Gabaldon is the creator and author of the Outlander novels, a series that has remained strong for 15 years. Time-travel, romance, and historical fiction combine to bring to life 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century time-traveling wife, Claire. In this adventure, it is 1772, and the American Colonies are at odds with King George III and what they perceive as oppressive British rule. Violence has already appeared in the North Carolina backwoods where they live, with cabins being burned to the ground. Jamie is a Loyalist who is asked to safeguard the colony for his King. The governor begs Jamie to try to unite the people in loyalty to the Crown and thus restore peace in North Carolina. What happens to Jamie and Claire and the lives that intertwine with theirs is an exciting adventure through a tumultuous time where traitors are heroes and supporters are outcasts. Davina Porter does an excellent job as narrator, spanning characters with ease and skill. Gabaldon's fans will not be disappointed by this last installment. Highly recommended for all public library popular fiction collections.-Gloria Maxwell, Penn Valley Community Coll., Kansas City, MO Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.