Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
Published by: Random House Publishing
Published on: July, 1992
Page Count: 752
Genre: Historical Fiction / Time Travel / Romance
My Reading Format: An audiobook purchased using an Audible.com credit
Available Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audiobook, eBook
FYI: Dragonfly in Amber contains some graphic sex and violence
In some ways, Dragonfly in Amber picks up where Outlander left off. In other ways, it didn’t. I don’t really want to say too much about the plot in this review for readers who have not yet read Outlander. I’m going to just list out a few of my thoughts about the book instead.
- I enjoyed the sense of vindication I had when I learned what I did about Frank.
- Claire and Jamie’s time in France was my least favorite adventure thus far. I love the ruggedness of the Highlands. It was a necessary storyline given what had taken place in Scotland, though. It wasn’t horrible, don’t get me wrong. I just wanted them back where I felt they belonged – and King Louis just doesn’t do much for me.
- I really got mad at Claire for several reasons, especially the ways in which she put Frank in front of Jamie. Knowing that I am firmly a fan of Jaime may temper my opinion and I theorically understand Claire’s reasonings. She also got really whiny in sections. Elle pointed out that this is not an uncommon phenomenon for newlyweds heading toward the rest of married life, which is true. Still, I get enough of that from my daughters. LOL!
- As if he needed to, Jamie shines even brighter in Dragonfly in Amber than he did in Outlander.
- Davinia Porter continues to nail her narration and I can’t wait to begin Voyager.
My Final Thoughts
Overall, I didn’t like Dragonfly in Amber as much as I loved Outlander. This is not to say that I didn’t enjoy the novel and wasn’t compelled to keep listening because I was. Just as with everything else you fall in love with, over time you start to see the cracks a little bit. I also think that reading the two books back to back the way I did took it’s toll, which is why I am taking some time off between Dragonfly in Amber and Voyager. Several of my fellow book bloggers have indicated that Voyager is their favorite book of the series and I wanted to be fresh for it. That didn’t me from buying the paperback version of Voyager just in case.
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I’m publishing this review as part of Audiobooks Week, coordinated by Devourer of Books.