Dragonfly in Amber

Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, #2)Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After saving Jamie from the clutches of Black Jack Randall, Claire is faced with a tough battle... while she may have saved him bodily from harm, there is now the issue of that body healing the damage, as well as the mental scars that Claire cannot see.

She and Jamie head to France, where they find themselves embroiled in the political schemes of Charles Stuart, and Claire reveals to Jamie what is to come, and the battle that all Scots will face at Culloden... and they decide to try and change history, and stop Charles from trying to retake his throne from the English.

Claire and Jamie relentlessly pursue this mission, and as they go along, they learn a lot about each other, and themselves that they had not known before. While they will have their own demons to face, they have each other, and will hopefully come out stronger for having faced them together.

But the question remains, will Claire and Jamie be able to save their loved ones, as well as a whole country from a period of slaughter, starvation, and suffering? Will they be able to stop the Bonny Prince from trying to reclaim his throne?

Once again Ms. Gabaldon has a page turner with Dragonfly in Amber. I do have a warning: When you pick up the book, do not be confused. You are indeed reading the next book in the series. Book 2 starts out in 1968, and since this was the second time I've read the series, I remember before, as well as this time stopping, and thinking; "Wait, this isn't where we left off..."

Ms. Gabaldon does explain shortly though, and once again, you will be transported back in time to a love that will break your heart with its tenderness. I all but screamed when this book ended, with the way it ended, but I was super relieved that the next book was out already and I had it on my book shelf so that I could continue the story and see what happened.

Jamie and Claire are who I want my husband and I to be everyday. Their love, and how tender and loving they are to each other is how I try to be in my life. I love it.

But once again, the romance is only part of the story. The history and background that Ms. Gabaldon weaves will suck you in and leave you gasping for more. Any history buff will be panting with lust at the way she is able to describe the times.

This is a great continuation of the series. If you have not yet read this series, you need to do so... it will become your new favorite!

Lady D


  1. I've always thought that this is the most emotionally wrenching of the books for Jamie and Claire as a couple. Outlander is all about finding each other and falling in love...and surviving Black Jack Randall, of course!! But in Dragonfly, Jamie and Claire are married and have to figure out how to make that work. It's not that it's a hard struggle for them -- they're clearly made for each other. But they still have some kinks to work out. I think of this book as their relationship's baptism by fire.

    OT: I read Dragonfly when it was first published and then had to wait 2 years to find out What Happened Next. I survived The Great Dragonfly Cliffhanger of 1992.

  2. Nifty- OMG. I'm not sure I could have waited that long!!!! I read the series first through in 2011, and I am absolutely in LOVE with it. I agree that Dragonfly in Amber is probably the most emotionally wrenching, and honestly, probably my favorite of the books... although as I'm re-reading it, I'm definitely remembering why I loved Voyager so much as well! :) Stay tuned for that review as soon as I'm done with it (next day or so).


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