Title: A breath of Snow and Ashes
By: Diana Gabaldon
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Release Date: August 29th, 2006
Summary from Goodreads: 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.
Review: I'm so sad... I really am obsessed with the Outlander series, but this book just plane sucked. There was absolutely no plot. 1400 pages of nothing... Nothing I tell you. I struggled through until about 45%, then I skipped forward to about 70% and that is when things really got good. I wasn't confused either, which meant that I didn't miss any real world building or story line. The last 30%of the book was interesting, but seemed to be several short stories mashed together into one book. It was horrendous. There were a few things that happened that pushed the story forward and probably meant something to the next book, but it needed to be cohesive and not just stuck at the end of a boring waist of paper. I'm sorry if you don't agree with me, but its the truth. If you need to read this book before you read the next one, skip forward to 70%. Rant concluded.