Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander Series #2)

Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander Series #2)

by Diana Gabaldon

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Overview

NOW THE STARZ ORIGINAL SERIES OUTLANDER
 
With her 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 sequel to Outlander.
 
DRAGONFLY IN AMBER
 
For twenty years, Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to the mysteries of Scotland’s mist-shrouded Highlands.
 
Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as shocking as the events that gave it birth: the secret of an ancient circle of standing stones, the secret of a love that transcends centuries, and the truth of a man named Jamie Fraser—a Highland warrior whose gallantry once drew the young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his.
 
Claire’s spellbinding journey continues through the intrigue-ridden French court and the menace of Jacobite plots, to the Highlands of Scotland, through war and death in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves.

Praise for Dragonfly in Amber
 
“Diana Gabaldon is a born storyteller. . . . The pages practically turn themselves.”The Arizona Republic
 
“A triumph! A powerful tale layered in history and myth. I loved every page.”—Nora Roberts
 
“Compulsively readable.”Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385335973
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/28/2001
Series: Outlander
Pages: 768
Sales rank: 78,101
Product dimensions: 6.05(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Diana Gabaldon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular Outlander novels—Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes (for which she won a Quill Award and the Corine International Book Prize), An Echo in the Bone, and Written in My Own Heart’s Blood—as well as the related Lord John Grey books Lord John and the Private Matter, Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade, Lord John and the Hand of Devils, and The Scottish Prisoner; one work of nonfiction, The Outlandish Companion; and the Outlander graphic novel The Exile. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband.

Hometown:

Flagstaff, Arizona

Date of Birth:

January 11, 1952

Place of Birth:

Flagstaff, Arizona

Education:

B.S., Northern Arizona University, 1973; M.S., Scripps Oceanographic Institute; Ph.D., Northern Arizona University, 1979

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1
Mustering the Roll
 
Roger Wakefield stood in the center of the room, feeling surrounded.
 
He thought the feeling largely justified, insofar as he was surrounded: by tables covered with bric-a-brac and mementos, by heavy Victorian-style furniture, replete with antimacassars, plush and afghans, by tiny braided rugs that lay on the polished wood, craftily awaiting an opportunity to skid beneath an unsuspecting foot. Surrounded by twelve rooms of furniture and clothing and papers. And the books—my God, the books!
 
The study where he stood was lined on three sides by bookshelves, every one crammed past bursting point. Paperback mystery novels lay in bright, tatty piles in front of calf-bound tomes, jammed cheek by jowl with book-club selections, ancient volumes pilfered from extinct libraries, and thousands upon thousands of pamphlets, leaflets, and hand-sewn manuscripts.
 
A similar situation prevailed in the rest of the house. Books and papers cluttered every horizontal surface, and every closet groaned and squeaked at the seams. His late adoptive father had lived a long, full life, a good ten years past his biblically allotted threescore and ten. And in eighty-odd years, the Reverend Mr. Reginald Wakefield had never thrown anything away.
 
Roger repressed the urge to run out of the front door, leap into his Morris Minor, and head back to Oxford, abandoning the manse and its contents to the mercy of weather and vandals. Be calm, he told himself, inhaling deeply. You can deal with this. The books are the easy part; nothing more than a matter of sorting through them and then calling someone to come and haul them away. Granted, they’ll need a lorry the size of a railcar, but it can be done. Clothes— no problem. Oxfam gets the lot.
 
He didn’t know what Oxfam was going to do with a lot of vested black serge suits, circa 1948, but perhaps the deserving poor weren’t all that picky. He began to breathe a little easier. He had taken a month’s leave from the History department at Oxford in order to clear up the Reverend’s affairs. Perhaps that would be enough, after all. In his more depressed moments, it had seemed as though the task might take years.
 
He moved toward one of the tables and picked up a small china dish. It was filled with small metal rectangles; lead ‘‘gaberlunzies,’’ badges issued to eighteenth-century beggars by parishes as a sort of license. A collection of stoneware bottles stood by the lamp, a ramshorn snuff mull, banded in silver, next to them. Give them to a museum? he thought dubiously. The house was filled with Jacobite artifacts; the Reverend had been an amateur historian, the eighteenth century his favorite hunting ground.
 
His fingers reached involuntarily to caress the surface of the snuff mull, tracing the black lines of the inscriptions—the names and dates of the Deacons and Treasurers of the Incorporation of Tailors of the Canongate, from Edinburgh, 1726. Perhaps he should keep a few of the Reverend’s choicer acquisitions . . . but then he drew back, shaking his head decidedly. ‘‘Nothing doing, cock,’’ he said aloud, ‘‘that way madness lies.’’ Or at least the incipient life of a pack rat. Get started saving things, and he’d end up keeping the lot, living in this monstrosity of a house, surrounded by generations of rubbish. ‘‘Talking to yourself, too,’’ he muttered.
 
The thought of generations of rubbish reminded him of the garage, and he sagged a bit at the knees. The Reverend, who was in fact Roger’s greatuncle, had adopted him at the age of five when his parents had been killed in World War II; his mother in the Blitz, his father out over the dark waters of the Channel. With his usual preservative instincts, the Reverend had kept all of Roger’s parents’ effects, sealed in crates and cartons in the back of the garage. Roger knew for a fact that no one had opened one of those crates in the past twenty years.
 
Roger uttered an Old Testament groan at the thought of pawing through his parents’ memorabilia. ‘‘Oh, God,’’ he said aloud. ‘‘Anything but that!’’
 
The remark had not been intended precisely as prayer, but the doorbell pealed as though in answer, making Roger bite his tongue in startlement.
 
The door of the manse had a tendency to stick in damp weather, which meant that it was stuck most of the time. Roger freed it with a rending screech, to find a woman on the doorstep.
 
‘‘Can I help you?’’
 
She was middle height and very pretty. He had an overall impression of fine bones and white linen, topped with a wealth of curly brown hair in a sort of half-tamed chignon. And in the middle of it all, the most extraordinary pair of light eyes, just the color of well-aged sherry.
 
The eyes swept up from his size-eleven plimsolls to the face a foot above her. The sidelong smile grew wider. ‘‘I hate to start right off with a cliche,´ ’’ she said, ‘‘but my, how you have grown, young Roger!’
 
Roger felt himself flushing. The woman laughed and extended a hand. ‘‘You are Roger, aren’t you? My name’s Claire Randall; I was an old friend of the Reverend’s. But I haven’t seen you since you were five years old.’’
 
‘‘Er, you said you were a friend of my father’s? Then, you know already. . . .’’
 
The smile vanished, replaced by a look of regret.
 
‘‘Yes, I was awfully sorry to hear about it. Heart, was it?’’ ‘‘Um, yes. Very sudden. I’ve only just come up from Oxford to start dealing with . . . everything.’’ He waved vaguely, encompassing the Reverend’s death, the house behind him, and all its contents.
 
‘‘From what I recall of your father’s library, that little chore ought to last you ’til next Christmas,’’ Claire observed.
 
‘‘In that case, maybe we shouldn’t be disturbing you,’’ said a soft American voice.
 
‘‘Oh, I forgot,’’ said Claire, half-turning to the girl who had stood out of sight in the corner of the porch. ‘‘Roger Wakefield—my daughter, Brianna.’’
 
Brianna Randall stepped forward, a shy smile on her face. Roger stared for a moment, then remembered his manners. He stepped back and swung the door open wide, momentarily wondering just when he had last changed his shirt.
 
‘‘Not at all, not at all!’’ he said heartily. ‘‘I was just wanting a break. Won’t you come in?’’
 
He waved the two women down the hall toward the Reverend’s study, noting that as well as being moderately attractive, the daughter was one of the tallest girls he’d ever seen close-to. She had to be easily six feet, he thought, seeing her head even with the top of the hall stand as she passed. He unconsciously straightened himself as he followed, drawing up to his full six feet three. At the last moment, he ducked, to avoid banging his head on the study lintel as he followed the women into the room.
 
 
 
‘‘I’d meant to come before,’’ said Claire, settling herself deeper in the huge wing chair. The fourth wall of the Reverend’s study was equipped with floor-to-ceiling windows, and the sunlight winked off the pearl clip in her lightbrown hair. The curls were beginning to escape from their confinement, and she tucked one absently behind an ear as she talked.
 
‘‘I’d arranged to come last year, in fact, and then there was an emergency at the hospital in Boston—I’m a doctor,’’ she explained, mouth curling a little at the look of surprise Roger hadn’t quite managed to conceal. ‘‘But I’m sorry that we didn’t; I would have liked so much to see your father again.’’
 
Roger rather wondered why they had come now, knowing the Reverend was dead, but it seemed impolite to ask. Instead, he asked, ‘‘Enjoying a bit of sightseeing, are you?’’
 
‘‘Yes, we drove up from London,’’ Claire answered. She smiled at her daughter. ‘‘I wanted Bree to see the country; you wouldn’t think it to hear her talk, but she’s as English as I am, though she’s never lived here.’’
‘‘Really?’’ Roger glanced at Brianna. She didn’t really look English, he thought; aside from the height, she had thick red hair, worn loose over her shoulders, and strong, sharp-angled bones in her face, with the nose long and straight—maybe a touch too long.
 
‘‘I was born in America,’’ Brianna explained, ‘‘but both Mother and Daddy are—were—English.’’
 
‘‘Were?’’
 
‘‘My husband died two years ago,’’ Claire explained. ‘‘You knew him, I think—Frank Randall.’’
 
‘‘Frank Randall! Of course!’’ Roger smacked himself on the forehead, and felt his cheeks grow hot at Brianna’s giggle. ‘‘You’re going to think me a complete fool, but I’ve only just realized who you are.’
 
The name explained a lot; Frank Randall had been an eminent historian, and a good friend of the Reverend’s; they had exchanged bits of Jacobite arcana for years, though it was at least ten years since Frank Randall had last visited the manse.
 
‘‘So—you’ll be visiting the historical sites near Inverness?’’ Roger hazarded. ‘‘Have you been to Culloden yet?’’
 
‘‘Not yet,’’ Brianna answered. ‘‘We thought we’d go later this week.’’ Her answering smile was polite, but nothing more.
 
‘‘We’re booked for a trip down Loch Ness this afternoon,’’ Claire explained. ‘‘And perhaps we’ll drive down to Fort William tomorrow, or just poke about in Inverness; the place has grown a lot since I was last here.’’
 
‘‘When was that?’’ Roger wondered whether he ought to volunteer his services as tour guide. He really shouldn’t take the time, but the Randalls had been good friends of the Reverend’s. Besides, a car trip to Fort William in company with two attractive women seemed a much more appealing prospect than cleaning out the garage, which was next on his list.
 
‘‘Oh, more than twenty years ago. It’s been a long time.’’ There was an odd note in Claire’s voice that made Roger glance at her, but she met his eyes with a smile.
 
‘‘Well,’’ he ventured, ‘‘if there’s anything I can do for you, while you’re in the Highlands . . .’’
 
Claire was still smiling, but something in her face changed. He could almost think she had been waiting for an opening. She glanced at Brianna, then back to Roger.
 
‘‘Since you mention it,’’ she said, her smile broadening.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander Series #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1725 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dragonfly in Amber is a really good second chapter of the Outlander series. If you enjoyed Outlander you are sure to enjoy the continuation of Jamie and Claire's story. All of the characters from the first novel are back, with more romance and political intrigue than ever. At nearly a thousand pages, this book is longer than Outlander, but generally the pacing is good and the action comes fast, so you keep reading. I did feel like the third quarter of the book dragged a little bit, but all in all I really enjoyed the read. I would not recommend that a reader new to the Outlander series start with this book, since there is very little flashback to the first book, and you really need the background of the first book to understand what is going on in Dragonfly. For the most part, I recommend books that don't need prior books for the background check, but this was an exception.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's the great authors like Daina that keep me coming back for more. This is the second book in the Outlander series.
There is so much story in this book I honestly don't know where to begin...
The story starts out in 1968, Claire Randall is a doctor, her husband Frank Randall passed away two years ago. She is traveling in Scotland with her daughter Brianna. Traveling back to Inverness where she disappeared into the past twenty years ago. She returns to visit an old friend and to try to find out the fate of her other husband Jamie Fraser and his clansmen, wondering if they died with so many others on the battlefield of Culloden in 1746.
An engrossing read with lots of attention to detail, those of you who love details like I do will not be disappointed. I know that Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series is sometimes categorized as romance, I think that is an incredibly limiting label to place on a story that is so rich with history and adventure. Reading this I often found myself humming the theme to Indiana Jones. I loved the adventure, the treachery and the passionate love story between Claire and Jamie.
Gabaldon creates very vivid descriptions and very realistic characters and a wonderfully rich story. She's a talented writer and a gifted story teller and I am looking forward to reading more in this series.
ReadingQueen12-17 More than 1 year ago
I actually started this book a year ago. The fact that I am just now writing this review because I've just now finished this book is telling in and of itself. After reading Outlander and LOVING it, I set sky high expectations for the rest of the series and delved into book 2 with lightning speed. After 500 pages of this romantic onslaught (which is only the half way point), my rocket paced enthusiasm was reduced to a mere farting noise. As so often happens when I read two books by the same author back to back, the stylistic flaws become blaringly obvious and in the case of Dragonfly, Gabaldon's honeydew dialogue and purple prose proved too much for my pallet. To be fair, book two does pack its fair share of action, introduces a new cast of characters, and moves the landscape from the rugged highlands of Scotland to the metropolitan high life in Paris. But in spite of all this, the benefits of the story can not overcome the pitfalls of the writing. For example, after a scene where Clare and Jamie barely escape a life threatening situation by the skin of their teeth, Clare turns to Jamie and exclaims "Oh Jamie! I just want to make love to you!" What?! That doesn't even make sense! You are almost killed, you've just gotten home, it is made expressly clear that you feel like hell and you want to make love? I mean maybe "Oh Jamie, open that whiskey I need to get drunk" or "Oh Jamie, let's call a therapist!" but not "let's make love". That's just ridiculous. The other issue I have is with Gabaldon's apparent obsession with adverbs. There is not a SINGLE action that takes place without some descriptive word preceding it: "he handsomely ran across a field", "she tremblingly touched his glistening chest". OH MY GOD. Will I continue with the rest of the series? Yes, because I've already bought the books. Will I enjoy them? Not likely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The most enticing thing about Gabaldon's "Outlander" series is the touch of science fiction meshed with 18th century history and Scottish/European geography. Add to that just enough adult romance and I just couldn't put it down. I am not a history fan, but there was just enough history to enhance the plot, without sounding like a textbook. Having read "The Outlander" and "Dragonfly in Amber", I do wish that Gabaldon had more intricately developed the physical and emotional description of Claire. Granted, the stories were told from Claire's point of view, but the reader can almost see Jamie in the flesh, whereas there are blanks in visualizing Claire. What I didn't expect to derive from reading these books was how the absolute simplicity of daily life during this time period created a life unfettered by all the trappings of modern living. Yes, life could be brutal for Jamie and Claire, but the simplicity gave them time to focus on what was really important--their love for each other and sense of belonging to Jamie's clan. Now that I've read two of the books in the series, I'm going to go back to the first one to discover what I know I unintentionally disregarded as being critical to the story. Given the contents of these two long books, I know that re-reading them will greatly enhance my understanding of the plot and open my eyes to even more underlying drama and romance. I've already bought the third book in the series, "Voyager."
tchrreader More than 1 year ago
If you begin this series, I hope you have a lot of time. You will want to know what happens next and you won't be able to stop reading this series. It will hook you in. You will fall in love with Jamie and want to read more. This book is a continuation of the first an includes a war, a pregnancy and relationships. It is a great book series and Diana is a great author with a unique imagination. Some books are better than others but you always want to know what will happen!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Outlander and could not wait to get my hands on the next in the series, but this book I found cubersome and very slow. I feel as though the author is setting the stage for the next book. I still love the characters, but it did not grab my attention like Outlander did.
ClanMcMarrow More than 1 year ago
This is the second book of the "Outlander Series". It is as good as Outlander in my opinion....this whole series follows the two lead characters, Jamie and Claire, thru 18 century history of Scotland, adventure, battles, historical, romance, and time travel, along with new characters, Brianna, and Brian,,,,,this shows more of Claires personality, and determination to travel once again to the 18th century Scotland, and 20th century America...whatever it takes to be reunited with her soul mate and husband Jamie....Fantastic read or in my case I listen to the CD's!! The imformation you get from the storyline, is amazing.Diana Gabaldon takes you out of this world and into a facinating past....
Guest More than 1 year ago
Here we are again. These books really are intimidating and ridiculously long, but if you read Outlander you know that that doesn't matter. This book, compared to the 1st, was slow, dry, and just not as thrilling. About the first half of the book takes place in Paris, trying to convince Charles Stuart NOT to start an Highland Uprising. I didn't like the time in Paris at all. What got me into these books was Scotland, not France. It was dry and I felt like Diana really didn't know what she wanted to write about. It felt like she was dragging it along for simply the fact to make it longer. I was losing track of the relationship between Jamie and Claire, and that made me really unhappy. When they finnally return to Broch Tuarach, it starts to pick up the pace. The love is rekindled, you start to respond to the characters, and you find yourself craving the book again as you did with Outlander. And then the war starts. Although not as boring as their time in Paris, I kept getting anxious for the book to end. I enjoyed it, but not with the thrill I thought i could have if the author had brought it back to life, which she is so capable of. But, at the end, it retires with a bang. I finally found myself suspensed at what was going to happen, and breathless at the last page. Needless to say, this is a Diana Gabaldon books, and the most epic series I have evr read, so I am going to love it simply because of the love story. I will read Voyager and hope it is better.
MedievalLady More than 1 year ago
POWERFUL READ! Iverness, 1968 Frank Randall has been dead for two years. Claire decides to take Brianna, her 20 year old daughter, to Scotland to visit. They go see Roger, an old friend's adopted son, to seek help in finding information for Claire. Brianna and Roger are instantly attracted to each other. Claire asks Roger not to take Brianna anywhere near the standing stones called Craigh na Dun. She wants to take her there herself and also asks him not to mention the name James Fraser around Bree either. He agrees although he finds it odd. He feels Claire is hiding something. He finds some newspaper articles in his step-father's papers telling about Claire's disappearance years ago and her being found again three years after she went missing. He knows by the dates that she is pregnant with Bree when she comes back and that Frank Randall isn't Bree's true father. He is also curious as to why Claire has him searching for a list of men who fought at Culloden and why it's so personal to her. A few days later, they visit a Kirk and Claire is walking through the yard looking at the stones. They hear her scream and run to her where they find her sitting and crying in front of a stone... ~James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser -- Beloved husband of Claire.~ She starts to tell them of Jamie and her time in the past. Bree is angry and having a hard time understanding. France, 1744 Claire and Jamie are in Paris, staying with his cousin Jared. Claire is pregnant. Jamie has taken over Jared's wine business while Jared travels to get new customers. They meet King Louis and while there see a man who looks like Johnathan Randall. Claire faints and when she comes to they find it is Randall's brother, Alexander Randall, a curate to the Duke of Sandringham. Master Raymond owns an apothecary shop and Claire forms a friendship with him. There is an understanding between them that goes beyond words. She also befriends a nun at L'Hopital des Anges, a charity hospital down near the cathedral. Her name is Mother Hildegarde and she is over the nuns there. Jamie finds Johnathan Randall abusing someone in a brothel and throws him down the stairs threatening him to a duel in the morning. The boy Randall is abusing is Fergus, a young boy Jamie has taken in. Jamie is enraged to find Randall alive, thinking he had been trampled at the prison when they rescued Jamie. Claire finds out about the duel and goes to stop it. She knows if he kills Randall, then Frank will never be born. She gets there as they are fighting and has a miscarriage. Master Raymond goes to Claire at the hospital where she is laying feeling dead and numb inside. She's burning with fever and racked with pain and infection. He lays his hands on her and heals her from the inside out. " I must go," he said. He laid a hand upon my head. "Be well, madonna." Weak as I was, I rose up, grasping his arm. I slid my hand up the length of forge-tough muscle, seeking, but not finding. The smoothness of his skin was unblemished, clear to the crest of the shoulder. He stared down at me in astonishment. "What are you doing, madonna?" "Nothing." I sank back, disappointed. I was too weak and too light headed to be careful with my words. "I wanted to see whether you had a vaccination scar." "Vaccination?" Skilled as I was at reading faces by now, I would have seen the slightest twitch of comprehension, no matter how swiftly it was concealed. But there was none. "Why do you call me madonna still?" I asked. My hands rested on the slight concavity of my stomach, gently as though not to disturb the shattering emptiness. "I've lost my child." He looked mildly surprised. "Ah. I did not call you madonna because you were with child, my lady." "Why then?" I didn't really expect him to answer, but he did. Tired and drained as we both were, it was as though we were suspended together in a place where neither time nor consequence existed; there was room for nothing but truth between us. He sighed. "Everyone has a color about them," he said simply. "All around them, like a cloud. Yours is blue, madonna. Like the Virgin's cloak. Like my own." The gauze curtain fluttered and he was gone. Mother Hildegarde had buried the child and had named her Faith. Her friend, Louise de La Tour comes and takes her away with her to Fontainebleau. Jamie didn't come for her or send word and she was fine with that. She was angry, feeling he had put his honor before her or their child and had broken the trust that was between them. She soon finds he is in the Bastille for dueling and she heads back to Paris to see the King to get Jamie released. Scotland They go back to Lallybroch. Jamie receives a letter from Prince Charlie saying that he has come to Scotland to fight for his crown and has named Jamie as a supporter publicly which brands Jamie as a traitor.Jamie and Claire had done everything in their power to stop Charles from coming to Scotland while they were in France and now he has no choice but to fight. They are moving to meet with other clansmen who are in support of Charles when while camping one night, Jamie gets attacked by a young English soldier from out of nowhere. It is 17 year old William Grey. Jamie lets him live and William swears once his life debt is payed, he will see him killed. They battled at Prestonpans and were victorious. Then they headed to Holyrood. Claire runs into Mary Hawkins who takes her to Alex Randall who is close to death. Alex asks his brother, Johnathan, to wed Mary because she is with child by him. He knows he won't live long and wants her and their child protected. Claire and Jamie stand as witness. Claire and Jamie head for Culloden House where Charles is. They are talking quietly about possibly poisoning Charles and had came to the conclusion they couldn't do it when Dougal was noticed standing in the door. He goes to attack Claire and Jamie kills him. They are caught by one of Dougal's men and Jamie asks him for an hour, then he'll come back and answer for it. Jamie takes Claire back to the stones to send her back. She's refusing to go but he tells her he knows she's pregnant again and begs her to save his child. She finally agrees to go back through the stones. "I will find you," he whispered in my ear. "I promise. If I must endure two hundred years of purgatory, two hundred years without you - then that is my punishment, which I have earned for my crimes. For I have lived, and killed, and stolen; betrayed, and broken trust. But there is one thing that shall lie in the balance. When I shall stand before God, I shall have one thing to say, to weigh against the rest." His voice dropped, nearly to a whisper, and his arms tightened around me. "Lord, ye gave me a rare woman, and God! I loved her well." Iverness, 1968 Claire is continuing to tell them about Jamie, Bree's father. "The truth, then, all of it. I couldn't bear to leave him." Claire said softly. "Even for you... I hated you for a bit, before you were born, because it was for you that he'd made me go. I didn't mind dying - not with him. But to have to go on, to live without him - he was right, I had the worst of the bargain. But I kept it, because I loved him. And we lived, you and I, because he loved you." Roger learns that Jamie didn't achieve what he'd planned to do, which was die at Culloden. He reads in a book that 18 Jacobite officers, all wounded, were taken out one by one and shot but a Fraser escaped the slaughter. "One man, a Fraser of the Master of Lovat's regiment, escaped..." Roger repeated softly. He looked up from the stark pages to see her eyes, wide and unseeing as a deer's fixed in the headlights of an oncoming car. "He meant to die on Culloden's Field," Roger whispered. "But he didn't." This explains the grave they found at the Kirk so far away from Culloden with the names of Jamie and Claire. This series is one more moving piece of work. I find myself, even after reading them many times over, grabbing the next as soon as one is finished. Powerful. That's how I describe these books.
L_R More than 1 year ago
Author Diana Gabaldon has succeeded in creating a beautiful work of historical fiction of Highlander lore and the Highland battles of Scotland's history, through artful storytelling and the creation of two of the best lead characters that I have encountered. Plenty of romance, but more than that; Gabaldon has formed a strong bond of love and trust and friendship between Jamie and Claire. Time travel, mystery and intrigue, danger, Highland skirmishes, decadent French court life, strong female lead, and just a truly likable male lead character are all elements that make this a compelling read, and highly recommended. Guys will like the battles; women will just love Jamie. It's great to listen to the audiobooks as well, because the reader gets the Scottish brogue just right, and you can hear the Gaelic rather than just trying to read it on the page.
Janak More than 1 year ago
I loved Outlander and was excited to read the next book in the series. This book was a lot more political and predictable so I did not enjoy it as much. Predictable because you pretty much knew the outcome of the story from the start of the book. It kind of took the mystery and fun out of reading it. You knew there was going to be a battle, a famine, the actions of many and you knew that from the beginning of the story that she comes back to present time again at some point. It just sucked the fun out of of the story. I knew I had to push through and it WAS an enjoyable read, just not as good as the first book. The ending of this one does get back on track with excitement and leaves you with a cliffhanger wanting to run out and buy book #3 - which I am half way though and LOVING. :)
Selina_Kyle More than 1 year ago
While I didn't enjoy this book QUITE as much as I did Outlander, it was still an enthralling story. Yes, at times it did get a little boring in the middle but it really made up for it with the ending. I can say I did shed a few tears there. Overall this was still a great book and I can't wait to read the rest of the books in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never before has a novel brought out so much emotion. The last 150 pages were read through my tears as I was sobbing. Unbelievable-this is a must read for anyone who likes action, or romances, or history...WOW
Yvette4 More than 1 year ago
Um, this is a really hard review for me. The first book in this series absolutely blew me away, so I was really looking forward to reading the next book. For me, I was disappointed. For this reader, this book was missing something. Mostly, I had to fight to continue to read, as I was bored with the first several hundred pages. A lot of reviews I read said that the book got good at the end, and I agree with that. But, overall, it didn't have the rich storyline that the first book had. I still love Jamie and Claire, of course, but was sadly disappointed with this one. I will continue onto the next book in hopes that the rich storyline will return.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was wonderful and the new characters are well developed. Some of the secondary characters in Outlander developed even more in this book. I don't like to re-write the book into a synopsis and ruin the experience for someone else. I loved/hated the ending. Without giving much anything away: I loved at the end of the book with Jamie and I hated that it made me cry. I never cry reading books, but the tears were flowing reading this one. This series has really captured my heart. Now onto book three.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved Outlander but this second one wasn't what I thought it was going to be. Don't get me wrong, I love the series I have read the first three at least three times each. I didn't know until recently that there were more after Voyager but now that I do know that I am rereading them so I can continue on the rest. Keep up the good work Ms. G!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Outlander series is everything you could hope for in a historical fiction series. There's suspense, mystery, romance, and adventure. Read and be captivated by the internal struggle of these two lovable characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Diana Gabaldon is a fantastic storyteller! Read "Outlander" first and you will love the continuation in "Dragonfly in Amber". Couldn't put this book down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such an amazing series!
PCD More than 1 year ago
I read Diana Gabaldon's books years ago and really enjoyed them but I am absolutely loving the audio books! Davina Porter is an amazing reader...changing her voice to each character, distinguishing between an English and Scottish accent...truly fabulous!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I did not like the way this instalment of the Outlander series began. I found the beginning of the first book to be slow. The beginning of the second book was excruciatingly slow. I did not enjoy being thrown into the future with a charactor that had been established in the first book but was still, in essence, a stranger. After the exposition in the first pages of the book I was pleased to be joining Claire and Jamie again. The author has managed to make the 1700s feel familiar. Claire and Jamie seem to come alive when they are in the story together. As I said in the headline, this author can be very longwinded. I had to stop reading and put down the book for several days because I was so bored with the explanations of the politics of Scotland and France in Seventeen-fourty-whatever. I wish she could just tell the story and not school me about political conditions in Scotland 250 years ago. By the time I got to page two hundred I couldn't remember who the Jacobites were and what they represent. After all this I still manage to give the book four stars because, again, I like the story. I just wish that it could have been chopped down by at least 100 pages.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
Dragonfly in Amber is the second book in the Outlander series by American author, Diana Gabaldon. The novel starts in 1968 with Boston surgeon Claire Randall and her twenty year old daughter Brianna, visiting Roger McKenzie, the adopted son of Rev. Reginald Wakefield. Claire tells Roger she is after information about men from Lallybroch who died at Culloden, but it is soon apparent that she has brought Brianna to Scotland to tell her the story of her true father, Jamie Fraser. From there, the story takes up where it left off in Outlander (Cross Stitch), with Claire and Jamie in Paris doing their best to surreptitiously subvert the cause of Bonnie Prince Charlie. Claire’s knowledge of what happens at Culloden Field is their impetus: they feel compelled to try to save the Highlanders from their awful fate. But can they really change history? Their quest takes them to Paris, to Spain, to Edinburgh, to Stirling and to the Highlands. Liberally sprinkled through this generous serve of Scottish history are the minutiae of everyday life amongst the wealthy in Paris as well as the gritty details of battle and war. This instalment sees many assaults and murders, duelling, Jamie in the Bastille, friends ending each other’s lives, a dramatic rescue, a revenge killing, a wedding, several pregnancies, and a bit of witchery. Gabaldon’s plot has a few twists to keep the pages turning and enough loose ends to draw the reader into the next book, Voyager.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel is a hard read and NOTHING like the first book, Outlander. But stick with it. So much happens in this novel that it cannot be skipped. Love, war, good, evil, Scotland, France, kings, husbands, religion, magic, time travel, fate, sadness, hope and happiness. What you want, it's there, in these pages. Just stick with it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Cannot wait to jump into the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
10 stars Jamie and Claire's story changed my literary world. You will never be the same after Outlander.