Title: The Fiery Cross
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Genre: Historical fiction/fantasy
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Source: Audiobook from the public library
Audiobook reader: Davina Porter
First line: I woke to the patter of rain on canvas, with the feel of my first husband’s kiss on my lips.
Can you believe it? I finally finished listening to The Fiery Cross on audio. It took me a long, long time – mostly because I kept finding other books to listen to in between. I have decided that the Outlander series was never meant to be consumed in audio one right after another. It’s not that they’re not fantastic – they are, especially because of Davina Porter’s brilliant reading – but they’re just so long and gosh-darned detailed that I got burned out about halfway through Drums of Autumn.
It didn’t help that The Fiery Cross is my least favorite of the series. It felt like the only reason for the book was to get us to the next one. There are some major things that happen – but they are few and come between chapter after chapter of endless details. Those endless details are what make reading a Gabaldon book such an all-consuming experience, but this is the first book in the series when I wanted to say, “Oh, come on- just let something happen already!”
The other reason that this is my least favorite is because of what happens to Roger.
It’s funny – lots of terrible things happen to the characters in this series, and yet the thing that I hate the most is the loss of Roger’s singing voice. I get angry at Gabaldon every time I think about it! I know this probably stems from the fact that I am a singer myself, and I can’t imagine life without my voice. Roger gave up so much to follow Brianna through the stones and to live with her in this time, even accepting Jem as his own child without knowing if he is or not, that I felt like it was just too much to take his voice from him.
Well, I have Breath of Snow and Ashes all set to load onto my MP3 player – but I think I will take a bit of a break from Jamie and Claire’s world. I don’t imagine it will be a very long break – because I remember that when I read it, I liked it much better than The Fiery Cross.