Monday, 26 January 2009

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

For twenty years, Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to the majesty of Scotland's 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 warrior whose gallantry once drew the young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his. Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful daughter as Claire's spellbinding journey continues in the intrigue-ridden court of Charles Edward Stuart, in a race to thwart a doomed uprising, and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves.

My View
This is the follow up to Cross Stitch which I read way back in September, I actually mean't to read these after I got back from my holiday but, forgot until a friend of mine mentioned she was reading them.

The story begins with Claire back in the present day (well almost as its back in the 1960's) and with her daughter Brianna, Claire's husband Frank having died two years previously. Claire is investigating the fate of the men at Culloden. Claire is visiting an old friend with her daughter and it is here that Claire finds out things from her past that could very well (and does!) change her future. Claire re-tells her story of what happened and we are then travelling back in time to 1744.

I did find this one dragged on a little towards the end but, there was no way on earth I was going to rush through it there were some parts that could have been more compacted, lets say. However, saying that this volume is nearly 1000 pages in total yet it didn't seem like that at all.

I have to say I wasn't as enthralled with this as I was with Cross Stitch (or Outlander as its known outside the UK) and as I say for me it did drag on a bit in parts but, overall a beautifully weaved tale and although I say it did drag on in some ways its nice to have a descriptive tale as it makes for a more believable and intense story.


Elena said...

This is a series on my re-read list, as it's been a couple of years. I do remember enjoying the read both when I first read it and on re-reads, as this book and the others in the series are so rich in historical detail.

Michele at Reader's Respite said...

Isn't it weird how these books don't seem nearly as long as they actually are?? It's a testament to how good they are, I think.

Julie said...

Keep at it with the books, though the later ones do get very long and heavy. Still, this is my favorite series! I've enjoyed your other reviews too, I'm currently reading Margaret George's Autobiography of Henry VIII and love it!

I'll eager to see how you like the rest of Gabaldon's series, I'm following you now! :D

margotreehugger said...

Thanks for the review Clare, I will have to read this series, eventually. I do get put off by books that are 1000 pages are more, basically because I am a slow reader. I still have Mists of Avalon to read. Which I must do soon.

Clare said...

Thank you all! Voyager is amazing and is my favourite so far, review to follow :)

Margo you must must must read this series the length of the books put me off at first too but, they don't seem that many pages when you read them they are not as hard going as Mists.