Trails of tracer bullets, and the fiery trail of a wounded Spitfire falling out of the sky.
The burning of plantations in a Jamaican night, in a trail leading down from the mountains, straight toward Kingstown.
The trail blazed by night by the handful of heroic Highlanders who fought their way straight up a vertical cliff to stand on the Plains of Abraham in a fiery dawn.
And the trail of a torch burning green, through the eerie surrounds of a Parisian cemetery, down into the mysteries of the earth.
Four tales from Diana Gabaldon are included in A TRAIL OF FIRE, each set in a different time and place — from Paris before the Revolution to London during the Blitz, from the West Indies in the grip of slavery to Quebec at the height of the French and Indian War — and yet each one a fiery thread in the warp and weft of the epic story that began in Scotland in 1945, when Claire Randall first touched a boulder in an ancient stone circle and was hurled back in time…
In “Lord John and the Plague of Zombies,” Lord John Grey is posted to Jamaica to assist the Governor as he faces a most unusual kind of uprising among the colony’s slave population.
In “The Space Between,” Jamie Fraser’s step-daughter, Joan, is on her way to an abbey in Paris to become a nun — but when she meets the Comte St Germain, a wealthy French aristocrat rumoured to deal in the occult — she discovers her destiny lies on quite a different path.
In “The Custom of the Army,” Lord John Grey is summoned as a witness in a court martial in the wilds of Acadia, only to find himself playing a crucial role in the Battle of Quebec.
In “A Leaf On the Wind of All Hallows,” a WW2 Spitfire pilot called Jerry MacKenzie crashes near a stone circle and wakes up in the eighteenth century. Can the strange man he meets – who impossibly seems to know him – help him return to his wife and baby son before a terrible fate overtakes them?
Available in English (U.K.) Edition
A TRAIL OF FIRE was released in the U.K., Australia, and New Zealand in November, 2012. Because of rights issues, this book can’t be published in the U.S.A. and Canada until 2014, but the individual stories are being published as ebooks in the U.S.A. and Canada, as I get back each story’s rights.
“Lord John and the Plague of Zombies,” one of the four stories included in this book, was released as an ebook titled “A Plague of Zombies” in the U.S. and Canada in April, 2013. Click here for information or to order the ebook.
To order an autographed copy of the English edition of A TRAIL OF FIRE from the Poisoned Pen bookstore in Scottsdale, Arizona, click here. You may specify custom inscriptions, such as “To Laura” in your book, as well as my autograph.
Note: These stories have appeared in previous anthologies or individually. The publication date for the English (U.K.) hardcover edition of A TRAIL OF FIRE was October 11, 2012. The U.K. Kindle edition was November 8, 2012.
This page was last updated on April 18, 2013.