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A Breath Of Snow And Ashes  : Outlander Series : Volume 6 - Diana Gabaldon

A Breath Of Snow And Ashes

Outlander Series : Volume 6

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The sixth novel in Gabaldon's #1 "New York Times"-bestselling Outlander saga is a masterpiece of historical fiction that continues the extraordinary story of 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century wife, Claire.

Eagerly anticipated by her legions of fans, this sixth novel in Diana Gabaldon s bestselling Outlander saga is a masterpiece of historical fiction from one of the most popular authors of our time.

Since the initial publication of Outlander fifteen years ago, Diana Gabaldon s New York Times–bestselling saga has won the hearts of readers the world over -- and sold more than twelve million books. Now, A Breath of Snow and Ashes continues the extraordinary story of 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century wife, Claire.

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.

With 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 1776, which reports Jamie s death, along with his kin. For once, he hopes, his time-traveling family may be wrong about the future.

About the Author

Diana Gabaldon is the international bestselling author of five previous historical novels - Cross Stitch, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums Of Autumn and The Fiery Cross, and one work of non-fiction, Through the Stones. She lives with her family and a lot of other assorted wildlife in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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5.0

Excellent sixth in series

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    5.0

    Very apt as all Diana's titles are..

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        Necessary to read as part of the saga of Jamie and Claire. I'll keep re-reading these books; the story stirs something deep inside of me!

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        4.0

        A grand story

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            Comments about A Breath Of Snow And Ashes:

            This is a continuation of the story of Claire Beauchamp and Jamie Fraser. I adore these characters and this book. I have read the whole series in order and have loved it. Although the book is a stand alone novel and does not need to be read in order. It has become an all time favourite of mine. If you enjoy history novels with strong female characters with not too much romance than this is wonderful. There are so many interesting aspects to the work. Endlessly entertaining.

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            5.0

            Another fantastic read in the series

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              History and fiction combined....just great

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              "Gripping." OK! "The sixth instalment of the adventures of Claire and Jamie Fraser, already number one on the bestseller list, is a whopping 980 pages of action-packed escapism. It also has surprisingly melancholy and insightful views on the experience of growing old and dealing with the losses that entails... One of the things that sets Gabaldon apart from other romance writers is exhaustive research of the times in which her characters live, so evident in her attention to period detail... plot lines and stand-alone yarns are expertly woven together with the overall theme of impending doom and the question of predetermination." The Toronto Star "Fans of Diana Gabaldon's popular Outlander series have another rousing historical-science-fiction-romance novel to savour in A Breath of Snow and Ashes... For fans, this book is another slam-dunk hit. It's a massive, long-lasting source of entertainment." The Gazette (Montreal) "Riveting. Gabaldon has a true storyteller's voice." The Globe and Mail "Triumphant... Her use of historical detail and truly adult love story confirm Gabaldon as a superior writer." Publishers Weekly

              Diana Gabaldon

              Diana Gabaldon is the author of the award-winning, #1 NYT-bestselling Outlander novels, described by Salon magazine as "the smartest historical sci-fi adventure-romance story ever written by a science Ph.D. with a background in scripting "Scrooge McDuck" comics."

              The adventure began in 1991 with the classic Outlander (published as Cross Stitch in the UK) ("historical fiction with a Moebius twist"), has continued through five more New York Times-bestselling novels--Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, and A Breath of Snow and Ashes—and presently has some seventeen million copies sold worldwide. An Echo in the Bone, to be released in September of 2009, is the seventh—but NOT the last!--novel in the series.

              The series, published in 24 countries and 21 languages, includes a nonfiction (well, relatively) companion volume, The Outlandish Companion, which provides details on the settings, background, characters, research, and writing of the novels. Gabaldon (it's pronounced "GAH-bull-dohn"—rhymes with "stone") has also written several books in a sub-series featuring Lord John Grey (a major minor character from the main series): Lord John and the Private Matter, Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade, and Lord John and the the Hand of the Devils).

              Returning to her comic-book roots, she has also written a graphic novel titled The Exile (set within the Outlander universe and featuring the main characters from Outlander), illustrated by Hoang Nguyen, to be published by Ballantine in Fall of 2010.

              Gabaldon is presently working on the third Lord John novel (Lord John and the Scottish Prisoner), and thinking vague thoughts about the eighth book in the Outlander series. In addition, she is working on a contemporary mystery series, set in Phoenix, and has written Highly Scholarly Introductions (with masses of footnotes) to recent Modern Library editions of Sir Walter Scott's Ivanoe and Thomas Paine's Common Sense.

              Dr. Gabaldon holds three degrees in science: Zoology, Marine Biology, and Quantitative Behavioral Ecology, (plus an honorary degree as Doctor of Humane Letters, which entitles her to be "Diana Gabaldon, Ph.D., DHL." She supposes this is better than "Diana Gabaldon, Fed.X") 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, worked as a contributing editor on the MacMillan Encyclopedia of Computers, founded the scientific-computation journal Science Software Quarterly, and has written numerous comic-book scripts for Walt Disney. None of this has anything whatever to do with her novels, but there it is.

              She and her husband, Douglas Watkins, have three adult children and live mostly in Scottsdale, Arizona.

              Visit Diana Gabaldon's Booktopia Author Page


              ISBN: 9780099278245
              ISBN-10: 0099278243
              Series: Outlander
              Audience: General
              Format: Paperback
              Language: English
              Number Of Pages: 1424
              Published: 1st September 2006
              Country of Publication: GB
              Dimensions (cm): 18.7 x 11.6  x 5.2
              Weight (kg): 0.64