Dragonfly in Amber, the second book in the Outlander series, brings readers back into the lives of Claire and Jamie Fraser. This book just confirmed m...moreDragonfly in Amber, the second book in the Outlander series, brings readers back into the lives of Claire and Jamie Fraser. This book just confirmed my love for this series.
All the original characters are back in this sequel but it also introduces readers to a bunch of new characters. Two of those characters play a prominent role in the story but I wasn’t all that impressed with them. Brianna Fraser and Roger Wakefield are introduced early in the book but readers are not given a lot of background information about either of them. I know this is a long series and these characters are going to play parts in the following books though so I’m assuming Diana Gabaldon did that on purpose. I liked them both but I look forward to finding out more about them.
As for the original cast of characters, I didn’t think it was possible to love them more but I was wrong. Jamie and Claire only grow more amazing throughout the course of the book. Claire is just as strong as she was in the first book, if not stronger. She may not fit the mold of women in the eighteenth century but she doesn’t care and neither does Jamie. Jamie is a strong man who loves Claire exactly the way she is. They are both stubborn and like to argue but I think that only added depth to their relationship. I loved Jamie but he was seriously hard-headed and made some very bad choices in Dragonfly in Amber. He did make up for them though.
The story is full of politics and mystery and a good amount of romance. The politics are what really had me hooked though. The majority of the story is set in the eighteenth century and it focuses on the rising of Charles Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie.) I don’t know how much of the story was fact and how much was fiction but it was so captivating! This is definitely one of those books that will have you intrigued enough to actually look into more of the history surrounding the story.
Overall, Dragonfly in Amber is a solid sequel to Outlander. I’m continuing my binge read of this series with Voyager and I seriously need to get started after that crazy ending!(less)
After watching the first episode of the new Starz TV show, Outlander, I couldn’t resist picking up the first book in the series that it was adapted fr...moreAfter watching the first episode of the new Starz TV show, Outlander, I couldn’t resist picking up the first book in the series that it was adapted from. I’d heard about Outlander before watching the show but I’d never actually picked it up. I’m so glad the show gave me that final push to give the series a try.
Outlander is unlike anything I’ve read before. It’s such a mix of genres that I honestly have a hard time describing it when people ask about it. It’s definitely mostly historical fiction but it’s also romance with a hint of science fiction and fantasy. Outlander incorporates everything I love from all those genres and it all blends so perfectly in this series.
The characters are what will keep readers invested in Outlander. The book is long. The version I read was almost 900 pages but I never once felt the urge to stop reading. By 100 pages in I wanted to know everything that would happen to Claire, Jamie, Frank, Colum, Dougal, and the others. Every character is extremely unique and that’s hard to do with a cast of characters that is so large. Jamie and Claire were by far my favorites though. Their love story was absolutely amazing. Jamie was strong, fierce, protective, and kind. Yes there was one thing he did that I did not approve of but it didn’t change my opinion of him. (If you’ve read the book, I’m sure you know what I’m talking about!) Claire was a lot like Jamie. She was strong and protective but she was also so smart and so outspoken. It definitely made for some interesting situations seeing as women weren’t really like that back then. She and Jamie butted heads quite a bit but it only made their relationship stronger. Also, don’t ever think you can trust someone in this book. Holy crap were they a bunch of backstabbers.
The first 100 pages are a little dull. Don’t let that stop you from reading though. Outlander is a wonderful start to the series of the same name and I’m eager to continue with the series. I’m 100% invested in the lives of these characters now.
Note: There are explicit scenes in Outlander. It is an adult novel. It contains graphic descriptions of torture and rape. You have been warned.(less)