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review 2016-12-08 00:00
Dragonfly in Amber
Dragonfly in Amber - Diana Gabaldon When I finished it I wanted a bibliography to explore some of the obvious research.

Clare goes back to Scotland with her grown daughter and tells her the next part of the story and Diana Gabaldon shows the reader all the research she has done on the period. Interesting but didn't grasp me and occasionally I found it a bit of a slog.
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review 2016-08-29 21:23
Dragonfly In Amber/ Diana Gabaldon
Dragonfly in Amber - Diana Gabaldon

3.5 stars


*sigh*. Well, it is true that most of the second books are not as good as the first, and sadly, this is an example for one of those books. 


Now, don't get me wrong, it WAS a good book and I enjoyed the plot, but I think it would have been much better if it was shorter. This book has almost a THOUSAND pages (!) and honestly, I think it wasn't necessary at all. While the first book was also a large book, it was because of important details or just things that were needed to set the feeling of the story. 


I think Dragonfly In Amber had too many political details that got me a bit confused and made the book very slow. 


apart from all of that, I did enjoy reading about Jamie, Claire and Murtagh in a different scenery that definitely helped us learn more about them and their character. It was interesting to see how our couple would cope with some of the thongs that had happened to them, and I loved how realistic their reactions were. 


I enjoyed Brianna especially, her reluctance and stubbornness, that was all Jamie, and her unyielding loyalty to people who weren't even around anymore... (no spoilers don't worry!)


I don't know if I'll continue the series, but I think I'll give it the benefit of the doubt and read the third book as well! 


Read it, and let me know what YOU think!

Georgie xxxxxx

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review 2016-08-06 04:01
Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #3) (Audiobook)
Dragonfly in Amber - Diana Gabaldon,Davina Porter

This starts out much slower than I remembered. Like, a lot slower, and I found myself not really caring very much about anything that happens in Paris. Knowing the outcome, I just wanted to get the political intrigue over with, because who really cares about a clueless wannabe monarch who's barely in the story anyway, and just get back to Scotland already. I loved Fergus's introduction though, but all the stuff with Jack Randall was just...not necessary at all. And of course, this wouldn't be a Diana Gabaldon book without explicitly described rape scenes. =/ What is her obsession with rape?


The bookends with the stuff in the future wasn't very interesting either. I didn't like Bree much when she was first introduced and never really warmed up to her over the course of the series; that continues to be the case. Roger's an all right chap though. Every time he shows up, I want to give him a lozenge. ;)


Seeing Scotland again and seeing the campaign for independence take such a violent nosedive was as well done as I remembered though. You could feel the despair of these characters and cringe at the inevitability of it all. Knowing the future doesn't save you from it.


Davina Porter does as great a job here as the first one, though her voice for Roger was way too much like her voice for Jack Randall and was pretty distracting. I wish she'd have softened it up a little bit, to go along with his gentle nature.

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review 2016-07-25 04:34
Dragonfly in Amber - Diana Gabaldon

UGH....it's taken me just over 4 months to read this book. I really struggled with it. It was boring & way to wordy. I have to say, I like the show better. 

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review 2016-03-11 21:55
Review of Dragonfly In Amber (Outlander book 2)
Dragonfly in Amber - Diana Gabaldon

  Dragonfly in Amber - by Diana Gabaldon 


After reading the first book we have come to expect a story filled with in-depth characterization and a meandering plot, and this book delivers. The pace is character driven and very creative. Excellent description of the time period and setting, and an imaginative tale of Claire and Jamie's travels. You'll love to see their love grow, despite some painful knots of loss they endure.
I enjoyed the history of Paris, the customs, and dress. The unrest the characters experienced due to the times in Europe with the War of Religions still an afterglow, added to the tension. Taboo topics of the time like rape, sorcery and women rights are touched upon. This author is not afraid of married love scenes, nor does she shy from the horrors many women faced back in that era concerning their treatment.
The story moves from Paris back to Scotland. The war to bring back the old king pulls apart all clan life. The politics and the back stabbing is very complicated and makes for a true political thriller (for the 1700's).
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. Bravo, looking forward to next story in the series.

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