A Breath of Snow and Ashes – Review



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.

Warning: If you haven’t read the prior books in the series, you may want to skip this review.

Nearly 58 hours of listening and I’m happy to report I made it through all of them! This audiobook took over a month to finish, but I truly loved every bit of this journey. I don’t know what praise I can give these books I haven’t already in my previous reviews, but my love for this series certainly never waivers.

The Fiery Cross was one of the slower books in the series, and this one starts in a similar fashion. However, as the story gets going, the excitement gears up and doesn’t seem to have a lull. My only real complaint seems absurd, as it could have made this story even longer. I only wished there hadn’t been substantial time jumps after some of the big events in this story. I hoped for the same amount of detail on the climactic moments as we get for the slower, less exciting portions. Nonetheless, there was plenty of excitement in this story – almost too much to keep track of at times.

I have a feeling this series is going to completely break my heart in the coming books as some of my favorite characters are currently separated by time. I already miss having them together, but it will make the reunion all that much more exciting in the future.

Again, I have to comment on Davina Porter’s excellent narration! I can’t imagine how long it must have taken her to record these books, not to mention the effort she puts into making each voice distinctive! I truly feel like I’m listening to Jamie’s voice, even as a woman is speaking! It’s incredible.

I especially loved the ending of this book. My heart swelled and I was in awe of how beautifully and thoughtfully it was written. I can’t wait to start An Echo in the Bone soon and continue this epic journey.

Rating: 5 stars

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