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December 3, 2014

Book Review: Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

Book 2 in the Outlander series

BLURB: 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 a race to thwart a doomed Highlands uprising...and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves....

REVIEW: This is the second book of the Outlander series and it is one of my all time favorite books along with the first book I have read it and reread it so many times but I never tire of it. I think I just might enjoy it more with each reading... but I will say that this one just might throw most people for a loop when they first start reading it. Now why would I say that you ask? takes place over twenty years from the time that the first book left off and here is the part that throws most people... it sees Claire returning back in Scotland, but in the year 1968! WHAT??? What the heck happened why is she back in her regular timeline again and where the heck is Jamie??? Many will yell…

Well fear not and read on all will be explained and fall into place soon! Please just bear with it and trust me you won’t be sorry! This book is just as thrilling and heartpoundingly romantic, if not more so, in parts as the first book. It just is going to take a bit to let the story unfold. And don’t fear Jamie is there... and soon... just not at the very first, so as he would say dinna fash!

I won’t say a whole lot about the story line on this one because to do so would destroy some of the mystery and power of the story itself. However I will say I thoroughly enjoyed this book as much as the first and I'm sure you will too! (And just possibly a little bit more at times…yes it is that good!) Don't believe me see for yourself!

What little I will say about the story is that you will see plenty of Claire and Jamie as they do take off from where we left them in the first book – so no you aren't going to miss a thing don't start throwing things LOL. It’s just not starting off at that point at the very first of the book. You will see why shortly and all will be made right so keep reading! It’s more than worth it.

You will see Claire and Jamie maneuvering their way through the highest circles of French society and even in the very court of Louis the XV himself in their quest to stop Charles Stuart “Bonnie Prince Charlie” from his disastrous future. Claire knows that Charles’s disastrous quest to reclaim the English throne for himself will ultimately end with thousands of Scottish men dead on the bloody field of Culloden Moor, as well as men, women, and children starved, many killed, and many more driven from their homes in the equally bloody aftermath of the uprising.

Can they stop the tragedy from happening or are events in time truly unchangeable? Also what caused Claire to travel back to her own time without Jamie? You will get to meet Jamie and Claire's daughter Brianna and learn more about her, plus meet several more characters that you will undoubtedly fall in love with along the way. There is all this and much more in the breathtaking second book in the series Dragonfly in Amber! Believe me once you start  you won’t be able to put it down, and be sure to have Voyager book three ready to go as soon as you finish this one because you will for sure want to jump right in on it! Diana Gabaldon has a charmed pen and she wields it well here as always so what are you waiting for go and get Dragonfly in Amber today!!!

***P.S.  I also highly HIGHLY recommend getting the unabridged audio version of Dragonfly in Amber and indeed the entire Outlander Series it is read by the mega talented Davina Porter. Davina does an outstanding job and literally acts out the novel with her narration. She is amazing and it makes the books come to life even more as you hear the accents and all the different character's voices come to life. It is a must listen for any true fan, and a great way to enjoy Outlander while you are doing around the house or riding in the car!*** 


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