- Series: Outlander
- Mass Market Paperback: 1070 pages
- Publisher: Dell; Reissue edition (1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 044022425X
- ISBN-13: 978-0440224259
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.7 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5,122 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Set in pre-Revolutionary War America, readers finally have the much awaited fourth book in what will probably become a six book series (The Outlander series). The talented Diana Gabaldon continues Claire and Jamie's romantic love affair, and introduces Brianna and Roger's story. Eight hundred pages, and several wonderful new characters later, we wonder why we were waiting for a conclusion. It'll be a long wait for book five, so I recommend you go back and reread Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, and Voyager to keep yourself sane. --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
From Publishers Weekly
Gabaldon has few rivals in writing exciting?and hefty?historical romances. The fourth in a series of linked sagas (Outlander; Dragonfly in Amber; Voyager), her new epic has a delicious premise. Claire Randall, the post-WWII bride of historian Frank Randall, steps through a skew in the Scottish stone circle Craigh na Dun and lands in Revolutionary America and the arms of Highlander Jamie Fraser?putting a new spin on the notion of a two-timing woman. Bold and bawdy, but a believing Catholic, Claire struggles to live a rich and moral life?or, rather, rich and moral lives?under these extraordinary circumstances. Claire's adventures in 18th-century Charleston alternate with equally engaging chapters devoted to her 20th-century daughter, Brianna. Raised as Frank Randall's child, Bree discovers that Jamie Fraser is her real sire. She takes off on a harrowing, confrontational quest through time and space with her suitor, Roger Wakefield, in hot pursuit. Gabaldon's range is impressive, whether she's evoking the rawness of colonial America, the cozy clutter of a modern Scottish parsonage, the lusts of the body or the yearnings of the spirit. Her legion of fans will love diving into this ocean of romance. Major ad/promo; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club featured alternates; author tour.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
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There is a large cast of characters and the reader sees each of their growth as they plow their way through perilous situations with action. The characters old and new are larger than life. We meet Jamie's Aunt Jocasta and her glorious estate which also causes personal dilemma to our heroes when faced with the immorality of slave owning. They retreat to the mountains and stake a claim, and create their own homestead. Old friends come to visit. The reader is drawn to Jamie and Claire just as they are. Once again, Claire heals all and survives despite herself while Jamie shows his physical and moral strength, and leadership qualities. . . until he messes up big time.
<<spoiler alert>> Finally, Jamie sees his illegitimate son again, and is able to spend some time comforting him after losing his mother. Also, he meets his daughter, Brianna. Even though they are miles apart and from different times, their shared sensibilities are evident. When Jamie assumes Roger a rapist due to a name mix-up, he condemns him to be a slave for the local natives. <<end spoiler>>
From midpoint of the book until the end terrible situations happen and the pace quickens. Each main character, Jamie, Brianna, and Roger, being strong willed and dynamic in their own right, bring lots of action packed adventure. Also some heroic acts by the other characters like Ian and John Grey. One of my favorite scenes took place at a Mohawk camp where they were holding a Jesuit. I would have liked to have read more story about Father Alexandre. He was an interesting new character, however his presence was short-lived, so there will never be more to learn about him. I also liked the scene when Brianna faced Bonnet and the emotional support she was given by John Grey. It's refreshing to read about characters living by their high morals.
This story had many character arcs, and some unexpected situations which kept me reading. The author does get a bit long-winded in some of the scenes, however it's worth the time for the overall story. The ending was a trite Pollyannaish, however after everything the cast went through, they deserved a happy moment. Very exciting book - I'd recommend it to anyone who likes action adventure and/or historical fiction. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
The second book: Dragonfly in Amber was also wonderful. Introducing Claire and Jamie's child as an adult back in 1969, and Claire telling her the tale of how she and Jamie tried to protect his people and stop the Scottish battle of Culloden. And how, in the end, Jamie forced Claire to return to her time because they could not stop the deadly battle. It was near as good as the first with all the fiery, intelligent dialogue and intense plot twists.
The third: Voyager. Claire chooses to go back in time when she finds out Jamie didn't die at Culloden, but it's been 20 years. They are different people, but they find they still love each other immensely, and can't be apart. Again, almost as good as 1 and 2, but maybe a little less fun, a little more....unrealistic, perhaps. Still somewhat fun, and hopeful at the end.
The fourth book: Drums of Autumn.......hmmm.......I agree with many reviews that this story lacked sufficient editing. There were way too many times when the author went on and on and on about inconsequential stuff, like the surrounding woods (she did that a lot). I realize a certain amount of description is necessary to put the reader in the moment, but it got tedious and a bit boring. I did not mind, as some, that Jamie and Claire were trying to settle in the colonies. Jamie even said, that he is 45 years old and should own a home and some land. I agreed. I was wondering when DG was going to relieve Claire and Jamie of their nomadic, penniless lifestyle; getting a bit too old for sleeping on the ground in the wilderness in the winter, I would think. Also, Claire is a few years older than Jamie, and though money doesn't matter to her, a 48 year old woman wouldn't want to sleep outdoors perpetually.
Their daughter Brianna and her boyfriend Roger are introduced more fully as they travel back in time to warn her parents of some great matter. But neither character is flesh and bone, like Jamie and Claire, and some other recurring characters. They are one dimensional and awkward, especially Roger. Brianna was okay, a bit inmature, but.....just two dimensional. And there are things that happened that were obvious plot movers, and not great ones.
AND last, but not least, the way Claire and her story were written bothered me; even in the third book. We never hear enough of what she went through without Jamie. It's all just superficial surfacey stuff. Whereas Jamie's life, the 20 years without Claire, is rich and written almost ad nauseum. Jamie had said he didn't think he wanted to know about her life with Frank, but that he was wrong, and Claire said, we'll talk later, but they never really do. And while his past his sad and difficult and violent, and constantly being thrown in her face. Claire's is BORING. Yet when you hear certain snippets you realize it wasn't. She's a woman surgeon for Pete's sake, in the 1950-60"s. When she does tell a tale she sugar coats it so Jamie doesn't get upset. Like when they spoke about how Frank treated her, and she NEVER mentions his many, many girlfriends and how that isolated her, and how that made her feel. Well, if she did, I missed it. And did Claire have an affair ever?? One couldn't blame her.
Sometimes, honestly, DG writes so cryptically I have to read the dialogue over a few times, and even then I'm not sure I got the gist of it. That gets worse as the books go on. Even in the books when Jamie learns one tiny tidbit of her past he is floored that she was lonely or sad; letting us know Claire has never discussed these things with him. That annoys me because I feel as if it's a 1950's, old fashioned wife thing to do, and Claire is more than that. She wouldn't nurture Jamie's sensibilities so much. And when the old Native American lady tells Claire this looooong story of a stranger that Claire is sure is another time traveler, we never hear of Jamie's reaction to this. Isn't this an interesting piece of news or is time travel so common to the 18th century Highlander that he's yawning through the telling of such stories? Hmmph!
So, I don't know....this installment was a little incongruous, and with a few characters not so well fleshed out. I liked parts of this installment, but I didn't love it.