Dragonfly in Amber

Dragonfly in Amber

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: abou...

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Title:Dragonfly in Amber
Author:Diana Gabaldon
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Dragonfly in Amber Reviews

  • Karen

    SWEET BLEEDING JESUS!!! I KNEW IT!!!!!!! DAMNED BLOODY FUCKING CLIFFHANGERS!!!!! Sensational story!!!!

    What can I say? I am completely

    by this series!!!! An amazing sequel to Outlander, this book brings Claire and Jamie through a tumultuous quest to try and change history in order to save Scotland from a pointless but inevitable war that will eventually result in the deaths of tho

    SWEET BLEEDING JESUS!!! I KNEW IT!!!!!!! DAMNED BLOODY FUCKING CLIFFHANGERS!!!!! Sensational story!!!!

    What can I say? I am completely

    by this series!!!! An amazing sequel to Outlander, this book brings Claire and Jamie through a tumultuous quest to try and change history in order to save Scotland from a pointless but inevitable war that will eventually result in the deaths of thousands of Highland clansmen. Having this condemning knowledge of the future has them risking everything to prevent this looming tragedy. They risk their lives, their love, and their future to save Scotland.

    After nearly dying from his stay in Wentworth Prison, and the subsequent escape and passage to France, Jamie finds himself in the company of his cousin, Jared Fraser, a wealthy Scottish émigré and wine and spirits importer in Le Havre. Jamie is soon asked to manage Jared’s business in Paris, while Jared tended to his travels. And Claire and Jamie both realize that this new position will allow them access to the best aristocratic circles in Paris, and thus to Charles Stuart, and even to King Louis himself.

    Using these political connections, they are quickly able to infiltrate the Jacobite circle and use their influence and knowledge to try and thwart Bonnie Prince Charlie’s cause and claim to the throne of England. But they must be discreet in their endeavors to prevent the Jacobite rising because they could quickly lose not only their position in society, but their lives as well.

    Their time in Paris would also find them expecting their first child. But the trials and tribulations of their time in Paris being constant, stressful and occasionally life threatening, Claire and Jamie put not only their lives but their love on the line as well.

    This did not end well for anyone. And would be quite costly for all.

    Now in danger and confident that they had exhausted their resources in France which required a costly pardon from King Louis, Jamie and Claire were finally able to return to Scotland, and Lallybroch. But the peace of Jamie’s home wouldn’t last long, for the Jacobite rising was indeed progressing, despite their efforts at preventing it. And as Laird of Brach Tuarach, Jamie being unwillingly volunteered to represent Prince Charlie was now facing treason if he refused his position in the uprising.

    Needless to say there was never a dull moment in this book!!! And amongst the characters from the first book, there were some additions to the story that I really loved. First of all, Murtagh was in rare form throughout this book. I just LOVE this character in all of his surly Scottish glory…always there…always faithfull… and always pulling off miracles!!! But a new character on the scene that really captured by heart was Fergus!!! OMG This little French orphan boy found in the brothel…he was just absolutely my FAVORITE!!!! He was so sweet, and loving, faithful to the death, and full of fire and mischief as well. And so in love with Jamie…just like the rest of us!!!! I also loved meeting Jamie’s crotchety old grandfather, Simon Fraser, Lord Lovat from Beaufort Castle. What a fabulous cantankerous character he was!!!

    Then that incredible ending!!!!! HOLY HELL!!!!

    My heart broke completely for them!!! I was literally SOBBING at the end!!!!! After such a long and treacherous road together, and with SO MUCH LOVE for each other, I just couldn’t bear it!!!!!

    Thank GOD for sequels!!!! So incredibly well written!!! Such a clever story too. I just LOVE THIS SERIES!!!!!!! And I am COMPLETELY GONE FOR JAMIE FRASER!!!!! MOVE OVER Alexander Barrington…You’re going to have to share that number one spot with James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser!!!!!

    I want to say more, but I really just want to get back to my reading!!!! On to Voyager!!!!!

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  • Sasha Alsberg

    I AM DONE! WOW. Just wow. That ending. woah. Within 40 pages I ugly cried, my heart exploded in feels, confusion happened, hope, and now I'm mind blown by the ending. WOW. Diana, you've done it again! Took me awhile to get into DiA but once i got past the 300 page mark it got so good and kept on getting better. 5/5 stars!

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    This book broke my heart. I knew what was going to happen because I watched Season Two before reading the book but it doesn't matter.

    I have been crying forever now, like my heart is going to break into a million pieces!

    It was worried

    This book broke my heart. I knew what was going to happen because I watched Season Two before reading the book but it doesn't matter.

    I have been crying forever now, like my heart is going to break into a million pieces!

    It was worried when the book/show starts 20 years later. Jamie and Claire's daughter is grown and Claire named her Brianna. *Sob* because Jamie asked her to name the baby Brian if it was a boy before she left him to come back. I don't know if I can get through this, damn it.

    20 years later, Claire brings her daughter, Brianna back to Scotland after Frank's death. Brianna has no idea, of course, who her father really is but she finds out. They are staying in Scotland and visiting all of the old sites and Claire took her to see a man named Roger. Claire knew Roger when he was a little boy. Claire actually knew his father, adoptive father, but he had passed away. He did keep extensive records. < --- it all leads back to things.

    Claire goes back to some of the old haunts while Roger takes Brianna around. It breaks my freaking heart. Everything breaks my freaking heart.

    I'm so worried about the next book being more heartbreak. It's been 20 years after all. Jamie has been with other women and I think has a child, but they weren't like I was thinking. Yes, I asked ahead. He has never forgotten Claire but I hope they can get their love back. Anyway, on with this review.

    At one point Claire finally admits everything to Brianna and Roger. Roger had already found some papers confirming things that Claire was saying but he was keeping them a secret because he didn't know what to make of it. Brianna freaks clean out as you can imagine.

    But the best part is where we get to go back in time before Claire came back and hear their story.

    They have set off for France to see if they can get in with Jamie's cousin < -- was it cousin, Jacob. Anyway, Jamie could not set foot back into Scotland so this is where they landed. Murtagh was with them but they left the others behind. They were going to try to change history so that the Klan wouldn't be killed during a certain battle.

    It was very bizarre in France with all of the creeps they had to deal with and then Captain Randall shows up. Claire and Jamie thought he was dead. He's never dead, he just keeps on and on. Like I said before, there is a red hot poker waiting for that evil man.

    The king of France is another nutter. You can read all of that for yourself.

    Jamie takes in a little boy who is a thief and gets him off the streets. I fall in love with him. His name is Fergus and that Randall gets his paws on Fergus and I can't even say. Red hot poker people, red hot poker!

    I was heartbroken again when Claire and Jamie lose their first child that was a little girl as well. There were a lot of different situations that could have caused that. Claire thinks it was because Jamie was dueling with Randall (there is a lot of stuff behind that) but she was poisoned at one point and attacked so who really knows.

    Jamie gets put in jail and has no idea what happened to Claire. He thought she was dead. But Claire had to have sex with the weird king to get Jamie out of jail. It wasn't like me or Claire thought though, it was weird but not all, well anyway. It was just weird. And no way to leave her pregnant.

    Jamie finds Claire a little later on when she is in the country staying with one of their friends. Claire is mad and doesn't want Jamie near her until they talk and finally get it straightened out. Thank goodness because it was all so very sad.

    Then they are sent back to Scotland. It was another condition from the king and he said he would take care of him not being allowed there.

    Of they go back home and they think they are safe but no. They thought they stopped what was coming, but no. They go to battle and it's not good and it's sad.

    There are other things and more battle and Jamie sends Claire back. He just knows he's going to die and he doesn't want Claire or their unborn baby (yep they got preggers again) to be killed too and it just about killed me to read this. I thought I was okay when I watched it and I was over it and could handle it. Noooooooooooooo, I'm still heartbroken. I only hope they can get the love they had for each other back as strong as it was. The first book is the best book and will always be, but I will love them all as long as Jamie and Claire have their love. I love their love story! And that's all I need.

    They cut each other's hands (Claire's idea) and . . . .

    JUST KILL ME NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I CAN'T EVEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Claire, Brianna and Roger witness something that shows that Claire might can go back through the stones.

    Then something else.

    I also recommend listening to the audio versions of these books! The narrator, Davina Porter, has it nailed - freaking nailed! ❤

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  • Kate

    Gabaldon's sex-ridden, hugely researched, academically adventurous, time travel/sci-fi meets historical romance novels qualify as trash novels for lit nerds -- they're absolutely a guilty pleasure. From clan warfare to herbal medicine to genealogy to British history to WWII, the books are packed with information (what little Gaelic I know started with these books). Bonus: the heroine gets to have many, many rolls in the hay with a handsome hard-bodied Highlander. Can't really go wrong.

    The books

    Gabaldon's sex-ridden, hugely researched, academically adventurous, time travel/sci-fi meets historical romance novels qualify as trash novels for lit nerds -- they're absolutely a guilty pleasure. From clan warfare to herbal medicine to genealogy to British history to WWII, the books are packed with information (what little Gaelic I know started with these books). Bonus: the heroine gets to have many, many rolls in the hay with a handsome hard-bodied Highlander. Can't really go wrong.

    The books were recommended to me while I was living in England, and a lucky thing, too, because had I taken one look at the Fabio-in-a-kilt-of-passion American paperback cover I would have refused to read it (note: the British version was called Cross Stitch and the cover had a less-than-sexy field of heather on it). For a while I was caught up on the series, but I lost interest once the Frasers headed to America.

    They are long books but the pages turn quickly. Gabaldon has a way with characters and her prose flows along at an engaging clip. Oh, but if you get all squeamish about buggery, don't bother -- the negative reviews of these books always focus prudishly (and tediously) on one specific encounter in an otherwise pretty rampantly heterosexual landscape.

  • Stephanie *Very Stable Genius*

    *This review will be a little spoily, read it at your own risk*

    “Ok, so I set the date on 2012….and set it for Kansas City Kansas…..Kemper’s deck. I think all I have to do is reverse the directions on Google maps on the laptop. Uh…..turn the key. Yay, it works.”

    “Or I thought so, Toto I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore (had to do it!).”

    “Hello Stephanie. Toto……I love the Wizard of Oz.”

    “Aaaaack! Claire Beachum Randel Fraser! You just scared the piss out of me. Don’t sneak up on a person sitting

    *This review will be a little spoily, read it at your own risk*

    “Ok, so I set the date on 2012….and set it for Kansas City Kansas…..Kemper’s deck. I think all I have to do is reverse the directions on Google maps on the laptop. Uh…..turn the key. Yay, it works.”

    “Or I thought so, Toto I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore (had to do it!).”

    “Hello Stephanie. Toto……I love the Wizard of Oz.”

    “Aaaaack! Claire Beachum Randel Fraser! You just scared the piss out of me. Don’t sneak up on a person sitting on a time mower, and whisper in their ear. It’s downright creepy.” Sighs. “Hey Claire, you look a little older than the last time I saw you,

    , but don’t worry you still look young and fresh and beautiful.”

    “Oh thank you Stephanie, I have to admit that people mention that a lot! I mean a lot! It must have been all that whiskey and malnutrition in the 1700’s that preserved me.”

    “Well, Claire, could you fill me in on the when and the where this is?”

    “Still in Scotland, but we’re in 1968. Frank, Brianna and I moved to the States where I became a doctor. We stayed there until Frank passed away. I brought Brianna back to get her acquainted with her roots.”

    “Brianna is your daughter? Is that her over there? Wow! Tall, beautiful…..look at that mane of red hair. She looks just like her father Jam….mph…nni. “

    “Keep your voice down, she doesn’t know that Frank wasn’t her biological father. I brought her here to break the news and tell her who her father really was……Jamie Frasier.”

    “Get your hand off my mouth…that’s rude! Did Frank look just like Jamie?”

    “No. Total opposites. Frank was short and had dark hair.”

    “She doesn’t look much like you, and nothing like Frank, she is an Amazonian redhead. She didn’t once ask you about that?”

    “Not once. Did I mention the whiskey and the malnutrition?”

    “Claire, don’t tell me. You drank alcohol during your pregnancy? You were a trained nurse then; don’t tell me you didn’t know better!”

    “Just a little…..bottle…….every day, Stephanie, we didn’t know any better back then.”

    “Ok, never mind. If she never grasped the fact that Frank wasn’t her father on her own because of possible fetal alcohol syndrome, how is she supposed to understand time travel now?”

    “You have a point there. Maybe I’ll find a young handsome historian to help explain things to her.”

    “I don’t see the logic, but you go with it Claire. I’m afraid to ask, but what were you and Jamie up to during the rest of the time you were back in time, besides getting drunk and having lots of sex?”

    “We tried to change history by joining the Jacobite cause and save a bunch of lives. We went to France to get this accomplished. I had to have sex with the King of France to get Jamie out of The Bastille; it wasn’t very good on account of his tiny penis. “

    “Oh dear god…..I did ask. “

    “Yes you did. And guess who we ran into? Jack Randel! Jamie wanted to kill him straight away, but I stopped him because I was afraid Frank would never be born if he killed him. Jack is Frank’s ancestor you see.”

    “I see……but I thought you killed Jack Randle with cows, which didn’t seem to upset you at all at the time. Now you get all angry about it? ”

    “I changed my mind. Turns out it wasn’t Jack trampled by the cows. It’s really hard to identify someone after a trampling.”

    “But Claire, you tried to change the course of history without ANY concern for the consequences. Any number of people could have been born that wouldn’t have and others who were never born that should have…….and you are concerned NOW about Frank, one person, never existing? Oh my head hurts again.”

    “Claire it’s been great, but I have to get this timemower back to its rightful owner, he has a short fuse. There we go……forgot to hit enter. Please, don’t mess with history anymore Claire. Promise?”

    “um…..sure, Stephanie, I promise.”

    “I don’t believe you……”

  • Emily May

    My feelings toward

    are very love/hate. She is, on the one hand, one of the greatest writers I have ever come across. I want to shake her hand for being so carefully detailed and doing what must have been an unbelievable amount of research to put together her 7 (currently) gigantic novels of this series. I love her characters, how the events are all interwoven with true historical happenings... she is just generally a literary genius when it comes to historical fiction.

    But... serio

    My feelings toward

    are very love/hate. She is, on the one hand, one of the greatest writers I have ever come across. I want to shake her hand for being so carefully detailed and doing what must have been an unbelievable amount of research to put together her 7 (currently) gigantic novels of this series. I love her characters, how the events are all interwoven with true historical happenings... she is just generally a literary genius when it comes to historical fiction.

    But... seriously, I couldn't help but think repeatedly "why did we need to know that? what has the last 200 pages really added to the overall story?" The books are so well written but they are about 500-600 pages too long.

    frequently wanders off into subplots that we (or I, at least) don't care about. Her waffle would get an A* in a literary test but it's still waffle. And the general size of her books is off-putting, she should have left out those bits that we didn't need to hear and gave the readers a much less forboding 400-500 page novel.

    The start of this book was even slower than

    , who actually cares about Roger Wakefield here? The whole point of this extremely long-winded beginning was to tell us that something bad had happened to make Claire return to the future, where she had given birth to Jamie's daughter and, for whatever reason, believed her wonderful red-headed Scot had been killed in the battle of Culloden. We are then taken back in time to when Claire and Jamie are in France trying to stop the rebellion before it ever happened.

    This seemed a bit scientifically risky to me. If you assumed that they could change time and prevent the battle, surely this would result in a complete upheaval of historical events resulting in many changes. If such a huge thing happened, it is likely that everything would change and unlikely that Claire Randall would ever have ended up in Scotland at exactly that time to go wandering through the stones. And then, of course, had she not gone through the stones, she would have never been there to warn Jamie and stop the rebellion so... it's a bit of a historical and scientific conundrum. Therefore, I like my time travel to not interfer with past events - it wouldn't make sense. Unless it's a Back To The Future scenario where he actually fills in some of the necessary blanks.

    To be honest, I didn't enjoy this book as much as

    because I didn't feel as much happened. But I adore the relationship between Claire and Jamie, even more so after reading this second installment, and I will definitely be reading

    as soon as I can get myself ready for another hefty volume. And thank god for the ending of this book when my slowly increasing depression throughout was finally alleviated - can't wait to see where this will take our characters!

  • April (Aprilius Maximus)

    *4.5 STARS* I've never cried so hard in my life over fictional characters before

  • James

    4.5 stars right off the top! I got hooked on the Outlander series last year when I read the first book in this series by

    . I knew I wanted to try another one, and now that I've devoured the second novel,

    , in this historical fiction and fantasy series, I have added the rest and even started watching the television drama. I'm a major fan, especially because followers on

    selected this as my 'Book Bucket List' read for May 2018. I'm so glad they pushed me to

    4.5 stars right off the top! I got hooked on the Outlander series last year when I read the first book in this series by

    . I knew I wanted to try another one, and now that I've devoured the second novel,

    , in this historical fiction and fantasy series, I have added the rest and even started watching the television drama. I'm a major fan, especially because followers on

    selected this as my 'Book Bucket List' read for May 2018. I'm so glad they pushed me to take on this ~950 behemoth despite everything else on my TBR. Now I'm trying to add in the next one in June... and to think these were written nearly 30 years ago in the early 1990s.

    Where do I begin? My normal review format won't do as I really just want to gush about the book, as my friend Noriko would say. Yes, there's the time travel, the Scottish setting, and Jamie / Claire, but it's so much more. The sheer brilliance in the relationships, complexities in the plot, and historical facts and embellishments (in a good way) is phenomenal. It's like I'm absorbed into a life I wish I could live for a few hours... no different than when I read Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter or Pillars of the Earth. I adore these giant tomes because of the author's ability to build realistic worlds with just a touch of disbelief to give me something to deeply ponder.

    Gabaldon's attention to details is quite strong. I'm a history buff and love learning about new characters, then looking up to see if they're based on real people. All the clans of Scotland shine through. I was especially pleased when they visited the Kilmarnock villages, as my ancestors lived there in the early 1800s before emigrating to America. I can't wait to visit the town to see how it compares to the novel, family stories and everything in between. This is a true genealogy lover's book because it combines all the analytical and historical aspects of discovering your past and your supposed family. Then learning the wicked secrets, and oh, are they wicked.

    The only things I'd say that stopped me from giving this 5 stars fall into two categories. There are some sections that are overly detailed to the point you begin skimming a paragraph here and there. When that happens, the action and plot (usually my most important element in a book) feels pushed to the side. It happened once every 100 pages or so... not for more than a page or two, but enough that maybe it needed to be a ~900 page book instead of a ~950 page book. Ha! The other area was something that felt a bit different from Outlander. It's almost as if Gabaldon took a few too many "pun" liberties in this one, covering bathing or bathroom habits all too frequently. I love when it's brought up in books, but it was done in a too-humorous way which forced me to step out of the book instead of stay connected to true 18th century life. Even in the 1940s which is where Claire is from before she time travels, they still lacked some of the things we consider necessary today. I like when it's brought up once or twice, but not for pages where she laughs about it and then says "but it is what it is" essentially.

    All that said, the plot is smart and charming. The introduction of a good side to one of the formerly bad characters is interesting, but I know it's long from over. The travel between France and Scotland is compelling. I just finished Follett's Column of Fire and saw a strong and tight connection here. If you love a touch of fantasy and historical fiction, and don't mind strong sexual content, then you need to give this a chance, even if the entire series is around 8k pages at this point. I'll be in a book daze all week long, so I'm gonna have to select something very different to draw me out of it.

    Thanks for picking this book, This Is My Truth Now voters. New poll to be setup today for June's Book Bucket List read.

  • Carla

    Having enjoyed the first volume of this series, I was expecting something good of this one, so I'm a bit sad it didn't match my expectations.

    First, because in the first and final parts, the point of view jumps around from first person (Claire) to third person, due to the fact that we follow another character and Claire isn't always there. The problem is that this character does almost nothing but notice how Claire is so beautiful and wonderful... Second, the book drags a bit in some parts. Third

    Having enjoyed the first volume of this series, I was expecting something good of this one, so I'm a bit sad it didn't match my expectations.

    First, because in the first and final parts, the point of view jumps around from first person (Claire) to third person, due to the fact that we follow another character and Claire isn't always there. The problem is that this character does almost nothing but notice how Claire is so beautiful and wonderful... Second, the book drags a bit in some parts. Third, the flashback idea is nice, but it loses when during the reading you think "well, she's telling this story to her daughter, so obviously she survives all this..."

    So, we find ourselves in 1968, Claire and her daughter are in Scotland and the first thinks this is the chance to tell the truth about what happened to her, 20 years before. We go on a long flashback, this one told only from Claire's point of view, picking up where the first volume left us. We follow Claire and Jamie in Paris who, knowing what History will tell, try to avoid a massacre in case Charles Edward Stuart (also known as "Bonnie Prince Charlie" and pretender to the English throne) is able to reach Scotland and take his quest forward. As the first book, the story's rhythm is somewhat slow, enabling us to get to know the French court and the politics behind History. But, if this was pulled nicely on the previous volume, the same doesn't happen here, making the book dull and dragging where there was no need. It was easy to put it down and find excuses to not pick it up again.

    The end was interesting though and was left open since there's another book... which I will not pick up so soon, as I need a rest from this.

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