Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
Genre: Historical Fiction
Format: Ebook and Mass Market Paperback
Series: #2 in the Outlander series
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: 1992 (paperback), 2004 (ebook)
From the publisher:
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.
This is a reread so obviously I like the book. I’m not sure how long it’s been since I last reread this but it’s been many years. I reread Outlander when I heard that there was going to be a television series and when that was renewed I knew I would be rereading this one. My timing was off a bit though and there were some weeks where I was barely ahead of the current episode in my reading. I had a good reading binge last weekend though and finished it up.
It’s still fun. Jamie is awesome. Murtagh gets more fun all the time. With Claire I alternate between liking here and wanting to slap her. After multiple rereads some of the authors repetition and writing style makes me roll my eyes. It’s not at the potential eyelid cramping level as some of the other books but yeah, there’s some annoying stuff.
There’s also some wonderful stuff. There are some of my favorite characters introduced in this one like Master Raymond and Fergus. There’s plenty of action and romance. There are wonderfully awful villains and there is the outcome that Claire and Jamie can’t stop. There are also some pretty ridiculous things that happen along the way. I don’t care though, it’s still fun and although season three of the show isn’t official yet it’s highly likely. That means I’ll be rereading Voyager at some point.