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Drums of Autumn (Outlander #4)

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  89,886 ratings  ·  3,393 reviews
The fourth novel in the bestselling Outlander series.

How far will a woman travel to find a father, a lover a destiny? Across seas, across time - across the grave itself.

It began in Scotland, at an ancient stone circle. Claire Randall was swept through time into the arms of James Fraser whose love for her became legend - a tale of tragic passion that ended with her return t
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Jan 23, 2008 Kate rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who wouldn't ever read a romance novel, history buffs
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 book). 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 w

Another epic read. This will be a quick review as I dinna have the time to do a full one.

It took me two weeks to read this one. Granted it coincided with the start of holidays so that usually means less reading time for me. I LOVED it, I LOVE Jamie, I LOVE Jamie and Claire.

Roger and Brianna, yes, you got it, I loved them too.

You need patience to read these books. They are verra long indeed. So much goes on in them. Won't say much as you are better off experiencing all things Outlander fresh and
Aug 09, 2010 Tatiana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like Gabaldon's writing and bodice-rippers
Shelves: 2010, historical
As far as Outlander novels go, Drums of Autumn is the most bodice-ripperish out of the 4 I've read so far. Mainly, because the entire book is plotted around a MISUNDERSTANDING that could have been resolved with one adult conversation. Oh, how I hate those in romance novels!

Here is how it goes. In this installment Claire and Jamie are in America establishing a Scottish colony in North Carolina, of course not without a fair share of difficulties and misfortunes. Two hundred years into future Brian
Steph Sinclair
One conversation could have easily solved this plot's problem. ONE.
First half of this book was fairly slow, but the second half blew me away. I especially loved watching Brianna and Roger's relationship blossom.

Roger Mackenzie

Jamie Fraser
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These characters are a pleasure to read, it's like coming home to family. Loved it!
Katrina Passick Lumsden

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Sadly, I think I've reached the end of my patience with this series. It started out wonderfully, and I will always consider the first, Outlander, to be one of my favorite books of all time. Unfortunately, Gabaldon just couldn't seem to keep her mojo working. At least, not for me. I endured the second book, with all its tedious details and snore-inducing battle descriptions and melodrama. I even accepted the third...even after being completely incensed and on the verge of tears when I
I too, am one of those folks that was totally in love with Outlander and, despite some rather graphic violence, thought it was a good enough book that I have continued to read the series up to this one. Unforunately, like most series, this one does not get better. By this book DG is reusing plots that we've already seen and the characters are becoming two dimensional caricatures of themselves. Jamie, the tough masculine hero, Claire, the strong and fiesty woman that knows how to handle her man, ...more
So, I'm giving this a five. Not because it's the best book I've ever read, but because it's my favorite by far of all of the rest in the series.

I smiled the whole way through (well, not really because there were some pretty intense moments in it) and I LOVED reading all of the reunions. I loved reading about Brianna and Roger. I loved that Brianna made me upset with her naive ways. I loved young Ian. I loved John Grey. I loved Roger. It was just good, OK? I laughed, I almost cried ;), I got real
Kristen (Peddler of Smut)
Wow! I loved the ending of this book. I especially loved the birth scene. It was funny, touching, and made me cry. Finally! Jamie has a grandson that's truly his own. Someone to help make up for the loss he's suffered in being denied the opportunity raise his own children. If anyone deserves lots of grand-babies, it's Jamie.

I love Lord John in this book. He kinda became my hero. Shocking, I know, considering how much I disliked him in the last book. He's charming, witty, and very sweet in this
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...and Jamie and Claire’s story continues, taking them from the wild and untamed West Indies to the unclaimed land of the new world. And once again, the story has completely captivated me.

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Many characters remain... and many new characters appear, both good and BAD!!!

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And their journey through the past is yet interrupted again by a visitor or two from the future.

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Then the room relaxed in cheers and babbling, and she turned in his arms to kiss him hard a
"You are my courage, as I am your conscience. You are my heart - and I your compassion. We are neither of us whole, alone. Do you not know that, Sassenach?" - Jamie

Diana Gabaldon once again proved what an amazing writer and storyteller she is. I laughed, rejoyced, sobbed, swooned and teared up. I was anxious, scared and frustrated. But most importantly I lived the story with characters. I'm so glad to see books in this phenomenal series keeping its "x factor" with every new instalment. On to t
Natalie★for the love of TBH!★

*Spoiler alert*

Drums of Autumn is the fourth installment and another epic masterpiece in one of my absolute favorite series of all times. If you are a fan of historical novels, missing this series is not an option. It has the perfect mix of historical adventures, suspense and romance. Every detail is throughly researched and described, and you will learn endless facts about how people lived in the 18th century.

The characters are truly facshinating and all have their own int
Nov 29, 2009 Debbie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of historical fiction
Fourth in the Outlander series.

Claire, now a doctor, is living with Jamie in pre-revolutionary America. Brianna is back in contemporary Boston, feeling lost and abandoned. When she makes a frightening discovery about her mother, she sets off through the circle of stones to save her parents. Roger, in love with Brianna, follows.

The path of true love continues to be a rocky one, for both sets of lovers...
Nov 10, 2014 Fathima is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Buddy reading this with the awesome twelvejan[Alexandria]

Amanda Westmont
I'm behind in my reviews right now, but just finished Drums of Autumn this morning and didn't want to forget how it left me feeling.

Diana Gabaldon is such a wonderfully epic writer, but Dude. She SUCKS at endings. This one left me wanting SO MUCH MORE and I hate that. I realize it's a series, but (SPOILER ALERT), I spent the last 300 pages anxiously awaiting two things: 1) the (sex) scene where Roger and Brianna reconcile and 2) their wedding. The fact that she leads the reader into the bedroom
4 stars

This was a solid 4 star read. While I love Jamie and Claire, and believe in their forever love, I was a bit disconnected with them. I think its probably from the events of Voyager, but I just couldn't shake them. The story dragged a bit, which I haven't encountered in this series before. All that aside, I did enjoy this and will be reading the next soon.

And so concludes another installment of the madcap adventures of that time-traveling Highlander clan, the Mackenzie-Fraser whatevers. This was the least weird, but most melodramatic of the books so far. It was wacky and I enjoyed it, despite some issues.

In 1767, Claire, Jamie and Ian are fresh from being shipwrecked off the coast of Georgia. In 1969, Jamie and Claire’s grown daughter, Brianna, grows closer to Roger Wakefield, the only other person who knows her family’s secret: they are time-tra
I am blowing through these series, I have a feeling I am going to have a very hard time adjusting to reality when I am done LOL

Drums of Autumn was very good, in fact probably my 2nd favorite after Voyager. I was warned a bit by some GR friends and some on FB that this book was less ideal because there was a lot of Brianna and Roger. At first I was worried about that, I thought we would see every other chapter between a different couple. Jamie and Claire, then Brianna and Roger. It was really lik
Jun 25, 2008 Kristin rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of the Outlander series
I was disappointed in this book because I loved the three before it so much. The first 3, it only took me 200 pages at the very most for me to be completely absorbed and unable to put the books down to even sleep. But this one, it took nearly 600 pages for me to feel like it was starting to get interesting. And much to my dismay the feeling did not last. I struggled throught the last 100 pages as the story seemed to drag on unnecessarily. I really want to finish the series but after this book, I ...more
Sharon ✽ is an emotional book junkie ✽
**4.5 stars**

Jamie and Claire are in America and slowly making their way to Jamie's aunt's house, River Run, in Cross Creek. Of course, there is never a dull moment but once they get use to the way of things, they decide to make their own home in a place called Fraser's Ridge.

Holy Cow...this book took me a week to read and there wasn't really any excuse as to why it took me so long other than the fact that it took me a bit to get into it. Sadly, I can't blame the was all me. I thought
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Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Apr 15, 2012 Anna (Bobs Her Hair) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Outlander fans, historical fict with romance fans
Grade: B+ or 4 Solid Stars... Very good story for fans of Jamie and Claire!

The Story
Drums of Autumn begins soon after Claire and Jamie shipwreck off the coast of Georgia in 1767, which is the last event in the third Outlander book Voyager. Claire is aware of future events to occur in the American Colonies, and after surviving Culloden she wants peaceful living for her and Jamie. A series of unfortunate events leave the couple no choice for traveling abroad. Then, Jamie feels the land call to him
Jun 25, 2007 Nicole rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who love good historical fiction
The Outlander series is definitely one of my most recommencded series of books. I might even love these books more than Harry Potter - and that's saying something.

The Outlander books are set in the 1700s. They start off in Scotland, but later travel to Paris, Jamaica and the American Colonies.

Claire and Jamie, the book's two main characters are fantastic. They're deep, smart and action-oriented, yet very real. As their relationship evolves over the series of books, it evolves realistically. They
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For interest sake:

In history, there is actually a person called Farquand Campbell; I wonder did Gabaldon use this person on which to base her character of the same name. There is also a Hector McNeill; Gabaldon uses Hector Campbell as Jamie's uncle. Farquand and Hector are friends in the book and have links in history records. Interesting. A link below for clans at Cape Fear 1760s.

When I think about the amount of detail contained and the scope of imaginat
So far, my favorite book in the Outlander series. Even though the author skips POV's so often it can get confusing, i found the addition of major characters really exciting and well executed.

I loved the story of Brianna and Roger. So complicated. I found Roger to be incredibly endearing, and his struggles throughout the book were very moving.

Wee Ian is one of my favorite characters, and his plight was one of my favorite storylines. I got very choked up when he was forced to join the Mohawk.

Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**Re-read for 3rd time**

Excellent! One of my favorites in the series, minus the big misunderstanding. I actually had to skip about 100 pages just because I didn't have the heart to go through it again.
Books one and two were so very good, the third "Voyager", became quite the travelogue, and dragging in places, but because I loved the first 2 I wanted to keep going with the series.

I decided to try listening to it instead of reading and it's a good thing! This book was much flatter than the third so I am sure listening to it was much funner than reading it.

I'm stopping here with the series.

Though I wanted to see Jamie and Claire's story continue and didn't want to give the characters up, I thi
My thoughts to follow......

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Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Diana, what did you do to your wonderful series? You made great characters disappear, you dragged out scenes for hundreds of pages, you made the characters inner dialogue go on forever AND the overall story fizzled.


I'm going to take a break before the next book, sadly.


" All the time the ghosts flit past and through us, hiding in the future. We look in the mirror and see the shades of other faces looking back through the years; we seethe shape of memory, standing solid in an empty doorway. By blood and by choice, we make our ghosts; we haunt ourselves."

And the saga of the Fraser's continues, in another mesmerizing, compelling and just so damn good book.

By the end of Voyager, we know that Jamie, Claire, Ian and Duncan are bound in new adventures in America.
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Diana Jean Gabaldon Watkins grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona and is of Mexican-American and English descent. She has earned three degrees: a B.S. in Zoology, a M.S. in Marine Biology, and a Ph.D in Ecology.

She currently lives in Scottsdale, Arizona .
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