Good evening, all! I found myself having a quiet Sunday and in the company of my latest read. I didn’t have a lot left to finish, so I decided to shut out the world (and ignore a god awful headache) and get serious about the home-stretch of book six in the Outlander series. My apologies if this review doesn’t make 100% sense, but I’m going to place the blame on the dull ache of migraine. Here we go… It’s of no surprise that tonight’s review focuses on A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon. As I’ve stated previously, these books (and the show) have consumed me mind, body, and soul. I’m head-over-heels for all things Outlander! I did ponder taking breaks in between each installment in order to reel in some of my emotions and also tackle something simpler for a little while, but I couldn’t bring myself to leave my favorite Scot and his Sassenach. As usual, five stars for this phenomenal series to date! These books are quite an investment to commit to delve into, but once you do, it’s like you’re the time-traveler and you’re consumed by another world.
Within six books and thirty plus years gone by, I’ve traveled the world with Jamie, Claire, and have watched them establish their family (which has become quite extended). From battle of Culloden in the Highlands of bonny (bonnie?) Scotland to the royal French court at Versailles, sailing on ships to the Indies, and landing on the shores of the early American colonies on the eve of a Revolution.
It can’t be said that Diana hasn’t done her research. From the herbs and medicines Claire uses in her surgery, to the Gaelic that Jamie speaks to Brianna and his kinsmen, the events of the period, and more, not a detail is spared between the pages. Kudos to her for being so utterly thorough!
This book, as with the previous, is crammed to the gills full of love, romance, battle, murder, pirates, politics, family, and both physical and emotional adventures for the reader. It’s bittersweet for me to be approaching the end of this series (for now.. I know at least one more book is coming at some point). I feel like a well-established member of the Fraser family and I don’t want to part with them to go back to my own time and another literary world. This family will be with me for quite awhile and it’s going to be a hard adjustment to returning to life after them. Only two books left to go… so, forward, march! As my laird would say, Tulach Ard! My Final Rating: Five of Five Stars