Outlander Book Club: The Fiery Cross Chapter 24 breakdown

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Jamie calls on the men with the fiery cross in Outlander Book 5, Chapter 24

As Jamie calls on the men to fight beside him, Roger makes a realization in himself in Outlander Book 5, Chapter 24. It’s an extremely important chapter for Roger’s development.

The chapter is all from Roger’s point of view. He thinks about the songs that he’s performing, and explains some of their meanings. He witnesses the crowd and watches Jamie go from person to person. But the ending is more about him.

It’s a chapter that wasn’t used all that much in the show in the way the chapter is set out. Yes, we have the moment of the fiery cross with Jamie calling on the men, but we don’t get this development for Roger.

I didn’t mind the development being pushed to later in the season for Roger. I’ll get to why I didn’t mind that, along with how the timing of the fiery cross in the show likely affected that. Timing is everything for good character development in both book and show.

Was there any foreshadowing, though? I didn’t see all that much. There was certainly stuff to push the plot forward, but traditional foreshadowing wasn’t all that clear. Unless I’m forgetting something in the books, and I do tend to do that with some of the later books because it’s been a while since I’ve read them. I also have a habit of mixing book and show scenes in my head at times!

Let’s dive into The Fiery Cross Chapter 24.