Fraser and her daughter Brianna with her husband and baby son are starting a new life in the back-country of North Carolina. Well-born Jamie, courtesy of his friend the Governor of the Colony, holds the title to a large grant of rugged, uncultivated land in the mountains which he plans to tame, and share with his fellow-exiles. In return he must raise a regiment of fighting men, something which makes him uneasy - he's seen enough of war. Claire, though, knows that another one is coming - and soon. Ever since she learned to 'travel through the stones' from one century to another she's been both helped and plagued by what seems an unnatural prescience and the stored memories of other lives which have given her an education and abilities others lack. Medical experience in the 20th century has endowed her with the skills to heal the sick and injured, but not access to the drugs and equipment she sometimes needs. Even ordinary life in the mountains, with its extreme weather conditions and aggressive wildlife, brings new challenges every day, among them the sheer slog of keeping everyone alive and healthy - and reasonably clean. But if the land they live on is exacting it is also beautiful, and there is a lot of laughter, music, companionship, stimulating talk and conjugal love: tender, erotic and uninhibited. But as time passes Claire becomes increasingly anxious about the coming War of Independence. In the end they must make a choice between the war and another journey through the stones which could be almost as dangerous; and will inevitably lead to yet another unknown place and time. Long as it is, the novel's exuberance, invention and thought-provoking ideas never diminish. It's the kind of book that takes over your life - and stays with you. (Kirkus UK)