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Dragonfly In Amber

by Diana Gabaldon

delta | August 1, 2001 | Trade Paperback

Dragonfly In Amber is rated 4.4091 out of 5 by 22.
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....

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 752 pages, 9.22 × 6.14 × 1.4 in

Published: August 1, 2001

Publisher: delta

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385335970

ISBN - 13: 9780385335973

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Are you kidding me? Is there a negative rating? The 1 star rating is over-rated, Too: boring long disjointed uninteresting politictal expensive for what its worth
Date published: 2013-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from "A hundred and a thousand more ..." A wonderful second installment and a terrific follow-up to the incomparable Outlander. The first section of the book did seem a bit disjointed (hence 4/5 stars instead of 5), and as with any sections that don't involve Jaime, they are somewhat less satisfying. That said, while this book is quite lengthy, alot happens. I got a nice history lesson about Jacobites, the battle of '45, and Charles Stuart (although some resort was needed to Wikipedia to fill in the blanks). However, I'm not reading this series for a history lesson, I'm reading it because after Outlander, I am 100% invested in Jamie Fraser and his life with Claire. Jamie's character does not disappoint and he is every bit the hero we have come to know and love. Claire is a standout in this book as well for her the integral part she plays, which was a woman in 1745 is really saying something. I loved the ending of the second to last part of the book, and cried; and then cried again when the book finally ended. How have people waited years between installments? Cannot wait for book 3!
Date published: 2013-05-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Poor Follow-Up (CONTAINS SPOILERS) *** SPOILERS ALERT!! *** Normally, I have no qualms with long or short books. It has been a long time since I read a real long book – well, since reading Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – so I’m not sure if I was prepared to read two in a row. It’s like this: sometimes you get a hankering to read chick lit (what? am I the only one?), so you read one or two books and then you definitely need something serious. Well, I made it halfway through Gabaldon’s sequel to Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, and I had to put it down. It wasn’t that the book was boring, but it was just so long. Too long. I love the characters – the love story between Mary and Alex was so touching – but I had enough. So, after starting it in November, I put it aside and started reading something else. About 9 something elses. Finally, with the new year approaching, I decided it was time to pick this book up for a final time and finish it! Gabaldon is a great storywriter. She likes to really get into her characters, showing every facet to their being. So much so that the reader can get lost in these details and the whole flow of the story falters. This book had great action, humour, love, and mystery, but with so much detail I found myself wondering when it would ever end. The part where I had enough was when Jamie was put in jail. Again. I wondered if there was nothing else in the 17th century that could happen INSTEAD of going to jail. Though I was saddened to see that Claire had to go through the portal, she was with Jamie’s child and I was happy to see that he still existed in their daughter, Brianna’s, wild red hair. There is something majestic about her – though her tantrums leave something to be desired. (Though my call is that she goes back in time with Claire and actually grows up … of course, I brought the wrong book with me to continue to read the saga, so I have no idea what will happen!) I’m curious what happens in the following books. Seeing as I’ve started reading the series when there are many books published already, I’m sure that Claire and Jamie are involved in all of the books. But Claire is already nearing 50, isn’t she? Personally, I liked the idea of young love – her and Jamie, in their 20′s, having adventures. I just can’t picture what could happen in the next books. What happened in these last 20 years? Was Claire just waiting for her daughter to grow up? How had Claire not known of Jamie’s death – she seemed to be shocked when she saw the gravestone! With all the detail in the book, I think Gabaldon could have touched on these points. Of course, after finishing it (finally!) I can’t wait to crack open the next installment … … even if it takes me the entire of 2010 to read it! If you liked Outlander, you should like this book. Just try to read something in between installments to keep your attention span up.
Date published: 2012-01-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dragonfly in Amber by the bestselling author Diana Gabaldon Dragonfly in Amber By Diana Gabaldon ISBN: 0-7704-2877-0 Seal Books, 2001 947 pages Mass market paperback Historical adventure 20 years ago, Claire Randall came out of the Scottish wilderness, having been missing for almost 3 years. Pregnant and offering an explanation no one believes, Claire returns to an uncomfortable relationship with her husband and to their home in the United States. Now, Frank has passed away and Claire has brought her adult daughter, Brianna, to the place where it all began. She wants Brianna to know who her real father was. But how can Claire make her believe? I had a brief email discussion with Diana Gabaldon earlier this year when I wrote a review of Outlander, the first book in her amazing and ongoing series featuring the lives and the love of Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser: I insisted Outlander was an historical romance, while she claimed she writes historical fiction not romance. Stubborn as I am (my clan are the Skenes), I now see her point. Dragonfly in Amber is a detailed rendering of the politics and events leading up to and including the battle of Culloden in 1745. This was an actual battle that ended “Bonnie” Prince Charlie’s attempt to regain both the throne of England and of Scotland. Outlander concluded with Claire and Jamie Fraser heading for France to try and stop Prince Charlie’s rebellion. You see, Claire knows the battle ends in disaster for the Scots in general and for Jamie in particular. Dragonfly in Amber follows the two lovers as they insert themselves (with the help of Jamie’s familial connections) into the French social and political scene of the time. Despite extensive efforts to undermine the Prince’s efforts, Jamie and Claire are foiled at every turn until it becomes apparent there’s no way to stop the bloodbath they know is coming. The final chapters see Claire returned to modern Scotland and Jamie sent to his fated death. However, as Claire and the son of a deceased friend do their best to convince Brianna of the truth of Claire’s incredible story, a surprise crops up. Their investigations suggest that maybe, just maybe, Jamie Fraser didn’t die when and where Claire believes he did. What will come next? You’ll have to pick up a copy of Voyager by Diana Gabaldon to find out. Dragonfly in Amber reminds me of why I enjoy “period” novels—A Tale of Two Cities, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and The Janissary Tree come to mind. Yet, Gabaldon stands on her own. These books don’t just tell a story, they reveal to us a strong woman unafraid to fight for what she believes in and who loves in the same “give-it-everything-you-have” manner. Personally, the Claire Randall/Jamie Fraser combination has made my list of top fictional characters. While Dragonfly in Amber requires some effort (it’s 947 pages long), and it, like all large works, will have sections that drag for you, the only criticism I have for this novel is that a map or maps of the areas visited would have been appreciated. It wasn’t until I researched the rebellion of 1745 that I managed to get a clear mental picture of where events were taking place. There are seven books in the Outlander series, the latest An Echo in The Bone was released in hardcover September 22, 2009. My copy is sitting on one of my bookshelves. I can hear it calling… Copyright © Clayton Clifford Bye 2009
Date published: 2010-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this series! Claire and Jamie leave Scotland for France to try and stop the rebellion of the Highlands to bring Charles Stuart to the crown. There are so many twists and turns that I could not do the plot justice. This is a great series that everyone should read. There is lots of mystery, romance, lust, intrigue, and suspense. These books are really long, but so worth reading. They will take you away to another time and place.
Date published: 2009-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding continuation of the Outlander series If you enjoyed Outlander, be sure to continue reading the story of Claire and Jamie in the second of six books in the series. This book jumps time periods, from "present day" (1960s) back to where we left Jamie and Claire, before Culloden. The story follows their determination to stop Culloden from occuring. This book is amazing, as are all of the others Gabaldon has written. This is actually one of my favourites in the series. *Note - you MUST read Outlander before this novel!
Date published: 2008-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another fabulous read! I didn't know if the other books in the Outlander series could top the first one, but I think this might be my favorite. Jamie and Claire's relationship at this point has reached another level, and Gabaldon has created such an intriguing plot line through her book that I literally couldn't put it down. I read the whole thing in 3 days and couldn't wait to get my hands on the next book. If you liked Outlander, you'll love Dragonfly in Amber and you'll be looking for the next book, too!
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Sequel to Outlander So far this book is really good. There is a lot of action and emotion in this novel. The only thing I dislike about it is that there is a lot of concentration on battle and the turmoil in Claire and Jamie's relationship in the book.
Date published: 2007-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The greatest love story This book is just as good as the first. The love between Claire and Jamie is the kind of love that everyone should experience in a lifetime, but few actually find. If you love adventure and romance, then you will love this book.
Date published: 2006-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Disgustingly Beautiful This was the first of the series that I was able to read and it kept me coming back for more! The connections that Diana Gabaldon makes with Bree, Roger, Claire and Jamie are very real and make you feel as if you could actually be living this out. Gabaldon paints and excellent picture of what life was like for Jamie and Claire in France during the time of the Jacobite Revolt. Excellent book!!! If you loved outlander, this one will throw you for a loop!
Date published: 2006-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As good as the first! Yet another book I just can't put down! I've read this over and over, as well as the others in the series. If you are just getting into the Outlander series, I guarantee you won't be disappointed with the rest! A touch of romance, history, suspence, action and so much more. The characters are ones we can all relate to, and the relationships that develop, family or not, are ones to remember. This book is one that you won't regret reading, and it will leave you longing for more.
Date published: 2006-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Author and Book This book was so amazing a great sequal to a great book. When you start reading the book it isn't as big as it looks you fly right through the pages seeming to turn themselves . I love this author and am working on the next book. Just an absaloutly AMAZING read. I would recommend this book to all my friends.
Date published: 2006-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read this book NOW This is an excellent book., and series. Definately in my top 5 all time favorites. You must read the series if you are a lover of historical fiction and romance. As long as your over the age of 15 (due to some romance scenes) you will LOVE this book. Don't let the size frighten you, because you'll finish it before you want to.
Date published: 2005-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Loved it!
Date published: 2002-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from can' t wait for more! At first, I found it to be too political, but all the intrigue kept me going. The end was so sad... I cried my fair share of tears then! My only complaint would be that she gives away the ending of the book at the beginning, and so there's a bit of a shadow over you as you read. Overall though, I loved it, and would recommend it to anyone who wants to truly see themselves in a novel.
Date published: 2001-12-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too long Not a patch on the first book - Outlander - I found this book overly long and drawn out with way too much detail. Beginning and end were gripping but leave the Paris bit to history Having said that, this book has whet my appetite for "Voyager" which I plan to read next!!!
Date published: 2001-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bravo Bravo I can't believe she did it again. It's hard to tell which book is my favourite. She just keeps getting better and better. Hurry up with the next four books. I never tire of Jamie and Claire. I now have 6 people that have clasped on to this series....
Date published: 2000-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Reading...all of them! Diana Gabaldon appeals to anyone who likes well-written, historical based, adventure-love stories. Each of the books in this four part series is outstanding. If you haven't read Outlander and Voyager prior to Dragonfly in Amber, go back and catch up. Then read the Drums in Autumn finale. It's a pleasurable trip to many points around the world, featuring two well-developed characters that have wit and undeniable charm.
Date published: 2000-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No OUTLANDER I was rather disappointed with this 2nd novel. It was definately no outlander, but I managed to make it through the novel. If a big fan of the original outlander, read this one....but don't get your hopes up!
Date published: 2000-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from too political while i did love this book i found it easier to put down than outlander. It was a little too politcal for my liking, but if i skipped some of those pages i found it still enjoyable and never missed any of the story. very good plot twist that will surprise you and a worthwhile read a good sequel that leaves you wanting more!
Date published: 1999-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dragonfly in Amber-Awesome! This was the first book I have read, written by Diana Gabaldon, and it was truly one of the best books I have read in a very long time. I was totally engrossed with the story and literally could not put the book down. I find her writing takes you into the past like you were there witnessing the entire story.......LOVED IT! I cant'wait to read another of her novels.
Date published: 1999-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Legacy of the Highlander Claire Randall reveals her story to her daughter Brianna concerning her true heritage. This story pulls you into the lives of Claire and Jamie, and makes you feel all the love and adventure they both shared. As a continuation of Outlander, I found it to be just as riviting. I also recommend this book to someone who loves adventure, and romance.
Date published: 1999-02-19

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Dragonfly In Amber

by Diana Gabaldon

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 752 pages, 9.22 × 6.14 × 1.4 in

Published: August 1, 2001

Publisher: delta

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385335970

ISBN - 13: 9780385335973

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The Pretenders Le Havre, France, 1744 Bread," I muttered feebly, keeping my eyes tightly closed. There was no response from the large, warm object next to me, other than the faint sigh of his breathing. "Bread!" I said, a little louder. There was a sudden startled heave of the bedclothes, and I grasped the edge of the mattress and tightened all my muscles, hoping to stabilize the pitch and yaw of my internal organs. Fumbling noises came from the far side of the bed, followed by the sliding of a drawer, a muffled exclamation in Gaelic, the soft thud of a bare foot stamping planks, and then the sinking of the mattress under the weight of a heavy body. "Here, Sassenach," said an anxious voice, and I felt the touch of a dry bread crust against my lower lip. Groping blindly without opening my eyes, I grasped it and began to chew gingerly, forcing each choking bite down a parched throat. I knew better than to ask for water. The dessicated wads of bread crumbs gradually made their way down my throat and took up residence in my stomach, where they lay like small heaps of ballast. The nauseating roll of my inner waves slowly calmed, and at last my innards lay at anchor. I opened my eyes, to see the anxious face of Jamie Fraser hovering a few inches above me. "Ak!" I said, startled. "All right, then?" he asked. When I nodded and feebly began to sit up, he put an arm around my back to help me. Sitting down beside me on the rough inn bed, he pulled me gently against him and stroked my sl
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From the Publisher

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....

From the Jacket

“Diana Gabaldon is a born storyteller.... The pages practically turn themselves.”—Arizona Republic

“A triumph! A powerful tale layered in history and myth. I loved every page.”—Nora Roberts

“Compulsively readable.”—Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Diana Gabaldon is the author of Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade, Lord John and the Private Matter, and the New York Times bestselling Outlander novels. She won a 2006 Quill Award for her most recent Outlander novel, A Breath of Snow and Ashes.


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Editorial Reviews

“Diana Gabaldon is a born storyteller.... The pages practically turn themselves.”—Arizona Republic

“A triumph! A powerful tale layered in history and myth. I loved every page.”—Nora Roberts

“Compulsively readable.”—Publishers Weekly
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