Book Review: Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2) by Diana Gabaldon

Today I’m reviewing the second book in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I was very late to this series only being introduced to it via the TV series which started here in the UK on Amazon around April this year, however, I’m hooked.

Title: Dragonfly in Amber
Series: Outlander #2
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Genre: Romance / Historical Fiction / Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: Arrow
Publication Date: 1 July 1992
Format: eBook / Hardback / Paperback / Audio
Pages: 976
Buy: Amazon UK Amazon US Waterstones
Add: Goodreads

Book Blurb:
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…

My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

My Review:
After the intensity of the first book in this series I was at a loss as to how Diana Gabaldon would find enough to write to fill almost 1,000 pages for a second book, but fill them she does, and fill them well.

This book doesn’t have the romantic passion of the first book. If you think about the first Outlander book as the first throes of love, the romance, the passion, the need and want. Then Dragonfly in Amber is definitely the relationship stage. When the passion remains but is more slow-boil, when everyday life starts to become a reality, when you have to pay the bills, and start to notice those things about your partner which really annoy the hell out of you no matter how much you love them.

Dragonfly in Amber introduces us to Claire and Jamie’s daughter Brianna, and so begins Claire’s story of what happens next, after we left her and Jamie last in France at the end of Outlander.

This novel, as expected is complex, has more twists than a Shakespeare tragedy, and far more tragedy! You will cry desperate tears, ugly face tears. You smile, laugh, and feel your heart rejoice, break, heal, and break again. There were moments when I shouted out loud, gasped, kicked my legs, punched my fists, and held my breath. Reading this novel is a physical and emotional ride.

I’m almost afraid to see what is in store for us in the next book, but I also can’t wait!

If you want to read my review of book one in the series, see Outlander.

About Diana Gabaldon:
Diana Jean Gabaldon Watkins grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona and is of Mexican-American and English descent. She has earned three degrees: a B.S. in Zoology, a M.S. in Marine Biology, and a Ph.D in Ecology.

She currently lives in Scottsdale, Arizona .

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