Okay, if I had a half star I would give this one that extra half But only because there are pirates.Things that irritated me Och lassie, I swear I ll never lie to ye Oh, sorry, I didn t tell ye about that extra wife because I was afraid ye d hate me But that s all the secrets Och, I m sorry I didn t tell ye about having a son, I was afraid ye d hate me But that s all the secrets, I swear Also, John Grey better show up a lotin the next book, because I fail to see how he could possibly be a character so beloved he warrants his own series He s pretty much thrown in there to prove that not all gay men are sadistic incestuous rapists.Oh wait, he s also in there as a way to work in an awkward conversation about how overly long books aren t in need of editors, because it s all about character development, and how characters in books aren t really modeled after the author s wishful perception of herself, and her sick fantasies about spanking her ideal love monkey real life people. The Outlander series is definitely one of my most recommencded series of books I might even love these booksthan Harry Potter and that s saying something.The Outlander books are set in the 1700s They start off in Scotland, but later travel to Paris, Jamaica and the American Colonies.Claire and Jamie, the book s two main characters are fantastic They re deep, smart and action oriented, yet very real As their relationship evolves over the series of books, it evolves realistically They grow together.The historical aspects of the novels are great as well Gabaldon really does her research, and it s really fun to see how she weaves real historical people and events into the story lines If you love history, you ll love these novels.And yes there s romance, too But these novels are NOT the historical romances usually referred to as bodice rippers Muchintellectual than that Sure, there are some steamy partsbut they re interwoven in a way that makes sense to the story, not the central part of the story.Definitely on the list of my favorite books of all time They take some effort at between 700 1000 pages each But so worth it. From The Author Of The Breathtaking Bestsellers Outlander And Dragonfly In Amber, The Extraordinary Saga ContinuesTheir Passionate Encounter Happened Long Ago By Whatever Measurement Claire Randall Took Two Decades Before, She Had Traveled Back In Time And Into The Arms Of A Gallant Eighteenth Century Scot Named Jamie Fraser Then She Returned To Her Own Century To Bear His Child, Believing Him Dead In The Tragic Battle Of Culloden Yet His Memory Has Never Lessened Its Hold On Her And Her Body Still Cries Out For Him In Her DreamsThen Claire Discovers That Jamie Survived Torn Between Returning To Him And Staying With Their Daughter In Her Own Era, Claire Must Choose Her Destiny And As Time And Space Come Full Circle, She Must Find The Courage To Face The Passion And Pain Awaiting Herthe Deadly Intrigues Raging In A Divided Scotland And The Daring Voyage Into The Dark Unknown That Can Reunite Or Forever Doom Her Timeless Love This was another five star read I mean, how can it not be The effort this author has put into the books is unbelievable Not sure how long it takes her to do her research It has always been forever, for me, Sassenach Twenty years have passed and Claire returns through the stones I thought their first meeting fell a little bit flat for me Maybe my expections were too high.Plenty has happened in the twenty years that Claire and Jamie have been apart Some of the things I wish didn t happen, but c est la vie Do ye not understand he said, in near desparation I would lay the world at your feet, Claire and I have nothing to give ye He honestly thought it mattered As with the other books, Jamie is swoon worthy Everything he says is beautiful It is fiction so some of the stuff is to be taken with a grain of salt I mean some of the coincidences were a bit much view spoiler John Grey on the same boat as Claire was on of all the islands in the Caribbean she finds the shipwreck of the original boat on THAT island Lawrence shows up and he has already met Jamie years ago in Edinburgh hide spoiler When we last saw Claire and Jaime and the gang, Claire had just finished telling her story about Jaime and Scotland to her daughter, Brianna, and a researcher, Roger They decide to find out what happened to Jaime Apparently, he did NOT die in the Battle of Cullodenbut is he still alive in the 1760 s And does Claire want to leave behind her life in the 1960 s including her beloved daughter to return to a man who may not love her any The Outlander series has been an emotional roller coaster ride for me I wasn t a big fan of Outlander, but I figured I d give Dragonfly in Amber a chance WOW, that book was amazing, and it ended on one helluva cliffhanger Pretty much since then, I have been ITCHING to start reading Voyager the biggest drawback has been besides nabbing an audiobook version from the library the length.Well, I finally had a chance between all the Book Club books I ve been reading so I jumped upon the chance to listen to Davina Porter transport me back to Claire and Scotland and Jaimeonly what I ended up getting was certainly not what I was expecting.I see it this way if you go into this expecting just about anything to happen, you will do fine If you don t mind voodoo magic, racist portrayals of all races, lots of lying between a couple that supposedly loves and trusts one another, and a 15 year old boy kidnapped and raped by a much older woman, then you will probably find this book up your alley Unfortunately, that was not what I was expecting.Part of what bothered me were the characters themselves You would think when a person ages, that person would becomeconfident in themselves,stubborn and less likely to take crap from people But I didn t find Claire to be that way at all Instead, she puts up with things I wouldn t have even bothered within a bit And Claire sure makes her decision to time hop back to the 18th century easily Isn t there a conflict about the way women are treating back then in comparison to how she is treated in the 1960 s Isn t she afraid or worried about losing her life or identity By the way it doesn t even cross her mind, I guess not, it s all about a man and being back with him Jaime has always been a protective husband, but here he blatantly lies or withholds the truth from Claire He comes across as domineering, jealous, and hypocritical Oh, yeah, and everyone wants him, INCLUDING MEN Brianna is such a Mary Sue Beautiful hair, long legs, spitfire, smart , can charm people without even having to work at it, bland personality Practically every male gets a hard on just looking for her Frank turns into Cheater McAdulterer Not that I exactly blame him he and Claire had a very rocky relationship, one that she didn t exactly help along There is a Mr Willoughby, a Chinese male who is hideously stereotyped And I m not saying that the characters say stereotypical or racist things about him no, his entire CHARACTER is one racial stereotype after another EMBARRASSING There were loads and loads of other characters, but honestly, I can barely remember them or their character seemed pointless.Now, I will say I do like how Claire and Jaime are having these adventures and they aren t some young teenaged punks They are mature adults, in their forties fifties That s awesome and I highly applaud this move However, I doubt that a 50 year old Claire would be THAT highly desired by nearly every male she comes across.One of the things that drove me most nuts was the Jaime Claire relationship The problem I had with it was this Jaime and Claire have been apart for 20 years, and yet they barely spend any time getting to know each other again or having ANY problems getting back together They have an awkward night together, have amazing sex, and POW They are an item I would think that after 20 years, they would have changed drastically maybe they wereor less serious, or had different interests, or had grownmature But it doesn t seem that either Jaime or Claire had to struggle much to get the other.And this leads into the next part Jaime lies or withholds the truth on at least TWO occasions and both times Claire swallows the apology and moves on with barely a blip The first time this happens, Jaime doesn t tell Claire that he has a wife This isn t a mere oversight he spends quite a few days with her, and she has to find out when his second wife bursts into his home at Lallybroch They have a brief spat, she leaves, he gets shot, she runs back, they kiss and make up, happily ever after NO This is UNACCEPTABLE He should NOT LIE ABOUT A SECOND WIFE No matter how much he didn t LOVE her or some bull.The second incident is about Jaime s son, Willy That is yet another blowout that Claire learns AGAIN from someone else And yet AGAIN, barely a blip, and then Claire and Jaime are back to clawing at each other s clothes.And lastly, you mean to tell me these two people, who spent TWENTY YEARS apart, didn t find ONE SINGLE PERSON in those twenty years to FALL IN LOVE with and marry I know that Gabaldon was trying to make it seem like the love Jaime and Claire had for each other was eternal and blah blah blah, but geesh, I just don t buy it I can t imagine that Claire would have remained chaste for twenty years what was up with the Frank Claire intimate scene after Brianna s birth Did they reconcile or no Same for Jaime.Plotwise, be open for anything to happen And I mean ANYTHING I m talking shipwrecks at least two , ocean crossings, seasickness, VOODOO CEREMONIES AND TALKING TO BRIANNA FROM BEYOND TIME, child rape, a child being kidnapped, imprisonment, smuggling, piracy, a slave trade market including a HORRIBLE HORRIBLE scene proving the breeding qualities of a black man absolutely DREADFUL , drunken and high priests, everyone and his mother knowing Jaime or being from Scotland, plucky prostitutes, andHonestly, I had no idea what would happen at any time, because Gabaldon would just pick something out of the Plot Ideas Hat and toss it into the mix.And final pet peeve, I swear A good portion of this novel involves Jaime and Claire racing to the Caribbean to find the missing Ian, their nephew Only, they have plenty of time to bumble around, getting Fergus and his wife married, cavorting with drunken priests andWHILE A CHILD IS BEING MOLESTED And the worst part is, Jaime and Claire rarely seem to be that affected by this They don t worry about what is happening to Ian They don t stay up late at night, wondering where he is and what to do No, instead, it s business as usual hijinks and adventure and plenty of hot, hot, hot sex to boot.I know this has been harsh review, and I really hate to be this way, particularly about a book that I was so anticipating But I can t help but be honest about how the book affected me I really did want to like no, love this book I was excited to go back to Scotland I was chomping at the bit to have Claire and Jaime reunite And if I hadn t cared about the story, about the characters, I don t think I would have bothered so much with this review.This book series has loads of fans if you ve already read the first two books, then I do recommend reading this, just so you can see Jaime and Claire reunite And hey, you may end up liking thisthan I did And even though I didn t much care for this book, I m still gonna give Drums of Autumn a chance eventually. 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. I have to say that I was generally disappointed by this third book in the series I was SO excited to read it, but the first half dragged and the second half was just ridiculous most of the time I m ok with SOME unlikely siuations after all, the whole premise of the book is unlikely but this was just non stop She kept resurrecting characters from earlier in this book or previous books and it often made little sense as to why they suddenly appeared I felt like the last 200 pages were the foundation for the next Pirates of Caribbean movie adventure danger love It was definitely MUCH longer than it needed to be I felt like she kept adding these ridiculous situations just to make it a longer book but not for the purpose of the story.I m really not sure I can go on to the 4th book don t really see the point But I am just a bit curious if its gets better No hay mucho que decir, SOY MUY FAN These books are becoming some of my favorite books of all time I can t say for the rest of the series yet, but so far they are wonderful For a good bit of the story we are told about what Jamie and Claire had been doing during their years apart Not every little thing is told right away and I m sure there is going to be some things later on down the road that might be brought up in other books That seems to be the way it has been going I thought I would going to keel over until Jamie and Claire were together again but I did enjoy the story up until then, with the exception of a few things Also, it s so hard to know that they are all dead, well most, and Murtagh too Murtagh, it was so sad when Jamie was telling Claire about it later on I cried my eyes out But Randall is dead OMG I was so happy and then weirded out for a minute that the evil bastard wasn t going to be around anyNot that there aren tevil bastards but still The book also goes on to tell about Roger, Bree and Claire looking for clues as to where Claire might find Jamie and when they did and when she went back OMG Is that you, Geordie he asked, not turning around He was dressed in shirt and breeches, and had a small tool of some kind in his hand, with which he was doing something to the innards of the press Took ye long enough Did ye get the It isn t Geordie, I said My voice was higher than usual It s me, I said Claire He straightened up very slowly He wore his hair long a thick tail of a deep, rich auburn sparked with copper I had time to see that the neat ribbon that tied it back was green, and then he turned around He stared at me without speaking A tremor ran down the muscular throat as he swallowed, but still he didn t say anything It was the same broad, good hud face, dark blue eyes aslant the high, flat cheekbones of a Viking, a long mouth curling at the ends as though always on the verge of smiling The lines surrounding eyes and mouth were deeper, or course The nose had changed just a bit The knife edge bridge was slightly thickened near the base by the ridge of an old, healed fracture It made him look fiercer, I thought, but lessened that air of aloof reserve, and lent his appearance a new rough charm I walked through the flap in the counter, seeing nothing but that unblinking stare I cleared my throat When did you break your nose The corners of his wide mouth lifted up slightly About three minutes after I last saw ye Sassenach There was a hesitation, almost a question in the name There was nothan a foot between us I reached out tentatively and touched the tiny line of the break, where the bone pressed white against the bronze skin He flinched backward as though an electric spark had arced between us, and the calm expression shattered You re real, he whispered I had thought him pale already Now all vestiges of color drained from his face His eyes rolled up and he slumped to the floor in a shower of papers and oddments that had been sitting on the press he fell rather gracefully for such a large man I thought abstractedly It was only a faint his eyelids were beginning to flutter by the time I knelt beside him and loosened the stock at his throat I had no doubts at all by now, but still I looked automatically as I pulled the heavy linen away It was there, of course, the small triangular scare just above his collarbone, left by the knife of Captain Jonathan Randall, Esquire, of His Majesty s Eighth Dragoons His normal healthy color was returning I sat cross legged on the floor and hoisted his head onto my thigh His hair felt thick and soft in my hand His eyes opened That bad, is it I said, smiling down at him with the same words he had used to me on the day of our wedding, holding my head in his lap, twenty odd years before That bad, and worse, Sassenach, he answered, mouth twitching with something almost a smile He sat up abruptly, staring at me God in heaven, you are real So are you I lifted my chin to look up at him I th thought you were dead I had meant to speak lightly, but my voice betrayed me The tears spilled down my cheeks, only to soak into the rough cloth of his shirt as he pulled me hard against him I shook so bad that it was some time before I realized that he was shaking, too, and for the same reason I don t know how long we sat there on the dusty floor, crying in each other s arms with the longing of twenty years spilling down our faces Sob There isto it before and after but you can read all of that I can t stand it I cried my eyes out once again I m going to always cry in these books So then they are back together and right off the bat they are running around trying not to get killed, although, there is some time to find a room and make love and eat and relax a little Then they are off again Omg And little Fergus is a grown man I mean of course he is and I still love him I love him evennow Jamie and Fergus are into smuggling and whatever else they can do Eventually, Jamie and Claire go back home to Lallybroch taking little Ian home Yes, Ian grew up too although he s only 14 or 15 Jenny and Ian and all of their kids are still there And some other stuff that goes down there that I won t get into Jamie, Claire and Ian set out to get the rest of this gold Jamie had hidden and Ian wanted to go out to get it and of course he gets nabbed by some pirates and taken out to sea And thus begins our journey across the waters to find Ian They do eventually find him and I was shocked to hear who had him and how they were crazy Anyway, they make some stops along the way, get separated for a bit, run into John Grey who was a young lad the last time he was seen in the first book or was it the second Who cares He was sort of over Jamie when he went to jail Yes, Jamie spent some time in jail while Claire was away and sired and damn kid boy doing something really stupid He could have just grabbed the damn letters and went on about his business like he was trying to do But, that s neither here nor there I m sure there is a reason for everything Although, he sired the kid when he was working at a plantation and not in the actual jail cell LolClaire and Jamie meet up with John Grey again later on and he s really kind to them God, I m all over the place in this review I don t care, it is what it is They have to deal with all kinds of things and Claire almost dies twice It s like geez, they never get a break But, no matter what, their love never dies If you say it, I said, I ll have to believe you You will He sounded faintly astonished Why Because you re an honest man, Jamie Fraser I said, smiling so I wouldn t cry And may the Lord have mercy on you for it Only you, he said, so softly I could barely hear him To worship ye with my body, give ye all the service of my hands To give ye my name, and all my heart and soul with it Only you Because ye will not let me lie and yet ye love me I did touch him then Jamie, I said softly, and laid my hand on his arm You aren t alone anyHe turned then and took me by the arms, searching my face I swore to you, I said When we were married I didn t mean it then, but I swore and now I mean it I turned his hand over in both of mine, feeling the thing, smooth skin at the base of his wrist, where the pulse beat under my fingers, where the blade of his dirk had cut his flesh once, and spilled his blood to mingle with mine forever I pressed my own wrist against his, pulse to pulse, heartbeat to heartbeat Blood of my bloodI whispered Bone of my bone His whisper was deep and husky He knelt quite suddenly befor eme, and put his folded hands in mine the gesture a Highlander makes when swearing loyalty to his chieftain I give ye my spirit, he said, head bent over our hands Til our life shall be done, I said softly But it isn t done yet, Jamie, is it Then he rose and took the shift from me, and I lay back on the narrow bed naked, and pulled him down to me through the soft yellow light, and took him home, and home, and home again, and we were neither one of us alone There are just not words for the love these two have, for the things these two have gone through, for anything really I love them and always will And, as you know with an 1000, plus page book, this review barely scratches the surface And now they have landed in America MY Blog Melissa Martin s Reading List Just finished the third tale of Jamie and Claire in Voyager, I must admit it was my favorite so far Spoilers ..can t write these and not have them Awe damn, not again Hello Claire, nice to see you yet again Stephanie How did you end up here I don t see that strange vehicle you usually use to time travel I had to return the time mower The owner was not amused by my borrowing it He mumbled something about a restraining order, hooligans and red heads I must have mentioned Jamie and his kilt Anyway, pretty sure the corn liquor has finally done some permanent damage I have no idea how I ended up here, where ever and when ever here is Fill me in Claire Well, we re in Scotland in 1700 s, I came back to find the love of my life and baby daddy to my daughter Brianna I found out through records that he survived a super bad battle I was sure he was killed in We determined that time runs parallel by 200 years, give or take, so we both aged at the same rate which was handy How did you get back Did you use the stones again Claire I went to check them out right before I landed here How do they work As far as I can figure, you have to focus on a certain person, place and time period, walk through the stones and WOOSH, with a little blacking out and vomiting you are when you want to be You can even break the 200 year rule by doing that Are you sure the blacking out and vomiting aren t from your excessive drinking you mentioned during our last visit Glug, glug, glug So, I must have gone through the stones when I was reading the third book about you and Jamie I was focused on you, walked through the stones and here I am, feeling fine Wait, there s a book out there about us Weird I know, right It was at the part where you were back in 1950ishes and you had your other husband help relieve you of an overly heavy with milk breast in a way I found uncomfortable You really didn t do that did you Yes I did Stephanie, it was so hot Claire My god women that was for the baby Oh Brianna had plenty Ewwww Moving on, so what are you two up to this go around I lost my book when I came across time Would you prefer the long version or the short I ve got all the time in the world Ha ha, very funny Claire, nice little time traveler joke, just the condensed version please Okay then I go back and find Jamie Lots of sex I bring penicillin and photos with me We live in a brothel for a while Lots of sex Jamie has a pet Chinese man who has a thing for women s feet and creeps everyone out Jamie is both a printer and a smuggler and his print shop is burned down Lots of sex Jamie s nephew is kid napped and we get on a ship and go to the East Indies to look for him Lots of sex We run into people Jamie has met before, which is odd since we are way the fuck in the East Indies Lots of sex There are escaped slaves everywhere who practice voodoo Lots of sex They turn people into zombies whilst wearing crocodile heads on their heads STOP Just stop it Claire, I really can t absorb this Bringing photos and penicillin back to the 1700s I m sure that s going to be fine insert sarcasm here And the rest of it Damn women you have a strange existence, time for me to leave Crap Claire Please, for love of god and all that is holy help me get out of here Sure thing Stephanie..first drink this bottle of brandy This book was fun Crazy fun.
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.
- 870 pages
- Diana Gabaldon
- 23 October 2019 Diana Gabaldon