"Sixth Installment of time travel adventure sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats!"
With the inevitable approach of the Revolutionary War and an
outcome he must take on faith, Jamie Fraser walks a
tightrope knowing that he must soon renounce his forced
allegiance to the King of England, that he will make enemies
of old and dear friends as well as some of his family, and
that timing could well determine all of their fates.
Of course life goes on in the meantime. Claire has made some
good advances with her medical endeavors although her
As they tend to do, a plethora of births turn many worlds
upside down. The reader will learn the secrets of Jamie's
Aunt Jocasta, and Ian Murray will at last unburden himself
of the details of his parting with the Mohawk tribe. The
birth of one unique child will bring a change of venue and
occupation for Jamie's adopted son Fergus, the death of one
unborn will jeopardize the lives of Jamie and Claire, and
the birth of another will force Brianna and Roger to make a
With characters as powerful as Jamie and as controversial as
Claire there is always the potential for creating equally
(ok, almost) powerful enemies. No strangers to threat, the
Frasers and company will face still more speculation,
abduction, and abuse, as their times become more perilous.
What of the fire that brought Brianna to these tumultuous
times, to warn her mother of impending doom? The readers
will get an explanation for that as well at the conclusion
of this installment. However as it is well known that there
is at least one more title in the offing, the solution may
only serve to create more questions. That alone would be
enough to encourage the reader to pick up the next title.
A Breathe of Snow and Ashes was much more fast-paced and
satisfying than the previous title, The Fiery Cross. While
the multiple points of view made the book easy to put down
at times, I do not see this as a particularly bad thing.
Having waited three years for a copy of this book, I don't
think it unfair to take a month or two to enjoy it. If Ms.
Gabaldon sticks to her past answers to fans on the question,
this series will end at the turn of the nineteenth century
with a happy ending that will no doubt bring a tear to the
eye. Stay tuned.
Copyright © 2006
Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted February 19, 2006