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Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2)

4.30  ·  Rating Details  ·  172,197 Ratings  ·  9,918 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 nearly twenty years Claire Randall has
Paperback, 743 pages
Published August 7th 2001 by Bantam (first published July 1st 1992)
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Chicken Little I finished it yesterday and gave it three stars because it was a better read than most... However, the chapters in Paris were a snooze fest and wild…moreI finished it yesterday and gave it three stars because it was a better read than most... However, the chapters in Paris were a snooze fest and wild Jamie Fraser is not very believable as a wine merchant! Also, the nickname 'Sassenach' is used way too many times... I grimaced every time Jamie called her that...which is about 10x per page... Moving on to Voyager... Hopefully it'll be as good as Outlander. DIA was somewhat a letdown.(less)
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Sasha Alsberg
Oct 23, 2015 Sasha Alsberg rated it it was amazing
I AM DONE! WOW. Just wow. That ending. woah. Within 40 pages I ugly cried, my heart exploded in feels, confusion happened, hope, and now I'm mind blown by the ending. WOW. Diana, you've done it again! Took me awhile to get into DiA but once i got past the 300 page mark it got so good and kept on getting better. 5/5 stars!
Dec 04, 2013 Kate rated it really liked it
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
Jun 21, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing
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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 of Highland
Apr 09, 2008 Carla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-own, 2008
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
Emily May
May 29, 2015 Emily May rated it really liked it
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
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Dec 17, 2008 Shannon (Giraffe Days) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shannon (Giraffe Days) by: Kiwiria
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May 10, 2016 Lucia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book was even better second time around! Probably because I knew what to expect so I didn’t feel like I would die of anxiety attack every other chapter and could properly enjoy/feel all the tiny details/emotions of this story.

“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.” -
Mar 30, 2009 Julianna rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jun 26, 2014 Mo rated it it was amazing

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
This book completely blew my mind. I am in awe by Diana Gabaldon's ability to write something so beautiful and descriptive, so exciting and so heartbreaking.

Yes it took me about a month overall to read because there are parts which can be slow and dense, but I appreciate so much being able to really take my time with a story and become so invested in the history, the plot and the characters.

And these characters!!!! They have totally taken a hold of my heart and I don't see them letting go any t
Amy (Foxy)
Feb 22, 2016 Amy (Foxy) marked it as on-hold-for-now


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
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 really liked it  ·  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
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

I feel like I should warn you before you read too much of this review that there will be gushing. Major gushing. You see, I am in love with Jamie Frasier. I can't help it. It just happened and I am powerless to stop it. I had to admit to my husband that I was in love with a fictional character. He just shrugged his shoulders and looked at me like I was crazy. Oh well.

This is a story that is really all about the characters. And Jamie is one he
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!
May 07, 2016 Beatriz rated it it was amazing
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"Os homens dos clãs escoceses lutavam de acordo com suas antigas tradições. Desdenhando a estratégia, a tática e a sutileza, seu método de ataque era simplesmente a própria simplicidade. Detectando o inimigo dentro de seu alcance, deixavam cair os xales, sacavam a espada e avançavam para cima do inimigo, berrando a plenos pulmões. A gritaria gaélica sendo como é, este método em geral era bem-sucedido. Muitos inimigos, vendo a multidão de banshees cabeludos, seminus,
Aug 20, 2010 Jasmin rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Every romance reader :)
"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.
Shannon (leaninglights)
Actual Rating 3.75 stars

I DID IT. I finally finished this book! Miracles happen :P

So this book fell pretty much in the same spot as Outlander for me - I liked it but didn't love. I struggle with the pacing of the books but I love the characters and the overall story a lot.

I liked the addition of some new characters and locations and while I didn't think the book served a strong punch, I think it was good enough to keep me interested. I don't know when I'll read Voyager but I hear that it's many
Dee ♡
After the heart-wrenching, initial shock of the absence of Jamie, I was able to finally get into it. This book starts off with a bang. It is set 20 years after the events of Outlander and I was completely confused. Probably because I was solely focused on where Jamie was and what happened to him, I didn’t care for much else until I knew what happened to him (sorry, I am a girl in love with this Scot ) I won’t get into too much detail because I don’t want to spoil anyone, but this book is fantas ...more
Apr 12, 2016 Natalie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-stars

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

! 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.

All the praise in the world to Diana Gabaldon for managing a heart stopping plot twist that shattered me right in the prolouge. I thought my heart was goin
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.
Ash Reads
May 02, 2016 Ash Reads rated it really liked it
I have finally finished! and it was really, really good. I don't think I liked it as much as I did book one, but it was definitely worth the read, and I love Jamie and Claire

This book was more graphic than book one......and probably a lot more heartbreaking. Lots of insanity, and lots of drama as well. I am definitely excited to see what book three holds :)
This book!! I don't think i'll ever get tired of reading Outlander series despite the fact that each one of the book have around 900 pages (or probably more)!Diana Gabaldon's way of storytelling is brilliant,her books are amazingly written with so many details and incredible plot.

There is so much more in this book than Outlander. First book was intense and revolved around main characters most of the time,but in Dragonfly in Amber there are many twists,wars,and some really shocking truths at the
May 17, 2015 Britany rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-to-film, 500
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
Oct 07, 2014 Natasha Polis rated it it was amazing
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
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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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“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.” 3249 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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