#263 ~ Dragonfly in Amber

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

My Review
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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  • At 2010.06.23 17:36, bermudaonion (Kathy) said:

    It sounds like you’re enjoying this series, but I can see why you’d need a break between those huge books!

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    • At 2010.06.23 18:29, Janefan said:

      Oh I’m glad a read this (well I just skimmed the middle cause I don’t want to know too much). I am near the end of Outlander and just loving it (as in, I ALREADY want to go back and re-read the whole book). I bought the next two and was planning to read them in rapid succession, but now maybe I will spread them out a bit. Thanks for an informative review that is still respectful of newbies. 🙂 Seems silly for something published so long ago, but I am one of those people who just discovered it. So glad I finally did!

      • At 2010.06.23 21:43, Lisa said:

        I really want to read “Outlander” but knowing that beyond the mass that is that book, there are all of these crazy long books that I would have to read after scares me off!

        • At 2010.06.23 23:21, Yo-yo Mama said:

          I read Outlander b/c some friends highly recommended it. I finished and went, “meh”.

          So I thought I’d get Amber to see if it was a fluke of dislike or what. Unfortunately, Claire makes me want to choke her. It’s for personal reasons that I hate her.

          I haven’t finished Amber yet, but both are on my Kindle.

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          • At 2010.06.24 08:20, Stephanie said:

            I reviewed this one awhile ago and I wasn’t a big fan. Like you, I definitely liked Outlander more. I hate to say it but, I doubt I will be reading on in the series.

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            • At 2010.06.24 08:56, Jaime said:

              Voyager is definitely my favorite in the series so far (caveat: I haven’t read the final two yet). Can’t wait to see what you think of it!

              • At 2010.06.24 11:40, Sandy said:

                I did really enjoy this one, but was very twitchy from the going back and forth. I think you will find that these books have so much detail in them, that there ARE long stretches of stuff, when all we really want are the answers to the most compelling questions (won’t list those…you know what they are), some time travel, and some nookie. I did also have to take some time off. I got burned out after listening to four back to back.

                • At 2010.06.25 12:11, Jen - Devourer of Books said:

                  Good to know. If I totally love Outlander, I’ll give it some time before Dragonfly in Amber.

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                  • At 2010.06.28 08:34, Marg said:

                    I love Voyager! It has my favourite scene in the series in it, and so much drama! I was still completely obsessed with the series when I read the fourth book in particularly. It was only as I had bigger breaks between each book that I started to notice that the books really needed a good editor, and that instead of being lots of magic moments with a bit of filler they were more filler with little bits of magic moments.

                    I still keep reading in the hope of reading some more of those magic moments!

                    • At 2010.07.11 22:59, stacybuckeye said:

                      Outlander was as close to perfect as any book in the series for me and the rest of them just give me more time with Jamie and Claire.

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