Book Review: Dragonfly in Amber – An Outlander Novel

Posted August 8, 2013 by @Angelized_1st in 2013 HF Challenge, Books, Entertainment, HF Reading Challenge, Reading Challenges / 0 Comments

Dragon Fly in AmberSo I have been reading Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander book series in anticipation of Starz’ new television series adapted from her novels. So far the book series has seven novels, but the eighth will be released in spring of 2014. I keep trying to move away from unfinished book series, because I hate waiting for the next novel, but this one has me hooked. Oh, well… the best laid plans and all that. After reading Gabaldon’s first novel, Outlander, I found myself obsessed with Claire Randalls’ love affair with Jaime Fraser.  So much so that I’m currently halfway through the third novel.

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The second novel, Dragonfly in Amber, doesn’t exactly pick up where the first one left off. In fact, it picks up with Claire back in her own time, but twenty years in the future. 1968 to be exact. Told through flashbacks, Claire recounts to her daughter Bree how she fell in love with a young Scottish warrior and through a series of harrowing events found her way back home. In the official synopsis according to Goodreads:

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….

When I read the synopsis before beginning the book, I have to admit my heart broke. How can a world without Claire and Jaime together exist? While I sped my way  through the first 80 pages or so desperate to get to Claire’s flashbacks of her and Jaime, my heart began to repair itself, and I came to appreciate Claire’s life in the present. I won’t claim that Dragonfly in Amber was better than the first novel. In my opinion it’s not. So far the third novel, Voyager, is the best and it seems the second serves as a bridge between the first and third novels. I don’t want to say more, because its’ definitely worth reading spoiler free. I, for one, regret reading spoilers beforehand as doing so may have affected my reading of it. If you are looking for a compelling read, I highly suggest picking up Diana Gabaldon’s entire Outlander series. It’s so engaging, you’re going to want the next book on hand so you can keep on reading.

FYI: The books sell for about $8.99 each in paperback (new), but if you have an iPad, Kindle, or Nook you can buy the 7 book series  for only $49.99. You’ll save  $6. Not a huge savings, but money is money.


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