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From the author of Outlander... a magnificent epic that once again sweeps us back in time to the drama and passion of 18th-century Scotland...
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....
From the Hardcover edition.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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
- Tear Jerker
This one made me cry, cry, cry. (Sad but true)
In simple terms: I absolutely loved it.
Beautifully written, full of all the precious stuff Diana cannot help but fill her books with.
You will not be disappointed. ...more info
- Must Read Sequel to Outlander
When reviewing Outlander I had stated that it was the best book I'd ever read. I now have to say the series of Outlander books are the best I've ever read. Dragonfly in Amber is simply breathtaking. The political intrigue and history is so perfectly written - informative without being dry and dull. This time period holds special interest to me as my ancestors immigrated from Scotland and Ireland along this time period. Jamie and Claire's love story is written so that his book doesn't come across as a "cheesy historical romance". While their very descriptive love is certainly deep and passionate, it isn't written in a sickenly sacchrine style. My husband is currently reading Outlander and verra much enjoying it and plans to read the entire series. The ending of this book is one of the most emotional and powerful I've ever read. Keep a box of tissues handy. And certainly read the third book, Voyager. ...more info
- Dragonfly in Amber
This is a wonderful book and the narrator is simply great. She brings it to life....more info
- What a great sequel to Outlander
This book picks up where Outlander left off and travels from Paris and back to Scotland while Jamie and Claire keep having somewhat insane adventures in their quest to stop Charles Stuart from unmitigated disaster. The book is highly entertaining and full of twists and turns that you don't see coming. I loved the book and will definitely continue reading the Outlander series! The only thing wrong with it is that its a little hard to keep with with which character is which because there are just so many. But that's what the Outlandish Companion is good for....more info
- Page turner
The continuing saga of Jamie and Claire enchants, not for just its adventure, romance and engrossing plot but also for its historical background. The futile support for Bonnie Prince Charlie came into focus for me in the reading of this book and I better understand the reason for the migration of so many Scots to this country around that time. (I also learned to pronounce Culloden!) ...more info
- A LOVE THAT TRANSCENDS TIME CONTINUES TO RIVET THE READER...
This is the second in a series of time travel, adventure/romance books by the author. There are six such novels published to date. These novels have engaged readers everywhere, because of the author's masterful storytelling, as well as for the superlative use of historical detail which is woven into the tapestry in this most intriguing of stories.
While the core of the story is about a love that transcends time, it would be a disservice to label it a romance, as it is much more than that. It is a wonderful adventure story interspersed with actual historical events and authentic period detail. It is this attention to such matters by the skillful pen of the author that renders these books three dimensional and so enjoyable. They are positively addictive!
The love of the ages that binds these books is the love that twentieth century Claire Randall has for the eighteenth century Scottish highland warrior, James Fraser. Those of you who read the first book in the series, "Outlander", know that in 1945, Claire, an Englishwoman and combat nurse during World War II, is reunited with her husband, Frank, after the war. While on a second honeymoon in Scotland, she visits a strange, flat topped hill in the highlands of Scotland, where a forbidding stone circle draws her. Touching one of the stones, she is hurled through a vortex in time and finds herself in eighteenth century Scotland, where she meets a brave and brawny, red headed Scot, James Fraser, with whom she falls completely in love, body and soul. Finding herself thrust into the midst of clan warfare and intrigue, she and her beloved 'Jamie' have enough adventures to last a lifetime, which makes for a riveting story.
This book is a continuation of that story. It is told from the perspective of the twentieth century where Claire, who is now a doctor, has lived for the past twenty years. Upon the death of her twentieth century husband, Frank, Claire returns to Scotland with her grown, red headed daughter, Brianna. There, she discloses to Brianna the events of her secret past, as well as the truth of whom Brianna's biological father actually is and of the love that Claire bore him.
While in Scotland, however, Claire discovers something that will forever change her future, as well as her past. You see, for the past twenty years, Claire has believed that her beloved 'Jamie' died in the historic battle of Culloden. It was there that the Scottish highlanders bravely fought the English in a misguided attempt to restore Charles Stuart, their bonny Prince Charlie, to the English throne, only to be decimated and branded as Jacobite traitors. It was this very event that she and James Fraser had conspired to change only to fail. It was this failure that brought Claire and 'Jamie' to a crossroad that would force them to part and have Brianna become a denizen of the twentieth century.
This book continues the saga so deftly begun in "Outlander". It tells the story of what happened in the eighteenth century that ultimately caused Claire to leave the love of her life and return to the twentieth century. It recounts the plight of two star crossed lovers who make a desperate and valiant attempt to change the course of history. It regales the reader with the adventures they encounter along the way. It is a story that transports the reader from the turmoil of the Scottish highlands to the intrigue of the French Court.
Readers will be captivated by this amazing and compelling time travel saga....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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Jamie and Claire part 2 - Exceptional
I read the first novel in Diana Gabaldon's series about a young woman's unwitting departure to another century, because I am always intrigued by books about time travel. Since I was a young child, I've loved reading books about the past, and when that is combined with the story of one from the present being there to actually experience history, I can never resist. "Outlander", however, disappointed me on several levels. I was chastised in my review for that book, because I called it a "romance" novel. I stand by my assessment. "Dragonfly in Amber" is an entirely different story. Yes, it continues the saga of 1944 Claire, who finds herself in 1745 after going to witness a Druid rite involving a circle of stones. When she ventured too close, she was "sucked" in and ... we all know what happened.
"Dragonfly in Amber" informs us that Claire returned to the 20th century nearly two years later, pregnant with Jamie Fraser's daughter, and carries on her life with Frank Randall, allowing him to raise her child as his own. We find out, along with Brianna, her daughter, what happened after "Outlander" ends. She chose to keep this amazing and unbelievable tale a secret until her husband's death, when she decides that Brianna deserves to know about her father Jamie Fraser. It was this story of love, heroism, war and treachery that unfolds breathtakingly before us that makes me wonder what changed from Book 1 to Book 2. I love a tale that envelops me in a time and place, with characters that live and breathe. Gabaldon was successful in this novel, where I felt she was lacking in the first one. I'm anxious to continue reading this series, and I've heard there is a movie forthcoming. Read this book. It will take you away, it will teach you history, and it will leave you turning pages until you come up for air to discover that you've read a 750 page book in two or three days!
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I typically read, suspense, mystery with some Koontz and King thrown in. To read this kind of book was very atypical of me. I read Outlander over a year ago, then read 2-7 back-to-back-to back. These books will make you laugh, sigh and cry. You feel like your are part of the family, not just a reader of her prose. Diana is an amazing author, I have never read anyone quite like her. The closest I could come to another author would be "Pillars of the Earth' by Ken Follett. And once you read her you'll say the same thing! My qusetion is, do other men find this book as intriguing as I? I have yet to get a reply.......more info
- Mother follows daughter
Second book in the Outlander series, with another dual meaning (not just jewelry), Claire returns to the past after becoming a physician and return to Jaimies side after her previous husband dies.
After she attempts to explain the conception, birth and death of their firstborn to her surviving daughter, who is attending University in the United States. She leaves on her foray to the past. Roger, the pastors son, assists in helping Claire's daughter follow her mother to the past....more info
I was really wondering when I started this book if it was indeed the second book in the Outlander series. I am surprised by the way it began, but thrilled with the way it progressed. Another fantastic book. Can't wait to begin the next one. I ordered the rest of the series and look forward to reading them all. I read the first two in only a week, and I work full time. It was well worth the sleep deprevation and the complaints from my husband :-).........more info
- Transported Me
I always settle in to another time with these characters. They are entertaining and inspiring....more info
- The adventures of Claire and Jamie continue
In the opening of book two, we begin with Claire Randall back in Inverness in 1968. With her beautiful red-headed daughter in tow, she returns to the Scottish Highlands in search of the fate of the men of Lallybroch after the uprising of `45 and the battle of Culloden. Frank has been gone two years. If Claire altered the date of Black Jack's death, how is it that Frank could have existed? How and when did she return through the stones?
Jamie and Claire have set for themselves what seems an impossible task, which brings them into the circles of nobility and aristocracy in Paris. Rendered a bit tamer than book one by Claire's first pregnancy, the passion and excitement of the first book are missing, as polite society and royal politics are just not as exciting as adventures on the open Highlands. I did not find myself on the edge of my seat often, compared to book one, throughout the first two thirds of the book. The new characters here, unlike "Outlander," are lacking in depth. The most interesting people to show up are the characters from the first book, except maybe Master Raymond. Although Ms. Gabaldon again succeeds in bringing history to life, she gets bogged down a bit in the mundane, the action is sporadic, and it gets a bit tedious.
However, the action picks up toward the end (a long time to wait), with unexpected twists and turns, and if you stick with it, you will be rewarded. The last 200 pages are whipped into a frenzy that rivals book one. Pages fly by, and the last third of the book more than makes up for the rest. The intrigue and suspense are back, and it ends with two twists that will have you just dying to start book three. If you loved Outlander, you cannot go without reading this continuation. All in all, overall, this was not as good as "Outlander," but it was a satisfying read.
Advice: don't start the series with this book. Read "Outlander" first....more info
- A Good Second Chapter of the Outlander Series
"Dragonfly in Amber" is 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."...more info
- Keeps getting better
I'm utterly enthralled with the story of Jamie and Claire! Their story just keeps getting better and better with each book.
Although longer than Outlander, I didn't find Dragonfly boring, even the historical parts. I've never been a real big fan of the 18th Century but I find myself totally immersed in the time period thanks to Gabaldon's series. As I said in my last review, I love the characters she's created and have laughed, cried, sighed, and fumed throughout her books. I especially cried during this one, at the beginning and toward the end.
What I find especially fascinating is how she totally brings the past to life. I feel as if I KNOW such real life personages as King Louis the XV, Lord Lovat, and Bonnie Prince Charlie. After reading each book I Google some of the places mentioned in her books, from Inverness to Culloden. I've always LOVED history, and feel that she makes that time period extremely interesting by how she tells the story of the Jacobite uprising. Any lover of history should delve into these books. I admire the research that must have went into them to bring them to life.
I've started VOYAGER, and so far it is turning out ot be even BETTER than the first two. ...more info
- This series is one of the best of all time
I keep having to replace various books in this series as people borrow and I never get them back. I reread this series about every 3 years. I always learn something new and it's always interesting. Excellent author....more info
- My favorite in the series
I could write a million pages about how good the books in this series are. SERIOUSLY! Diana Gabaldon, the most masterful story teller of our generation, brings the sequel to "Outlander" to even higher standards than the first, and probably my favorite of the series (or maybe it is tied evenly with "Voyager"; I'll have to figure that out the next time I read the series through). The adventures and sorrows that take place in this book are so spectacular that you can't even breath during it, afraid that you'll miss something. The scene where Claire offers herself to the King of France in order to get Jamie released from prison is so saddening (yet a decision that I thought she made correctly) that I had to stop for a moment to take it all in (and she did this soon after miscarring her baby by Jamie, nearly dying from it). Then later after Jamie is released and he rejoins her, she is just so overwrought with sadness that she can't even look at him, her emotion of the baby just too great. I wept at that part, especially when she was able to pull through and embrace him. Then at the end, there is the "scene"...THE "SCENE" when Jamie forces her to cross back through the time portal, knowing that he and the battle of Culloden are both doomed. Jamies love for Claire is so great that he would rather lose her forever to a different time (and the new child she carries in her womb) then leave her unprotected and with an uncertain future after his death. Jamie and Claire are the "Romeo and Juliet" of our time, there is no doubt about that. I can't wait for the final two books in the Outlander series, said to be in the works (they better get here soon!) To conclude this review, every woman with a wanting for romatic literature, that is more well written than any other romance or historical fiction, you must read these books, over and over and over again....more info
- Very Fast!!
This book arrived about 4 days after I placed the order. I was very surprised that I got it that quickly. Thanks!...more info
- A Fantastic Story of Romance woven in history
A friend gave this book to read. Four hours later I was still reading the book. I finished it over the next several days and I thought it was just a wonderful story. I understand that Dragon Fly is the second book in a series, so I won't hesitate to order the first book Outlander. Ms. Gabaldon is such a gifted writer that knows how to weave a story with history, romance and intrigue. I just love this novel and would recommend it to all my friends. ...more info
- Excellent voices.
I love to listen to audio cd's. This one is great because the Davina Porter does a really great job of capturing the characters as she reads. I loved it. ...more info
- Great book
I love this book, which is why I bought it. I recommend that you read it in sequence with the others in the series, but this is definitely my favorite book of the Outlander series.
As it relates to buying this book from Amazon, I'm always pleased with the condition of my item - books are so hard to ship without some damage. And this book is quite sizeable. It's a thick book no matter which size you order....more info
- Ye will want to read this intriguing and riveting tale !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I read Outlander several months ago and felt exausted, yet fulfilled afterward. The book was so great that I actually felt as though I had went on this long, hard fought journey with Jamie and Claire myself! So, I decided to wait a while before picking up the second installment Dragonlfy in Amber. I wished I hadn't waited so long....
As others have said, don't let the size of the book daunt your efforts...it's a definte page turner and will fly by so fast you'll soon be on your way for the 3rd book ~ Voyager!
The book begins in the present (for Claire anyway) of 1968. Having lost her husband Frank a couple of years past (and having been away from Jamie for 20 years), she decides to finally tell her daughter, Brianna, the truth of her time travels, a truth that will change the perception of her daughter's life forever. Back in Inverness Scotland, the site of Craigh Na Dun, the infamous fairy hill where Claire was able to miraculously transport herself accidentaly back in time 200 years, Claire decides this is the place where she must give her daughter the facts, take them or leave them, she must tell her, if not for Brianna's sake, but for her own as well.
From Claire's telling of the story, we are brought back to 1744-46 (?), and hearing the rest of Jamie and Claire's saga through Claire's eyes. It begins with them in the French court trying to protect Scotland and it's people from the inevitable rising that Claire knows will kill almost all of the Highland men, save 45 (the battle of Culloden). With this knowledge of the future, Jamie and Claire set out to try and thwart the war of the Jacobites, which is led by Bonnie Prince Charlie and save all of the innocent...or not. We see Jamie and Claire have many adventures throughout Paris and the counrtyside, wrought with danger, revenge and intrigue that leads them further with clues as they set out to find a way to stop the uprising, under the Bonny Prince's own nose. Introduced is a myriad cast of colorful, interesting, and possibly hundreds (ha) of characters that they meet along their journey through the royal court of France. Some good, some evil, some leaving the reader wondering who's side their really on. Having only eachother to trust, they must tread lightly in their wake and be secretive to their plans or they could possibly face a lifetime in prison, but possibly worse...treason.
From France, we get to see Jamie and Claire's adventures pick pack up in Scotland at his childhood home of Lallybroch, where he is laird. Jamie heads home to prepare for what he knows is coming....a bloody war and quite possibly his death. This is where I thought the story really swelled and was unputdownable! I flipped every page with the excitement of a kid opening a present at Christmas and also with the hestitation of what was ahead on the next page. The twists and turns were many, but never with a feeling of cliche. They were in all the right places and as Jamie and Claire made discoveries that further unraveled the truth, we also made those discoveries with them and felt their emotions, as they did. Liken it to a roller coaster ride...the cart reaches the top and when a new tidbit was found out, the coaster sails to the bottom leaving you breathless for a moment or two....blinking. Exhilarated or dumbfounded, this book can pull emotions from you and can also sometimes make you want to throw it in the fire to burn...but of course you won't because you're too curious to see what happens next. I could sometimes feel the anxiety of my gripped palms cluthing the book, and my tightened jaw as some of the characters surfaced in the book, though I'll not say who. (!!!!!!!)
No doubt about it, this book is fantastic. It's a love story at it's essence. Two souls, destined to meet across a span of hundreds of years, come together for a common goal and cause...to love one another in the purest fashion possible, and to put their knowledge of the future to good use for the better of the people, regardless of what may come of themselves. That's real love right there.
What happens during the war at Culloden Moor? Does Jamie and his Sassenach Claire succeed? Does Jamie meet his fate? I guess you'll have to read and find out, for one spoiler isn't worth the price of the pleasure of reading this for yourself. I will say, that at the end I shed lots of tears, both because I was sad, and because I was happy. It is a very emotional read, for men and women alike. Thank you Diana Gabaldon for giving me a wonderful way to spend a few days. Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...more info