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Dragonfly in Amber

byDiana Gabaldon

Mass Market Paperback | October 9, 2001

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From the author of Outlander... a magnificent epic that once again sweeps us back in time to the drama and passion of 18th-century Scotland...

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....
Diana Gabaldon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular Outlander novels, as well as the related Lord John Grey books, one work of nonfiction, and the Outlander graphic novel The Exile. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Title:Dragonfly in AmberFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:976 pages, 6.9 × 4.2 × 1.62 inPublished:October 9, 2001Language:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love! I spiraled into this book after finishing the first, Outlander, and I could not wait to continue the adventure! However, I read reviews about this book and found that a lot of people were saying its a very slow pace book and often times very boring to read and they could not wait to get to the next book. Although I agree that often times when there were chapters about the history of the politics it dragged on a bit, but I noticed that it was a crucial part of the story line for this book. I found this book to be quite adventurous and eventful actually and have to note that it shouldn't be compared to Outlander. I loved it and it put me through an emotional roller coaster with the change of events. Stick through this one it's a great read!
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A bit slow Compared to the first book and the subsequent books in the series, I found Dragonfly in Amber to be a bit slow paced and even dry in some parts. I did enjoy the read and the series still remains one of my all-time favourites but this book is definitely not my favourite. Push through this one though and you will be rewarded with the books to come!
Date published: 2017-12-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Id like to start off by saying I loved Outlander. It really drew you in with the unique story and an impossible once in a life time love. Its setting in Scotland only served to better emphasis the enchantment and romance. Though Dragonfly in Amber is still a good read, I wouldn't compare it in engagement to Outlander. The sequels are worth reading if you want to travel with Claire and Jamie along their journey though life but I cannot say they match Outlander in its ability to get your heart pumping. Dragonfly in Amber is still a very good read, but I wouldn't tell you to expect the same from it as Outlander.
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In Love! Fantastic. Amazing. Wonderful. Such an intriguing story and amazing characters. Huge fan of the show and the book as well!
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another page turner! If you enjoyed the previous outland novel you will love this one! A must read!
Date published: 2017-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great sequal to Outlander A great sequal to Outlander, the advanture continues. A bit less romance in this one as the plot thickens, but the advanture gets even more exciting. Great read!
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just as good as the last one. Plotwise, this one is a lot heavier than the first book but its amazing! It'll make you feel a full spectrum of emotions but in the best way!
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was okay Took me awhile to get through it but I made it. The story is still good and it continues from the first book, but you need to follow the dates. But stick with it, it's worth it
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Favourite Series Fantastic series, but this is one of my least favourite of the books - the setting(s) aren't as good as the rest of the series. HOWEVER, stick with it. It's still awesome, and the 3rd book, Voyager, is the best.
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Stick Through It I'm a HUGE Outlander fan but even for me this book had some extremely dry moments. There's a lot of plot in this book though so pay attention!! And if you find your mind wandering and you want to give up, stick through it!!! Voyager is a million times better and so much more exciting. It's worth it, I promise!!
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great read! A real page turner! Couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved! I loved this book - Outlander is definitely my favourite but this was a great follow up. Maybe having seen the show before reading the book was the reason for me not being interested in some overdrawn descriptions but otherwise it's very well written. I love the Scotland half more than the Paris half. SO good.
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great follow up to Outlander I found Dragonfly in Amber a bit slower than Outlander, but still kept me turning the pages!
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Another great installment in the Outlander series. I loved these books and can't wait to read them again!
Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read, interesting series Well written and a good story line. Do have to admit I read the whole series once, but not a series I will read a second time as I do no feel it worth a second read but well worth a first read. Much better than the show so recommend reading before viewing.
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another winner!! A fabulous addition to this adventurous series.
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Dragonfly in Amber is just as good as Outlander. Here, Diana Gabaldon further explores the relationship between Jamie and Claire and creates a moving and heartbreaking plot. An excellent read!
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sequel This book, like its predecessor, will pull you in and keep you reading til' the end. It is such a beautiful story, with heart-wrenching twists.
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Sequel Good sequel in this series.
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Let down from Outlander I love the first book of the series. This one however was a bit of a let down. There were many chapters that I barely felt like reading and many times I felt like quiting the book. I stuck it through and don't regret it. The Outlander series are not to be read straight one after the other. I need a break between each one.
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great sequel The sequel to Outlander doesn't disappoint. The characters you love are still as interesting as ever as they embark on new adventures. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Good I loved the first book for bringing me into this world and now I cannot put these books down. I am so excited to read book three :D
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from better than the first book If I find the first book amazing, this one is better! You can't stop reading!
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This series is so addictive. The author gets me very emotional. I couldn't stop reading.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dragonfly in Amber is fantastic! Soo good OMG!!!! Middle of the book was slow, and a lot of it was unnessary.. but so worth it to get to the end. The love that was forged, the bond that was made.. beyond words.. beyond beautiful...love to aspire to have in life.. just honest. can't wait to see where it goes from here <3 love this series! Very sad moments happen in this novel as well.. I cried twice !! Such a great series, reading novel 3 before the third season of the show premieres in the Fall.
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Not as good as the first It was a little too heavy on the minutia of French and Scottish politics for my liking, but overall it still created the world I fell in love with in the first book.
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a great series! I cannot stop reading these. It is for sure one of my favourite series. Very descriptive and well written.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from just as good as book 1 love the continuation of Claire and Jamie's story/adventure
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! This was just as good as Outlander. It makes you really see into the lives of Jaime and Claire.
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from As good as the first! The story pulls you in, it's hard to put down.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from cool really good story and believable!
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from :) This series is amazing... my mom reads it over and over
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Good follow up to the original outlander books.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite series! After reading Outlander years before, I eagerly awaited the next book in the series. I couldn't get enough of Claire and Jamie. I was not disappointed - except at the end of the last page when I knew it was over until the next book was published.
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites An amazing series! Can say enough about it! Diana Gabaldon is a true storyteller!
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read I enjoyed the second book of the Outlander series. I really enjoyed their adventures in France. One thing for me is that there were moments in this book that were a little more dry, and I put the book down a few times, but once it got going I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! I've been reading this book and series everyday on my bus ride to school. It's such an interesting and easy read that keeps you hooked on every word. I can't seem to put it down.
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good. Was a good read this series.
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Story for miles... A very different twist to the adventure, with all the same emotionally-compelling characters as in the first book, and new ones that turn your mind to question and wonder. Great story telling, good entertaining fun, still showing signs of enormous historical research in smooth flowing prose. Spare it for a long journey, because you won't want to put it down once you've started.
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Follow Up I was a bit skeptical reading this sequel thinking nothing could live up to the first book, and i was pleasantly surprised. I honestly cannot tell you which book i like more now. The change of setting was refreshing, though I did miss the highlands. I'm so happy to see how Claire & Jamie's relationship has grown and the new characters are a great addition!
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Follow-up To "Outlander" For those who fell under Gabaldon's spell while reading "Outlander", her skill will continue to amaze and ignite a fierce, passionate love affair with the Scottish Highlands in "Dragonfly In Amber", the next book in this unbelievable series. Rife with political intrigue, humor, and every emotion known to man, Gabaldon will go down in history as the reigning queen of her genre.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good sequel different setting, france instead of scotland. all the political stuff can get a little dreary but still a good book.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Change of setting Some faithful Gabaldonites really dislike Dragonfly, but I quite enjoyed partaking in the Paris of Louis XV. Scotland can get a bit dreary after all. And we get to meet Fergus, who is a fine addition to the cast of characters. Claire gets to put her medical skills to proper use. And Jamie struggles, once again, with his pride. And, once you've finished the book, of course, you get to watch season two of the Starz series which is absolutely lush with 18th-century French fashion. Enjoy!
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from the adventure continues The age and time is so well rendered and the characters keep you reading, you leave this life for an adventure in another while you can. Great escapist stuff!
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! Another great book in a great series!
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dragonfly in Amber Yet another great book in the Outlander series. The series is still gripping and highly entertaining. I recommend this book to absolutely everyone :)
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my favourite in the series, but still strong (and necessary) Unlike the first book in the series, this book has a strong and clear plot which is excellent, but it gets off to slow and slightly disjointed start. It's worth sticking with though as Gabaldon's wonderful characters quickly engross you in their experiences. Filled with more detail, this book too has more interesting historical fact worked into it.
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow start, but a very enjoyable read. I found this second book in the series a bit harder to get into than the first, but once the setting for this installment is established, it flows well and is another easy and enjoyable read.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from You'll love this!, Amazing story, you will long for the characters and feel emotions as though you were Claire. This series is just amazing and never disappoints.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than first book I liked Outlander, but this one blew me away. Love it!
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this series! Great series. I highly recommend it
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Series The Outlander series never has a dull moment. The characters are perfect on their own and with each other. The writing is so well written you can picture the whole setting in your head no problem. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better In my opinion, better than the first book. Some back and forth between the time periods. This one began in more modern times, after the death of Claire's husband. Much of the book is Claire telling what she remembered from her time in the 1700s, how she and Jamie tried to stop the rebellion, and eventually how and why she returned. A bit of Geillis thrown in, too!
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Darker Can't say I really enjoyed this one a lot, It's different from Outlander. I loathed Jamie and Clare in this one, their relationship is darker from the first book. I didn't find myself relating or rooting for them. I did like the fact that the author went very heavey into the randell background in DiA
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Loved this! Love this series. The author transports you - you feel that the characters are going through. Love it, love it, love it!
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Love this series. The author transports you - you feel that the characters are going through. Love it, love it, love it!
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I had a hard time getting into this book at first, but after the first few chapters I was completely drawn back in. Couldn't put it down! Love Claire and Jamie! #plumrewards
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Claire returns Although it was only a book ago that Claire met Jamie, it feels like eons between "scenes". I was thrilled that she makes it back through the stones with their daughter and enjoyed all the adventure that followed.
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow I found that it was a really slow moving story line, found that I kept losing interest #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Word: Amazing I could NOT put this book down. It was so addicting to read and kept me captivated the entire time. I laughed, I cried (that time at the cottage... I just can't ever be the same again.) Everything that makes a good book is in this. My only i guess "complaint" is that it was a little hard to keep track of all the characters - but I know there's a companion for that!
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice continuation While I wasn't as entranced by this book as the others, it was still nicely written and I enjoyed meeting Brianna and Roger
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great follow up This book was a great follow up to the first novel in the series, although not as captivating #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book I read this book and found that it was still very great, but did not have the magic the first one did. 'Outlander' kept me glued to the pages, yet not this one. Still a great book, but not as good as te first one. Would still recommend to anyone who loves 'Outlander'
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not as good as the first one Bit slower moving but still entertaining
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I had a hard time putting it down. Starting the next novel. Just waiting for the TV series to start again in the Spring.
Date published: 2015-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome story. Love the characters I can't wait to get lost in this story. I'm thoroughly enjoying it. Thank you for such a great series.
Date published: 2015-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dragonfly As the story continues and I am still captivated. The first half was a bit slow in places - the court politics and protocols - but there are some great new characters. The second half moves along fast with some unexpected events along with the inevitable. Well done.
Date published: 2015-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Could not put the book down. Ongoing twists excitement and surprises. So well written it triggers the imagination.
Date published: 2015-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Will never stop rereading this series. I have lost count. These books are so much more than a story.
Date published: 2015-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I absolutely loved this book a great continous story of love and fate. Had me in tears numerous times. Can't wait to begin the next journey of Jamie and Claire
Date published: 2015-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dragonfly in Amber Excellent - - creative application of history and fantasy. Characters flow well and intrigues abounds
Date published: 2015-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best series of books ever. This is the only set of books I have ever read more then once and I will read them many more times. Exceptional writing .
Date published: 2015-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Attention !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Simply a MUST READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2015-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dragonfly Amber Amazing read, looking forward to the rest of the series! The Outlander was just as good, and I know the rest will be too!
Date published: 2015-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Winner! Another hit! As with the whole series...I loved it!!! Each & every book leaves you looking forward to the next one!
Date published: 2015-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dragonfly in Amber Very good. Dana Gabardine is a great writer. Loving this series. Cannot wait for the next one. They keep getting better.
Date published: 2014-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outlander Well told tale that keeps you in a constant of suspense, even as the unbelievable takes on credibility. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2014-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow 2nd book done and I feel like I need to jump right into Voyager!
Date published: 2014-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dragonfly in Amber Soooo looking forward to Voyager
Date published: 2014-10-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Twisted and turned constantly Was a little disappointed by the initial path this book took but enjoyed it and all of the excitement none the less
Date published: 2014-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Loved it I cannot wait to read the next one.
Date published: 2014-08-27
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 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 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

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"It's only the English who are hunting Charles Stuart. It will be the English, and the clans as well, who hunt me. I am a traitor twice over, a rebel and a murderer. Claire..." Jamie paused, rubbing a hand across the back of his neck, then said gently, "Claire, I am a dead man."The tears were freezing on my cheeks, leaving icy trails that burned my skin."No," I said again, but to no effect."I'm no precisely inconspicuous, ye ken," he said, trying to make a joke of it as he ran a hand through the rusty locks of his hair. "Red Jamie wouldna get far, I think. But you..." He touched my mouth, tracing the line of my lips. "I can save you, Claire, and I will. That is the most important thing. But then I shall go back — for my men.""The men from Lallybroch? But how?"Jamie frowned, absently fingering the hilt of his sword as he thought."I think I can get them away. It will be confused on the moor, wi' men and horses moving to and fro, and orders shouted and contradicted; battles are verra messy affairs. And even if it's known by then what I — what I have done," he continued, with a momentary catch in his voice, "there are none who would stop me then, wi' the English in sight and the battle about to begin. Aye, I can do it," he said. His voice had steadied, and his fists clenched at his sides with determination."They will follow me without question — God help them, that's what's brought them here! Murtagh will have gathered them for me; I shall take them and lead them from the field. If anyone tries to stop me, I shall say that I claim the right to lead my own men in battle; not even Young Simon will deny me that."He drew a deep breath, brows knit as he visualized the scene on the battlefield come morning."I shall bring them safely away. The field is broad enough, and there are enough men that no one will realize that we havena but moved to a new position. I shall bring them off the moor, and see them set on the road toward Lallybroch."He fell silent, as though this were as far as he had thought in his plans."And then?" I asked, not wanting to know the answer, but unable to stop myself."And then I shall turn back to Culloden," he said, letting out his breath. He gave me an unsteady smile. "I'm no afraid to die, Sassenach." His mouth quirked wryly. "Well ... not a lot, anyway. But some of the ways of accomplishing the fact..." A brief, involuntary shudder ran through him, but he tried to keep smiling."I doubt I should be thought worthy of the services of a true professional, but I expect in such a case, both Monsieur Forez and myself might find it ... awkward. I mean, havin' my heart cut out by someone I've shared wine with..."With a sound of incoherent distress, I flung my arms around him, holding him as tightly as I could."It's all right," he whispered into my hair. "It's all right, Sassenach. A musket ball. Maybe a blade. It will be over quickly."I knew this was a lie; I had seen enough of battle wounds and the deaths of warriors. All that was true was that it was better than waiting for the hangman's noose. The terror that had ridden with me from Sandringham's estate rose now to high tide, choking, drowning me. My ears rang with my own pulsebeat, and my throat closed so tight that I felt I could not breathe.Then all at once, the fear left me. I could not leave him, and I would not."Jamie," I said, into the folds of his plaid. "I'm going back with you."He started back, staring down at me."The hell you are!" he said."I am." I felt very calm, with no trace of doubt. "I can make a kilt of my arisaid; there are enough young boys with the army that I can pass for one. You've said yourself it will all be confusion. No one will notice.""No!" he said. "No, Claire!" His jaw was clenched, and he was glaring at me with a mixture of anger and horror."If you're not afraid, I'm not either," I said, firming my own jaw. "It will ... be over quickly. You said so." My chin was beginning to quiver, despite my determination. "Jamie — I won't ... I can't ... I bloody won't live without you, and that's all!"He opened his mouth, speechless, then closed it, shaking his head. The light over the mountains was failing, painting the clouds with a dull red glow. At last he reached for me, drew me close and held me."D'ye think I don't know?" he asked softly. "It's me that has the easy part now. For if ye feel for me as I do for you — then I am asking you to tear out your heart and live without it." His hand stroked my hair, the roughness of his knuckles catching in the blowing strands."But ye must do it, mo duinne. My brave lioness. Ye must.""Why?" I demanded, pulling back to look up at him. "When you took me from the witch trial at Cranesmuir — you said then that you would have died with me, you would have gone to the stake with me, had it come to that!"He grasped my hands, fixing me with a steady blue gaze."Aye, I would," he said. "But I wasna carrying your child."

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