"Voyager" was another fantastic installment in the Outlander saga! A lot went on in this book and so many characters were introduced that I could scar...more"Voyager" was another fantastic installment in the Outlander saga! A lot went on in this book and so many characters were introduced that I could scarcely keep up with everything, yet Diana Gabaldon truly knows how to tie in every person and all events while staying true to her story.
The story takes place twenty years after the events in "Dragonfly in Amber" but begins with new characters and new revelations as the past is revisited and told through more than one perspective by Jamie and Claire and more secrets and consequences of Claire's travel come to light and threaten to destroy both the past and present the two hold dear.
"Wow" is what comes to mind when I think of Claire and Jamie. These two are pure magic and their characters' are so vivid and realistic that I can totally put myself in their shoes and enjoy the ride as much if not more than they do. The depth of emotion these characters have for one another and those around them truly leaves me speechless and once again I commend Ms. Gabaldon on her ability to produce such a riveting masterpiece of writing. I love the direction the author is going with in theses books and totally appreciate her detail and the world she has created in this series. Some parts of the book seemed a bit long at times and some things almost unbelievable, but Diana Gabaldon knows how to make even the most minute details important and vital to her stories and in "Voyager" she was did not disappoint. I think I truly appreciate the faults and mistakes the main characters made throughout the novel as it truly brought the story to life even while making the reader sympathize with Jamie and Claire's plights while rejoicing in their successes.
All in all, wonderful installment and a definite must read to fans of the series and Historical Fiction alike. "Voyager" is a book I had a hard time putting down and I believe other readers who begin this book will have the same difficulty and enjoy the process as I have!(less)
What a truly outstanding story! Chock full of all the emotions that hold a person captive, “Dragonfly in Amber” was a fantastic thrill ride that left...moreWhat a truly outstanding story! Chock full of all the emotions that hold a person captive, “Dragonfly in Amber” was a fantastic thrill ride that left this reader enthralled and hanging on to the bitter and exciting end of the each page and every chapter until the final sentence of the book.
The story picked up twenty years after “Outlander” where we find Claire on vacation in Scotland reliving her time with Jamie in the 17th century. We then meet Briana, Jamie and Claire’s daughter, and are reintroduced to Roger, the Reverend Wakefield’s’ son, when Claire tries to find out what happened to the men she knew from the tragedy of Culloden and to come to terms with her past and the man she lost in the process. Of course, things are not what she had initially thought and Claire has even more difficult decisions to make if she ever intends to find her heart and reclaim her life again.
This story was unbelievably good and so hard to stop reading! The style of the writing and the story itself just enthralled me to the point that I wish I had started this series years prior to now. Ms. Gabaldon has a very unique and precise way of expressing all the details of the surroundings so that one truly feels as if they are really in that setting and standing there watching this unfold. I also loved the introduction of the characters are so vivid along with the landscape of the world Diana Gabaldon created in these books. Jamie and Claire are very complex and realistic in their thoughts, emotions, and actions as to leave me breathless with anticipations at some points and open-mouthed in astonishment at others. Their passion for one another was so visceral and untamed yet it was also so loving and tender that it ripped me to pieces and made me yearn for more simultaneously.
I am truly enjoying this series and everything that goes with it and definitely recommend it to all fans of historical romance with light paranormal aspects. Two important suggestions to add to perspective readers: First, DO NOT READ THE SYNOPSIS OF THESE BOOKS! They give too much of the story away and trust me, surprise is a good thing. Second, read these books in order. There is so much backstory in these books and missing one would be missing a large portion of the story which you don’t want to do. (less)
"Lord John and the Private Matter" was a surprisingly engaging historical fiction that detailed Lord John trying to discreetly inquire about his cousi...more"Lord John and the Private Matter" was a surprisingly engaging historical fiction that detailed Lord John trying to discreetly inquire about his cousins' fiance when he sees something questionable on the man he did not expect or anticipate and then stumbling upon a murder and mystery regarding spies and the military that ends up becoming entangled in this private affair.
I was surprised, as I am not much of a historical fiction fan if it lacks the paranormal, steampunk, and sci-fi attributes I have come to enjoy in my novels, to find how much I truly enjoyed this book and the characters presented. I loved the style of writing and the detail presented throughout the story along with the world and characters Ms. Gabaldon created as well. I really liked Lord John and the fact that he was not a "traditional" Englishman when it came to his personal life yet he had the same pride and sense of honor and duty often found in the traditional English characters I am acquainted with in books. Lord John was so complex and had so many layers to his character that it had me drawn in from the beginning of the story and kept me captivated until the very end.
The world created in this book was very complex and well written as well. The sheer amount of detail the author produced in this story was staggering and yet breathtaking in its entirety to the pointed that it truly felt as though I had been transported to England in the 1700's and could feel the atmosphere and nostalgia of the time and place in every page. All the subtle nuianses and pointed backdrops worked well together to create a thoroughly imagined place and time I would love to visit again.
The key point of the story that really drew me in and kept my whole attention was definitely the mystery of the murder and the true character of the shipping merchant set to marry into Lord John's family. What a fascinating investigation and enjoyable journey through London's high class society and its undesireable underbelly to its poorer realm.
In the end, I truly enjoyed this book and enjoyed the audio presented in this tale. It had most of the elements I thoroughly enjoy in my reading including action, intrigue, lust, love, honor, humor, and, of course, murder with a dash of violence. I loved the detail and the writing style of Diana Gabaldon and will continue to read this series as well as her Outlander series in the very near future!(less)
"Can He Bake a Cherry Pie?" by Laurell K. Hamilton was a cute yet dark story that had a very "fairy tale" feel to it. The protagonist Elinore has been...more"Can He Bake a Cherry Pie?" by Laurell K. Hamilton was a cute yet dark story that had a very "fairy tale" feel to it. The protagonist Elinore has been promised to an old and lecherous earl by her father for political gain and she only sees one way out: save Prince True from the sorceress who trapped him fifty years ago or die trying. Overall, cute and interesting mixed with poetic justice for both Elinore and Prince True. Rating: 3 1/2 Stars
"The Shadow of Mist" by Yasmine Galenorn was an emotional and fast - paced story set in the Otherworld universe. Siobhan, a Selkie with a secret past, is happy with her upcoming marriage and the birth of her first child when her past literally calls her and turns her world upside down. Now Siobhan must enlist the help of her friends the D'Artigo sisters if she wants to save herself, her child, and the man she loves. I enjoyed this story as I am a fan of the series and I liked this glimpse into the background of a secondary character. I recommend this story to fans of the series as it ties in with Camille, Menolly, ans Delilah. Rating: 4 Stars
"The Tangleroot Palace" by Marjorie M. Liu was an interesting story reminiscent of age old fairy tales involving a rebellious, headstrong princess set to be married to a warlord said to be fierce and deadly by her aging father the king. As the time draws closer for Sally to meet her future husband, she begins dreaming of the forest beyond her home with a queen and children, and decides an expedition is in order that will not only introduce her to secrets long hidden by her deceased mother, but also to an interesting troupe of "actors" that will change everything in her life forever. This was a good story with a hint of the paranormal that had complex characters and a subtle yet profound love story that was satisfying although a little odd in the beginning. Another nice addition to this anthology! Rating: 4 Stars
"The Wrong Bridegroom" by Sharon Shinn was a cautionary tale that reinvented the old adage, "Never judge a book by its cover."
We find Olivia, princess and heir to the kingdom her father the king now holds, watching as would-be suitors battle against one another for her hand in marriage after she refuses to be wed to the man her father had chosen. She was dazzled by the magician who passed all the tests and thought him to be the prince of her dreams. Of course, the other victor of the tests was none other than her disgarded fiance and he has no intention of letting his princess toss him over without trying one last time to show her he would be the perfect husband for her.
I found Olivia unbelievably shallow and selfish and also unduly cruel to both Harwin and her stepmother Gisele throughout the story. I almost hated the story until I realized this was the authors' intention all along: to make her lead character less desirable and flawed with the chance of redemption before the end of the story. It totally worked in this anthology and I really did enjoy the "twist" with the king in the end as well. Rating: 3 1/2 Stars
Overall, a pretty nice ensemble of stories were written in this anthology. They all had the same "theme" of matrimony gone wrong tinged with the supernatural, but only Yasmine Galenorn's story really did not fit as its world was more reticent of present times and places as opposed to the old, 17th century, English countryside feel of the other three stories. I would recommend this anthology to fans of authors themselves or people who enjoy light romance with a bit of adventure! Rating Overall: 3 1/2 Stars(less)
"Wow" is the word that comes to mind when I think about this book! Sooooo many things went on and so much happened I could hardly catch my breath for...more"Wow" is the word that comes to mind when I think about this book! Sooooo many things went on and so much happened I could hardly catch my breath for wanting to find out more! Totally loved this book with all its surprises and heartbreaks, laughter and tears, triumphs and earth-shattering betrayals. A must read for the all fantasy enthusiasts and fans of this series alike!(less)