A Breath of Snow and Ashes

by Diana Gabaldon

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.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Read in 2017 on 1/1 to page 82, on 1/6 to page 158, on 1/7 to page 442, on 1/10 to page 566, on 1/12 to page 619 on 1/13 to page 666, on 1/15 to page 1026, on 1/22 to the end.  Listened to Recorded Books Audiobook by Davina Porter  simultaneously.

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I loved it and recommend the series to any lover of fiction. I selected this series as I was tired of waiting for several years for George R.R. Martin to write another book in his unfinished Game of Thrones series.

House FireWriting a review of a book deep in a still longer series of related novels it is near impossible to not write a spoiler. Even mentioning some character could give a clue to spoil earlier books, possibly even later books. Additionally these books are long. With my memory, if I’m not taking notes I can’t tell you for certain if “X” happened at the end of last book or near the beginning of this book. Another thing cramping a review is described by another reviewer who said about Diana Gabaldon, “She has way too much information about way too many people, and I get a little dizzy…”

If you’re reading this series, you’re not going to stop before reading this book. Every book is well worth it… most running over 20 hours of reading. Now to semi-spoilers.

If you don’t want spoilers, stop here.


Not that there are any great spoilers but…bridge

We’re creeping up on the American Revolution and it appears Jamie and Claire will die in a foretold horrible conflagration and or will be neck deep in the rip between loyalist and revolutionaries. Or all of the above.

Jamie has escaped the servitude he may have faced by being the man of the house at his Aunt Jocasta MacKenzie Cameron’s plantation who appears filthy rich… a sure thing, if only Claire’s 1960’s mentality could accept the owning of countless slaves… Jamie’s choice though is to accept a land grant from the Governor and move all his old Scottish Highlander friends onto his generous land grant…. But this too he knows will eventually be too good to be true if a debt is called due by the governor. Jamie knows from Claire and Robert that war is inevitable and he must choose sides eventually.

Diana Gabaldon has perfected the art of making sure her beloved characters are either neck deep in quick sand, are being pulled from quick sand, or are trying to figure out how to recover from quick sand and you… as the reader are asking…. But, but what about the the jewels…? Are they broke now, again…? Is that beloved family member really dead? How did they escape that? or will they…?

So you take a breath and realize they may get out of this mess but… that other anvil is about to land on their head.

The triple x pornography evident in earlier books is not showing up as often in this one, nor is it as explicitly graphic.

Will every woman character you grow to love have rape nightmares…? or can it be worse?

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Yep… In Diana Gabaldon’s writing it can always be worse.

Reading the next book I had a moment when I stopped the audiobook to count in my mind how many men Claire has had sex with since the first book. I was suddenly curious for some reason. Naturally there was her husband Frank, and her husband Jamie. Just the fact I was curious enough to stop and try to recall alerts you that she has had some unpleasant experiences. Enough spoilers. There are more books to go.

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Author: aegiswiz

Lifetime scholar of technology, sciences, building trades, management, writing, self help, religion, politics and much more. An avid reader and researcher with insatiable curiosity. Ardent US patriot who's served, body and soul, has never wavered from oaths to God, Constitution, country, freedom, and is avowed to defend this way of life from all enemies foreign and domestic.

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