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on July 17, 2000
In this, the second book in the wonderful time-travel adventure begun in _Outlander_, we are once again pulled into the life and love of Jamie and Claire Fraser -- and what an intoxicating, exhilarating, adventurous, passionate, provocative place it is! Immediately, you are absorbed in this epic story and once again Ms. Gabaldon sets you on the path of a legendary love. You certainly need to have read _Outlander_ to have a full appreciation of the story as we are swept twenty years into the future. The characters are true to form and come to life in the same way as they did in the previous novel. Claire is once again the self-sufficient, sarcastic and brave heroine and Jamie is, as always, the loyal, strong and proud hero. Some authors tend to sway from their original characters when writing a sequel, but Ms. Gabaldon is certainly not one of those writers. She stays true to her characters and the reader once again sees them as real people. The characters are placed on a variety of backdrops from the Scottish Highlands to the intrigue-ridden French court and as always Ms. Gabaldon brings these settings to vivid life and transports the reader into the landscape. Once again there is plenty of history and political intrigue but Ms. Gabaldon handles these so well that the reader is blissfully unaware that they're learning anything -- instead, they are caught up in the action and history comes to life. _Outlander_ readers will be glad to see some familiar faces in the secondary characters and will be sad at the loss of some we've grown to love or contented at the loss of some we've grown to hate. One thing about this story that I absolutely loved was meeting Jamie and Claire's daughter Brianna. She is such a mixture of Jamie and Claire that from the moment you meet her you feel as though you know her. I'm quite interested to see where the quasi-romance between Brianna and Roger Wakefield (you'll remember him as the precocious adopted son of the Reverend Wakefield from _Outlander_!) ends up. As always, Ms. Gabaldon took me on a roller-coaster ride for the emotions -- from laughing to crying -- I enjoyed every single minute of it. And, speaking of crying, please, please have Kleenex near at hand. I've never, in all my reading life, cried so much while reading a book. Even as I write this review, I ask myself: How can I possibly put into words how wonderful this book is? And the answer is: I can't. _Drangonfly in Amber_ (just as _Outlander_ before it) is something you have to experience firsthand. There are no words to convey the depth of feeling that is included in the pages of this book. I firmly believe that Diana Gabaldon has cemented her place in literary history. She continually sets forth novels that steal the heart and astound the mind. Don't forget to continue the saga with _Voyager_ and then _Drums of Autumn_ and when you've finished with those, be prepared to wait in a form of happiness/agony like the rest of us for the continuation and completion of the tale.
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