Dragonfly in Amber | 4 star review
Series: Outlander #2
Also in this series: Outlander
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance
Published by Bantam
From the author of Outlander... a magnificent epic that once again sweeps us back in time to the drama and passion of 18th-century Scotland...
For twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland's majestic 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 Scottish warrior whose gallantry once drew a young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his ....
Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful copper-haired daughter, Brianna, as Claire's spellbinding journey of self-discovery continues in the intrigue-ridden Paris court of Charles Stuart ...in a race to thwart a doomed Highlands uprising ...and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves....
Dragonfly in Amber is the second book in the series, if you’re interested please make sure you read my Outlander book review before this one, as this might contain slight spoilers for that. This was the book that I chose to take with me on my honeymoon, after reading Outlander I was hooked, I do think these are some of the most addictive books. So I wanted something that I knew I would enjoy reading around the pool on the rare occasions we had time to relax. I do have to say I didn’t enjoy it as much as Outlander but more on this in a minute!
I think Dragonfly in Amber is a different type of book than Outlander. There’s a definite change in pace and priorities in this book, Claire has found her feet and seems to have found her place in the world she’s found herself in. This for me was kind of what went wrong with this book, I thought it had lost some of the sparks and fight that Outlander had, which was a bit of a shame. I think the politics and the boring married life overtook the excitement in this book, and I thought some of it dragged on. It was definitely a slower paced book and there was an awful lot packed into this one story that at times it felt almost packed to the brim.
I will say I loved the way certain hardships in their marriage was represented, there was a sense of reality sown all the way through, and it was really well written. It definitely added the drama that had almost been missing from the relationship, and my heart broke for Claire, I could feel her pain and frustration through the pages wanting to reach out and help her. It was really the shining moment of the book and one that was extremely well handled. I think this is something that this series seems to do quite well especially with the ending of Outlander.
Jamie very quickly loses points with me, don’t get me wrong he earns them back by the end. I struggled through some of the interactions, he annoyed me in great parts of the book and I think he had a personality transplant at some points but it just didn’t sit right with me. I thought that some of it was just to create tension and didn’t actually sit well with the story. But you can’t have it both ways.
I would definitely recommend this series, I think it has a great mix of the romance and the politics. I really enjoyed the characters and the direction these books, especially Dragonfly in Amber is taking. I’m really excited to see where the story is going to go next!
Have you read the Outlander series? Do you have Jamie Fraser withdrawal symptoms by the end? Let me know in the comments.