By: Diana Gabaldon
My Copy: Amazon.com
The BookWhisperer's Rating: a thousand praises!
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....
This whole series so far, has me in the most delicate emotional stage. I can experience the happiest version of happy and the darkest, lowest version of sadness when reading these books. Dragonfly in Amber was no doubt a brilliant follow-up to Outlander and struck my heart in so many ways.
Roger (the cute little boy from the first book) and Brianna make an appearance at the very beginning for the first few chapters but then Claire picks up where the first book left off and just sweeps you off of your feet. Again, I found myself sucked into the world of Jamie and Claire and all the new and old characters that make an appearance.
I can tell you that there were some lulls in the book; some parts you wish you could just fast forward but you can’t. Their time in Paris kind of dragged on but really it is all relevant to story. You must know what they did in order to make sense of the up coming events. However, these lulls are outweighed by the most insane, intense writing that I have ever experienced. Jamie and Claire’s love knows no bounds but it is put to the test more than once. I felt the character’s pain. I felt their happiness. I felt their despair. I felt all of it!
This series is just brilliant all the way around. I can’t compare it to any other series that I love for you to get the jest of how much I truly love it because nothing really can compare to these characters and their story.
So I leave you with one of my favorite quotes: “ ‘I know it,’ he said quietly. ‘I do know it, my own. Let me tell ye in your sleep how much I love you. For there’s no so much I can be saying to ye while ye wake, but the same poor words, again and again. While ye sleep in my arms, I can say things to ye that would be daft and silly waking, and your dreams will know the truth of them. Go back to sleep, mo duinne.’ “