Drums of Autumn

Mass Market Paperback | November 10, 1997

byDiana Gabaldon

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It began in Scotland, at an ancient stone circle.  There, a doorway, open to a select few, leads into the past--or the grave.  Claire Randall survived the extraordinary passage, not once buy twice.  Her first trip swept her into the arms of Jamie Fraser, an eighteenth-century Scot whose love for her became legend--a tale of tragic passion that ended with her return to the present to bear his child.  Her second journey, two decades later, brought them together again in frontier America.  But Claire had left someone behind in the twentieth century.  Their daughter Brianna...

Now, Brianna has made a disturbing discovery that sends her to the stone circle and a terrifying leap into the unknown.  In search of her mother and the father she has never met, she is risking her own future to try to change history...and to save their lives.  But as Brianna plunges into an uncharted wilderness, a heartbreaking encounter may strand her forever in the past...or root her in the place she should be, where her heart and soul belong...

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It began in Scotland, at an ancient stone circle.  There, a doorway, open to a select few, leads into the past--or the grave.  Claire Randall survived the extraordinary passage, not once buy twice.  Her first trip swept her into the arms of Jamie Fraser, an eighteenth-century Scot whose love for her became legend--a tale of tragic pass...

Diana Gabaldon holds a master's degree in marine biology and a Ph.D. in ecology, and spent a dozen years as a university professor before turning to write fiction full-time. Her previous publishing history includes scholarly articles and comic book stories for Walt Disney, as well as the award-winning novels Outlander, Dragonfly in A...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:1088 pages, 6.9 × 4.21 × 1.75 inPublished:November 10, 1997Publisher:Doubleday Canada

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was a great book! Great writing. Great series. Didn't want to put this book down.
Date published: 2016-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Drums of Autumn Diana Gabaldon worked her magic once more. She traced the Outlanders trek in an amazing fashion truly remarkable, and full of history, tenderness and mystery. I give it five stars being perfectly enjoyable from start to finish.
Date published: 2015-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully written The continuing life of Claire from the 1960's lived un expectantly 200 hundred years earlier. Her decision passed onto her red haired daughter answers more questions from the previous book, I was thoroughly engaged and never missed a day reading through saga forward. As always Diana doesn't disappoint !
Date published: 2015-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Drums of autumn Amazing---another great book from the mind of Diana Gabaldon! a definite read and have a hanky close.
Date published: 2015-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Drums of Autumn Wondeful saga! great characters, good plot and the story flows well. Jamie and Claire are mature, but still in love. Focus shifts to Brianna and Roger.
Date published: 2015-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outlander Series is mind-blowingly awesome!! I was a little in starting this series (10 years after it first came out!), but I have never enjoyed a series so much! Now that the TV series is out it verifies the pictures I had in my mind while reading the books! In this novel (as in the others in the series) every emotion that a Human being can feel is written in such a way that you yourself feel the emotions happy, sad, mad, angry, ecstatic, frightened, etc. they are all there! Diana Gabaldon is an amazing Author. The historical details she has in each novel are so informative and factual - feels like she was actually there in those times! I can't stop reading the books in this series - but I never want to get to the end of the final book (hopefully there will never be a final book??). Thanks so much Diana!
Date published: 2015-04-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from More a romance novel than science fiction This series started out great but like most series is finishing with less. It has basically turned into a romance novel and even though I am interested in the fate of all the characters I don't have the stomach to finish the series. There is just to much better science fiction-fantasy out there to read.
Date published: 2015-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Drums of Autumn Like all of Diana's books this one is awesome. I love the way she mixes history with a great love story. I can't wait to see how this book is added to the new TV show that came out this winter.
Date published: 2015-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Drums of Autumn Excellant book, it only gets better the more the more I read. I can't wait to the next book. I LOVE THESE BOOKS
Date published: 2015-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Drum of Autumn The book keeps the story alive moving from passed and present. The story continues to move toward keeping the interest on all players. Well done.
Date published: 2015-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotions Wonderful and powerful descriptions of a wide range of emotions through words and air between the lines. Diana's writing keeps you on an emoional rollercoaster of highs and lows from start to end.
Date published: 2014-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Second time is the Charm Great story! Even better the second time around!
Date published: 2014-09-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Drums of autumn A good .fills in parts of story that made you wonder about happenings in rest of series.:-)
Date published: 2014-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Drums of autumn A good .fills in parts of story that made you wonder about happenings in rest of series.:-)
Date published: 2014-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My fave Love this series, and this book is one of the best
Date published: 2014-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Drums of Autumn Amazing as always.
Date published: 2014-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mrs very very good.
Date published: 2014-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent She's done it again. Yet another Diana Gabaldon book I couldn't put down.
Date published: 2014-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't get enough By far, hands down the best series I've ever read in my life. Diana Gabaldon has a master of words that puts everything else to shame. The characters are so vivacious, everything is deescalated with such beautiful imagery you can SEE it. Wow.
Date published: 2014-04-02
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 Can't get enough Was afraid at first, with all new point of views that I would be eager to return to my favorites and become frustrated. SO NOT THE CASE!!! I love these characters so much, I love to yell at them when I think they are being imbeciles, I love to see how they learn from their mistakes, I love the ah-ha when I realize they made the decision they did because of some past event I had yet to read about!!! Diana Gabaldon knows how to make a reader feel guilty for judging her beloved characters I have yet to learn my lesson!!! PS: I <3 John Grey. I wish we could clone Jamie just for his sake :)
Date published: 2013-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Not a typical time travel novel but a book rich in history and life
Date published: 2013-07-18
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 Wow this entire series is amazing! just keep reading, they get better each time.
Date published: 2007-02-25
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 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

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The second portrait hung on the landing of the stairs, looking thoroughly out of place. From below Brianna could see the ornate gilded frame, its heavy carving quite at odds with the solid, battered comfort of the house's other furnishings. It reminded her of pictures in museums; this homely setting seemed incongruous.As she followed Jenny onto the landing the glare of light from the window disappeared, leaving the painting's surface flat and clear before her.She gasped, and felt the hair rise on her forearms, under the linen of her shirt."It's remarkable, aye?" Jenny looked from the painting to Brianna and back again, her own features marked with something between pride and awe."Remarkable!" Brianna agreed, swallowing."Ye see why we kent ye at once," her aunt went on, laying a loving hand against the carved frame."Yes. Yes, I can see that.""It will be my mother, aye? Your grandmother, Ellen MacKenzie.""Yes," Brianna said. "I know." Dust motes stirred up by their footsteps whirled lazily through the afternoon light from the window. Brianna felt rather as though she was whirling with them, no longer anchored to reality.Two hundred years from now, she had — I will? she thought wildly — stood in front of this portrait in the National Portrait Gallery, furiously denying the truth that it showed.Ellen MacKenzie looked out at her now as she had then; long-necked and regal, slanted eyes showing a humor that did not quite touch the tender mouth. It wasn't a mirror image, by any means; Ellen's forehead was high, narrower than Brianna's, and the chin was round, not pointed, her whole face somewhat softer and less bold in its features.But the resemblance was there, and pronounced enough to be startling; the wide cheekbones and lush red hair were the same. And around her neck was the string of pearls, gold roundels bright in the soft spring sun."Who painted it?" Brianna said at last, though she didn't need to hear the answer. The tag by the painting in the museum had given the artist as "Unknown." But having seen the portrait of the two little boys below, Brianna knew, all right. This picture was less skilled, an earlier effort — but the same hand had painted that hair and skin."My mother herself," Jenny was saying, her voice filled with a wistful pride. "She'd a great hand for drawing and painting. I often wished I had the gift."Brianna felt her fingers curl unconsciously, the illusion of the brush between them momentarily so vivid she could have sworn she felt smooth wood.That's where, she thought, with a small shiver, and heard an almost audible click! of recognition as a tiny piece of her past dropped into place. That's where I got it.Frank Randall had joked that he couldn't draw a straight line; Claire that she drew nothing else. But Brianna had the gift of line and curve, of light and shadow — and now she had the source of the gift, as well.What else? she thought suddenly. What else did she have that had once belonged to the woman in the picture, to the boy with the stubborn tilt to his head?"Ned Gowan brought me this from Leoch," Jenny said, touching the frame with a certain reverence. "He saved it, when the English battered down the castle, after the Rising." She smiled faintly. "He's a great one for family, Ned is. He's a Lowlander from Edinburgh, wi' no kin of his own, but he's taken the MacKenzies for his clan — even now the clan's no more.""No more?" Brianna blurted. "They're all dead?" The horror in her voice made Jenny glance at her, surprised."Och, no. I didna mean that, lass. But Leoch's gone," she added, in a softer tone. "And the last chiefs with it — Colum and his brother Dougal ... they died for the Stuarts."She had known that, of course; Claire had told her. What was surprising was the sudden rush of an unexpected grief; regret for these strangers of her newfound blood. With an effort, she swallowed the thickening in her throat and turned to follow Jenny up the stairs."Was Leoch a great castle?" she asked. Her aunt paused, hand on the banister."I dinna ken," she said. Jenny glanced back at Ellen's picture, something like regret in her eyes."I never saw it — and now it's gone."

Editorial Reviews

"Drums of Autumn is Diana Gabaldon at her finest and most mesmerizing."
-Affaire de Coeur

"Passionate...remarkable--a mix of history, fantasy, romance and unabashedly ribald storytelling."
-Arizona Republic

"Wonderful...this is escapist historical fiction at its best."
-San Antonio Express-News