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Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2)

4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  88,379 ratings  ·  4,831 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...more
Paperback, 768 pages
Published August 7th 2001 by Delta (first published 1992)
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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...more
*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...more
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
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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...more
Julie (Mom2lnb)
Mar 30, 2009 Julie (Mom2lnb) 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
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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
"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...more


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”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...more
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...more
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.
Duchess Nicole
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 thin back to the beginning of the book and it seems like years ago. So much has happened in the last 900 pages. Certainly, Jamie and Claire are vastly different people but so am I. I never knew I could forgive like this. Both Jamie and...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Mar 17, 2008 Christy rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: historical fiction readers, romance readers, action-adventure readers
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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...more
✽ 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...more
Where I got the book: audiobook from Audible.com.

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...more
Jun 25, 2007 Nicole rated it 5 of 5 stars 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...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!
Writing style aside, this book wasn't bad. The plot was vaguely more interesting than Cross Stitch, as Claire and Jamie are trying to stop the massacre that will happen at Culloden in 1745. I found that more interesting than the introductory tone of Cross Stitch, which is mostly about Claire getting used to life in the eighteenth century while making half-hearted attempts to get back to her own time. I felt that a lot of this book could have been cut out, though, as it did drag on (it's 963 page...more
Megan Green
I had heard the beginning of this one was rather slow. And I agree. The story line doesn't really take off until about the 30% mark. But once it does, man, what a book! The ending of part 6 had me in tears. And the very last line gave me chills. And Jamie **swoons**


I’ll be honest I read book 1 and really liked it and left me curious to continue the series but at the same time I was anticipating to be blown away like a lot of my friends when it comes to the series...... But this book! THIS BOOK!! This one did it for me!

This book starts about 200 years after the first book and then recounts back to around the end of the first book onwards. And that’s about what I’ll say about plot, especially if you are reading this...more
Viviana Vardasca
Depois de ter lido o primeiro livro desta série, "Outlander - Nas Asas do Tempo", foi-me impossível resistir a este segundo livro.
E posso dizer que, neste caso, quantidade é sinónimo de qualidade. Depois de ler o anterior romance de Diana Gabaldon, sabia que ia devorar estas 1007 páginas mais facilmente que as 200 e poucas páginas de outros livros que outrora li.

"Outlander - A Libélula presa no Âmbar" arrasta-nos para corte francesa do século XVIII e de novo para as Terras Altas da Escócia numa...more
Michelle [Helen Geek]
Reading with Anna.
Okay, this is my third read of this book. The first time I read it, I would rate it 4.5 Stars. Hard to beat the Outlander. The second time I would rate it 4 Stars, only because it wasn't cutting edge anymore and others after were as good or better. I'm hoping this read will be much the same. It is a bridge read. I want to read book 3 and beyond but never got past the halfway point of 3, so, reading this one to get me through to the next ... Stay tuned.

O ano de 1745, a corte francesa e as terras altas da Escócia. Este é o cenário do segundo volume da série Outlander à qual estou completamente rendida.
É um romance de uma grande riqueza histórica. Retrata em grande pormenor, mas sem cansar o leitor, as intrigas e interesses que levaram à revolução Jacobita de 1745.
É um grande romance de amor. Jamie Fraser é das personagens mais apaixonantes da literatura. Claire é divertida, corajosa e uma mulher fabulosa. Os dois vivem uma história de amor fa...more
I didn't love the first book, so I'm not sure why I felt the need to read the second in the series. Hope for something better, maybe? The premise is good. The characters have potential. But the plot is just not plausible. And I don't mean the time travel thing. I'm okay with that. It's the infinitesimal chance that she would end up with a loving husband, have opportunities to hang out with royalty, and manage to repeatedly get herself out of dire situations that bugs me. It's not a good sign whe...more
B3tt3 Booklover
Apr 04, 2014 B3tt3 Booklover rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Lovers of Historical fiction
Recommended to B3tt3 Booklover by: Sally Howes

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Jamie Fraser! Not the Jamie I have in my head but he'll do:P

I loved this second installment of Jamie and Claire's story. Will Gabaldon be able to sustain my interest when she moves the story to America in #3 Voyager? I love any type of UK history but am not overly knowledgeable about same in US - I hope Gabaldon can keep my attention. Dragonfly in Amber has action, drama, crime and a fair bit of bodice-ripping qualities. For all lovers of historical fiction 5★
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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.

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“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.” 2638 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.”
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