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Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, Book 2) (original 1991; edition 2001)

by Diana Gabaldon

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Title:Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, Book 2)
Authors:Diana Gabaldon
Info:Delta (2001), Paperback, 768 pages
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Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon (1991)

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  thepageparamour | Sep 9, 2018 |
The second book in the Outlander series falls short of the modest mark set by the first book.

Like Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber takes a bit to get going, but rather than waiting a mere few chapters, you have to wait until the 3rd or 4th 'part' to get any real action, and even then it's spotty.

Overall, there is far less genuine action in this book than in the first, and it is much more predictable.

The characters we meet are not quite as well crafted as those in the first book, and there is more lazy caricature and less depth in the new characters in book 2. This book also marks the first time we get any major exposure to actual historical figures, and they, too, seem to be a bit of a one-dimensional comic-book version of their real selves.

The also switches point-of-view quickly and clumsily at times; a bother not experienced in the original Outlander.

All of that being said, if you liked the first book and are interested in the series, you MUST read this book. While it was not particularly enjoyable, it is very much necessary. Dragonfly in Amber answers many questions left open in Outlander, and the answering of those questions is perhaps the most satisfying aspect of this book.

This book feels bland as it dutifully ties up loose ends and sets the stage for the 3rd book in the series. I was personally eager for it to be over by the last 40 or 50 pages and was happy to put it down for good, but it didn't dampen my enthusiasm to read the next installment, Voyager.

My wife is on book 5 or 6 and said that Dragonfly in Amber stands as her least favorite of the series, and she is very much enjoying the later books.

So, suffer through the necessary boredom of a sub-par story and quickly jump into the next book, as I plan to do. ( )
  McCarthys | Sep 5, 2018 |
Had a harder time reading this than the original Outlander but a good read.
10/11/14: re-reading.... ( )
  cubsfan3410 | Sep 1, 2018 |
This book was craziness! There is a major love/hate relationship with Claire. I feel I enjoyed this book more than the first. The last 200 pages or so is madness! ( )
  Chelz286 | Aug 26, 2018 |
My guilty pleasure, historical fiction with lots of hot sex! The novelty of the first book is gone, but the intrigue and minute details of 17th century life in the Scottish Highlands (as well as France) are compelling! ( )
  Rdra1962 | Aug 1, 2018 |
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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 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....

Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful copper-haired daughter, Brianna, as Claire’s spellbinding journey of self-discovery continues in the intrigue-ridden Paris court of Charles Stuart ... in a race to thwart a doomed Highlands uprising ... and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves....

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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. Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful copper-haired daughter, Brianna, as Claire's spellbinding journey of self-discovery continues in the intrigue-ridden Paris court of Charles Stuart ... in a race to thwart a doomed Highlands uprising ... and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves.… (more)

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