Review: Dragonfly in Amber

Title: Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2) 5364

Author: Diana Gabaldon

Rating: ★★★★

Provided Synopsis: With her now-classic novel Outlander, Diana Gabaldon introduced two unforgettable characters — Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser—delighting readers with a story of adventure and love that spanned two centuries. Now Gabaldon returns to that extraordinary time and place in this vivid, powerful follow-up to Outlander….

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…

Review: I think it can be considered an understatement to say that Dragonfly in Amber begins at an unexpected point of time. And while I was interested in the story being told I also experienced exasperation as I wondered what the author was playing at with her narrative decisions. I will not provide spoilers; instead, I will advise you to gleam the bit of information you can from Part One of this book and put in the time to read it so you might reach Part Two and onwards. For it is there that the reader rejoins with Claire, Jamie, and Murtagh right where we left off — as they travel to France to sabotage the Jacobite Rising of ’45.

Maybe it was due to the world already being established, or the familiarity with the central characters, or the change of scenery, along with the decrease in sexual violence…. But it is very apparent to me that I enjoyed this book more than I did its’ predecessor, Outlander. Gabaldon’s way with words and descriptions is as strong as ever. She truly placed me inside France and the court of King Louis. Rather than be settled in Scottish castles or on the road at all times, Scotland was expanded to include war and political maneuvers. The author had me feel involved and invested in the journey to save the Highlander people and way of life. Dragonfly seemed to have a stronger purpose in the overall arc of the series, and it was filled with far more mystery and plot twists than I had anticipated. Historical fiction lovers are sure to devour every moment of this one.

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