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In 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 stoneadventure—The In 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 twice. Her 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, Brianna.... Now 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....


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In 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 stoneadventure—The In 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 twice. Her 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, Brianna.... Now 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....

30 review for Drums of Autumn

  1. 4 out of 5

    Katrina Passick Lumsden

    *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 third...even after being co *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 third...even 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 more trouble and more trouble and more 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 more 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. 5 out of 5

    Tatiana

    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 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. 4 out of 5

    Steph Sinclair

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

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    And we have more 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 l And we have more 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 more 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 more 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 more 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 more 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. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥

    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 b 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!!!! XD All 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? ;-P Guess that should be a fair warning! Now let’s go to the fun part! What I liked: - My precious boys and men!!! <333 Fergus: 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 more 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)] Roger: ”Feel my heart,” he said. His voice sounded thick to his own ears. “Tell me if it stops.” Aka the cutiepie! I can’t even put into words how much I love this man and I’m so glad he’s become one of the main characters in this book! Roger is amazing and I really hope that he will be happy in the next books because he definitely deserves it!!! Do you hear me Diana? HE. DESERVES. IT!!! Lord John Grey: ”Child, you would make an angel weep, and God knows I am no angel!" Last but not least, Lord John! I have no words for this man. They just fail me when I try to explain how much I love, admire and adore him! Lord John Grey is everything!!! <333 He’s an angel and a saint!!! XD (view spoiler)[I don’t understand why Claire doesn’t like him!! I mean seriously that man is perfection and it’s not his fault that he loves Jamie!!! He just loves that stupid, stubborn Highlander and he shouldn’t be ashamed of it!!! GIVE THAT MAN A BREAK!!! How much does he have to do to prove that he truly cares about Jamie and Claire?? He even almost married Bree and he’s taking good care of Jamie’s illegitimate son!!! Lord John Grey deserves so much more than their hostility!!! He deserves all the love!!!! (hide spoiler)] - That we found out more about the theory of the stones and how to travel through them! - Jamie and Claire are still cute together! - As always I enjoyed the historical details! Especially the interactions between the Indians and Jamie’s people! - The humour! XD What I didn’t like: - Jamie! ARGH!!! He gave me all the feels but this time around it were rather negative ones!! I think he deserves the title of the worst father ever! Like seriously!!! I really like Jamie but he sucks as a father figure!! *lol* For someone who’s been through so much he really didn’t show any sympathy! (view spoiler)[Alone how he treated Roger!!! I mean WTH???!!! At first he almost kills him because he thinks he raped his daughter! Jeez! He didn’t even let him explain!!! And then he finds him and wants to bring him back but still treats him like shit??!!! That scene when they were in the longhouse and he didn’t want to tell him anything about Brianna!! That was so cruel and heartless!!! As if it would have hurt him to give Roger some information! And then when Claire and him told Roger about Bree’s rape!! He didn’t even give him a second to digest it!!!! WTH!!! THAT BOY WAS A PRISONER OF THE INDIANS AND SUFFERED ABUSE!!! CUT HIM SOME SLACK!!! DAMN IT!!! My poor Roger!!! He didn’t do anything to deserve this and it just made me so angry!! Daingead!!!! I’m so mad at Jamie!! Urgh! (hide spoiler)] - Bonnet! I hope the next time we see that man he’s actually getting what he deserves!! - Claire! For a stubborn lass she was way too lenient with Jamie’s misbehaviour! I would have expected more of her!! She should have given him hell for how he treated other people!!! *grrr* - Brianna! I really don’t know how I feel about her… I understand her somehow but I’m also angry at her! (view spoiler)[Yes it was wrong that Roger didn’t tell her about the newspaper article, but he really just tried to protect her! He loved her so much and she doubted him almost all of the time! I mean he even went through that freaking stone circle to get to her and she can’t even listen to him?! Hear him out and try to see things from his point of view?! She’s definitely Jamie’s daughter! That’s for sure! *argh* (hide spoiler)] Well, despite all of my anger I still loved the book and cared about its awesome characters! Since this was already the fourth book some of them really grew on me and I can’t even imagine the next books without them! T_T “Drums of autumn” left me thoroughly heartbroken and I’m most likely going to pick up “The Fiery Cross” soon! Maybe even at the beginning of the next year! ;-)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    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. 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.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mo

    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. 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!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    April (Aprilius Maximus)

    1.) Outlander ★★★★★ 2.) Dragonfly In Amber ★★★★.5 3.) Voyager ★★★.5 4.) 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.

  9. 5 out of 5

    abby

    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 w 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 more 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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Za

    I too, am one of those folks that was totally in love with Outlander and, despite some rather graphic violence, thought it was a good enough book that I have continued to read the series up to this one. Unforunately, like most series, this one does not get better. By this book DG is reusing plots that we've already seen and the characters are becoming two dimensional caricatures of themselves. Jamie, the tough masculine hero, Claire, the strong and fiesty woman that knows how to handle her man, I too, am one of those folks that was totally in love with Outlander and, despite some rather graphic violence, thought it was a good enough book that I have continued to read the series up to this one. Unforunately, like most series, this one does not get better. By this book DG is reusing plots that we've already seen and the characters are becoming two dimensional caricatures of themselves. Jamie, the tough masculine hero, Claire, the strong and fiesty woman that knows how to handle her man, the fiery Scots, the stereotypical early Americans. I gave it two stars because I did finish the book and found it entertaining at points, but I also found it a bit high-handed and offensive at time. The overall sense I had at the end was "I wish someone else I know had read this book so they can just tell me what happens, because I can't deal with another 1800 pages of these characters!"

  11. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    First half of this book was fairly slow, but the second half blew me away. I especially loved watching Brianna and Roger's relationship blossom. Roger Mackenzie Jamie Fraser These characters are a pleasure to read, it's like coming home to f First half of this book was fairly slow, but the second half blew me away. I especially loved watching Brianna and Roger's relationship blossom. Roger Mackenzie Jamie Fraser These characters are a pleasure to read, it's like coming home to family. Loved it!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Judice

    This book was the final straw for me. I wanted to love this whole series as I loved book one, but it has gotten progressively worse with every book, in my humble opinion. Ms. Gabaldon's editors should be taking a much closer look at the arc, plot, and character development for inconsistency and redundancy. The first book was amazing, though the ending was very difficult to swallow. The second was very good, compelling but heartbreaking. The third starts to teeter on unnecessarily verbose with a This book was the final straw for me. I wanted to love this whole series as I loved book one, but it has gotten progressively worse with every book, in my humble opinion. Ms. Gabaldon's editors should be taking a much closer look at the arc, plot, and character development for inconsistency and redundancy. The first book was amazing, though the ending was very difficult to swallow. The second was very good, compelling but heartbreaking. The third starts to teeter on unnecessarily verbose with a wandering plot where characters tend to do things out of character. However, it still had merit as an overall work. This one was disappointing on so many levels. Ms. Gabaldon drags on for pages at a time about absolutely nothing that pertains to the plot--bee hives, sunsets, the various shades of red of Jamie's hair, you name it. I realize many readers enjoy this in historicals, and while I enjoy beautiful imagery, I'd rather it not take over the entire plot. Pacing was WAY off for me here. Also, the characters do several heinous things that are completely out-of-character from how the author originally wrote them. At least, that's how it appeared to me. It is as if the characters switched places with people I've never met before. So much so that Ms. Gabaldon has permanently scarred me from ever wanting to read one more word about their lives--good or bad. I just don't care anymore. All three main characters do ridiculous things which results in a forced plot. I was so disappointed with this book that I only skim/skipped to the end from the middle on just to finish it for closure. Ms. Gabaldon is an excellent writer, there is no mistaking that. However, for me, there should be more than eloquent imagery and sexy lovemaking to keep me on the hook.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Wow! I loved the ending of this book. I especially loved the birth scene. It was funny, touching, and made me cry. Finally! Jamie has a grandson that's truly his own. Someone to help make up for the loss he's suffered in being denied the opportunity raise his own children. If anyone deserves lots of grand-babies, it's Jamie. I love Lord John in this book. He kinda became my hero. Shocking, I know, considering how much I disliked him in the last book. He's charming, witty, and very sweet in this Wow! I loved the ending of this book. I especially loved the birth scene. It was funny, touching, and made me cry. Finally! Jamie has a grandson that's truly his own. Someone to help make up for the loss he's suffered in being denied the opportunity raise his own children. If anyone deserves lots of grand-babies, it's Jamie. I love Lord John in this book. He kinda became my hero. Shocking, I know, considering how much I disliked him in the last book. He's charming, witty, and very sweet in this story, and I love the relationship between him and Bree. Their characters had such great chemistry. And I don't mean sexually. Lol. Roger is such a wonderful character. My heart broke, then ached for him in this story. I hope the next book is kind to him. He deserves some happiness. Drums of Autumn felt different from the previous three books. There was a gradual shift in the storyline, from Jamie and Claire, to their posterity. In many ways, Jamie and Claire's story end with Voyager. They were finally reunited and for good. So I'm grateful Mrs. Gabaldon has continued to write about these wonderfully complex characters. Allowing us to find out what happens, not only to Jamie and Claire, but to the people they love. I liked this book. A lot. I'm looking forward to reading the next.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ! A devastating notification in a newspaper from 1776 forces Brianna to leave her own time and travel back 200 years to try to find and warn her mother and the father she’s never met, having no idea they have left Scotland for the new world. A decision that will come to cause a ripple effect no one could have foreseen. Drums of Autumn was a fantastic read. It's easily my new favorite installment in the Outlander s series since the epic first book and the first half of Voyager. A magnificent read! So many things ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ! A devastating notification in a newspaper from 1776 forces Brianna to leave her own time and travel back 200 years to try to find and warn her mother and the father she’s never met, having no idea they have left Scotland for the new world. A decision that will come to cause a ripple effect no one could have foreseen. Drums of Autumn was a fantastic read. It's easily my new favorite installment in the Outlander s series since the epic first book and the first half of Voyager. A magnificent read! So many things happen in DOA, it's almost like reading five books in one. It's pretty gigantic so you will require ALOT of patience and time to get through it. But I can promise you it's worth it in the end. Diana Gabaldon has as always a brilliant way with words and DOA is a masterpiece in itself. This installment gives us literally a little bit of everything. Adventures, romance, danger and everything in between . The storytelling is absolutely brilliant. It’s like being a 200+ year old fly on the wall Jamie- still well deserved the title king of men. A bit older and wiser but still as irresponsible as ever. Claire- a great heroine. Independent, smart, sassy and witty. I loved the way she was with Jamie in this book. When you move, I move sort of way. Brianna- I wish I could like her. That would've make things easier. I had no problem with her for the first part of the book. I almost liked her. Almost. But when she basically called Jamie the worst father ever and that she wished she never laid eyes on him, she burned every bridge. I wish she'd just go away. Roger- a good character. Much better than Brianna. A little dull but kept my interest. But as with Brianna, I only tolerate him in small doses. I read these books for Jamie and Claire. Lord John Grey- so good to meet him again. One of the best characters. Willie- father meeting son. I adored Jamie's every moment with him. Aww. Wee Ian- I have a newfound LOVE for Jamie's nephew. I can't believe I haven't realized what a great character he is before. My favorite after ( ? ) Jamie. We also get a quick visit at Lallybroch with Jenny ( love that woman ), Leer'a ( damn that woman ) and young Jamie. I told you, a lot of things happens. We also get to meet Fergus and Marsali and new acquaintances like Brianna's maid Litzy. Scenes I will bear with me- Jamie's first meeting with hos daughter ( he was pissing the first time she saw him and he thought she was a prostitute, LOL. ) Jamie with his son. ( This is clearly a book for reunions. ) Almost every scene with Jamie and wee Ian Thor book series is EPIC! They really are outstanding in every way ; plot wise, the character, the amount of details, the maxing writing. I would categorize it as historical fiction/adventures. The first three books has been the most romantic ( in certain sense ). But dinna fash. Jamie and Claire's epic love are still verra the heart and soul of this story. ‘And when my body shall cease, my soul will still be yours. Claire – I swear by my hope of heaven, I will not be parted from you.’ But boy, I sure miss Scotland!! OVERALL RATING: 4 STRONG STARS! | Hero | 5 | | Angst | Medium focus | | Heroine | 4 | | Romance | | High focus | | Sexual tension | 4 | | Suspense | Low focus | | Storytelling | 5 | | Humour | Medium focus | | Storyending | 4 |

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alaina

    I'm kind of all over the place. 1. These books are so freaking big. 2. These books are sooooo freaking loooooong. 3. A huge portion of this book was very boring 4. Wine didn't help at all 5. Like almost the last half of this book made up for the boringness in the beginning.. almost 6. WHY?!!? I love Jamie and Claire. I just do. Their relationship is basically goals for me. But Drums of Autumn was so boring. It almost put me to sleep. Then I tried wine bec I'm kind of all over the place. 1. These books are so freaking big. 2. These books are sooooo freaking loooooong. 3. A huge portion of this book was very boring 4. Wine didn't help at all 5. Like almost the last half of this book made up for the boringness in the beginning.. almost 6. WHY?!!? I love Jamie and Claire. I just do. Their relationship is basically goals for me. But Drums of Autumn was so boring. It almost put me to sleep. Then I tried wine because that usually helps me when books are boring or characters are just plain annoying. Yeah, no amount of wine made this book better to me. Which makes my heart hurt because I really wanted to love this book - but god damn Diana.. WHY!?! I feel like if this was a lot shorter then I would've liked it a lot more. Plus, it kind of felt repetitive - at least to me? It seems like the same storyline.. but again, it could just be me. I'm kind of hesitant to start the next book because I really want to finish this series and fall even more in love with Jamie and Claire's relationship but right now I have no idea what I want to do..

  16. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    Where do I start with my review of “Drums of Autumn”, the fourth book in Diana Gabaldon’s wildly popular “Outlander” series, which is also a highly-rated television show on Starz? How do I put into words the massive thoughts and emotions running through my head after finishing this grand opus of adventure, honor, love, and family? I think it starts with, “My name is Scott and I am an Outlander fan…” Over the last year I have devoured the first three books in this unbelievably well written series Where do I start with my review of “Drums of Autumn”, the fourth book in Diana Gabaldon’s wildly popular “Outlander” series, which is also a highly-rated television show on Starz? How do I put into words the massive thoughts and emotions running through my head after finishing this grand opus of adventure, honor, love, and family? I think it starts with, “My name is Scott and I am an Outlander fan…” Over the last year I have devoured the first three books in this unbelievably well written series. It has so many elements, including history, time travel, adventure, mystery, and yes, romance. Each book is epic and overwhelms the reader with rich background, complex plotting, and strong dialog. Each book in the series builds on the multi-layered mythology of the previous one. And each one just seems to be better than the previous one. I can only speak for myself, but I am living proof that men can read and enjoy the Outlander series. As many are already aware the plot involves Claire Randall, a 20th century doctor who survived going back and forth through the ancient stone circle multiple times. There she met Jamie Fraser, an 18th century Scot involved in the Jacobite uprising against England. In order to avoid death they were forced to marry and fell in love. She later returned to the present to bear and raise his child when he was assumed killed in battle. Twenty years later, when their daughter, Briana is grown, Claire discovers he survived and she risks everything to return through the stones to Jamie. When “The Drums of Autumn” begins, Claire and Jamie have landed in colonial America several years prior to the War for Independence. The story alternates between them building a homestead and future together amongst many challenges in the untamed frontier of North Carolina while their daughter Brianna and her boyfriend/family friend Roger deal with their developing relationship and being left behind in the late 1960’s. There are several plotlines that pull the characters together and create lots of conflict, starting with Brianna and Roger finding an article that tells of Claire and Jamie’s deaths a few years after reaching America in a horrible house fire. Roger is driven to keep it a secret from Brianna, only to discover she knows and plans to go through the stones to save her mother and finally meet her biological father. However, Brianna’s and Roger’s journey into the past is full of struggle, pain, and heartache as they struggle to be reunited with both her family and with each other. “Drums of Autumn” is a massive read. My copy clocked in at 888 pages. Patience and attention are required of the reader, but it comes easily. In being completely honest, the first 20% of this book starts slower than the previous three in the series, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t love it, because I did. The primary reason was that this story built slower at the beginning, needing more time to percolate and heat up in order to create the multiple emotional payoffs throughout the last half of the book, including golden moments between Brianna and Roger, Brianna and Jamie, Brianna and Claire, Jamie and Roger, Brianna and Lord John, and Brianna and Roger again. The strength in this book was how Gabaldon elevates love and conflict in the relationships of family – of father/daughter, mother/daughter and husband/wife. The use of secrets, good intentions, and a lack of willingness to open up are lessons learned the hard way in the “Outlander” world. In my opinion, Gabaldon is an excellent writer that has mastered several key areas of great writing, including plotting, character, scenes, and dialog. Her plotting is well-planned, multi-layered, detailed in whatever time period is involved, and full of many twists that lead to opportunities for future development. She grabs your attention and requires even your senses as you delve into her world. Her characters are rich and complex. Each have their own unique personalities, motivations, and attributes. You cannot stop yourself from loving the good guys and hating the bad guys, but every character is three dimensional and real in every sense. You can picture them so clearly in your mind. I personally believe that her ability to write scenes and dialog is probably her greatest skill as a writer. Each of these books have such wonderful pay-off moments in them, especially in this book. I mentioned several of them earlier, but my one that really stuck out to me was Lord John counseling Brianna on raising someone else’s child. It was a golden moment. When it comes to characters conversing and providing information each other to push the plot forward she is excellent. Her conversation flow and have a certain rhythmic quality that stands out above most writers. I was especially impressed with how much Roger’s character changed and grew through the challenges he faced. He was not the same man at the end of the book that he was in the beginning. Overall, “Drums of Autumn” is another excellent outing for Gabaldon. For me, she has found a way to create unforgettable characters that I have come to know and deeply care about. I am not afraid to admit that I have shared some deeply personal moments with them, including laughter, struggle and challenge, pain and sadness, and tears of joy in the moments that matter most in a family. I cannot wait for the journey to continue…

  17. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Another re-read of 2018, there is definitely a lot to love about Drums of Autumn even after all these years. Now that Claire and Jamie are reunited and in America, a whole set of new and exciting adventures and new characters await one of my favorite literary couples. Claire and Jamie have spent 20 years apart and have never really had the chance to be a couple in a marriage. So I think it's definitely a gift of the latter books that we see them actually have a change to "settle down."

  18. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    5 STARS!!!! ABSOLUTELY SENSATIONAL!!!!!!!! [image error] ...and Jamie and Claire’s story continues, taking them from the wild and untamed West Indies to the unclaimed land of the new world. And once again, the story has completely captivated me. [image error] Many charactersme.[imageSENSATIONAL!!!!!!!![image 5 STARS!!!! ABSOLUTELY SENSATIONAL!!!!!!!! [image error] ...and Jamie and Claire’s story continues, taking them from the wild and untamed West Indies to the unclaimed land of the new world. And once again, the story has completely captivated me. [image error] Many characters remain... and many new characters appear, both good and BAD!!! [image error] And their journey through the past is yet interrupted again by a visitor or two from the future. [image error] Then the room relaxed in cheers and babbling, and she turned in his arms to kiss him hard and cling to him, and he thought perhaps it didn't matter that they faced in opposite directions - so long as they faced each other. [image error] The romance, the adventure, and the excitement never ebb. I found my emotions all over the place reading this book. And near the end, I was completely gutted!!!! [image error] I cannot express the praise and awe that these books have stirred in me for Diana Gabaldon. I’m sure Diana’s highly descriptive writing style isn’t for everyone, but for me... I’m speechless. I have found myself completely in her trance, her characters lodged deep in my heart, as if they were a part of my family. It is rare to connect with a work of fiction so intensely. All I can say is that for those of us who fall under the Outlander spell...fantasy is real!!! [image error] I highly recommend this series, words cannot express!!!!!!! It is more than worth the length of the books, in fact I dread reaching the end...

  19. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    4.5 stars rounded up. I finally finished this freaking book!!! I initially started it on May 23, 2015!!! (I took a lot of breaks and started over twice) I am very surprised to say that this is my favorite installment of Outlander so far. I'm surprised because I really struggled with feeling engaged for the first 100 pages or so. (Hence why I started and stopped a few times.) What frustrates me and so many others about Gabaldon's work is that there is so much detail at times that it ma 4.5 stars rounded up. I finally finished this freaking book!!! I initially started it on May 23, 2015!!! (I took a lot of breaks and started over twice) I am very surprised to say that this is my favorite installment of Outlander so far. I'm surprised because I really struggled with feeling engaged for the first 100 pages or so. (Hence why I started and stopped a few times.) What frustrates me and so many others about Gabaldon's work is that there is so much detail at times that it makes it difficult to persevere. I know her background is in research (and boy is that evident) and she is masterful at it (I learn a lot in reading these books), but sometimes I find myself saying, "Enough already!". I still think this book (all of them really) are too long, but DESPITE ALL OF THIS - I loved it. What had me concerned for this book in particular and what remains to be seen as the series continues is would the Roger/Bree relationship take precedence over Jamie/Claire? So far, it hasn't and for that I am thankful. #1 - I'm just so-so on Roger/Bree. I haven't connected with them as easily as I did with Jamie/Claire. #2 - Jamie/Claire are the foundation of these books and I'm glad to see they weren't relegated to lesser importance because they are older. I also enjoyed the dry humor and sarcasm that came out more with Jamie/Claire. This is the most time they have spent together since being reunited (and not always in a crisis either) so it was nice to see their relationship bloom. Can we also talk about Brianna and Lord John?? Honestly, I'm all for that pairing. I cannot wait to see this relationship on screen. Their dialogue was some of my favorite of the book. My last thoughts on this are that this book made me really feel so much more emotion - surprisingly more - than the last installments. There was such a payoff in this book for so many reasons - Ian, Brianna (and yes, even Roger). I will admit readily that I cried a lot at the end of the book. It may be that I'm older now and have gone through a lot of life events since I first started this series so things are touching me differently than they would have before - but this is why I was able to easily rate this above the other installments. The second book didn't resonate with me as much as watching the second season. So far, the second season of the show was a standout for me - but sticking to the books I really loved this one for all of its faults.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    I was disappointed in this book because I loved the three before it so much. The first 3, it only took me 200 pages at the very most for me to be completely absorbed and unable to put the books down to even sleep. But this one, it took nearly 600 pages for me to feel like it was starting to get interesting. And much to my dismay the feeling did not last. I struggled throught the last 100 pages as the story seemed to drag on unnecessarily. I really want to finish the series but after this book, I I was disappointed in this book because I loved the three before it so much. The first 3, it only took me 200 pages at the very most for me to be completely absorbed and unable to put the books down to even sleep. But this one, it took nearly 600 pages for me to feel like it was starting to get interesting. And much to my dismay the feeling did not last. I struggled throught the last 100 pages as the story seemed to drag on unnecessarily. I really want to finish the series but after this book, I'm not apt to jump into the next 1000+ page story any time soon. Reading other reviews of this book, I can see why people don't really care for Brianna. She didn't bother me that much, but her and Roger's story is nowhere near as captivating as Claire and Jamie's.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)

    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life. This series. I just can't even say how much I am in love with this series. I first read this book years ago and my family nicknamed it "the brick" because it is quite a large book. I have been working on re-reading the first four books in the series before moving forward with books that I have yet to read. I am so glad that I decided to listen to this book because the narrator brings the story to life. I actually believe that I liked this book even mo This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life. This series. I just can't even say how much I am in love with this series. I first read this book years ago and my family nicknamed it "the brick" because it is quite a large book. I have been working on re-reading the first four books in the series before moving forward with books that I have yet to read. I am so glad that I decided to listen to this book because the narrator brings the story to life. I actually believe that I liked this book even more during this second read. This story is epic. There is really so much going on in this book and all of it is completely entertaining. Jamie and Claire are in America working to find their place. The story also has a focus on Brianna, their daughter, and Roger. There are so many exciting things that happen in this book. There are pirates, bears, Indians, and even a dinner party surgery. I am in love with the characters. Maybe a bit obsessed as well. I just love Jamie and Claire. Over the span of 4 books, I have grown to know them and really almost feel like they are real. I love how much they care about each other and how easy it is to feel their emotions throughout the book. I liked Brianna and Roger but not nearly as much. This is really the first book in the series that their role is so pivotal to the overall story. They are still working to figure out their relationship and they really go through a lot in this story. Some of it was very painful to watch. The narration of the audiobook was phenomenal. Davina Porter is the voice of Claire and Jamie. She is able to differentiate between all of the characters wonderfully. I think one of her strengths is her ability to bring the characters' emotions into the story. This is an emotional book and I really felt everything along with the characters as I listened to the book. I was able to listen to this book for hours at a time largely because of the quality of the narration. I would highly recommend this series to others. This is the fourth book in the series and this series really should be read in order. I can't wait to continue with this series. I am ready to move on to the fifth book, The Fiery Cross, which will be a new read for me and I can't wait. Initial Thoughts I am so in love with this series. Everything about it is just wonderful. The characters are so vivid that I sometimes have to remind myself that they are not real. I listened to this audiobook for hours at a time and liked it as much if not more than I did the first time I read it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker Queen of the Undead

    Diana, what did you do to your wonderful series? You made great characters disappear, you dragged out scenes for hundreds of pages, you made the characters inner dialogue go on forever AND the overall story fizzled. WHY? I'm going to take a break before the next book, sadly.

  23. 5 out of 5

    HeatherLovesReading

    4.5/5 STARS!! I finally finished my first book for 2016!!! This book took me a little over 3 weeks to finish and I LOVED IT! I knew picking this book up, it was definitely going to take me awhile to finish it and I was ok with that. It has been over a year since I had read book 3 in this series, but I as soon as I started up with Drums of Autumn I felt like it was only few weeks since I had been in the world of Jamie and Claire. Honestly I could have done without the first 300 pages . 4.5/5 STARS!! I finally finished my first book for 2016!!! This book took me a little over 3 weeks to finish and I LOVED IT! I knew picking this book up, it was definitely going to take me awhile to finish it and I was ok with that. It has been over a year since I had read book 3 in this series, but I as soon as I started up with Drums of Autumn I felt like it was only few weeks since I had been in the world of Jamie and Claire. Honestly I could have done without the first 300 pages ... it just didn't seem to really add a whole lot to the main story and was just a lot of daily actives with just little bits of interesting things thrown in here and there. Other than just some slowness in the beginning I still absolutely love Diana Gabaldon's writing style and story telling. I was kinda surprised that this book didn't end with any kind of a cliffhanger like all the other ones have, so it makes me wonder where the next book is heading?

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ashley DiNorcia

    Dear God...there was *so* much plot in this book. Like, there was a lot going on and I'm not entirely sure all of it was necessary. Oddly enough I enjoyed the first half a lot more than the second half which seems to be the direct opposite of most peoples opinions of this book. Well, on to the next one.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Britany

    Claire and Jamie are back again! This time they are forging their future in America- North Carolina to be exact. We cross timelines with Brianna & Roger in the 1960s and our protagonists in 1700s America. As you can imagine, hints of slavery and native americans play a part in this book. Brianna and Roger come across some interesting information and decide to take history into their hands to jump through the stones to save Claire and Jamie. I really liked this installme Claire and Jamie are back again! This time they are forging their future in America- North Carolina to be exact. We cross timelines with Brianna & Roger in the 1960s and our protagonists in 1700s America. As you can imagine, hints of slavery and native americans play a part in this book. Brianna and Roger come across some interesting information and decide to take history into their hands to jump through the stones to save Claire and Jamie. I really liked this installment in the series. While at times, too verbose and lengthy in description, I appreciated the plot points that Gabaldon introduced our characters to. Filled with action and drama, this one certainly had it all. We got glimpses of some older characters, which is always a treat. I'll have to take a break before I pick up the next one, but I will be continuing on with this series. Now, off to catch up on the show!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jess (Primrose)

    Quick summation as this this series has been reviewed quite a bit.. I mean, c'mon.. there is a Starz show and its Outlander. Really. But I found it ok. I think I found the observations on the various Native American tribe life highly interesting. I think I spent too much of the book eye rolling at Brianna and in a state of constant irritation at her self importance and barreling into situations with said importance. (Seriously, lady.) You are not that important of a character and actually come Quick summation as this this series has been reviewed quite a bit.. I mean, c'mon.. there is a Starz show and its Outlander. Really. But I found it ok. I think I found the observations on the various Native American tribe life highly interesting. I think I spent too much of the book eye rolling at Brianna and in a state of constant irritation at her self importance and barreling into situations with said importance. (Seriously, lady.) You are not that important of a character and actually come off as an annoying gnat with little adding personality or value to the story, in my opinion. *ducks from serious Outlander die hard fans*

  27. 5 out of 5

    Fathima

    Buddy reading this with the awesome twelvejan[Alexandria]

  28. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Back to Gabaldon's powerful and complex OUTLANDER series, after the Lord John Grey reprieve. When last Gabaldon spoke of the Fraser clan, they had made their way across the Atlantic and spent some time in Jamaica before landing in the colony of Georgia. As this novel begins, they find themselves living in South Carolina, amongst other colonial settlers. Life resembles that in the Highlands, allowing Jamie to find his niche and Claire to become the local medicine woman. A trip to meet Jamie's aun Back to Gabaldon's powerful and complex OUTLANDER series, after the Lord John Grey reprieve. When last Gabaldon spoke of the Fraser clan, they had made their way across the Atlantic and spent some time in Jamaica before landing in the colony of Georgia. As this novel begins, they find themselves living in South Carolina, amongst other colonial settlers. Life resembles that in the Highlands, allowing Jamie to find his niche and Claire to become the local medicine woman. A trip to meet Jamie's aunt Jocasta opens new possibilities and a chance to create a region all their own. The Frasers settle in North Carolina, their brood ever growing, as content as they can be in the 1770s. Meanwhile, in modern times, Brianna and Roger struggle tracking down Claire and Jamie through the historical papers at their disposal. Brianna is back in Boston and Roger in Oxford, but both are drawn back to the Highlands, and one another. After coming across some definitive proof of dire consequences, Brianna plans a voyage through the Stones in order to advise her mother and finally meet her birth father. Once Roger determines what she's done (and knowing his family history), he treks through himself, trying to find Brianna. Both must set sail across the Atlantic and meet individuals on their respective journeys who shape their lives, none more than a ship captain named Stephen Bonnet. Upon their arrival and eventual path crossing, Brianna must make her way to Claire and Jamie, while Roger remains in the background, at least for the time being. Jamie must become a father and learn the perils of an independent daughter not yet versed in the ways of 18th century living, while he struggles with a dark cloud she brings to the colony. Jamie addresses things in his stubborn Scottish manner, which has consequences for all, some more troublesome than others. All this and two significant story lines including Lord John Grey round out a book full of little stories to entertain as well as lay further groundwork for future novels. Gabaldon thickens the plot tremendously, yet still the mysteries abound in this must-read continuation of the well-known series. As I have said before, Gabaldon's mastery of writing and the series knows no limits. She is able to take her characters in so many directions and keep the reader curious with each tale. There is no stop to the adventures that occur, nor does she ever fully reveal the Stones and their powers. The reader must (and surely desires to) forge on and read even more to have a better understanding. Plus, with new characters and twists popping up all over the place, there is no end to what can, and does, happen. I find myself hard-press to keep it all straight (yes, audiobook versions make it harder to sketch things out while on the go), but listen as attentively as I can. Even though this is my second read of these novels, I am taking so much more away, yet much is still eluding me... but it's addictive and highly entertaining at the same time. Kudos, Madam Gabaldon, for you have not lost any momentum, even as I took the Lord John Grey side tour. With all the characters you offer up, I cannot imagine what else you could present... though you will think of something else, assuredly. Like/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lucia

    "You are my courage, as I am your conscience. You are my heart - and I your compassion. We are neither of us whole, alone. Do you not know that, Sassenach?" - Jamie Diana Gabaldon once again proved what an amazing writer and storyteller she is. I laughed, rejoyced, sobbed, swooned and teared up. I was anxious, scared and frustrated. But most importantly I lived the story with characters. I'm so glad to see books in this phenomenal series keeping its "x factor" with every new instalment. On to the ne "You are my courage, as I am your conscience. You are my heart - and I your compassion. We are neither of us whole, alone. Do you not know that, Sassenach?" - Jamie Diana Gabaldon once again proved what an amazing writer and storyteller she is. I laughed, rejoyced, sobbed, swooned and teared up. I was anxious, scared and frustrated. But most importantly I lived the story with characters. I'm so glad to see books in this phenomenal series keeping its "x factor" with every new instalment. On to the next one! "Love? Obligation? How in hell you have love without obligation?" - Roger To read my reviews of previous books, click on pic: . . .

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dana Moison

    I was drawn from the very beginning to the original story that unfolded a timeless love story with historical events, ancient cultures, the lost pride of a nation, and witty, strong characters. Gabaldon does a great job keeping the super natural elements just in the right amount – sometimes reading it made me shiver. This time, Claire and Jamie arrive at the American colonies and get a fresh start. They have their own little piece of heaven and befriend the natives around. All the descriptions s I was drawn from the very beginning to the original story that unfolded a timeless love story with historical events, ancient cultures, the lost pride of a nation, and witty, strong characters. Gabaldon does a great job keeping the super natural elements just in the right amount – sometimes reading it made me shiver. This time, Claire and Jamie arrive at the American colonies and get a fresh start. They have their own little piece of heaven and befriend the natives around. All the descriptions sound very authentic so it's easy to imagine everything that happens to the characters. Brianna, Clair's and Jamie's daughter, stays far away in a future two-hundred years from now, with Roger Mackenzie. Will they ever reunite as a family? In which time? Can you really change the future – or the past, in this case? A great book that is hard to put down!

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