| BOOK REVIEW | DRAGONFLY IN AMBER BY DIANA GABALDON

Dragonfly In AmberDragonfly In Amber
Author : Diana Gabaldon
Series : Outlander
Genres : Adult, Science Fiction, Romance, Historical Fiction
Publication : February 19th 2015 by Arrow (first published July 1st 1992)
This is the second book in the Outlander series. This review will spoil you if you haven’t read the first book. If you haven’t read it, what are you waiting for ? It’s such a great book !
Goodreads’ synopsis : For twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to the majesty of Scotland’s mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones, about a love that transcends the boundaries of time, and about James Fraser, a warrior whose gallantry once drew the young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his.Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful daughter as Claire’s spellbinding journey continues in the intrigue-ridden court of Charles Edward Stuart, in a race to thwart a doomed uprising, and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves.
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I started this book one year ago. But I put it down and never seriously picked it up again until this month.

The story takes place years after Outlander. Well, at least in the first part of the book. The book alternates two stories : one in the “present” and one in the past. In the present parts, there is a dual POV, which is really useful.
The past part takes us in France in 1744. Jamie and Claire have fled Scotland and came in France in order to prevent the Culloden slaughter.

It’s easier to separate the past story in three parts. I won’t say to what they’re tied to though. The first part is really political. There’s not a lot of action. It’s really slow paced and that’s when I put the book down last year. It was difficult for me to find the motivation to read it.
Nonetheless, that part was somehow interesting. Claire and Jamie managed to get accepted as members of the high society.

You are mine, always, if ye will it or no, if ye want me or nay. Mine, and I willna let ye go.
In the second part, it becomes suddenly action packed with a huge plot twist. That one, it’s impossible to see it coming. I was literally gasping at my book ! I was so happy to have pushed through the slow paced parts.
Diana Gabaldon manages to surprise the reader with such an ease, it’s impressive. Her story is really well written and the plot is really great. This part was by far my favorite.

The last part takes us back to the present days. And while I thought I couldn’t be surprised anymore, the author did it again. Another shocking plot twist !

There are so many cute moments between Jamie and Claire. They’re partners now. Claire has truly become Lady Broch Tuarach and Jamie has learnt to treat her as his equal, his partner in their dangerous and treacherous journey.

For if you feel for me as i do for you – then I am asking you to tear out your heart and live without it.
I also enjoyed some characters that were introduced in this book, such as Fergus ! I really enjoyed this lad !

There were also shocking scenes. I’m not gonna say much about it, of course.
And there were sad moments, too.

Another thing I enjoyed is the humor the two main characters are sharing. They have the same kind of witty humor. I really enjoyed reading it !
Torn between the impulse to stroke his head, and the urge to cave it in with a rock, I did neither.
To put it in a nutshell, you’ll experience a whole panel of emotions while reading this book. It’s really well written and the plot is amazing ! I really loved it ! I didn’t give it 5 full stars because of the slow paced part, at the beginning. That’s why I gave it 4.5 stars !
It’s pretty hard to review this book without spoiling anything that’s why it’s a rather short review.
It’s a great sequel to Outlander !

4 stars

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About the author 

Diana GabaldonDiana 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.
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