A Breath of Snow and Ashes & Seven Stones to Stand or Fall by Diana Gabaldon

A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander, #6)5 stars.

This big fat book covers 3 years, leading up the American Revolution. Hardly any time travel at all – but several time travelers! And *surprise* some of them are not very nice people.

Lots of drama about Loyalist vs Tory, and the oaths which the Highlanders made to King George… should they break a coerced oath or not?

Babies. Fire. Death. Life. More fire. More life. More death. More babies. Wonderful story.

Seven Stones to Stand or Fall

4 stars.

To quote Gabaldon in the introduction: “If you thought this was the next Big Fat Book, sorry.”
I actually read some of these short stories in other volumes, but they were still very enjoyable!

Random notes, no spoilers:

* Several stories have time travel. Jewels are turned to charcoal.
* Someone dies, who you knew was going to die, and it’s still sad. Now that’s good writing.
* Claire does not star in any of the stories, very young Jaimie does.
* Don’t mess around with zombies. Snakes are OK, though.
* Sir John is in the army, but slightly detached, and gets everywhere.
* How Hal Met His Wife has a few annoying bits, but mostly excellent.
* How New Character Arranged a Better Marriage was moderately hilarious.

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