Claire Randall's saga as an outlander continues. The tales of her first mistaken trip to the highlands of 18th century Scotland seeming so distant, this 20th century nurse now resides in colonial America with her husband, Jamie Fraser. Previously, Claire and Jamie worked to help their daughter, Brianna, and son-in-law Roger, both from the 20th century, settle into life at Fraser's Ridge. The Fiery Cross begins with Brianna and Roger making their marriage official and baptizing their son.
Such idyllic domestic life cannot last, for the year is 1771, and Claire is all too aware of what lies ahead; what is oracular knowledge to those around her is simple history to Claire. She knows that a bloody conflict for the independence of the American colonies is coming. When Jamie is called upon to form a militia to put down the seeds of rebellion in North Carolina, he is all too aware that he will be eventually be forced to betray his king. An intricate plot weaves around the Fraser clan, as they perch on the precipice of war.
The Fiery Cross is the fifth novel in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, the prolific author who has written seven Outlander novels, an Outlander graphic novel, and several spin-off works following the Lord John character from her third novel "Voyager." Gabaldon started the Outlander series in the late 80s when she was a professor of Environmental Studies at Arizona State University. Initially it was an exercise to see if she could write a novel (and quite a successful exercise we might add). Since then her publishing success has allowed her to work as a writer full-time, with her latest Outlander novel, "Written In My Own Heart's Blood," forthcoming. She currently lives in Phoenix with her husband, and has three grown children.
The year is 1771, and war is approaching. Jamie Fraser’s wife has told 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. To break his oath to the Crown will brand him a traitor; to keep it is certain doom. Jamie Fraser stands in the shadow of the fiery cross—a standard that leads nowhere but to the bloody brink of war. Download and start listening now!