The Fiery Cross (Outlander, #5) by Diana Gabaldon
Published by Dell on August 30th 2005
Genres: Adult, Epic Fantasy, Fantasy, Murder, Mystery, Romance, Suspense
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The year is 1771, and war is coming. Jamie Fraser’s wife tells him so. Little as he wishes to, he must believe it, for hers is a gift of dreadful prophecy—a time-traveler’s certain knowledge. Claire’s unique view of the future has brought him both danger and deliverance in the past; her knowledge of the oncoming revolution is a flickering torch that may light his way through the perilous years ahead—or ignite a conflagration that will leave their lives in ashes.
It’s no surprise that I love the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, but I have to say out of all the books in the series the first book “Outlander” will always be my favorite, but I think I unfortunately found my least favorite book within the series so far. “The Fiery Cross” is honestly the book were Roger MacKenzie constantly gets tortured for loving Brianna Randall Fraser.
Honestly, the things that Roger goes through makes me feel like I was watching Kids WB Jackie Chan adventures. You know, the scene that’s in ever episode of the series where the animated character of Jackie Chan would start yelling “Bad day, bad day, bad day!” That’s exactly what it felt like when reading about Roger. I almost wanted to ask Roger, is you’re love for Brianna seriously this strong? I mean, I love my husband very much, but even I have days when I look at his career in the Air Force and tell myself that it’s to much for me to handle, and we are exactly the same age, and from the same time period. Roger and Brianna aren’t even living in the their time period, they are living 200 hundred years in the past to be with Brianna’s father Jamie Fraser. So far in the time it took for Brianna to meet her father Roger has been abused by his father-in-law Jamie, and Brianna’s cousin Iain, then sold to Native Americans. Where he was then teased, tortured, and thus treated like a mug within the Native American village, only to get beaten or mistreated by them. But the time Jamie and Claire managed to free Roger in “The Drums of Autumn”, you’re telling me that Roger then gets beaten again by his 16 great grand father, for kissing his 16 great grand mother, and then “mistaken” to be a traitor at a minor war only to get hanged? I mean he was hanging, literally hanging, and I don’t mean the cute hangman rope that Wednesday Addam makes when she’s playing with Pugsley Addam!
During his own time Roger was a high educated scholar earning his degree on Oxford University. He also had an amazing singing voice in which he would get paid to attended Scottish cultural/heritage festival singing old Gaelic songs to the crowds. Now that same soothing musical voice has been stripped away because his 16 times great grandfather has the blood of two murderous hot headed characters in his character DNA? Jesus H Roosevelt Chis, Roger Mac is having more than just a “bad day”. If you has me, he’s having an awful family reunion and an even more awful marriage. This character is clearly stronger than me because all I would possible do after “The Drums of Autumn”, is move back to 1960s Scotland and find someone else to fall in love with. Honestly are the Fraser’s really work all this work? Just reading about these characters misadventures make my anxiety spark like I’m Jubilee from X Men. But to actually go through those types of events, even as a fictional character? Heaven knows what Roger, Brianna, and Claire feel when things get so hard for them and the option of leaving that time period is available as an escape. It’s even harder to think what Jamie Fraser would do if they did find living in the past to be harder than living in their own time.
What I do have to say about “The Firry Cross” is that it’s definitely the dreaded middle book that readers of a series know to well. This book help close lose plot points from the earlier books before we began a journey from the journey into the next series of books. I also know this book held a great character bond between Roger and Jamie, which was badly needed considering the fact that Jamie’s hot temper was what almost caused his daughter Brianna from find happiness entirely.
As always I enjoyed the plot points and plot turns especially when a certain character got shot in what I hope was more than his his hand.
I don’t want to give to much of the book away just know it’s still a great book, and it’s still very important to the overall plot point of the story, I just really hate all that Roger had to endure in order to be closer to Jamie. This book was all about male bonding, and bonding in general. I enjoyed it but I still can’t wait to move on to the next book in the series.
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