Fiery Cross

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Fiery Cross

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Nov 14, 2006, 11:46 pm

I'm curious what fans of the series think of Fiery Cross? I had to try twice to get into the book before I finally read it through. My daughter who loves the series has yet to read it and many other I know think that book was boring. What do you think? Once I got into it, I loved it. It was just that long scene on the mountain that never seemed to stop... after that it was good. :)

Editado: Nov 15, 2006, 11:16 am

I think it was a little hard for me to read, but I atribute that to something I discovered about Gabaldon's writing style. So far there are 6 books and they seem to be split into two different sub-series, (1-3 and 4-6) In them you have the first and fouth where you have Jamie and Claire together but you also have a lot of their family etc playing a large part in the story. In the third and sixth you have it focusing on the time-travel, Jamie and Claire's love for each other (in every book, but still had to mention it), some struggles that lead to change, but overall triumph. Now, that is all great and nothing wrong with it, but when we get the the second and fifth books there is a different part of the arc. One we don't really like much. If you will remember Drag. in Amber was a difficult book. There was a lot of war and fighting, Claire lost the baby and Jamie and Claire were seperated. Now, that kind of sets you up, subconciously, to be reluctent to read Fiery Cross because you kind of fear the worst will happen. I do think that Gabaldon does at times write too much about things that take away from the story by slowing it down than adding to it.

None-the-less, I think we can all agree that the series is great

- Jessa

Maio 28, 2007, 8:39 am

I did it! I can't remember if my sister gave me The Fiery Cross 2 or 3 years ago, but I finally finished it this morning after putting it down and picking it back up several times. This book (obviously) took a very long time to thoroughly hold my interest -- I wasn't more than halfway through until a couple of weeks ago and then it wasn't until I was about 500 pages in (Alamance) that I truly got to the point where I was reluctant to put it down.

The message above gives some hint, but I'm wondering how the pacing of this book compares to #6? I noticed that my library has the audiobook version and I'm considering tackling A Breath of Snow and Ashes that way instead of trying to read it (I have a long commute and listen to books on CD regardless). I listened to Lord John and the Private Matter that way and enjoyed it. I've got a stack of to-be-read books I'd like to devote my time to now instead of reading #6, I think...