Voyager Review

July 19, 2013 Reviews 0 ★★★★★

Voyager ReviewVoyager by Diana Gabaldon
Series: Outlander Series #3
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Date Published: November 1994
Genres: Historical Fiction
Format: Audiobook
Audiobook Length: 43 hrs and 51 mins
Audiobook Narrator: Davina Porter
Rating: five-stars
Description:  From the author of the breathtaking bestsellers Outlander and Dragonfly in Amber, the extraordinary saga continues.

Their passionate encounter happened long ago by whatever measurement Claire Randall took.  Two decades before, she had traveled back in time and into the arms of a gallant eighteenth-century Scot named Jamie Fraser.  Then she returned to her own century to bear his child, believing him dead in the tragic battle of Culloden.  Yet his memory has never lessened its hold on her... and her body still cries out for him in her dreams.

Then Claire discovers that Jamie survived.  Torn between returning to him and staying with their daughter in her own era, Claire must choose her destiny. And as time and space come full circle, she must find the courage to face the passion and pain awaiting her...the deadly intrigues raging in a divided Scotland... and the daring voyage into the dark unknown that can reunite or forever doom her timeless love.

"Triumphant ...her use of historical detail and a truly adult love story confirm Gabaldon as a superior writer." Publishers Weekly

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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.

 

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Immediately after reading Dragonfly In Amber, I  began reading Voyager.  I absolutely loved the first two books of this series and was super excited to find out what happens next (especially after SUCH a cliff hanger ending of book 2!)  Well, the third book in the series, didn’t disappoint! I adored this book.  Finally, after all these years, Claire and Jamie get to be together again. I was so curious to discover plot and make predictions and see if they came true, that I would never have been able to properly review this book unless and until I reread the book.  So, I began listening to the audio version (which is fantastic btw).

In Voyager the narration of the novel changes format a bit.  Instead of being limited to only seeing what Claire sees, we are allowed, through third person narration, to find out what exactly happened during the 20 years in which Jamie Fraser was separated from Claire.  What I like about this is that even though the author allows us a substantial glance into what Jamie experiences during that time, all is not revealed.  There are still tons of surprises that Claire has to discover.  I loved getting to know Brianna better, although she seems a bit difficult to get to know, but that could simply be because Roger and her were thrown together in such a way that I did not find their love story all that endearing. I find myself liking Roger better than Brianna. Perhaps this is another reason I do not feel connected to Brianna.  And, of course, I have a new favorite character in Wee Ian!  He seems like Jamie’s son, through and through.

The setting played a major role in this book.  While I did miss Scotland, this book offered several new settings and adventures. Along with trying to readjust to each other, Jamie and Claire must deal with family drama, missing person(s) and  adventure on the high seas including a run in with pirates! There is no lack of humor and adventure, but there did seem that something was different about this book that just did not get to me the way the two previous books had.  I suppose it was that the sense of danger was removed now that I knew the series continued. I mean, Dianna Gabaldon could not mean to have Claire go back through the stones just to kill Jamie off as soon as she got there!  The love story was still sweet and beautiful as ever. Jamie is different.  There is a hardness to him that didn’t exist when he was younger.  He is not as innocent as he once was and does no longer sees himself as a good man.

Overall, Voyager is a great book filled with the reunion of characters you would expect and a few you might not expect.  While it may not pack the same punch as the first two books in the series, Voyager is a solid 5 star book!



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