With her now-classic novel Outlander, Diana Gabaldon introduced two unforgettable characters—Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser—delighting readers with a story of adventure and love that spanned two centuries. Now Gabaldon returns to that extraordinary time and place in this vivid, powerful follow-up to Outlander.
DRAGONFLY IN AMBER
For nearly twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland’s majestic mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones… about a love that transcends the boundaries of time… and about Jamie Fraser, a Scottish warrior whose gallantry once drew a young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his.
Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful copper-haired daughter, Brianna, as Claire’s spellbinding journey of self-discovery continues in the intrigue-ridden Paris court of Charles Stuart… in a race to thwart a doomed Highlands uprising… and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves.
With the 25th Anniversary edition of Dragonfly in Amber hitting shelves, I figured I’d share my review of book two in the Outlander series.
There are a lot of negative opinions associated with this book. Some have even stopped in the series after reading this book. However, while I can see why it’s the least favorite book in the series of anyone who loves these books, you have to read it. You have to continue the series.
So here are the rest of my thoughts:
My heart hurts.
If you know me even a little, then you know that I am OBSESSED with anything and everything Outlander. I love Jamie and Claire. If anyone even mentions the series within hearing distance, I jump on the conversation and fangirl hard.
So far, this is my least favorite book in the series. Considering I’m still only on book three, there’s still time. However, this book was the slowest. At the end of book one, Jamie lets Claire pick where they’re going to go next. Being as Claire is from the future, she knows how the Jacobite rebellion will end and has convinced Jamie that they should try and to change the future.
Their time in Paris was slow at some parts. Since I am in book three as I write this review, I understand how important the events in book two are. So if you’re wondering if you can skip this book and go to book three (because book three is fantastic), you can’t. There are many events that happen that are integral to the structure of the book, the world that Claire and Jamie are living in, and the paths that they will take.
If something bad is going to happen to Jamie and Claire, it’s going to happen. Each book contains a lot of story. So many events happen in this book. While the action is less, the emotional intensity is heightened. I also learned a lot of history. I felt for the characters, hated some of them strongly, and became even more invested in the events. Historical fiction has such an appeal because the characters are brought to life. Facts are put into motion and made into something more concrete.
While it has taken me a while to make my way through the series, I don’t want it to ever end. Part of me wants to read until my brain is nothing but Outlander, while the other part of me wants to read the book as slow as possible so I can never finish the books. If you’re around me, unless you’re wanting to spend an inordinate amount of time talking about these books, don’t mention them.