Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Review: Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon


Description (from cover):
"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...
Following on the hells of the mass market publication of Outlander, which introduced readers to Claire Randall and her journey through time, Dragonfly in Amber returns us to the heroine 20 years after her fantastic voyage through the stones in Scotland."

My thoughts:

          I can't really go into much detail about the storyline of this book as it would be full of spoilers and I don't want to ruin the Outlander series for anyone as it is beautiful in its own right. Let's just say that the story picks up pretty much where Outlander left us and engages the reader from the first page. Gabaldon has a gift for storytelling that is unlike any other. You find yourself wrapped up in the story and feeling like the characters are your own family members. It takes a special kind of writer to make the reader feel so intense about the story and Gabaldon does so with ease.

         I highly recommend that you read the Outlander series in order. It is pretty much required to be read in order. If you don't, you will be so lost. The books build upon each other and Gabaldon doesn't seem to see the need to hash back over what has already happened. The only thing that I don't really care for about these books is the overwhelming size of them. They are door stopper size books and take some time to read them. This latest one took me five days. I don't mind taking the time to read them as they are really good, it's just that sometimes the amount of reading can be overwhelming. The story clearly makes up for that though. Another fabulous read and I am going to be starting the next in the series, Voyager, right away and I can hardly wait.

Overall Rating: 5/5

Title:  Outlander
Author:  Diana Gabaldon
Series:  Outlander Series #2
Publisher:  Delta
Publication Date:  August 7, 2001
Pages:  768
Genre:  Historical Fiction

Disclaimer: This book was selected from the library by myself and I reviewed this book without compensation of any kind. All thoughts and opinions are solely mine.

4 comments:

  1. You did a great job of reviewing this book....I adore them and read them over and over, but I have never tried to review them as they are so different and unique! You just have to try them yourself. I think the first 3-4 books are the strongest in the series, but I'm in it for the long haul as I want to find out all the secrets and mysteries of Diana Gabaldon's time travel theories.....and I just love Jamie and Clare's relationship.

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    1. Thanks! They are very unique and each book is completely different than the others. You almost have to view them as standalones to appreciate them.

      Kimberlee

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  2. Thanks for the review! You have a nice, concise reviewing style that I really admire! Looking forward to reading more from you :)

    Best,
    Danielle
    http://thereaderscommute.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for saying that. Sometimes I feel like I ramble but I also want to be honest with my followers and tell them how I really feel about a book. I hope to see you around. Thanks for stopping by.

      Kimberlee

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