Monday, May 11, 2015

Book Review: Dragonfly in Amber

As I mentioned last month, I'm currently working my way through Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, which follows (so far) Claire Beachamp, an army nurse who travels in time from 1946 (just after World War II) to the mid-1700s Scotland, where she immediately gets embroiled in the buildup to the Jacobite Rising of 1745.  Also she meets a fine strapping Scot called Jamie Fraser and all sorts of romance and adventure soon follow.

The majority of the first book (Outlander, 1991) focuses on Claire's attempts to return to her own time and her husband Frank, but by book two (sorry for the mild 22-year-old spoiler) she has decided to stay with her new husband Jamie and make a go at changing history.

The books are both a lot of fun, but what I enjoyed best in Dragonfly in Amber was how much larger Claire's world has become since the first novel, much of the story takes place in France (during the reign of Louis XV) and even just moving the narrative out of Scotland suddenly shows just how big a world Claire is currently living in.

Filled with inruige, action and yes, some pretty steamy romance, the book is a lot of fun, and although it stands at more than 700 pages, I finished it strongly wanting to continue immediately onto the third book in the series (Voyager, 1994) but that will have to wait until next month.

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