Book Review | Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2) by Diana Gabaldon
Published by: Seal Books on July 1st, 1992
Genre: Historical Fiction, Fanstasy, Romance, Science Fiction
Pages: 947
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Source: Purchased

Synopsis: 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….[x]

Review: This one took a while to get into because the setting was so different in the beginning. I wanted Claire and Jamie not what I was reading about. Eventually the setting changed but it took me a year to pick it back up again (oops!). The ending is a heart ripper outter. Holy! This is such a great series. I can’t believe that there are so many books that I can enjoy and get lost in.
What I liked:
  • Claire & Jamie’s relationship
  • How historically accurate it is. Gabaldon must have done an insane amount of research for these novels
  • The change in setting was nice as a large chunk was set in France but I did miss the Scotland aspect quite a bit
  • The idea of trying to change history of the Battle of Culloden
  • The return of characters from the first novel
  • Some of the new characters we were introduced with
What I didn’t like:
  • The beginning part set in Claire’s “present” day it was confusing and I didn’t much care for the characters that were introduced. It also didn’t make sense why until the end of the novel. We could have really done without this part but I see how it made the last few lines in this book very heartwrenching.
  • Anything related to Jack Randall is awful and I hate reading it
  • There were times when it seemed like the POV changed and had me going “what?”
  • Having to read through so many chapters without Jamie being introduced back in. I was like “what? where did he go? why isnt’t he in this book? what happened?”
I need to start Voyager now!
Rating: 5/5 stars!
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2 Responses to Book Review | Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

  1. Cat says:

    I will always leave a comment on everything Outlander related because I just loooove the series. I totally get what you mean by reading stuff that you didn't care for because I too was like 'Claire and Jaime, gimme meeee'. I think some of the pages were filled with such along discriptions that I kind of skimmed them instead of proper reading. I'm on the 3rd book and it's taking me a bit getting into it because it also has a lot of parts without Jaime/Claire but I won't spoil it for you.
    (I'm so exciting for the return of the series this week tho!)


  2. Outlander… anytime I see an Outlander post I am drawn right in. 🙂 The books are so huge that sometimes it does feel like it takes forever to get things going. Like the beginning of Dragonfly in Amber. The setting in France made this one feel so different from Outlander. But that ending. Oh my heart. It's been years since I read it and I still remember how emotional it was!

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books


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