Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon – Book Review

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
Published by Delta, an imprint of Random House
This is the 2nd book in the series, review may contain spoilers for earlier books

Claire and Jaime are back again, trying now to prevent the battle at Culloden Field, in which Claire knows thousands of highland men will die. In an attempt to change history, they travel together to France to try to subvert the cause of Bonnie Prince Charlie.

“Dragonfly in Amber” has perhaps the most confusing opening of any book I have ever read. When we last left Claire at the end of “Outlander,” she had decided not to go back to her own time, but to stay with Jaime. At the beginning of “Dragonfly in Amber,” she is back in the present with a grown daughter, trying to find out who of all of the men she had known made it alive through the battle at Culloden Field. I wondered if I had skipped a page in “Dragonfly in Amber,” or whether I had misinterpreted or misremembered the end of “Outlander.” Before too long, though, it all made sense again, and I was happy to be back, drawn into the lives of Claire and Jamie once more.

As with “Outlander,” I felt that “Dragonfly in Amber” was just a bit too long. And really, it is a testament to Gabaldon’s writing and storytelling that her 800+ page books are only a little too long, and not painfully too long. Still, though, it makes me hesitate a bit to get to the later books, which are even longer. Even so, I am loving these books and have no plans to stop the series any tiem soon.


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10 comments to Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon – Book Review

  • This one was really emotional, but the next one, Voyager is my absolute favorite in the series. Well, so far. I haven’t read #6 or #7 yet.

  • it is a testament to Gabaldon’s writing and storytelling that her 800+ page books are only a little too long, and not painfully too long.

    Perfectly said!

  • Your complaint about the opening of the book is one that read often. However, for me, I did not have a problem at all. I do hope you continue this epic journey; it is a great one.

  • Long doesn’t even begin to describe these damn things. Seriously, the audios are like 45 to 50 discs long! I got burned out after the fourth one, but do intend to eventually finish them. I did like this installment, especially with the reunion, and knowing that it was coming just made me antsy.

  • Alright, everyone in my book club has read this series except for me, so it seems. But I’m going to fix this. I just won a copy of the first in the series so I’m going to finally catch up. The length does scare the heck out of me, but I don’t plan on rushing so who knows when I will get to this one.

  • Oh this is the best best best series. I can’t believe what she’s accomplished as a writer. I’ve never found them to be too long, but I think I can be a bit of a skimmer every now and then. not too often…
    I look forward to seeing what you think of the next ones.

  • Thanks for review. This series has been my chosen audiobook for some time now. I love them! But agree the length of one and two is immense. Literally hours and hours and hours of driving pleasure with the audiobook. I will move onto the others at some stage as well.

  • Oy vay! You read my mind! I am starting this one on Sunday, and I am glad to see you liked it. (Although I did just skim your review so I didn’t ruin the book for myself?!?!)

  • Dragonfly in Amber is my absolute favorite in the series. I’m re-reading it for the umpteenth time right now, but for the first time on audiobook. My frustration is that they split the audiobook into two cases, so I’ve listened to the first half, but am waiting for the second half which someone else has checked out (and is weeks overdue). Nevermind that I own the book and could read it – I am determined to listen to the second half while cleaning. :)

    I hope you enjoy the later books in the series too. I liked all of them to varying degrees except for the seventh one, which was a disappointment.

  • Beth F

    I can’t imagine reading them one right after another but I love the books and have both read and listened to the unbridged audios and am impatiently waiting for the next.