Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, #2)” as Want to Read:
Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, #2)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2)

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  132,614 ratings  ·  7,531 reviews
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
Paperback, 743 pages
Published August 7th 2001 by Delta (first published 1992)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Dragonfly in Amber, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

Sandy I tried reading the book 2x and got bored during that section and stopped reading both times. Friends told me I had to fight through it and also…moreI tried reading the book 2x and got bored during that section and stopped reading both times. Friends told me I had to fight through it and also suggested the audiobook. I did and just finished it. Although I didn't like it as much as the 1st, it did pick up once that loooong part is over. As the other review said, the reader of the audiobook is wonderful with a variety of accents for the different characters. According to my friends that read it, the other books are worth fighting through this one to get to ;)(less)
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur GoldenGone with the Wind by Margaret MitchellThe Pillars of the Earth by Ken FollettThe Book Thief by Markus ZusakThe Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
Best Historical Fiction
18th out of 4,846 books — 18,912 voters
Pride and Prejudice by Jane AustenOutlander by Diana GabaldonDevil in Winter by Lisa KleypasJane Eyre by Charlotte BrontëGone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Favorite Historical Romance Novels
22nd out of 2,229 books — 4,244 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Dec 04, 2013 Kate rated it 4 of 5 stars
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 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
*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


 photo b42b74f5eb423a80c9a749166c595261.jpg

”We are bound, you and I, and nothing on this earth shall part me from you.”

What can I say? I am completely BLOWN AWAY 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
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Dec 17, 2008 Shannon (Giraffe Days) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shannon (Giraffe Days) by: Kiwiria
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
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
Mar 30, 2009 Julianna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone Who Enjoys Historical Fiction or Historical and/or Time Travel Romance
Reviewed for THC Reviews
Dragonfly in Amber is no ordinary romance novel. In fact, in spite of its romance and paranormal elements, it is far more of a historical novel than anything else in my opinion. This book basks the reader in lush descriptions of 18th century European history, from the political intrigue in the courts of King Louis XV of France, to the everyday life of a merchant, to the inner workings of hospitals of that time. Then it sweeps the reader along, back to the beautiful Scotti
Emily May
My feelings toward Diana Gabaldon 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

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....

I will sa
Lisbeth Solberg
"Ugh, what a dreadful cover. I'm supposed to have this read by Sunday afternoon."

Okay, Wendy's book group will meet tomorrow to discuss book three in the Outlander series, but I just finished this second one, and man, it was a long haul, and I don't just mean the length.

What didn't work for me: the self-satisfied tone of the author's voice behind her main character, repetitive phrases (mouths always "twitching" rather than almost smiling), excessive detail without sensory or emotional power, too
Katrina Passick Lumsden
OK, so admittedly, it took me a really long time to finish this book, and yes, I have some problems with it.

While it started off great (mostly, I think, due to the fact that I was still coming down off the high caused by the first book), the story quickly devolved into a mess of boring details and gut-wrenching melodrama. I first became stuck somewhere around 70%, I believe. The story was just dragging. I managed, with far more time than is usually necessary for me, to make it to the 83% mark b
Amy (Foxy)
Oct 19, 2014 Amy (Foxy) is currently reading it


Outlander (Outlander, #1) by Diana Gabaldon Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, #2) by Diana Gabaldon Voyager (Outlander #3) by Diana Gabaldon Drums of Autumn (Outlander, #4) by Diana Gabaldon The Fiery Cross (Outlander, #5) by Diana Gabaldon A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander, #6) by Diana Gabaldon An Echo in the Bone (Outlander, #7) by Diana Gabaldon Written in My Own Heart's Blood (Outlander, #8) by Diana Gabaldon
This series is comprised of one epic story. Each book is like a chapter in that larger story. It is recommended that you read the books in the order they were published.
To find out when book 9 will be released click here.

The Space Between (Outlander, #7.5) by Diana Gabaldon A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows (Outlander, #8.5) by Diana Gabaldon
“I’m honest enough to say that I dinna care what the right and wrong of it may be, so long as you are here wi’ me, Claire,” he said softly. “If it was a sin for you to choose me…then I would go to the Devil himself and bless him for tempting ye to it.” - Jamie

I love Jamie's playfulness, temper and selflessness.

I love Claire's wit and determination.

I love Mrs. Gabaldon's writing abilities and complex storytelling skills.

And I freaking adore this series!

Do not make any excuses, you have to read
Duchess Nicole
"For I had come back, and I dreamed once more, in the cool air of the Highlands. And the choice of my dream still echoed through ears and heart, repeated with the sound of Brianna's sleeping breath."

For those of you who haven't read Outlander, I'd think any reviews for books further in the series would be spoiler-ish...mine included.

I'm sitting here dumbfounded, having just finished Dragonfly in Amber. I'm thinking about what to say in a review and trying to think back to the beginning of the
Sep 29, 2009 Tatiana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Outlander fans
"Drangonfly in Amber" starts with Claire coming back to 70s Scotland after the death of her husband Frank. You don't have to be a genius to realize right away that something had gone really wrong between Claire and Jamie in the 18th century. So I started the book a little sad knowing that I was surely headed for a heartbreak.

The book however soon goes back to Jamie and Claire through Claire's memories. We meet them where the 1st book left off - on the way to France to attempt to stop Charles Stu
"Dragonfly in Amber" is a lusciously perfect way to continue Outlander. It couldn't happen any other way. It has to be this way. It is absolutely perfect in every way possible in my eyes, and I love it with sheer perfection.

Dragonfly in Amber, the second book of the Outlander series, continues with another amazing journey (or rather retelling) of Claire Randall/Fraser beyond time. But this time, Claire is back in her own time, year 1968, with daughter Brianna, already a twenty year old lass. Com
This book was great after you get through quite a slow part, towards the middle. But once you get over the hurdle, wow! Fabulous ending and definitely more Jamie in this one!

'And here I thought I married you because ye had a fair face and fine fat arse. To think you've a brain as well!'

That's our loveable Jamie for you.
Natalie★for the love of TBH!★
May 25, 2015 Natalie★for the love of TBH!★ rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE

! Dragonfly in Amber, book 2. Jamie and Claire's epic love and adventures continues, this time in France. Thing spins out of control and the readers worse case scenario is a fact, which turns into the worst cliffhanger in history. A magnificent sequel to Outlander.

Kudos to Diana Gabaldon for managing a heart stopping plot twist that shattered meright in the prolouge. I thought my heart was going to burst. Not many authors can create twists that shocks me to the core but the prolouge in DRAGONF
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
HUGE price drop to $0.99 at Amazon US, 12/10/14

**re-read for the third time**

Third time around thoughts: Not as strong as the first for me. I think because I've read it so many times, I got a little bored with some of the politics. But still incredibly romantic and special.
Mar 12, 2009 CaliGirlRae rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Historical romance and fiction readers, Fans of the first book, anyone who wants a fabulous story!
Recommended to CaliGirlRae by: Stephanie McGrath
I'm only on book 2 and this series just continues to surpass my expectations and interest. What a ride! Dragonfly in Amber is the second in the Outlander series and still kickin' some literary tail. There's a lot of questions and things that I wished had happened in Outlander. Not necessarily because the story left that open per se but mainly because of what the characters went through, I wanted to see the continuation of the story (and maybe a lil payback for what our hero suffered). In that se ...more
God help me. I must hate myself.
*Just got to the part with the horse breeding. Holy crap it *is* Clan of the Cavebear (or rather, Valley of Horses) only with Scotsmen not cavemen.
Also, rather than spankings, there are repeated requests from Jamie to Claire that she kill him. Not sure if this is any better.
Okay. Done. On to the next one. Bizarrely addictive. Now with 1/3 less spankings!
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Mar 23, 2012 Anna (Bobs Her Hair) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: historical fiction
Grade: A or 4.5 stars

Wow! This was so much better than Outlander, which I will now admit I found a little boring at times. (Yes, I said "boring"!)

The beginning of Dragonfly in Amber was a little slow, but the story was always in constant forward motion. Jamie has grown up from the last book. He no longer felt like a young man. I loved Claire. The issues I had with her characterization was absent in this book. Her pain, anger, bitterness, hope, and love are relayed beautifully.

Diana Gabaldon ca
Jamie and Claire may just my favorite literary couple yet! This book is the second in the series and starts out with Claire and her daughter Brianna going back to Scotland in the sixties. I was saddened to learn that she must've went back through the stones and left Jamie. She comes back to find out what happened at Culloden and if the Lallybroch men survived. Suddenly, we go back to right where we left off at the end of book 1-- back to 1745. It took me maybe the first third of the book to real ...more
Natasha Polis
UPDATE: Video review here - - (If you are scared about jumping into this one, I break down the beginning for you!)
I don't even know what to say, but the first words that come to mind are HEART-WRENCHING and BEAUTIFUL! This book wasn't as good as the first, but what a journey it was, I haven't felt such pain for book characters in a long time. Even though it was painful, I thoroughly enjoyed this installment to the series! A word to the wise, guard your heart, read it
Crystal Starr Light
“For if you feel for me as I do for you - then I am asking you to tear out your heart and live without it.”

Twenty-odd years after Outlander, Claire Randall and her daughter, Brianna, return to the Scottish Highlands. Claire goes to a local historian, Roger, to find out what happened to the men she knew from her time in the 1740’s—and to learn what happened to beloved Jaime Frasier.

I just finished this audiobook, and I’m still scraping myself off the floor. This was a really good book—really lon
Sharon ✽ is an emotional book junkie ✽
This book starts out with Claire being back in her current time plus twenty years....W.T.H?? I can't even begin to tell you the emotions I was feeling at that. You just KNOW, know things are not going to go good but In. No. Way. can you be prepared. I can't recall when I've ever cried so hard but I'm getting ahead of myself.

We start off with Claire taking her daughter, Brianna, back to Scotland after the death of Frank. Claire wants to tell Bree about her real dad and find out what happened to
UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick
Dec 08, 2014 UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick marked it as own-need-to-read
Great price! Thanks for the heads up, Phe!!

Dragonfly In Amber (Outlander, Book 2) by Diana Gabaldon for $0.99

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
Kim  *Mo Chridhe*
As with any series that I plan to continue, I stop reading the blurb for the next book after I'm done with book one. And since I dived in the dark with this one, the jaw-drop happened fairly early. Within a few pages I was filled with thoughts of "who-the-hell-is-Roger" to "why-is-Claire-in-the-present" to "BRIANNA-WHAT" and the urgency to find out what happened "in-between." Serves me right for asking for more drama.

I feel like I'm betraying Jamie and Claire by not giving this 5 stars. While m
The setup
When Outlander ended, Jamie and Claire were in Paris following his escape from Wentworth prison. This story opens back in the 20th century, 20 years later. Claire has a daughter, Brianna, who is unaware of her mother's travels in 18th century Scotland. Claire is seeking information and has returned to Scotland for insight and answers.

The issues
Claire's past affects Brianna's future. With Frank Randall's recent passing, she's free to not only share what happened to her 20 years ago but
Where I got the book: audiobook from

I've been reading the Outlander series on and off over the years, but I'd gotten to a point where I simply couldn't remember who was who any more and needed an audio refresher course. With seven stonking great books to wade through I've got plenty of listening material coming to me, and I was pretty sure I'd left one out somehow (it's Voyager, my current listen, I'm almost certain).

Not nearly as episodic as some of the later books have become, Dr
Mar 17, 2008 Christy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: historical fiction readers, romance readers, action-adventure readers
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
  • Queen of Swords (Wilderness, #5)
  • The Blood of Roses (Highlands, #2)
  • Healing the Highlander (Daughters of the Glen, #7)
  • Untamed (MacKinnon's Rangers, #2)
  • Tatiana and Alexander (The Bronze Horseman, #2)
  • Spell of the Highlander (Highlander, #7)
  • The Deception of the Emerald Ring (Pink Carnation, #3)
  • On a Highland Shore (Highland, #1)
  • The Reckoning  (Welsh Princes, #3)
  • Much Ado In the Moonlight (MacLeod, #9; de Piaget/MacLeod, #18)
  • Island of the Swans
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 .
More about Diana Gabaldon...

Other Books in the Series

Outlander (9 books)
  • Outlander (Outlander, #1)
  • Voyager (Outlander, #3)
  • Drums of Autumn (Outlander, #4)
  • The Fiery Cross (Outlander, #5)
  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander, #6)
  • An Echo in the Bone (Outlander, #7)
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood (Outlander, #8)
  • Untitled (Outlander, #9)
Outlander (Outlander, #1) Voyager (Outlander, #3) Drums of Autumn (Outlander, #4) The Fiery Cross (Outlander, #5) A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander, #6)

Share This Book

“I stood still, vision blurring, and in that moment, I heard my heart break. It was a small, clean sound, like the snapping of a flower's stem.” 3007 likes
“I will find you," he whispered in my ear. "I promise. If I must endure two hundred years of purgatory, two hundred years without you - then that is my punishment, which I have earned for my crimes. For I have lied, and killed, and stolen; betrayed and broken trust. But there is the one thing that shall lie in the balance. When I shall stand before God, I shall have one thing to say, to weigh against the rest."

His voice dropped, nearly to a whisper, and his arms tightened around me.

Lord, ye gave me a rare woman, and God! I loved her well.”
More quotes…