This review contains spoilers for Outlander and Dragonfly in Amber.
After Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager was a make-or-break deal for me. I loved the first book in this series. It was unique, action packed, and had an endearing love story that didn’t detract from the engaging plot. In comparison, Dragonfly in Amber was Rowling’s epilogue in The Deathly Hollows, crushing every imagined ending for the beloved characters in an ill conceived creative writing exercise. These books aren’t short. If I’m going to dedicate such a large portion of my life to a title, it’d better be worth it. Well, Voyager absolutely was.
Dragonfly in Amber ended with pregnant Claire’s return to the future after everybody dies at Culloden and it’s discovered that Jamie wasn’t among them. Naturally, Voyager began with Claire’s preparations for her imminent return to her sexy highlander and introduced daughter, Briana/Bree. While the opening dragged in its depiction of every single moment since the characters separated, that was partly my own impatience for the pending reunion, at about page 250. At times, the story felt almost anecdotal, the many tales seemingly unrelated, but all the little details came together quite nicely in the last chapter, without testing the limits of my suspension of disbelief. Additionally, Gabaldon did an excellent job of growing her characters. I wasn’t reading a story of twenty-something Jamie and Claire with a forty-something label. They were actually more mature and experienced people, both having been through their own period appropriate hardships and their actions reflected it. Any less would have killed the story.
Series Reading Order (sans novellas)
2. Dragonfly in Amber
4. Drums of Autumn
5. The Fiery Cross
6. A Breath of Snow and Ashes
7. An Echo in the Bone
8. Written in My Own Heart’s Blood
Review Word Count: 250