Dragonfly in Amber

Dragonfly in Amber

Mass Market Paperback | October 9, 2001

byDiana Gabaldon

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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....

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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 stunnin...

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.

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Format: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 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."

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