A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander #6) by Diana Gabaldon

A Breath of Snow and AshesFrom goodreads:

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.


This will be short and sweet because I’m feeling rather lazy today…

Diana Gabaldon’s writing is flawless, the pacing was just right and while there are some funny moments, there’s a certain wistfulness at the end, making me feel a bit melancholy.

The Fiery Cross (Outlander #5) was such an EPIC disappointment that I was nervous going in to​A Breath of Snow and Ashes.  Fear not, I absolutely LOVED this book and what a relief!!!! Seriously, I loved it.

Oh the DRAMA!!!  And the scandalous revelations were jaw-dropping moments!!  I think that’s what made this book so completely fabulous.

So much happens to Claire and then to Jamie and Claire as a couple. It’s what made the first four books of the series so fantastic and we see it in this one as well. Even though they go through so much, the love they have for each other is unyielding.

“I cried then, holding nothing back. For empty years, yearning for the touch of a hand. Hollow years, lying beside a man I had betrayed, for whom I had no tenderness. For the terrors and doubts and griefs of the day. Cried for him and me and for Mary MacNab, who knew what loneliness was—and what love was, as well.”

Also, there’s more information shared for a few of the supporting characters, especially Ian who absolutely broke my heart.  He still remains my favorite and Lizzie left me speechless!  Don’t even get me started on Malva.

As per usual I’m overly vague saying too much and nothing at all.

If you gave up reading this series because of The Fiery Cross, give it another try because this book makes up for it big time.

PS: I’ve already started An Echo in the Bone (Outlander #7) *wink*






  1. Tricia says

    Yay!! Glad to hear this one is much better than the one before! I’ll remember that when I read the series. Lovely review, you’re really making me want to read the series! But I’m trying to get through some on my TBR list first!! Happy reading on #7, hope it continues the greatness of the series! :-)

    • Cristina says

      Tricia so much better! *sigh of relief* I’m in love with this series but when you do read it, just know that you’ll be consumed by it. I’ve been reading this series since AUGUST and I can’t even believe it because the longest I’ve ever spent on a series have been two week max! *shrugs* ♥

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