Review: Voyager

Voyager (Outlander #3)

Author: Diana Gabaldon

Rating: ★★★1/2

Provided Synopsis: Their passionate encounter happened long ago by whatever measurement Claire Randall took. Two decades before, she had traveled back in time and into the arms of a gallant eighteenth-century Scot named Jamie Fraser. Then she returned to her own century to bear his child, believing him dead in the tragic battle of Culloden. Yet his memory has never lessened its hold on her… and her body still cries out for him in her dreams.

Then Claire discovers that Jamie survived. Torn between returning to him and staying with their daughter in her own era, Claire must choose her destiny. And as time and space come full circle, she must find the courage to face the passion and pain awaiting her…the deadly intrigues raging in a divided Scotland… and the daring voyage into the dark unknown that can reunite or forever doom her timeless love.

Review: There is very little I can touch upon when it comes to the summary of Voyager’s plot, since to do so would spoil its predecessor and the crux of the initial conflict within. So instead I will simply talk about what made this book work from my perspective, and what did not.

As always, Diana Gabaldon’s story is lengthy, descriptive, and filled to the brim with research undertaken to place her characters within a climate authentic to the time they live in. Sometimes, this dedication to details works in her favor; at other times, it can cause the book to drag and lose the interest of its readers. This problem was most evident upon a sea voyage Jamie and Claire must embark upon — it reached a point where I was desperate for something to happen other than to be on a boat.

But when plot comes to the forefront of the story, I would consider these books to be impossible to put down. In a departure from the previous books in the series, Voyager has sections told from the perspective of Jamie. His is a life often sacrificed for the benefit of those he loves; while I want more for him than to be continuously tortured, I also can not say that I am not taken in by the misery he faces along with the consequences created by the choices he feels he must make.

The end of this installment to the series presented a huge pay-off to those who struggled through the sea voyage. Once land is reached, so too is the accumulation of all the people, events, and choices Jamie and Claire have faced thus far. The plot twists were unexpected. The possibilities opened for the continuation of the series intrigue me.


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