SPOILER ALERT. This post contains spoilers from book 5 of the Outlander Series, The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon.
I can’t really say I was completely captivated by The Fiery Cross, Book 5 of the Outlander series. I didn’t love it. It was just… okay. I finished it a while ago but hadn’t taken the time to write my review. Frankly, because I zipped right through it and I can’t remember a whole lot of what happened.
To me, The Fiery Cross chronicled, with excruciating detail, the passing of time and sets the scene for the next book. You can’t skip it, otherwise the next book won’t make sense.
I was glad to see Ian back. I was so devastated when he took place of the Mohawk that Roger killed. It seemed, his “happily ever after” with his Mohawk wife did not end happily. What happened? He showed up at the Ridge sad, and moping, but no one had the guts to ask what the heck was wrong with him. There is a back story to his homecoming that doesn’t get revealed in this book.
There was a lot of internal struggling for each of the characters in The Fiery Cross. Claire and Jamie continued their happily ever after, but the looming American Revolution and life in the Appalachian Mountains proved to be stressful. Claire compared her relationship with Jamie to that of a shell and sponge. Jamie being the sponge that sucks her into his life. We’re reminded that they only spent a few years together before she was sent back to the future for 20 years.
The Fiery Cross was set a few years before the American Revolution. Colonists were getting pissed, tensions were rising, and the Frasers’ were cornered into siding with the British. Roger found himself behind enemy lines (the rebelling Americans) and the British hanged him as a traitor. I was mortified! It was worse than when Ian joined the Mohawks. Luckily, he didn’t die. His throat was ravished and he couldn’t talk anymore let alone sing. It wasn’t a happy time for Roger. He was depressed about losing his voice and just walked around moping. Yes, I know, a lot of moping by all. The annoying part was how it was revealed… Gabaldon tried to make it suspenseful but it just went on and on and on and on and on and on and on…. you get my point.
Jamie was a big jerk with a big ego in this book, but he was a man of the 18th century… and honor… and blah blah blah. Needless to say, I was not a fan of Jamie in this book. He plotted to find Bonnet so he could avenge Brianna even after she said not to. He promised Claire that he would not get himself killed, while purposely putting himself and her into situations that will obviously get them both killed.
As a perfect comeuppance, Bonnet gets his balls shot off by Brianna while he attempted to kidnap her and her son. He takes off running but doesn’t die. If you ask me, she should’ve aimed higher and shot his face off.
That’s about all I can remember. Now, let’s see what I can remember from Book 6, A Breath of Snow and Ashes.