BOOK REVIEW: Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, #2), by Diana Gabaldon

Posted 30 December, 2009 by Kristilyn in Adventure, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Series / 2 Comments

Released: October 9, 2001 (Seal Books)
Series: Outlander, Book #2
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Source: Purchased
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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….

My Thoughts (May Contain Spoilers)

Normally, I have no qualms with long or short books. It has been a long time since I read a real long book – well, since reading Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – so I’m not sure if I was prepared to read two in a row. It’s like this: sometimes you get a hankering to read chick lit (what? am I the only one?), so you read one or two books and then you definitely need something serious.

Well, I made it halfway through Gabaldon’s sequel to Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, and I had to put it down. It wasn’t that the book was boring, but it was just so long. Too long. I love the characters – the love story between Mary and Alex was so touching – but I had enough. So, after starting it in November, I put it aside and started reading something else. About 9 something elses.

Finally, with the new year approaching, I decided it was time to pick this book up for a final time and finish it!

Gabaldon is a great storywriter. She likes to really get into her characters, showing every facet to their being. So much so that the reader can get lost in these details and the whole flow of the story falters. This book had great action, humour, love, and mystery, but with so much detail I found myself wondering when it would ever end.

The part where I had enough was when Jamie was put in jail. Again. I wondered if there was nothing else in the 17th century that could happen INSTEAD of going to jail.

Though I was saddened to see that Claire had to go through the portal, she was with Jamie’s child and I was happy to see that he still existed in their daughter, Brianna’s, wild red hair. There is something majestic about her – though her tantrums leave something to be desired. (Though my call is that she goes back in time with Claire and actually grows up … of course, I brought the wrong book with me to continue to read the saga, so I have no idea what will happen!)

I’m curious what happens in the following books. Seeing as I’ve started reading the series when there are many books published already, I’m sure that Claire and Jamie are involved in all of the books. But Claire is already nearing 50, isn’t she? Personally, I liked the idea of young love – her and Jamie, in their 20’s, having adventures. I just can’t picture what could happen in the next books. What happened in these last 20 years?

With all the detail in the book, I think Gabaldon could have touched on these points. Of course, after finishing it (finally!) I can’t wait to crack open the next installment …

… even if it takes me the entire of 2010 to read it!

If you liked Outlander, you should like this book. Just try to read something in between installments to keep your attention span up.

Kristilyn

About Kristilyn

Kristilyn is a Canadian book blogger, music listener & creator, proud mama, and general lover of life. Her necessities include fuzzy socks, a library full of good books, a fully charged Kindle, copious amounts of tea, and chocolate. Swoon-worthy book boys are also welcome.

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