Published by: Delta
Released: August 7, 2001 (First published in 1992)
Genre: Adult Historical Fiction – Time Travel
Series: Outlander #2
For nearly 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 Jamie 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.
After the heart-wrenching, initial shock of the loss/absence of Jamie, I was able to finally get into it. This book starts off with a bang. It is set 20 years after the events of Outlander and I was completely confused. Probably because I was solely focused on where Jamie was and what happened to him, I didn’t care for much else until I knew what happened to him (sorry, I am a girl in love with this Scot ❤ ) I won’t get into too much detail because I don’t want to spoil anyone, but this book is fantastic. I can definitely see why people didn’t enjoy this one as much as Outlander, but I actually did. I admit it was rather slow in many, many places, but that is just Gabaldon’s storytelling. What do you really expect with a 700+ novel? There are going to be a slow buildup, it’s expected. But I had a great time. It took me a while to get through this book and I hit a small reading slump in-between but I made it through! AND IT WAS AMAZING!
I instantly fell in love with some new characters that we got to meet, wee Fergus, Mary Hawkins, Alexander Randall. DiA brought some great additions to our cast and I enjoyed reading and getting to know them more. It was interesting to meet the Bonnie Prince Charlie and see how the Jacobite rebellion started. I admit, I get so confused where politics are involved, but if you just go with the flow everything comes together and makes sense in the end — at least it did for me.
I am not going to get into too much detail because I don’t want to spoil anyone who is reading, or considering reading the series, but I can say that this is a good sequel story-wise. It’s action-packed with many twists and turns. I was still thrown off guard by many events even when I thought I had things figured out. The writing takes some getting used to but once you get into it, it gets easier to understand. If I can do it, you can do it trust me,
Blood of my blood, bone of my bone. You carry me within ye, Claire, and ye canna leave me now, no matter what happens. You are mine, always, if ye will it or no, if ye want me or nay. Mine, and I wilna let ye go.
❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
Jamie and Claire’s relationship in this book just makes me swoon all over the place! Okay, that’s because of Jamie, but they are so perfect together! They will literally die for each other and it’s so beautiful how strong their love is. I admit, I was crying like a baby when Jamie told Claire that if anything happens to him he wants her to go back to Frank maybe it was because of the heartbreaking beginning of this book or because of how selfless and protective of Claire Jamie is, but this broke my still healing heart. Plus the ending of this book? Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ! What are you doing to me Diana? 😥 I need the next book ASAP that’s for sure.
SPOILERS— DON’T READ IF YOU HAVEN’T READ DiA
- Being in Paris and court life. Though I missed Scotland terribly and couldn’t wait to go back. I think I cried when we finally got back to Lallybroch and got to see Jenny and Ian and the kids again!
- Ian! Ian and and Jamie’s friendship. These two are so adorable and I cried when Ian told Jamie he would stay behind to guard his “weak side” oh.my.god 😥
- Fergus, this little pickpocket was adorable and I loved his loyalty to Jamie as well as his determination to prove himself trustworthy. I can’t wait to see him in season 2 of the show.
- Murtagh and his loyalty for Jamie. When Jamie goes to him when he killed…..Murtagh doesn’t even ask questions he just asks Jamie what they are going to do. Love him! Also how distraught he was over letting Jamie down and letting those men in the alley harm Claire.
- Murtagh’s oath of fealty to Jamie when he was born. Aww ❤
- Jamie telling people that Claire was La Dame Blanche so that they would fear her and leave her alone. 🙂
- Alexander Randall and Mary Hawkins and their link to Jack Randall. (totally called it and I am so proud of myself)
- Prince Charlie and the rebellion. It was actually pretty interesting to see how it was getting started and where it would end.
- Jamie’s upper hand he got over disgusting Black Jack!
- Pregnant Claire and Jamie’s fussing over her ❤
- Everything with Jamie ❤
- The story of Geillis Duncan! and Roger Wakefield! Totally caught me off guard and I love it.
I could list more but this is getting long…
I don’t really have any complaints this time around. I thought it was a little longer than it could have been, but that’s just Gabaldon’s writing style and I am not holding it against the book in any way.
In case you missed it…OUTLANDER SEASON 2 TEASER
So there you have it! Overall, the book was great and I had fun reading it. It wasn’t until the middle where I got really absorbed with the story and it was a wild ride. It was fun and good to be back in Scotland. Now the wait until I get my hands on Voyager so I can find out what happened to my precious Jamie!
Until next time,