's CBR6 Review No:42

Claire and Jamie, Part Dhà

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon (Buy on amazon.com)


Dragonfly in AmberI couldn’t wait very long before my curiosity got the better of me and I went hunting for Dragonfly in Amber (1993) by Diana Gabaldon–the second in the Outlander series. This is the continuing story of Claire, the WWII nurse, dragged through time to the 1740’s and her adventures with Jamie Fraser, her sexy Highlander husband. This book follows the events leading up to the Jacobite rebellion in 1745, ending with the battle at Culloden. Jamie and Claire travel first to Paris before heading home to Lollybrach, then following “Bonnie Prince Charlie” to battle.

I wasn’t sure how I wanted to review this book, especially with so many more to follow (because I will read all of these tomes, no matter how long it takes). With the inevitability of spoilers, I figured I’d try a “real time review” of my thoughts as I remember them. That way, I don’t have to figure out a way to organize everything I have to say. So, the rest of this review will only make sense to those who’ve already read the book. Also, it’s going to be full of spoilers, so you wouldn’t want to read this, if you haven’t already read the book. Finally, just to be clear, I really did enjoy reading this book. I got sucked right into it and it took over my life for the few days it took to read it. That’s why I’m waiting a bit before I read the third book.

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  1. says

    Did I coin Gorgeous McRedhead? I rule!

    This is one my two favourites for the 8 books. I loved the conversation about Black Jack and what Jamie does or does not “owe” Claire.

    • says

      I think Dragonfly in Amber is my favourite. Of course, I haven’t read Echo in the Bone or Written in My Own Heart’s Blood yet, but I doubt they’re going to surpass book 2.

      • says

        As I’ve mentioned ad nauseum, my most beloved line in the series is in Breath of Snow and Ashes and I consider it my favourite, but Dragonfly is pretty hard to top. I may need to do a re-read.

    • Sophia says

      I can’t be sure if you were the first one to say Gorgeous McRedhead, but you were the first one I saw using it.

    • Sophia says

      So which one is your other favorite book of the series? I’m hoping I have something to look forward to.

      Claire wasn’t thinking too clearly when she got back to 1945? I can definitely see that. She’s malnourished, pregnant, grieving, her husband’s pissed at her, and she’s trying not to sound too crazy. My issue was that it took her twenty years to look into it and even then she didn’t even think it was a possibility that Jamie could have survived. Maybe hoping like that was too much to deal with emotionally, but I don’t see how you couldn’t.

        • Sophia says

          There were soldiers right there, and actually chasing Claire as she went up to the stones. It’s partly what made me like and believe that she would leave–she didn’t have any time to waver. But Jamie somehow got away from those soldiers, led his own men to safety, and then went back to the battle of Culloden where he was wounded. Claire assumed all had gone as planned [and that he’d died at Culloden] for twenty years.

          I only have inklings and assumptions about what’s coming up next, but I can definitely see why Gabaldon didn’t want Claire running around in the Scottish highlands with a young kid–or Claire choosing to abandon her kid in the 20th Century. I guess I have issues when authors choose plot over character. Also, it could have made for some great drama if Claire knew Jamie was alive and had to decide what to do. I’m kind of fascinated by what happened with Frank when Claire came back. I hope Gabaldon goes into it a little more. Or maybe the show will.

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