Drums of Autumn

Drums of AutumnIn This Breathtaking Novel Rich In History And Adventure The New York Times Bestselling Author Diana Gabaldon Continues The Story Of Claire Randall And Jamie Fraser That Began With The Now Classic Novel Outlander And Continued In Dragonfly In Amber And Voyager Once Again Spanning Continents And Centuries, Diana Gabaldon Has Created A Work Of Sheer Passion And Brilliance It Began At An Ancient Scottish Stone Circle There, A Doorway, Open To A Select Few, Leads Into The Past Or The Grave Dr Claire Randall Survived The Extraordinary Passage, Not Once But TwiceHer First Trip Swept Her Into The Arms Of Jamie Fraser, An Eighteenth Century Scot Whose Love For Her Became A 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 The American Colonies But Claire Had Left Someone Behind In The Twentieth Century Their Daughter, BriannaNow Brianna Has Made A Disturbing Discovery That Sends Her To The Circle Of Stones 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

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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  • Paperback
  • 880 pages
  • Drums of Autumn
  • Diana Gabaldon
  • English
  • 27 February 2017
  • 9780385335980

10 thoughts on “Drums of Autumn

  1. says:

    SPOILERS Sadly, I think I ve reached the end of my patience with this series It started out wonderfully, and I will always consider the first, Outlander, to be one of my favorite books of all time Unfortunately, Gabaldon just couldn t seem to keep her mojo working At least, not for me I endured the second book, with all its tedious details and snore inducing battle descriptions and melodrama I even accepted the thirdeven after being completely incensed and on the verge of tears when I realized Claire and Jamie were separated for twenty years Seriously Twenty Years.I m not sure I can ever forgive Gabaldon for that But I trudged on, hoping somewhere along the way I d be able to tuck away my disappointment and lose myself in the story again But no This, the fourth book in the series, has completely deadened me to any enjoyment I once took from this fictional world I don t really know what Gabaldon s intentions were I find myself wondering if she even had solid plans for where this story would go when she began writing about Claire and Jamie It doesn t seem like she did because when you read it through, the Claire and Jamie in book four seem like completely different people from the other three books I know perhaps some people chalk it up to character development, and I understand that characters change The thing is, characters are supposed to evolve They re not supposed to behave in an entirely different manner than the reader is used to Gone are the intelligent, canny, funny, bold characters from the first three books Jamie Fraser was always a man to contend with Always one step ahead of everyone else He always knew what was going on and why and had a plan in place to make things go his way In this book, however, he appears to just be stumbling along like an imbecile Claire is timid and outraged in turns, but her reactions never appear to fit in any coherent sense She s timid when she should be bold, and outraged when she should maybe let something go It s almost incomprehensible how much I suddenly disliked her And their daughter Brianna Gods save me from ever having to read about her again What an idiot My biggest issue with this book is not the fact that the characters were altogether different, it was the fact that they were altogether stupid And this is one of those stories that hinges entirely on the Big Misunderstanding No one is communicating with anyone else, and this of course leads to trouble, which leads to trouble and trouble and trouble since apparently no one can be bothered to tell anyone else what the hell is going on If Brianna needed Roger to stay behind so she could get back, she should have told him Roger should have planned his departure a bit better Why did Brianna scream in terror when she saw Roger in the pub First she was dreamy, then she was screeching Didn t make much sense Why did Roger leave her alone After his internal fury over how naive she was being about her safety, he leaves her alone again And what does the simpleton do The little brain trust waltzes into the cabin of an 18th century pirate and gets raped When they re waiting for Roger to show up on the mountain, they keep referring to him as Roger Wakefield, despite the fact that Brianna knows he s going by Mackenzie.So he gets his ass handed to him by Jamie and sold to the Iroquois as a slave because Jamie can t be bothered to ask him his first fucking name I just can t with this book I m deeply disappointed and saddened at how badly things were handled, and I just can t bring myself to read any of it Especially considering the next book is nearly 500 pages longer than this one.This was me while I was reading the book This was me when I was finished

  2. says:

    As far as Outlander novels go, Drums of Autumn is the most bodice ripperish out of the 4 I ve read so far Mainly, because the entire book is plotted around a MISUNDERSTANDING that could have been resolved with one adult conversation Oh, how I hate those in romance novels Here is how it goes In this installment Claire and Jamie are in America establishing a Scottish colony in North Carolina, of course not without a fair share of difficulties and misfortunes Two hundred years into future Brianna discovers information that forces her to risk her life and travel back in time in secret to visit her parents and possibly change their destiny Roger, Brianna s fiancee, follows her and the couple immediately consummate their relationship A mix up concerning Roger s identity specifically, his last name is what drives the main conflict of this novel This tiny misunderstanding leads to a series of pretty dramatic events It s not a secret that while Diana Gabaldon is a great storyteller, she is a weak plotter She admits so herself, saying that she assembles her book as a puzzle, first writing separate scenes and then piecing them together with a plot Thus very often her plots are overridden with very unlikely coincidences and sometimes deus ex machina Drums of Autumn is no exception, but here the entire misunderstanding twist is just way overdone and makes some characters particularly, to my chagrin, Jamie act like complete idiots.Another hot button issue for me is this does every character in the Outlander series have to get raped at some point There is a new addition to the list of Lord John, Jamie, Claire, and Fergus I mean, enough already with the sexual abuse I am sure even 200 years ago not everyone was assaulted, right Brianna and Roger s relationship is given a lot of screen time in this book Not sure if I care for these two much and believe in their love Brianna is a pretty unlikable, spoiled, rash person and a source of almost all misfortunes in the story And poor Roger He has to go through a lot of pain and suffering for his love.And the last complaint For a book of this length 1070 pages and with such an extensive use of words like virgin and maidenhead, Drums of Autumn is definitely very light on sex You might ask why with all these problems I am giving this novel 4 stars Well, like I said, Gabaldon is a great storyteller She is so wordy, so descriptive, so in love with the scenes she writes, so self indulgent to the point, I think, that she doesn t edit out any of her own writing, and yet I am ready to read anything she writes There is just an addictive, cracktastick quality to her stories I love being taken on adventure and Gabaldon does just that I will undoubtedly read the next book, regardless of rapes, deus ex machinas and contrived plots But can Jamie be not such a possessive dumb ass in The Fiery Cross though Pretty please

  3. says:

    One conversation could have easily solved this plot s problem ONE.

  4. says:

    And we have Jamie and Claire and the others I m always going to put up the spoiler alert because there is always so much for me to say I was also talking with a friend about how the books are starting to run together My reviews may end up being from books before, all combined Who ever knows So far I have loved every one of these books, they are on my favorites list and I hope that doesn t change I freaking loved this book It s one of my favorites in the series Do ye not understand he said, in near desperation I would lay the world at your feet, Claire and I have nothing to give ye He honestly thought it mattered I sat looking at him, searching for words He was half turned away, shoulders slumped in despair Within an hour, I had gone from anguish at the thought of losing him in Scotland, to strong desire to bed him in the herbaceous borders, and from that to a pronounced urge to hit him on the head with an oar Now I was back to tenderness At last I took one big, callused hand and slid forward so I knelt on the boards between his knees I laid my head against his chest, and felt his breath stir my hair I had no words, but I had made my choice Whither thou goest, I said, I will go and where thou lodgest, I will lodge they people shall be my people, and thy God my God Where thou diest, will I die and there will I be buried Be it Scottish hill or southern forest You do what you have to I ll be there Sob Jamie and Claire landed in Georgia and then ended up in North Carolina They had to deal with pirates again and Claire lost one of her rings, luckily, not Jamie s ring But the other ring does come back later on when Bree has a run in with the sorry arse pirate that had it As usual peeps, I m going to be all over the place with this review It turns out that Jamie has an aunt and some cousins and what not in North Carolina His aunt runs River Run, a plantation with slaves that Claire and Jamie weren t too fond of So they go out into the wilderness and start building, Fraser s Ridge They want to have a colony there They also take up good with the Native American s which I loved after Jamie kills a bear they were tracking when it tries to attack him and Claire That was a tense moment Anyway, they were friends with the Native since then and shared many things together Ian is living with them and he brought along an Irishwolfhound Wolf mix he named Rollo I love Rollo so much Ian ends up going to live with Native American s later on, getting married, having a baby and Rollo having a bunch of babies I was so thrilled I just hope nothing happens to any of them But he was with Jamie and Claire for some time, this is toward the end of the book See, I m not following anything Claire has to try to help treat measles that one of the Native s gets and then Lord Grey and Ian get The Native died but Lord Grey and Ian lived She caught theirs right away Yes, Lord Grey comes to visit and brings William I keep having a hard time with Willie because I don t want Jamie to have a son from some stupid woman he didn t like but he had sex with her anyone because she was marrying an old man and didn t want him to be her first Get a clue that your going to get some twat pregnant Anyway, it s not Willie s fault but I still wish he didn t exist I m not a kid person anyway I just wish the family would keep popping out their own Lol Then we get to read about some of the stuff that Brianna and Roger are doing on the other side Well, that sounded funny but you know what I mean Then Bree decides to go through the stones and find her mom and dad She ends up at Lallybroch and gets to meet her extended family I loved it Although, old stupid Laoghaire was there and I wish Bree would have beaten her to a pulp, but I digress Oh, and at one point Jamie gives Claire a medical kit of sorts for their 24th anniversary I almost forgot to mention that random tidbit I thought it was so freaking sweet that he remembered He s the man Oh, and Fergus and Marsali were having a baby and they left Marsali in Jamaica when they came over to America so nothing would happen to her But then she came over when Fergus son, Germaine was born It s so sweet, they are all growing up and having babies There is a sh t ton stuff but I m not going into all of that for Pete s sake Bree and Roger had a time of it though Well they had sex, ew Bree was raped, of course There was a misunderstanding with Roger and Jamie knocked his block off and gave him to the Natives Never fear, Jamie and Claire got him back Now, when Bree and Jamie first met I cried I just couldn t help it I laughed and then I cried There is a whole section but I m only going to add a couple of excerpts from that part She could scarcely breathe His eyes were dark blue, soft with kindness Her eyes fixed on the open collar of his shirt, where the curly hairs showed, bleached gold against his sunburnt skin Are you you re Jamie Fraser, aren t you He glanced sharply at her face I am, he said the wariness had returned to his face his eyes narrowed against the sun He glanced quickly behind him, toward the tavern, but nothing stirred in the open doorway He took a step closer to her Who asks he said softly Have you a message for me lass She felt an absurd desire to laugh welling up in her throat Did she have a message My name is Brianna, she said He frowned, uncertain, and something flickered in his eyes He knew it He d heard the name and it meant something to him She swallowed hard, feeling her cheeks blaze as though they d been seared by a candle flame I m your daughter, she said, her voice sounding choked to her own ears Brianna some stuff and then My God, he croaked You re huge Her own blush had subsided, but now came back with a vengeance And whose fault is that, do you think she snapped She drew herself up straight and squared her shoulders, glaring So close, at her full height, she could look him right in the eye, and did a bunch words that made me cry and then. And suddenly it as all simple He held out his arms to her She stepped into them and found that she had been wrong he was as big as she imagined and his arms were as strong about her as she had ever dared to hope This was a very emotional moment with a lot said that just broke me down Claire was back home and had no idea Bree was there yet It was wonderful when she got back and was with them both Jamie took her hunting for bees, yes bees, to bring back home for them to live and they could have honey They had long talks and loving times AND then, they had knock down drag out fights I mean Bree is just like Jamie I could finally see it when they were fighting together Even Claire said they were so much alike and just let them go at it Red headed and stubborn as mules Bree finally tells Claire that she was raped when she got her mother s wedding ring from Frank back And, Bree was also pregnant and she thought it was the rapist instead of Roger s but she didn t know for sure Claire kept telling her it was too close together to decide that They took Bree back to River Run and she had the baby and they finally showed up with Roger and told him what all happened But he loved Bree and didn t care and said that was his son It was really sweet And of course Jamie threatened him if he didn t take good care of Bree I just wonder what all is going to happen next There is just so much going on all of the time I really loved that they were making their own place It was just beautiful there in the wilderness, of a sorts I will say I do miss Scotland and I was glad when Bree got to spend some time at Lallybroch I really hope they get to go back some day and not on their dying days My Blog Melissa Martin s Reading List

  5. says:

    The universe had shifted, with a small, decisive click he could still hear its echo in his bones This was already the fourth book of the Outlander series and since I didn t write reviews about the other books I just decided to type one of my What I liked and What I didn t like reviews First of all I have to say that the pacing of this book was very slow Truth be told, it was actually so slow that I was even tempted to DNF it And that means something, because I ve never ever DNFd a book in my entire life Gemma is my witness lol I struggled through the first 400 pages and hoped that it would get better And oh boy, how good it turned out to be XDAll told, I don t regret that I fought my way through the beginning, because the rest of the book definitely made up for it If you ve read the book Proceed If you haven t read the book yet Be cautious If you haven t read the books before Why the hell are you even reading this PGuess that should be a fair warning Now let s go to the fun part What I liked My precious boys and men 333Fergus He is and will forever be my precious cinnamon roll I loved him ever since he s been introduced to the series and even though he s always been a side character I m than just attached to him Fergus is amazing and I really hope that he ll continue to be a part of the series Ian My baby boy He s been through so much and he s still such a cheerful character I adore him and this book broke my heart view spoiler WHY DIANA Why did you have to leave him with the Mohawks That boy grew on me and now you tore him away I m heartbroken Hell, I even cried I really hope that he s going to be alright and that he ll be mentioned in the next books, because if not I ll never recover from his loss hide spoiler

  6. says:

    Zuerst einmal bitte ich um einen Moment der Ruhe, der diesem monumentalen Gef hl geb hrt, wieder einen so dicken Schinken beendet zu haben Und wie auch schon die drei vorherigen B nde konnte mich dieser restlos begeistern, ich bewundere Diana Gabaldon echt f r Ihre Phantasie und ihren bildhaften Schreibstil Ich finde es einfach klasse, wie sich am Ende alles f gt, auch Details, die aus dem ersten 3 B chern stammen werden hier teilweise in der Handlung wieder aufgegriffen Ich finde es auch wahnsinnig beeindruckend in welche Richtung sich der Plot seit Band 1 entwickelt hat Und dann wieder diese Plottwists, die einfach aus dem nichts kommen Da schippert man im einen Moment noch seelenruhig und gem tlich durch die seichte und romantische Handlung und im n chstem Moment kommt Frau Gabaldon mit dem n chsten WTF Ereignis um die Ecke So bleibt es auch trotz 1200 Seiten immer spannend, denn die n chste Katastrophe oder Krise scheint nie weit Dass ich Claire als starke Protagonistin und Jamie als perfekten Highlander liebe ist ja nichts neues Allerdings bin ich in diesem Buch auch endlich mal mit unseren anderen Hauptcharakteren warm geworden, da sie hier auch eine gr ere Rolle spielen Ganz besonders lobend erw hnen m chte ich hier Lord John Grey so ein liebenswerter Charakter, kein Wunder dass Diana Gabaldon ihm seine eigene Reihe geschrieben hat Und wer sich jetzt wirklich bis zum Ende dieser Rezi durchgek mpft hat, kann es auch locker mit diesem 1200 seitiges Schwergewicht aufnehmen, denn ich spreche auch f r Band 4 dieses Epos wieder meine uneingeschr nkte Empfehlung aus

  7. says:

    Gabaldon s sex ridden, hugely researched, academically adventurous, time travel sci fi meets historical romance novels qualify as trash novels for lit nerds they re absolutely a guilty pleasure From clan warfare to herbal medicine to genealogy to British history to WWII, the books are packed with information what little Gaelic I know started with these book Bonus the heroine gets to have many, many rolls in the hay with a handsome hard bodied Highlander Can t really go wrong.The books were recommended to me while I was living in England, and a lucky thing, too, because had I taken one look at the Fabio in a kilt of passion American paperback cover I would have refused to read it note the British version was called Cross Stitch and the cover had a less than sexy field of heather on it For a while I was caught up on the series, but I lost interest once the Frasers headed to America.They are long books but the pages turn quickly Gabaldon has a way with characters and her prose flows along at an engaging clip Oh, but if you get all squeamish about buggery, don t bother the negative reviews of these books always focus prudishly and tediously on one specific encounter in an otherwise pretty rampantly heterosexual landscape.

  8. says:

    Another epic read This will be a quick review as I dinna have the time to do a full one.It took me two weeks to read this one Granted it coincided with the start of holidays so that usually means less reading time for me I LOVED it, I LOVE Jamie, I LOVE Jamie and Claire.Roger and Brianna, yes, you got it, I loved them too.You need patience to read these books They are verra long indeed So much goes on in them Won t say much as you are better off experiencing all things Outlander fresh and new Even Lord John melted my heart a little.A lot happens in this book Did it drag for me No, not really I hear the next one is a bit drawn out Ian, what a brave lad he is You are my courage, as I am your conscience, he whispered You are my heart and I your compassion We are neither of us whole, alone Do ye not know that, Sassenach I might take a wee break now from all things Outlander, although I did say that after I finished Book 3

  9. says:

    1 Outlander 2 Dragonfly In Amber .53 Voyager .54 Drums of Autumn .5 Definitely my least favourite in the series so far, purely because the first 45% of this book was SO BORING But the last 55% almost made up for it.

  10. says:

    I never thought I d be the kind of person who would get swept up in a series of thousand page epic fantasy adventure book, but here I am having finished book 4, mad that I have to wait a couple of days until the next installment arrives in the mail I spoiled myself a little for Drums of Autumn, not so much on its contents, but I became aware that many fans consider this to be one of their least favorites, and one of the slowest of the books So I went into it with a bit of a bias that I have to say was happily proven incorrect For me, this book almost lived up to Voyager, and was miles above Dragonfly in Amber.Not going to lie, for me one of my favorite elements of the series will always be the Highlands, and I m still disappointed we didn t get time there I assumed I didn t love DiA as much as the others because the setting moved from Scotland to France But that wasn t it, because the move to the American colonies I had been dreading wound up working well I think what went wrong with DiA was the remake of Jamie into kind of a dandy, trying to fit in with the silly French noble class Jamie just doesn t make sense to me as a character outside of a rugged setting with a battle to fight I worried I wouldn t enjoy the expanding cast of characters, or the shift in focus outside the Jamie Claire dynamic, but it wasn t as clumsy as I d feared That said, I like both Brianna and Roger a little less after this book In large doses, they are both super annoying But I could read about Ian and Rollo and Lord John all day.I didn t think the plot was slow In fact, it gets a little old for me when Jamie and Claire have to escape death every 20 pages But there was still a lot of story movement here Enough to make it a page turner for me, for sure.

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