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Drums of Autumn

by Diana Gabaldon

W. B. Saunders Company | December 1, 1996 | Hardcover

Drums of Autumn is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 20.
In her long awaited new novel, Drums of Autumn, Diana Gabaldon continues the remarkable story of Claire and Jamie Fraser that began with the classic Outlander, and its bestselling sequels, Dragonfly in Amber and Voyager.

Cast ashore in the American colonies, the Frasers are faced with a bleak choice: return to a Scotland fallen into famine and poverty, or seize the risky chance of a new life in the New World--menaced by Claire''s certain knowledge of the coming Revolution.

Still, a highlander is born to risk--and so is a time-traveler.  Their daughter, Brianna, is safe--they think--on the other side of a dangerous future; their lives are their own to venture as they will.  With faith in themselves and in each other, they seek a new beginning among the exiled Scottish Highlanders of the Cape Fear, in the fertile river valleys of the Colony of North Carolina.

Even in the New World, though, the Frasers find their hope of peace threatened from without and within; by the British Crown and by Jamie''s aunt, Jocasta
MacKenzie, last of the MacKenzies of Leoch.

A hunger for freedom drives Jamie to a Highlander''s only true refuge: the mountains.  And here at last, with no challenge to their peace--save wild animals, Indians, and the threat of starvation--the Frasers establish a precarious foothold in the wilderness, secure in the knowledge that even war cannot invade their mountain sanctuary.

But history spares no one, and when Brianna follows her mother into the past, not even the mountains can shelter a Highlander.  For Brianna too has an urgent
quest: not only to find the mother she has lost and the father she has never met, but to save them both from a future that only she can see.

Format: Hardcover

Published: December 1, 1996

Publisher: W. B. Saunders Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385255853

ISBN - 13: 9780385255851

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from More Jaime please It took me entirely too long to read this book. The story was good and definitely advanced the plot. However, there wasn't nearly enough Jaime/Claire for my liking. This book was very much about Brianne, her travel, her relationship with Jaime, and her relationship with Roger. Unfortunately, I don't care nearly as much for Brianne/Roger as I do for Jaime/Claire! With that said, the story dragged on a bit for me. I'm very hopeful that in the next installment, Jaime will feature more prominently. This series is fantastic and I'm very much looking forward to book #5.
Date published: 2013-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This review is spoilerish and was written with the intent that you would have already read the book Reviewed at Another Look Book Reviews I ventured forth with a re-read of Drums of Autumn because I had just finished doing a re-read Voyager. I honestly didn't plan for a re-read of the Outlander series right now but I sorta just fell into it after reading and reviewing The Scottish Prisoner. I am so glad I did. I remember that when I read Drums of Autumn the first and second time, I did enjoy it but because I was so anxious to read anything and everything about Jamie and Claire, I'd skip through a lot of Roger and Bree story lines. This time around I didn't. I just sat back and really took my time and thoroughly enjoyed every chapter and every character. It was fabulous. I feel like I have now just experienced Roger and Bree on a different level. I do remember being so pleased that when Diana Gabaldon wrote Bree, that she didn't just do a carbon copy of Jamie and Claire. Yes she had Jamie's looks and some of his mannerisms but Bree is definitely her own person. I also have to remember that she is young and she will make mistakes that young people will make. I found I appreciated that trait of hers more this time and I was way more forgiving in some of the things she did and how she did them. Drums of Autumn is quite fabulous. So much happens in this book but not in an angsty, heart palpating way. A lot of character growth and the story moved forward by leaps and bounds. I think back to all the scenes that happened in Drums of Autumn and I am blown away by how much time had passed. Claire delivered some of my favourite lines in Drums of Autumn. "You're a walking inducement to harlots," I said. "Stick by me; I'll protect you." "He's much sneakier than I thought," I said. "Practically Scottish." "Actually, it's your kilt that make me want to fling you to the floor and commit ravishment," I told him. "May the Lord deliver me from stubborn Scotsmen!" I said. And a Jamie quote worth noting.... "Your face is my heart, Sassenach," he said softly, "and love of you is my soul." The building of Fraser Ridge really provided an excellent foundation for the North Carolina setting and a true appreciation of what the first settlers encountered. If reading Voyager was about Jamie and Claire's reunion, then Drums of Autumn was about Jamie meeting his daughter, Bree. The anticipated scene was fabulous and I wouldn't change a thing. Without a doubt, that encounter was my favourite scene in the entire book. Followed closely by birth of Jemmy. I adore that the birth was a wee bit of a family event. I also found that I enjoyed more of the Indian interactions this time around. I was still very impacted and my heart was heavy for Ian. I found Ian was on my mind a lot and I was ever so thankful that Diana Gabaldon included that letter from Ian to Jamie and Claire while they were attending the Gathering. Of course I need to move on to The Fiery Cross now. I am quite excited about it since that book was my least favourite of the series and now I am thinking after this experience, I will enjoy it that much more. Do you ever go back and re-read a book and just love it even more than you did before? Teasers: Stephen Bonnet the pirate, bear attach and fought off with a fish, Bree's engagement to Lord John, birth of Jemmy and the biological puzzle that goes along with him
Date published: 2012-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Packed With Excitment!!! Now I have read the previous books in the outlander series and they have all been great but Drums of Autumn was one that was very memorable, was packed with thrill and excitment, and i literally could not put the book down. I would totally recomend the whole series to read, and ecspecially this one.
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, but not her best in the series.... This is the 4th book in the the series featuring Claire and Jamie. Claire is the time traveller and has gone back in time by 200 years to be with the one she loves. However this book, although very much about Claire and Jamie and the phase of their life which is about them making their home in America, is also very much about their daughter, Brianna. Brianna decides to follow her mother back in time, and we get to know her and become familiar with her character. Ultimately, I think that this book is too long. It is over 1000 pages, and I think that Gabaldon could focus more on the story and about giving us the excitement and adventure that has been so apealing with these books. Instead, she tries to be a "great writer" and constantly elaborates on the surroundings and on the minute details of her characters, which falls short of the mark. She is not a Steinbeck, and one sometimes gets the feeling that she is putting forth a lot of effort at creating these mesmerizing and unforgetable characters. Instead, her effect (on me, anyway) is to skim through her long descriptions that are not necessary. Ultimately if she were to expatiate less.....the book could be about 700 pages, which is far more acceptable. Otherwise, I enjoyed the story. Brianna is alarmingly similar in character to her mother, and Gabaldon makes it almost painfully clear, that she resembles her father physically. One would think she is a freak with the amount of time she spends describing Brianna's large size. I definitely think that this is not her best book, but if you have grown fond of Jamie and Claire....then reading this, along with the others in the series, is defintely a must.
Date published: 2010-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh so good! Claire and Jamie are together at last. They have found themselves in the new world. Jamie is able to use his name as no one knows who he or she are. They will have a fresh start, and everything will be prefect as long as they are together. Well almost. Jamie has family here, and there are people that he was in jail with. Of course there are new things to worry about. Wild Indians and something called a skunk. Soon the couple are making choices as to the rest of the lives, but it soon becomes clear that nothing comes without strings. Claire and Jamie are still getting know each other after their 20 year separation, and Claire dearly misses Brianna. It makes Claire happy to know that she is safe 200 years in the future, or is she. Brianna wants to know her father and comes through the stones, and Roger follows Brianna. Oh so good! This is a must read series.
Date published: 2009-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Listen to the Audio folks I have read this series twice.I have just finished listening to it on audio. If you thought the books were great think again. WOW! Almost like watching a version on video. Davina Porter is an awesome narator. Get the unabridged version as I had ordered the abridged in the voyager book , in this one there is a different narator and she just doesnt cut it. I cried and I laughed. You are definately missing out if you dont try the audio.(some are really difficult to find. But well worth it.. You can put them on your MP3 Players as well folks. I am hooked on audio books now.
Date published: 2008-12-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Wow, I think I am in the minority here but this book was just ok, and not as good as any of the previous in the series. The action was very slow and some of the choices (esp Bree) were exasperating. Jamie and Claire were still great as were some other characters...BUT Bree and Roger were very hard to digest. I actually liked them in Voyager, but here they were just too much. Roger went from a history prof to a weird of macho (not in a good way) and Bree was ok at first but then she become just annoying. I had a hard time with the way Claire responded to her behavior. She is young and acts like a spoiled, mean child. My mom would never stand for that and I saw Claire as that kind of a mom. Instead she humors her and at times takes her irrational side. The end of the book was ok, but I really don't know if I will go on with the series after this as I believe Bree and Roger become very prominent characters. I can't pick which of them I dislike more.
Date published: 2008-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow this entire series is amazing! just keep reading, they get better each time.
Date published: 2007-02-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Interesting... Gabaldon is great at details, but this chapter of the Outlander series left me somewhat bogged down...not as bad as the first half of Ben-Hur, but I did put it down frequently before finishing it. Unfortunately, while I do really enjoy her work (as well as her attention to historical detail)...her books are very uneven. Outlander was something that I couldn't put down, while Voyager I could walk away from occasionally. Still, I do recommend each of her books.
Date published: 2006-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best One This is, in my opinon, the best book of the Outlander series. The rich tapestry of events that unfolds makes for true escape reading. Gabaldon creates characters that the reader knows intimately. This is a book you can really sink your teeth into.
Date published: 2006-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing Originally I thought this book would be the last, but I was wrong. So many things happen in this book that I wondered how Diana would be able to end it. The sex is hot and the adventure is marvelous. Read it and read on to the Fiery Cross.
Date published: 2005-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Drums of Autumn I loved this book.
Date published: 2005-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Loved it!
Date published: 2002-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Beauty of true Love Diana is the most gifted writer that I have ever had the pleasure of reading. This book is by far her best work yet to date, I could not put it down and absorbed it in a matter of days. Leaving me breathlessly waiting for the next book. That was two years ago and I have finnished the series three times since. It's the Epic story of what it takes to KEEP a love, for a lifetime. Cudos Diana, I thank You
Date published: 2001-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Time Travel Extraordinaire! I must admit my first thought was that Outlander, the first book in this series,would be not my cup of tea. But Claire's adventures and the mysterious standing stones she steps through into the 1700s kept me enthralled. I bought the next three books (something I rarely do) which held me captive, reading late into the night ! Small details, realistic settings, and endearing characters are Diana Gabaldon's specialty. An appeal to the author: please write another one; after all, our friends do still have those jewels in their possession... I miss their company!
Date published: 2000-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Drums of Autumn The whole series starting with Outlander and ending with Drums of Autumn are truly amazing. I was so involved in these books that my husband was wondering if I would ever come back to reality. The life of Jamie and Claire is so beautiful. A true marriage with true love. Thank you Diana for these books and heres hoping that there is more to come. You are an amazing author.
Date published: 2000-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gabaldon Does it Again! I have to say that as an avid reader of contemporary romance, and a lover of historical fiction, Diana Gabaldon's books have been perfect for me! I am sucked right into the 1700's right along with Claire and Jamie and I never want this series to end!
Date published: 2000-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Drums of Autumn I have never read The Drums of Autumn, Outlander or Voyager written by this author, but my wife who is an avid reader has. She swears that they are the best romance books that she has ever read. She is a tight wad with the money and has never bought a hardcover book in her life with the exception of Diana Gabaldon's 3 books. She cannot wait until the next one comes out and is continually pestering me to keep checking Chapters online.
Date published: 2000-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from uplifting I have read all the books in this series and can not wait until the next installment is published. This book has everything in it .... romance, history, geography, science & medicine. This series of novels has reinforced my belief that love does conquer all. Any one of the Outlander series are great to take away on that summer vacation...just in case it rains!
Date published: 2000-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SMASHING Great ending to a good series. This book's focus is on Jamie and Claries 20 year old daughter. I fell in love with Roger and Brianna, and I recommend this book to all of Diana's fans.....What a smashing way to end the outlander series!!
Date published: 2000-03-05

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Drums of Autumn

by Diana Gabaldon

Format: Hardcover

Published: December 1, 1996

Publisher: W. B. Saunders Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385255853

ISBN - 13: 9780385255851

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It is 1767, on the eve of the American Revolution. Jamie and Claire have landed on the shores of Charleston, South Carolina, to join the exiled Scottish Highlanders and begin a new life. Jamie, with his wife by his side and his daughter Brianna safe in the future, is determined to seek refuge in the mountains and keep his distance from a war that is not his own. But when Brianna crosses into the past in search of the father she has never seen, Jamie realizes that war spares no one--and that love is the only thing worth fighting for. "Gracious, you vill not how long haf eaten?" Miss Viorst peered at Brianna''s empty bowl with goodwilled incredulity. About the same age as Brianna herself, she was a broad-built, placid-tempered Dutchwoman whose motherly manner made her seem a good deal older. "Day before yesterday, I think." Brianna gratefully accepted a second helping of dumplings and broth, and yet another thick slab of salt-rising bread slathered with curls of fresh white butter. "Oh, thank you!" The food did something to fill the hollow space that yawned inside her, a small warm comfort around which to center herself. Lizzie''s fever had come on again, two days upriver. This time the attack was longer and more severe, and Brianna had been seriously afraid that Lizzie would die, right there in the middle of the Cape Fear River. She had sat in mid-canoe for all of a day and a night, while Viorst and his partner paddled like maniacs, she alternatel
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From the Publisher

In her long awaited new novel, Drums of Autumn, Diana Gabaldon continues the remarkable story of Claire and Jamie Fraser that began with the classic Outlander, and its bestselling sequels, Dragonfly in Amber and Voyager.

Cast ashore in the American colonies, the Frasers are faced with a bleak choice: return to a Scotland fallen into famine and poverty, or seize the risky chance of a new life in the New World--menaced by Claire''s certain knowledge of the coming Revolution.

Still, a highlander is born to risk--and so is a time-traveler.  Their daughter, Brianna, is safe--they think--on the other side of a dangerous future; their lives are their own to venture as they will.  With faith in themselves and in each other, they seek a new beginning among the exiled Scottish Highlanders of the Cape Fear, in the fertile river valleys of the Colony of North Carolina.

Even in the New World, though, the Frasers find their hope of peace threatened from without and within; by the British Crown and by Jamie''s aunt, Jocasta
MacKenzie, last of the MacKenzies of Leoch.

A hunger for freedom drives Jamie to a Highlander''s only true refuge: the mountains.  And here at last, with no challenge to their peace--save wild animals, Indians, and the threat of starvation--the Frasers establish a precarious foothold in the wilderness, secure in the knowledge that even war cannot invade their mountain sanctuary.

But history spares no one, and when Brianna follows her mother into the past, not even the mountains can shelter a Highlander.  For Brianna too has an urgent
quest: not only to find the mother she has lost and the father she has never met, but to save them both from a future that only she can see.

From the Jacket

In her long awaited new novel, "Drums of Autumn, Diana Gabaldon continues the remarkable story of Claire and Jamie Fraser that began with the classic "Outlander, and its bestselling sequels, "Dragonfly in Amber and "Voyager.
Cast ashore in the American colonies, the Frasers are faced with a bleak choice: return to a Scotland fallen into famine and poverty, or seize the risky chance of a new life in the New World--menaced by Claire''s certain knowledge of the coming Revolution.
Still, a highlander is born to risk--and so is a time-traveler. Their daughter, Brianna, is safe--they think--on the other side of a dangerous future; their lives are their own to venture as they will. With faith in themselves and in each other, they seek a new beginning among the exiled Scottish Highlanders of the Cape Fear, in the fertile river valleys of the Colony of North Carolina.
Even in the New World, though, the Frasers find their hope of peace threatened from without and within; by the British Crown and by Jamie''s aunt, Jocasta
MacKenzie, last of the MacKenzies of Leoch.
A hunger for freedom drives Jamie to a Highlander''s only true refuge: the mountains. And here at last, with no challenge to their peace--save wild animals, Indians, and the threat of starvation--the Frasers establish a precarious foothold in the wilderness, secure in the knowledge that even war cannot invade their mountain sanctuary.
But history spares no one, and when Brianna follows her mother into the past, not even the mountains can shelter a Highlander. For Brianna too has an urgent
quest: not only to find the mother she has lost and the father she has never met, but to save them both from a future that onlyshe can see.

About the Author

Diana Jean Gabaldon, 1952 - Diana Gabaldon was born January 11, 1952 in Flagstaff, Arizona. She has a Ph.D. in Quantitative Behavioral Ecology, and M.S. in Marine Biology, and a B.S. in Zoology. She has worked as a university Professor and has written freelance for various magazines, companies and as well as Walt Disney. Gabaldon is the well-known author of the "Outlander" series. She is married to a drag racer and has three children.

From Our Editors

Scottish time-travellers Claire and Jamie Fraser face new places and challenges in this thrilling tale. When the Highlander couple land on America's shores just before the revolution, their only chance for survival is to stay and make a life for themselves in the New World. As a vindictive aunt and the British crown threaten their existence, they flee into the hills where they think they're safe. But their daughter Brianna, on the other side of time, can see their fatal future. She's the only one who can save her parents in Diana Gabaldon's Drums Of Autumn. At this special low price, it makes an easy addition to any adventure lover's library.
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