Series: Outlander Series #2
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Date Published: July 1, 1992
Genres: Historical Fiction
Audiobook Length: 39 hrs and 28 mins
Description: 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....
For 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 James 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....
My book club has decided to read the entire Outlander Series. We started reading this series in February 2013. Feel free to read along with us! I’d love to hear your thoughts on this series.
I find military history fascinating and I am sure that fact alone predisposed me to love this book more than the first. This book had a lot more history and warfare in it than the previous book and is my favorite book of the Outlander Series thus far. I have read this book over half a dozen times and each time I catch something new. However, I do recall that the very first time I read this book, I did NOT like it as much as Outlander. Upon the second reading, it became my favorite. Why was there this change? Probably because my favorite element in this series is first and foremost the love between Claire and Jamie. Outlander will always be number one when it comes to their relationship. As I reader, the first book is when you first experience Jamie and fall in love with him (sigh) oh yeah, and Claire, too, but in book 2, while, the couple is getting to know one another better, the book’s main focus is on the mission Jamie and Claire have committed themselves to carrying out, – stopping the Jacobite uprising. While this is certainly a love story ,there is much more to this book than just Jamie and Claire’s relationship. For this reason I think I liked it better the second time around as I was more prepared for what would be in the book. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Diana Gabaldon’s writing style. The woman is a literary genius! One of my all time favorite quotes from Jamie can be found in Dragonfly In Amber:
“I’ll leave it to you, Sassenach,” he said dryly, “to imagine what it feels like to arrive unexpectedly in the midst of a brothel, in possession of a verra large sausage.”
“Sassenach, I’ve been stabbed, bitten, slapped, and whipped since supper – which I didna get to finish. I dinna like to scare children an I dinna like to flog men, and I’ve had to do both. I’ve two hundred English camped three miles away, and no idea what to do about them. I’m tired, I’m hungry, and I’m sore. If you’ve anything like womanly sympathy about ye, I could use a bit!”
If you liked Outlander (and you should, you really should) then Dragonfly In Amber will leave you guessing, make you cry, worry you to death! and it will above all else certainly, absolutely, without a doubt, make you read on to the third book, Voyager.