As most of you know by now, I’ve been working my way through the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon and enjoying them thoroughly. You can see my review of Outlander (book 1) here and Dragonfly In Amber (book two) here. Actually, “enjoying thoroughly” is a bit of an understatement; I love this series! As I mentioned in my review of Dragonfly In Amber, there is quite a cliffhanger ending, so I was excited to move on to the next book in the series, Voyager, to see what happens to Jamie and Claire!
I’ve been sticking with the Goodreads plot summaries for this series, as there is too much that I could let slip! Plus with all the time-traveling elements I’m pretty sure I’d just confuse you with all I wanted to tell you! SO, once again, from Goodreads:
Their 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 dreams.
Then 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 her…the deadly intrigues raging in a divided Scotland… and the daring voyage into the dark unknown that can reunite or forever doom her timeless love.
After the cliffhanger that ended Dragonfly in Amber I wasn’t sure my heart could take any more. I needed a period of emotional mourning, stability, and recovery before I could pick up my shattered heart, begin book three, and risk it shattering all over again. I can honestly say that the Outlander Series has taken me on a deep and tumultuous emotional journey that I’ve never felt with any other book/series I’ve read. Sure I’ve had emotional reactions to books before, but I’ve never reacted quite the way I have with this series. Voyager was no less of a riotous journey, but it’s told with such beauty and passion that you gladly go back for the laughter, tears, heartache, and smiles that Gabaldon’s prose brings.
As much as I love Jamie and Claire and their timeless love story, much praise has to be reigned on Gabaldon for all of the other intriguing things she adds into her novels. In Voyager we’re given a glimpse into slave plantations and slave markets of the Caribbean in the late 1700’s. We’re also given a lesson in Chinese culture and the deep seeded racism that existed for the Chinese people in Scotland and the surrounding countries. There is a great depth to her works; depth that is obviously and meticulously well researched and presented in a way that adds to the plot as well as opens the eyes of the readers to what life was like back in the day. Gabaldon pulls no punches in presenting what she finds. All of it is not pleasant and I love that she doesn’t try to sugarcoat it and make it pleasing to read. She respects history and for that I bow down to her.
With all this being said, it’s no wonder I keep going back for more in this series. Every time I think Gabaldon won’t get any better, she blows away my expectations. I can’t wait to see what she’ll do next in the series with Drums of Autumn, the fourth installment, especially considering that it takes place in my home country, America. Look out for my review coming soon!
5 out of 5 stars
This is my tenth completed review for the Historical Fiction Challenge.
Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
Random House (2004)
eBook: 1044 pages