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For twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland’s majestic ...
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Overview

With her now-classic novel Outlander, Diana Gabaldon introduced two unforgettable characters — Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser — delighting readers with a story of adventure and love that spanned two centuries. Now Gabaldon returns to that extraordinary time and place in this vivid, powerful follow-up to Outlander....

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....

Following on the heels of the mass market publication of Outlander, which introduced readers to Claire Randall and her journey through time, Dragonfly in Amber returns us to the heroine 20 years after her fantastic voyage through the stones in Scotland.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This immensely long, compulsively readable sequel to Outlander follows time-traveler Claire Randall and her 18th-century Scottish husband, James Fraser, to the court of Louis XV in 1744, as they seek to forestall the disaster due to overtake the Scottish Highlands at the battle of Culloden Moor the following year. Having learned from Claire about the forthcoming disaster, James, the son of a Highland chief, gains Prince Charles's friendship in order to subtly sabotage Jacobite efforts to raise funds for an invasion of Britain. When James is banished after dueling with his nemesis, Jack Randall, ancestor of Claire's modern-day husband, he and Claire leave France convinced they have accomplished their purpose. They settle back in Scotland, looking forward to peace, only to learn of Prince Charles's landing in Scotland and his signing of James's name to a declaration of the Stewart right to rule, effectively forcing the couple to the Jacobite cause and a fate they are unable to prevent. Portraying life in court and hut and on the battlefield through the eyes of a strong-minded, modern participant, Gabaldon offers a fresh and offbeat historical view, framed by an intriguing contemporary issue of Claire's daughter's paternity. (Aug.)
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This time-traveling romantic adventure will please fans who have been waiting for the further adventures of Dr. Claire Beauchamp Randall, a 20th-century American who goes to Scotland in search of her 18th-century husband, virile Scot Jamie Fraser, whom she met and married in Outlander ( LJ 7/91). Book 2 of a planned trilogy takes readers along on Randall's quest, as she hopes to find a state or time (like that of the title's dragonfly suspended in a piece of amber) where Fraser still exists. This imaginative novel suffers somewhat from the author's overuse of personification (``spectacles gleaming with concern and curiosity'') and her confusing switches between the two first-person narrations, which sometimes cloud an otherwise intriguing adventure. But Outlander 's readers will still devour this hefty volume without complaint.--Marlene Lee, Drain Branch Lib., Ore.
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“Diana Gabaldon is a born storyteller.... The pages practically turn themselves.”—Arizona Republic

“A triumph! A powerful tale layered in history and myth. I loved every page.”—Nora Roberts

“Compulsively readable.”—Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780788724725
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 8/1/1998
  • Series: Outlander Series , #2
  • Format: Cassette

Meet the Author

Diana  Gabaldon

Diana Gabaldon holds a master's degree in marine biology and a Ph.D. in ecology, and spent a dozen years as a university professor before turning to write fiction full-time. Her previous publishing history includes scholarly articles and comic book stories for Walt Disney, as well as the award-winning novels Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, and Voyager. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband, three children, and a large number of animals.

Biography

To millions of fans, Diana Gabaldon is the creator of a complex, original, and utterly compelling amalgam of 18th-century romantic adventure and 20th-century science fiction. To the publishing industry, she's a grassroots-marketing phenomenon. And to would-be writers everywhere who worry that they don't have the time or expertise to do what they love, Gabaldon is nothing short of an inspiration.

Gabaldon wrote her first novel while juggling the demands of motherhood and career: in between her job as an ecology professor, she also had a part-time gig writing freelance software reviews. Gabaldon had never written fiction before, and didn't intend to publish this first novel, which she decided to call Outlander. This, she decided, would be her "practice novel". Worried that she might not be able to pull a plot and characters out of thin air, she settled on a historical novel because "it's easier to look things up than to make them up entirely."

The impulse to set her novel in 18th-century Scotland didn't stem -- as some fans have assumed—from a desire to explore her own familial roots (in fact, Gabaldon isn't even Scottish). Rather, it came from watching an episode of the British sci-fi series Dr. Who and becoming smitten with a handsome time traveler in a kilt. A time-travel element crept into Gabaldon's own book only after she realized her wisecracking female lead couldn't have come from anywhere but the 20th century. The resulting love affair between an intelligent, mature, sexually experienced woman and a charismatic, brave, virginal young man turned the conventions of historical romance upside-down.

Gabaldon has said her books were hard to market at first because they were impossible to categorize neatly. Were they historical romances? Sci-fi adventure stories? Literary fiction? Whatever their genre (Gabaldon eventually proffered the term "historical fantasias"), they eventually found their audience, and it turned out to be a staggeringly huge one.

Even before the publication of Outlander, Gabaldon had an online community of friends who'd read excerpts and were waiting eagerly for more. (In fact, her cohorts at the CompuServe Literary Forum helped hook her up with an agent.) Once the book was released, word kept spreading, both on the Internet and off, and Gabaldon kept writing sequels. (When her fourth book, "Drums of Autumn," was released, it debuted at No. 1 on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list, and her publisher, Delacorte, raced to add more copies to their initial print run of 155,000.)

With her books consistently topping the bestseller lists, it's apparent that Gabaldon's appeal lies partly in her ability to bulldoze the formulaic conventions of popular fiction. Salon writer Gavin McNett noted approvingly, "She simply doesn't pay attention to genre or precedent, and doesn't seem to care that identifying with Claire puts women in the role of the mysterious stranger, with Jamie -- no wimp in any regard -- as the romantic 'heroine."'

In between Outlander novels, Gabaldon also writes historical mysteries featuring Lord John Grey, a popular, if minor, character from the series, and is working on a contemporary mystery series. Meanwhile, the author's formidable fan base keeps growing, as evidenced by the expanding list of Gabaldon chat rooms, mailing lists, fan clubs and web sites -- some of them complete with fetching photos of red-haired lads in kilts.

Good To Know

Outlander may have been Gabaldon's first novel, but she was already a published writer. Her credits included scholarly articles, political speeches, radio ads, computer manuals and Walt Disney comic books.

Gabaldon gets 30 to 40 e-mails a day from her fans, who often meet online to discuss her work. "I got one letter from a woman who had been studying my book jacket photos (with a magnifying glass, evidently), who demanded to know why there was a hole in my pants," wrote Gabaldon on her web site. "This strikes me as a highly metaphysical question, which I am not equipped to answer, but which will doubtless entertain some chat-groups for quite a long time."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Diana Jean Gabaldon (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      Flagstaff, Arizona
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 11, 1952
    2. Place of Birth:
      Flagstaff, Arizona
    1. Education:
      B.S., Northern Arizona University, 1973; M.S., Scripps Oceanographic Institute; Ph.D., Northern Arizona University, 1979
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"It's only the English who are hunting Charles Stuart. It will be the English, and the clans as well, who hunt me. I am a traitor twice over, a rebel and a murderer. Claire..." Jamie paused, rubbing a hand across the back of his neck, then said gently, "Claire, I am a dead man."

The tears were freezing on my cheeks, leaving icy trails that burned my skin.

"No," I said again, but to no effect.

"I'm no precisely inconspicuous, ye ken," he said, trying to make a joke of it as he ran a hand through the rusty locks of his hair. "Red Jamie wouldna get far, I think. But you..." He touched my mouth, tracing the line of my lips. "I can save you, Claire, and I will. That is the most important thing. But then I shall go back — for my men."

"The men from Lallybroch? But how?"

Jamie frowned, absently fingering the hilt of his sword as he thought.

"I think I can get them away. It will be confused on the moor, wi' men and horses moving to and fro, and orders shouted and contradicted; battles are verra messy affairs. And even if it's known by then what I — what I have done," he continued, with a momentary catch in his voice, "there are none who would stop me then, wi' the English in sight and the battle about to begin. Aye, I can do it," he said. His voice had steadied, and his fists clenched at his sides with determination.

"They will follow me without question — God help them, that's what's brought them here! Murtagh will have gathered them for me; I shall take them and lead them from the field. If anyone tries to stop me, I shall say that Iclaim the right to lead my own men in battle; not even Young Simon will deny me that."

He drew a deep breath, brows knit as he visualized the scene on the battlefield come morning.

"I shall bring them safely away. The field is broad enough, and there are enough men that no one will realize that we havena but moved to a new position. I shall bring them off the moor, and see them set on the road toward Lallybroch."

He fell silent, as though this were as far as he had thought in his plans.

"And then?" I asked, not wanting to know the answer, but unable to stop myself.

"And then I shall turn back to Culloden," he said, letting out his breath. He gave me an unsteady smile. "I'm no afraid to die, Sassenach." His mouth quirked wryly. "Well ... not a lot, anyway. But some of the ways of accomplishing the fact..." A brief, involuntary shudder ran through him, but he tried to keep smiling.

"I doubt I should be thought worthy of the services of a true professional, but I expect in such a case, both Monsieur Forez and myself might find it ... awkward. I mean, havin' my heart cut out by someone I've shared wine with..."

With a sound of incoherent distress, I flung my arms around him, holding him as tightly as I could.

"It's all right," he whispered into my hair. "It's all right, Sassenach. A musket ball. Maybe a blade. It will be over quickly."

I knew this was a lie; I had seen enough of battle wounds and the deaths of warriors. All that was true was that it was better than waiting for the hangman's noose. The terror that had ridden with me from Sandringham's estate rose now to high tide, choking, drowning me. My ears rang with my own pulsebeat, and my throat closed so tight that I felt I could not breathe.

Then all at once, the fear left me. I could not leave him, and I would not.

"Jamie," I said, into the folds of his plaid. "I'm going back with you."

He started back, staring down at me.

"The hell you are!" he said.

"I am." I felt very calm, with no trace of doubt. "I can make a kilt of my arisaid; there are enough young boys with the army that I can pass for one. You've said yourself it will all be confusion. No one will notice."

"No!" he said. "No, Claire!" His jaw was clenched, and he was glaring at me with a mixture of anger and horror.

"If you're not afraid, I'm not either," I said, firming my own jaw. "It will ... be over quickly. You said so." My chin was beginning to quiver, despite my determination. "Jamie — I won't ... I can't ... I bloody won't live without you, and that's all!"

He opened his mouth, speechless, then closed it, shaking his head. The light over the mountains was failing, painting the clouds with a dull red glow. At last he reached for me, drew me close and held me.

"D'ye think I don't know?" he asked softly. "It's me that has the easy part now. For if ye feel for me as I do for you — then I am asking you to tear out your heart and live without it." His hand stroked my hair, the roughness of his knuckles catching in the blowing strands.

"But ye must do it, mo duinne. My brave lioness. Ye must."

"Why?" I demanded, pulling back to look up at him. "When you took me from the witch trial at Cranesmuir — you said then that you would have died with me, you would have gone to the stake with me, had it come to that!"

He grasped my hands, fixing me with a steady blue gaze.

"Aye, I would," he said. "But I wasna carrying your child."


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Copyright 2001 by Diana Gabaldon
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2009

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    WOW!!! FANTASTIC!!!

    Dragonfly in Amber is a really good second chapter of the Outlander series. If you enjoyed Outlander you are sure to enjoy the continuation of Jamie and Claire's story. All of the characters from the first novel are back, with more romance and political intrigue than ever.

    At nearly a thousand pages, this book is longer than Outlander, but generally the pacing is good and the action comes fast, so you keep reading. I did feel like the third quarter of the book dragged a little bit, but all in all I really enjoyed the read.

    I would not recommend that a reader new to the Outlander series start with this book, since there is very little flashback to the first book, and you really need the background of the first book to understand what is going on in Dragonfly.

    For the most part, I recommend books that don't need prior books for the background check, but this was an exception.

    23 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2008

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    Great writing never disappoints

    It's the great authors like Daina that keep me coming back for more. This is the second book in the Outlander series.<BR/>There is so much story in this book I honestly don't know where to begin...<BR/>The story starts out in 1968, Claire Randall is a doctor, her husband Frank Randall passed away two years ago. She is traveling in Scotland with her daughter Brianna. Traveling back to Inverness where she disappeared into the past twenty years ago. She returns to visit an old friend and to try to find out the fate of her other husband Jamie Fraser and his clansmen, wondering if they died with so many others on the battlefield of Culloden in 1746.<BR/>An engrossing read with lots of attention to detail, those of you who love details like I do will not be disappointed. I know that Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series is sometimes categorized as romance, I think that is an incredibly limiting label to place on a story that is so rich with history and adventure. Reading this I often found myself humming the theme to Indiana Jones. I loved the adventure, the treachery and the passionate love story between Claire and Jamie.<BR/>Gabaldon creates very vivid descriptions and very realistic characters and a wonderfully rich story. She's a talented writer and a gifted story teller and I am looking forward to reading more in this series.

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

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    Mushy Dialogue and Excessive Use of Adverbs

    I actually started this book a year ago. The fact that I am just now writing this review because I've just now finished this book is telling in and of itself. After reading Outlander and LOVING it, I set sky high expectations for the rest of the series and delved into book 2 with lightning speed. After 500 pages of this romantic onslaught (which is only the half way point), my rocket paced enthusiasm was reduced to a mere farting noise. As so often happens when I read two books by the same author back to back, the stylistic flaws become blaringly obvious and in the case of Dragonfly, Gabaldon's honeydew dialogue and purple prose proved too much for my pallet.
    To be fair, book two does pack its fair share of action, introduces a new cast of characters, and moves the landscape from the rugged highlands of Scotland to the metropolitan high life in Paris. But in spite of all this, the benefits of the story can not overcome the pitfalls of the writing. For example, after a scene where Clare and Jamie barely escape a life threatening situation by the skin of their teeth, Clare turns to Jamie and exclaims "Oh Jamie! I just want to make love to you!"
    What?! That doesn't even make sense! You are almost killed, you've just gotten home, it is made expressly clear that you feel like hell and you want to make love? I mean maybe "Oh Jamie, open that whiskey I need to get drunk" or "Oh Jamie, let's call a therapist!" but not "let's make love". That's just ridiculous.
    The other issue I have is with Gabaldon's apparent obsession with adverbs. There is not a SINGLE action that takes place without some descriptive word preceding it: "he handsomely ran across a field", "she tremblingly touched his glistening chest". OH MY GOD.
    Will I continue with the rest of the series? Yes, because I've already bought the books. Will I enjoy them? Not likely.

    10 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2010

    This is a great book series!

    If you begin this series, I hope you have a lot of time. You will want to know what happens next and you won't be able to stop reading this series. It will hook you in. You will fall in love with Jamie and want to read more. This book is a continuation of the first an includes a war, a pregnancy and relationships. It is a great book series and Diana is a great author with a unique imagination. Some books are better than others but you always want to know what will happen!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2010

    New genre of sci-fi, history, and romance

    The most enticing thing about Gabaldon's "Outlander" series is the touch of science fiction meshed with 18th century history and Scottish/European geography. Add to that just enough adult romance and I just couldn't put it down. I am not a history fan, but there was just enough history to enhance the plot, without sounding like a textbook. Having read "The Outlander" and "Dragonfly in Amber", I do wish that Gabaldon had more intricately developed the physical and emotional description of Claire. Granted, the stories were told from Claire's point of view, but the reader can almost see Jamie in the flesh, whereas there are blanks in visualizing Claire. What I didn't expect to derive from reading these books was how the absolute simplicity of daily life during this time period created a life unfettered by all the trappings of modern living. Yes, life could be brutal for Jamie and Claire, but the simplicity gave them time to focus on what was really important--their love for each other and sense of belonging to Jamie's clan. Now that I've read two of the books in the series, I'm going to go back to the first one to discover what I know I unintentionally disregarded as being critical to the story. Given the contents of these two long books, I know that re-reading them will greatly enhance my understanding of the plot and open my eyes to even more underlying drama and romance. I've already bought the third book in the series, "Voyager."

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2008

    well..

    Here we are again. These books really are intimidating and ridiculously long, but if you read Outlander you know that that doesn't matter. This book, compared to the 1st, was slow, dry, and just not as thrilling. About the first half of the book takes place in Paris, trying to convince Charles Stuart NOT to start an Highland Uprising. I didn't like the time in Paris at all. What got me into these books was Scotland, not France. It was dry and I felt like Diana really didn't know what she wanted to write about. It felt like she was dragging it along for simply the fact to make it longer. I was losing track of the relationship between Jamie and Claire, and that made me really unhappy. When they finnally return to Broch Tuarach, it starts to pick up the pace. The love is rekindled, you start to respond to the characters, and you find yourself craving the book again as you did with Outlander. And then the war starts. Although not as boring as their time in Paris, I kept getting anxious for the book to end. I enjoyed it, but not with the thrill I thought i could have if the author had brought it back to life, which she is so capable of. But, at the end, it retires with a bang. I finally found myself suspensed at what was going to happen, and breathless at the last page. Needless to say, this is a Diana Gabaldon books, and the most epic series I have evr read, so I am going to love it simply because of the love story. I will read Voyager and hope it is better.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2010

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    Dragon Fly in Autumn

    This is the second book of the "Outlander Series". It is as good as Outlander in my opinion....this whole series follows the two lead characters, Jamie and Claire, thru 18 century history of Scotland, adventure, battles, historical, romance, and time travel, along with new characters, Brianna, and Brian,,,,,this shows more of Claires personality, and determination to travel once again to the 18th century Scotland, and 20th century America...whatever it takes to be reunited with her soul mate and husband Jamie....Fantastic read or in my case I listen to the CD's!! The imformation you get from the storyline, is amazing.Diana Gabaldon takes you out of this world and into a facinating past....

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2010

    This book was very hard for me to get through

    I loved Outlander and could not wait to get my hands on the next in the series, but this book I found cubersome and very slow. I feel as though the author is setting the stage for the next book. I still love the characters, but it did not grab my attention like Outlander did.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

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    A Great Way to Whet Your Scottish Highlands Appetite - whether or not you even knew you had an appetite for Scotch history!

    Author Diana Gabaldon has succeeded in creating a beautiful work of historical fiction of Highlander lore and the Highland battles of Scotland's history, through artful storytelling and the creation of two of the best lead characters that I have encountered. Plenty of romance, but more than that; Gabaldon has formed a strong bond of love and trust and friendship between Jamie and Claire. Time travel, mystery and intrigue, danger, Highland skirmishes, decadent French court life, strong female lead, and just a truly likable male lead character are all elements that make this a compelling read, and highly recommended. Guys will like the battles; women will just love Jamie.
    It's great to listen to the audiobooks as well, because the reader gets the Scottish brogue just right, and you can hear the Gaelic rather than just trying to read it on the page.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    WOW

    Never before has a novel brought out so much emotion. The last 150 pages were read through my tears as I was sobbing. Unbelievable-this is a must read for anyone who likes action, or romances, or history...WOW

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2010

    It broke my heart.

    This book was wonderful and the new characters are well developed. Some of the secondary characters in Outlander developed even more in this book. I don't like to re-write the book into a synopsis and ruin the experience for someone else.

    I loved/hated the ending. Without giving much anything away:
    I loved at the end of the book with Jamie and I hated that it made me cry. I never cry reading books, but the tears were flowing reading this one.

    This series has really captured my heart. Now onto book three.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2014

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    Another great addition to the Outlander story.

    While I didn't enjoy this book QUITE as much as I did Outlander, it was still an enthralling story. Yes, at times it did get a little boring in the middle but it really made up for it with the ending. I can say I did shed a few tears there. Overall this was still a great book and I can't wait to read the rest of the books in the series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 8, 2013

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    POWERFUL READ! Iverness, 1968 Frank Randall has been dead fo

    POWERFUL READ!

    Iverness, 1968

    Frank Randall has been dead for two years. Claire decides to take Brianna, her 20 year old daughter, to Scotland to visit. They go see Roger, an old friend's adopted son, to seek help in finding information for Claire. Brianna and Roger are instantly attracted to each other. Claire asks Roger not to take Brianna anywhere near the standing stones called Craigh na Dun. She wants to take her there herself and also asks him not to mention the name James Fraser around Bree either. He agrees although he finds it odd. He feels Claire is hiding something. He finds some newspaper articles in his step-father's papers telling about Claire's disappearance years ago and her being found again three years after she went missing. He knows by the dates that she is pregnant with Bree when she comes back and that Frank Randall isn't Bree's true father. He is also curious as to why Claire has him searching for a list of men who fought at Culloden and why it's so personal to her. A few days later, they visit a Kirk and Claire is walking through the yard looking at the stones. They hear her scream and run to her where they find her sitting and crying in front of a stone... ~James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser -- Beloved husband of Claire.~ She starts to tell them of Jamie and her time in the past. Bree is angry and having a hard time understanding.

    France, 1744

    Claire and Jamie are in Paris, staying with his cousin Jared. Claire is pregnant. Jamie has taken over Jared's wine business while Jared travels to get new customers. They meet King Louis and while there see a man who looks like Johnathan Randall. Claire faints and when she comes to they find it is Randall's brother, Alexander Randall, a curate to the Duke of Sandringham.

    Master Raymond owns an apothecary shop and Claire forms a friendship with him. There is an understanding between them that goes beyond words. She also befriends a nun at L'Hopital des Anges, a charity hospital down near the cathedral. Her name is Mother Hildegarde and she is over the nuns there.

    Jamie finds Johnathan Randall abusing someone in a brothel and throws him down the stairs threatening him to a duel in the morning. The boy Randall is abusing is Fergus, a young boy Jamie has taken in. Jamie is enraged to find Randall alive, thinking he had been trampled at the prison when they rescued Jamie. Claire finds out about the duel and goes to stop it. She knows if he kills Randall, then Frank will never be born. She gets there as they are fighting and has a miscarriage.

    Master Raymond goes to Claire at the hospital where she is laying feeling dead and numb inside. She's burning with fever and racked with pain and infection. He lays his hands on her and heals her from the inside out.

    &quot; I must go,&quot; he said. He laid a hand upon my head. &quot;Be well, madonna.&quot;
    Weak as I was, I rose up, grasping his arm. I slid my hand up the length of forge-tough muscle, seeking, but not finding. The smoothness of his skin was unblemished, clear to the crest of the shoulder. He stared down at me in astonishment. &quot;What are you doing, madonna?&quot; &quot;Nothing.&quot; I sank back, disappointed. I was too weak and too light headed to be careful with my words. &quot;I wanted to see whether you had a vaccination scar.&quot; &quot;Vaccination?&quot; Skilled as I was at reading faces by now, I would have seen the slightest twitch of comprehension, no matter how swiftly it was concealed. But there was none. &quot;Why do you call me madonna still?&quot; I asked. My hands rested on the slight concavity of my stomach, gently as though not to disturb the shattering emptiness. &quot;I've lost my child.&quot; He looked mildly surprised. &quot;Ah. I did not call you madonna because you were with child, my lady.&quot; &quot;Why then?&quot; I didn't really expect him to answer, but he did. Tired and drained as we both were, it was as though we were suspended together in a place where neither time nor consequence existed; there was room for nothing but truth between us. He sighed. &quot;Everyone has a color about them,&quot; he said simply. &quot;All around them, like a cloud. Yours is blue, madonna. Like the Virgin's cloak. Like my own.&quot; The gauze curtain fluttered and he was gone. Mother Hildegarde had buried the child and had named her Faith. Her friend, Louise de La Tour comes and takes her away with her to Fontainebleau. Jamie didn't come for her or send word and she was fine with that. She was angry, feeling he had put his honor before her or their child and had broken the trust that was between them. She soon finds he is in the Bastille for dueling and she heads back to Paris to see the King to get Jamie released.

    Scotland

    They go back to Lallybroch. Jamie receives a letter from Prince Charlie saying that he has come to Scotland to fight for his crown and has named Jamie as a supporter publicly which brands Jamie as a traitor.Jamie and Claire had done everything in their power to stop Charles from coming to Scotland while they were in France and now he has no choice but to fight. They are moving to meet with other clansmen who are in support of Charles when while camping one night, Jamie gets attacked by a young English soldier from out of nowhere. It is 17 year old William Grey. Jamie lets him live and William swears once his life debt is payed, he will see him killed.

    They battled at Prestonpans and were victorious. Then they headed to Holyrood. Claire runs into Mary Hawkins who takes her to Alex Randall who is close to death. Alex asks his brother, Johnathan, to wed Mary because she is with child by him. He knows he won't live long and wants her and their child protected. Claire and Jamie stand as witness.

    Claire and Jamie head for Culloden House where Charles is. They are talking quietly about possibly poisoning Charles and had came to the conclusion they couldn't do it when Dougal was noticed standing in the door. He goes to attack Claire and Jamie kills him. They are caught by one of Dougal's men and Jamie asks him for an hour, then he'll come back and answer for it. Jamie takes Claire back to the stones to send her back. She's refusing to go but he tells her he knows she's pregnant again and begs her to save his child. She finally agrees to go back through the stones.

    &quot;I will find you,&quot; he whispered in my ear. &quot;I promise. If I must endure two hundred years of purgatory, two hundred years without you - then that is my punishment, which I have earned for my crimes. For I have lived, and killed, and stolen; betrayed, and broken trust. But there is one thing that shall lie in the balance. When I shall stand before God, I shall have one thing to say, to weigh against the rest.&quot; His voice dropped, nearly to a whisper, and his arms tightened around me.
    &quot;Lord, ye gave me a rare woman, and God! I loved her well.&quot;

    Iverness, 1968

    Claire is continuing to tell them about Jamie, Bree's father. &quot;The truth, then, all of it. I couldn't bear to leave him.&quot; Claire said softly. &quot;Even for you... I hated you for a bit, before you were born, because it was for you that he'd made me go. I didn't mind dying - not with him. But to have to go on, to live without him - he was right, I had the worst of the bargain. But I kept it, because I loved him. And we lived, you and I, because he loved you.&quot;

    Roger learns that Jamie didn't achieve what he'd planned to do, which was die at Culloden. He reads in a book that 18 Jacobite officers, all wounded, were taken out one by one and shot but a Fraser escaped the slaughter.
    &quot;One man, a Fraser of the Master of Lovat's regiment, escaped...&quot; Roger repeated softly. He looked up from the stark pages to see her eyes, wide and unseeing as a deer's fixed in the headlights of an oncomi

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Fabulous series!

    The Outlander series is everything you could hope for in a historical fiction series. There's suspense, mystery, romance, and adventure. Read and be captivated by the internal struggle of these two lovable characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2012

    Highly Recommend -- romance, travel, adventure -- everything!

    Diana Gabaldon is a fantastic storyteller! Read "Outlander" first and you will love the continuation in "Dragonfly in Amber". Couldn't put this book down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2012

    even better the 4th time around

    This is such an amazing series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2012

    Hard to put down!

    I am definitely hooked on the series!

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  • Posted January 23, 2010

    Just okay

    I loved Outlander and was excited to read the next book in the series. This book was a lot more political and predictable so I did not enjoy it as much. Predictable because you pretty much knew the outcome of the story from the start of the book. It kind of took the mystery and fun out of reading it. You knew there was going to be a battle, a famine, the actions of many and you knew that from the beginning of the story that she comes back to present time again at some point. It just sucked the fun out of of the story. I knew I had to push through and it WAS an enjoyable read, just not as good as the first book. The ending of this one does get back on track with excitement and leaves you with a cliffhanger wanting to run out and buy book #3 - which I am half way though and LOVING. :)

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  • Posted May 31, 2009

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    Great to read but amazing to listen to

    I read Diana Gabaldon's books years ago and really enjoyed them but I am absolutely loving the audio books! Davina Porter is an amazing reader...changing her voice to each character, distinguishing between an English and Scottish accent...truly fabulous!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2004

    Well....

    I loved Outlander but this second one wasn't what I thought it was going to be. Don't get me wrong, I love the series I have read the first three at least three times each. I didn't know until recently that there were more after Voyager but now that I do know that I am rereading them so I can continue on the rest. Keep up the good work Ms. G!!!

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