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Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
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Aug 04, 09

bookshelves: historical, fantasy, fiction
Read in July, 2009

Much as I love Outlander, I love this book more. Maybe it's that it was the first book in this series that I read, back when I was 17. Maybe it's just that I love Roger Wakefield McKenzie more than Jamie Fraser. Blasphemy, I know, but Roger is an historian and a folk singer just like me. Whatever it is, this is a fabulous book. I love that it starts in a completely different place than the first book leaves off, with the 20th century story of Claire, her daughter Brianna, and Roger bracketing the 18th century story of political intrigue and ultimate tragedy that was the Scottish Rising of 1745. Jamie and Claire fight to stem the tide of history and save the people they care for, and break their own hearts in the process. But there is more to the story than tragedy; there's romance, humour, history, and, as I mentioned, political intrigue. There are also numerous wonderful characters, both historical and fictional, including the Auld Fox (Simon Fraser, chieftan of clan Fraser), the Comte Saint-Germain, Master Raymond the apothecary, Fergus the French pickpocket, and the deliciously sinister and twisted Black Jack Randall. If you enjoy your history liberally spiced with sex, backstairs gossip, dry wit and dashing Highlanders, it doesn't get much better than this!
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07/14/2009 page 500
67.29% "I've read this book almost 10 times, and it is still one of my favourites for characters, intrigue and emotional evocation of history."
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