|Dragonfly in Amber
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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....
- Good continuation of the Outlander series
I recently discovered the Outlander series; after some initial trouble getting into the story, I wound up absolutely loving the first book. As most readers probably know, the first Outlander book featured Clare Randall, a post-WWII nurse who is transported 200 years back in time, where she meets and falls in love with a young Scot, Jamie Fraser. As in the previous novel, the current installment, Dragonfly in Amber, begins in the present day--in this case 1968, 20 years after Clare's return from the past. Again, I felt that the book dragged a bit during the beginning, but once the setting shifts back to Claire and Jamie, the action definitely picks up.
The historical portion of the novel opens with Claire and Jamie in France, where they have gone to try to prevent "Bonnie Prince Charlie" from leading the Scottish people in a battle that will end in their slaughter. There is a greater emphasis on history in the sequel, and so author Gabaldon sometimes spends several pages at a time detailing relevant historical facts. To me, this weighed the book down somewhat, as Gabaldon's true strength in these Outlander novels is her portrayal of the relationship between Claire and Jamie--for me, this is the main attraction of these books. To be sure, I will be reading the next installment, as I can't wait to see where Claire and Jamie will go from here....more info
- Oh my God, I love it
I thoroughly enjoyed the books in the Outlander series. The audio version is very well done. The character voices are wonderfully done, and all I expected.
The only concern I had before purchasing was nowhere on the description did it specify unabridged. There are annotated versions available, but I did not want one. I would have returned i were it so; as it is I am very happy with the story....more info
- Dragonfly in Amber
It has been a year since I read the first book in the series, so I was worried about "catching up". Gabaldon does an excellent job of moving you from the first episode to the next. I am not a romance novel buff and tried her first book on the reccomendation of a friend. It starts well and keeps your interest to the end. I found myself putting myself in the heroine's place and wondering just what I would do. Also the idea of changing the past and just maybe not interfering with the future is a thought to work on. A thought. "How many people have vanished through time warps among old ruins?"...more info
- A good sequel
I was a little confused when I started this book and it's in 1968 and had to make sure I had the right book but once I realized and settled in, it was a satisfying read. The historical detail is interesting and Gabaldon manages to keep Jamie and Claire in the thick of things throughout the story. I want to keep reading about these two characters as well as the others that add to the tapestry....more info
- Claire and Jamie Return
So I liked but didn't love 'Outlander'. Perhaps it was slight snobbery on my part for thinking it was a well written historical bodice ripper. That said, I started this with some reservations, many of them in regards to the length at nearly a thousand pages.
I loved it. This for me was a clear case of the sequel topping the predecessor. Long, but never boring, Claire and her Highland Scotsman find themselves caught up in the intrigue of the Paris courts, with danger and mystery at every turn. I still find some of the romance a bit weepy and melodramatic, however the passages in this book felt more minimal than the previous book, and the action was definitely more engaging.
At a used bookstore, the owner and a lady were talking about this book. The owner told me to just read the 2nd one, because the book repeats so much. A 100 pages in, I knew I was missing a lot. I went to Books A Million and realized the store owner sold me the 3rd book in the series. So i bought Outlander and this 1nd book. Outlander was pretty good, I have read far better books. Now I am dragging through on this one, skipping pages. I know what happens from starting the 3rd book. The Randall raping of Jamie, is just plain disgusting and not what I expect in historical fiction/love story/novel, whatever this book is classified in. I will continue to skip pages and just finish this book, eventually....more info
- Better than the first
Although this book started out a bit slow just like the first in the series I loved, loved, loved it. This is my favorite in the series.
The only thing I was a little disappointed in was the relationship with Brianna and Roger. I think the author used up all her spark on Claire and Jamie and had nothing left to give to the other couple.
It is very rare that I breakdown and cry while reading but this novel broke my heart. Diana Gabaldon's books are the only books that I would ever reread over and over and over. ...more info
- So good
This book was a great continuation of the first book outlander. Loved the story line and the love story is so good...more info
- Fabulous. Stands on its own
Another reviewer questioned whether Dragonfly in Amber would stand on its own as a read. As someone who picked it up not knowing it was part of a series, I definitely testify that it can! I was horrified to get to the end and find out that I had to read another book to find out what happened! Now I'm glad I did. I went back and read Outlander, which was fantastic, and then went on with her series. There was no problem going backward, and then forward again. Major kudos to Gabaldon for being such a engaging, creative and clear writer....more info
- A great epic novel but dose not live up to the first and is way to long
My mom read the outlander series and told me to read them so i read the first one and loved it and could not wait to read this one. I have tos ay I was dissapointed in this one I found it way to long and it draged on at times mostly it draged at the paris parts. The story then picks up and is great and by then end of the book you want more with the way it ended. I enjoyed it and I can not wait to read the others....more info
- Passing the Love Along
I am a die hard fan of Diana Gabaldon's writing and the Outlander series is my favorite. This is actually the first book I read of hers and it is still a masterpiece. This purchase was actually a gift for a friend who is just getting into the Outlander world....more info
- Not as good as the first, but I'm still reading...
First thing, if you haven't read Outlander, proceed to that page immediately.
Part 2 of the Outlander series contains everything good about the first part: great characters, great drama, and great writing. The story also continues to be exciting, erotic, and provocative.
All that said, I got a little bit lost sometimes. Perhaps the undertaking of combining so many different genres took its toll on the author. I won't say that the twists and turns are confusing, but at times they seem contrived and forced. The element of time-travel always tends to complicate a plot, and writers must be careful not to force themselves into a situation in which the details of plot overwhelm the arc of the story. I don't think this happened to Ms. Gabaldon, but the writing begins to show signs of weakness towards the middle of the novel. It gets ploddy, with lots of new characters to keep track of, new intriques to understand, and more history to explain. So while it was never boring, it does get tedious. By the last hundred pages or so, she finds her pacing again, and hurtles the reader towards the end, just in time to make us really really want to go buy Part 3.
So, I didn't like Part 2 as much as Part 1, but despite its faults, I still have to know what happens to these people. ...more info
- Not as sadistic as the first book, but still . . .
If this is what historical romance is about, I've had enough. The author's idea of challenge for her protagonists usually involves sexual assault. I unfortunately ordered this second novel in the series before I had read the first one ("Outlander") on a recommendation. That book indulges in equal-opportunity sadism as a device for drawing her hero and heroine together. The distasteful voyeurism was startling to me and quite offensive. This sequel appears to be much more involved in historical events, but about halfway through the same victimizing tropes appear. All I can say is, ugh. ...more info
- Trying to Stop Bonnie Prince Charles in his Tracks!
"Dragonfly in Amber" is the second book in Gabaldon's "Outlander" series.
Following hints from different Amazon Reviewers I decided to read the first volume of the series as it combine two of my favorite themes: time travel and historical novel.
I was hooked for good and devouring the first three steps of a sextet!
The time travel scheme is more an excuse to allow a modern glance to a historical period, registering and comparing situations with critical (and amusing) sight.
This second part, as it was the first volume, is a terrific historical novel. It is full of every day life details, accurate background and period reconstruction; now crossing the Channel and romping thru pre-revolutionary Paris before returning to Scotland and the doomed Restoration uprising.
The story continues with Clare & Jamie adventures when they try to stop Charles Stuart from starting the second Jacobite upheaval. To accomplish this feat they move to Paris and pose as wine dealers and Jacobite supporters, entering a maze of complex relations with many different groups.
The book starts and ends in 1968, introducing a new character: Brianna, daughter of Clare & Jamie. She is not an easy person to deal with but is as fascinating as her parents.
This is a book full of romance and cloak & sword adventure, yet there is some space to allow deep meditation on transcendent issues as honor, love and meaning of life.
To better enjoy reading this book I recommend to read first "Outlander", however if you are not inclined to do that, the author give enough clues of what has previously happened all along the story.
One last caution: there are several romantic yet explicitly sexual scenes and a couple of violent ones too. So I recommend this book to adult readers only.
Reviewed by Max Yofre....more info
- Great sequel!
When you start dreaming about the characters of a book, you know it's got under your skin, and when those dreams are so rich with detail, you know the author didn't skimp with her writing! Dragonfly In Amber, like Outlander, is filled with anticipation, history, love & tears.
The beginning of the book is a little startling - I had to jump online to make sure I was reading book #2 not #3. But after that initial shock, I was right back into it - this time, trying to determine what had happened as we skip between Jamie & Claire's attempt to thwart Charles Stuart in 18th Century Scotland & Paris and save the Highlands from their fate, to 20th Century Scotland where Claire is facing the ghosts of her past.
Books that start this way often leave me a bit cold - and I was worried this would too. We learn quickly that not all went as planned - Claire's time with Jamie was cut short tragically and dramatically, and now she faces this again with her grown daughter Brianna.
Skipping back & forth, we discover what lead to that tragic and dramatic ending for Claire & Jamie, and what really happened when she left. ...more info
- Perfect service
Quick and efficient are the words to describe the service I received from my last purchase of Dragonfly in Amber...Thank you so much....more info
- I forgot how much I love a great historical romance
This is the second book of a series. It will NOT make sense without reading the first. I liked the first, but I think the author has really settled into her stride in this second one.
I hear that the author was offended to hear that this book was a "romance". She's a highly educated historian. But I will say that the romance in this book is rich and compelling. Like all great romances, makes me jealous and joyful at the same time. Unlike cheap romances, however, it is very true to human nature - no stupid misunderstandings for the formula. The decisions and problems between the couple are real and understandable.
But all that said, the history is marvelous. I am not an historian, so I can't really verify it's truth or twists with regard to dates & events. But it is very rich with cultural detail that I can soak in without reserve and learn from.
As a kid, I enjoyed the great historical romantic fiction of John Jakes and the Shogun series. I had forgotten how truley fulfilling this kind of reading is. I fills not only the thirst for entertainment as well as the desire to really know a new place and time....more info
- Dragonfly in Amber
This is a marvelously written book. It is eloquent in description, rich in character development, and riveting in action. Any one of the Outlander series is an exceptional adventure in reading....more info
- The 2nd book in a masterful series of historical fiction!
This book spans so much you don't want to put it down! Or at least I don't. I read this series the first time from paperbacks borrowed from a good friend. I loved them so much I decided to invest in hardcover. I will read these books for many years to come! Diana Gabaldon is a GENIUS with a wonderful storytelling ability. She paints a picture in your mind that's unique to whoever's imagining it....more info
- Scots Delight Again
If you have any Scots blood running through your veins, you will enjoy this series of historical fiction. There is a good deal of steamy sex in the books (I could have done without-but I guess that is what makes it a romance novel...) I liked them because of the history and the mystery!!!...more info
- continually entertaining
Although some portions drag they are set in a very intricut web of history and story that is very well intertwined. The entertainment and twists outway the sometimes lengthy descriptions. Definetly worth the read, but you need to read Outlander first....more info
- Romance via violent history. Time-travel fans keep away.
I like historical novels and time-travel or alternate history in fiction. My mistake in picking up the first three volumes of this historical romance in one purchase, is not realizing that it is a ravishing romance first and foremost.
I'm not sure why this series got 186 five-star reviews, even given my mistake. While the author is actually quite good at the invention of situations which result in rough or abusive sexual encounters and at revealing to the reader why these encounters appeal to some of those persons involved in them, it is the only depth or quality I found. Though she does include a nice variety of characters and much historical information on the Scottish of that time, I don't think it was well woven into the romantic adventures of the main characters.
The time-travel aspect was not a big factor. I don't know why she even bothered as it does not come into play very much. If you are a historical fiction fan or a time-travel-fantasy fan looking for adventure in your books, I don't think these books will be much more than a two star for you. I'll leave it the the fans of romance to judge this one's quality against others of it's genre....more info