I can’t believe Droughtlander is almost done again for another year! The TV series is what originally hooked me into Outlander. Having now read way beyond the screen adaptation, I again thought it best to refresh my memory as to what occurred in Voyager. I’m pleased I did, because my recollection had me believing we would be seeing more of Bree, but I was a book ahead of myself LOL, easy to do!
First of all, if you haven’t read Voyager and wish to do so before it hits the screens, you best start soon! You’ll be delighted to know there is over 1000 pages you will want to devour and not rush through. If you haven’t read the other books in the series or watched the TV series, be aware there may be some details below from the first two books.
A lot of time has passed since we last caught up with Jamie and Claire – almost 20 years from memory! Claire travels through the stones again, this time deliberately so, to find the man who she once thought was dead but now believes to have survived Culloden. Arriving back in Jamie’s world again is a shock not only for Jamie but all others that knew or had heard of her. Each time she encounters someone for the first time, it provided for interesting dialog. Not all cordial, but understandable all things considered.
Jamie and Claire spend time bringing each other up to speed on what has occurred in their lives apart, there are some details Jamie is not quick on sharing. Call it wisdom or caution on his part, Claire was inclined to think she was being lied to by omission when she was faced with the missing details he thought best not to bombard her with to begin with.
What I loved about Voyager, was the moral and ethical challenges Claire again faced. A few moments stood out, the first being when Jenny noted she had not strayed far from Fraser lands. This was in stark comparison to Claire’s life even if you were to put aside the time-travel facet. Then the confrontation she experiences when she encountered slavery and the anguish she felt associating it with her dear friend Jo Abernathy, whom she studied medicine with back in the States. The other time was when she truly understood Mr. Willoughby’s plight, the culture shock he experienced and his ability to keep going in with little hope of acceptance.
Of course there is never a dull moment in Jamie’s life and this time his adventure takes him on the high seas. Plagued with sea sickness, his reason for heading out to sea was motivated through finding his young nephew, Ian, who he had promised Jenny he would look after. In other words, he had no choice but to do what he had to do! Ian has so much of his uncle’s spirit. It’s what worries and comforts Claire and Jamie simultaneously. We see young Ian begin to evolve into the man he will become later in the series.
There are many familiar faces from the past Claire sees again. Meeting up with Lord John Grey and getting her head around his and Jamie’s friendship is quite confusing to begin with. John is a man I have come to respect throughout the series, and my next books to read will be the Lord John Grey Series, which I missed reading when I initially read the series.
Fergus, OMG I cannot wait to see how they portray the man he has become on screen. He won me over in the book, making me smile at being torn between his love and respect for Jamie. Of course, being a Frenchman by birth, love wins out and this causes him and Jamie an awkward moment or two. Oh – I wish I could say more but if you haven’t read the book yet, you’re going to want to experience these moments without knowing they are coming!
This was my second time reading Voyager. The first time, I jumped from this book straight into the next. Not even balking at the price of the next book. These books are not cheap in comparison to other eBooks, but I didn’t hesitate. Jamie charmed and wooed me all over again while Claire inspired me with her determination to do whatever it took to be with the man she loved. The story ends with a Happy-For-Now moment but also heralds the beginning of a new adventure. An adventure that made me think the next Droughtlander is going to be another challenge!