Voyager (Outlander Series #3)

Voyager (Outlander Series #3)

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by Diana Gabaldon

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From the author of the breathtaking bestsellers Outlander andDragonfly in Amber, the extraordinary saga continues.

Their passionate encounter happened long ago by whatever measurement ClaireRandall took. Two decades before, she had traveled back in time and into thearms of a gallant eighteenth-century Scot named Jamie Fraser. Then shereturned to her

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From the author of the breathtaking bestsellers Outlander andDragonfly in Amber, the extraordinary saga continues.

Their passionate encounter happened long ago by whatever measurement ClaireRandall took. Two decades before, she had traveled back in time and into thearms of a gallant eighteenth-century Scot named Jamie Fraser. Then shereturned to her own century to bear his child, believing him dead in the tragicbattle of Culloden. Yet his memory has never lessened its hold on her... andher body still cries out for him in her dreams.

Then Claire discovers that Jamie survived. Torn between returning to him andstaying with their daughter in her own era, Claire must choose her destiny.And as time and space come full circle, she must find the courage to face thepassion and pain awaiting her...the deadly intrigues raging in a dividedScotland... and the daring voyage into the dark unknown that can reunite—orforever doom—her timeless love.

"Triumphant ...her use of historical detail and a truly adult love storyconfirm Gabaldon as a superior writer."
Publishers Weekly

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This triumphant conclusion to Gabaldon's time-travel trilogy was a PW bestseller.
Library Journal
Time traveler Claire Randall first encountered Jamie Fraser, the fiery 18th-century Scottish clansman, in Outlander (Delacorte, 1991). The lovers continued their relationship in the best-selling Dragonfly in Amber (Delacorte, 1992). Now, in Voyager , Claire decides to return to the 18th century to reunite with her beloved.
Roland Green
The third of Gabaldon's novels featuring the time-traveling heroine Claire Randall covers her reunion with her twentieth-century husband, the birth of her daughter by eighteenth-century Scots clansman Jamie Fraser, and her training as a doctor. In due course, she feels driven to essay time traveling again, but reunion with Jamie takes place on the eve of Culloden. The pair's subsequent flight for life takes them to the West Indies and, finally, to a hair-raising shipwreck in the American colonies that hints there may be a fourth volume of Claire's adventures. Gabaldon handles the time-travel elements competently but subordinates them to classic historical romance--a big one, luxuriantly detailed and featuring highly appealing characters and an authentic feel to the background that speaks well of her research and writing. Recommended wherever Outlander and A Dragonfly in Amber found an audience.
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“Triumphant ... Her use of historical detail and a truly adult love story confirm Gabaldon as a superior writer.”—Publishers Weekly

“An amazing read.”—Arizona Tribune

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Random House Publishing Group
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Outlander Series, #3
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6.42(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.76(d)

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"It's no what ye think, Ian," Jamie said shortly.

"Oh, it's not, aye? And Jenny worrying that ye'd make yourself ill, living without a woman so long!" Ian snorted. "I'll tell her she needna concern herself wi' your welfare. And where's my son, then, down the hall with another o' the harlots?"

"Your son?" Jamie's surprise was evident. "Which one?"

Ian stared at Jamie, the anger on his long, half-homely face fading into alarm.

"Ye havena got him? Wee Ian's not here?"

"Young Ian? Christ, man, d'ye think I'd bring a fourteen-year-old lad into a brothel?"

Ian opened his mouth, then shut it, and sat down on the stool.

"Tell ye the truth, Jamie, I canna say what ye'd do anymore," he said levelly. He looked up at his brother-in-law, jaw set. "Once I could. But not now."

"And what the hell d'ye mean by that?" I could see the angry flush rising in Jamie's face.

Ian glanced at the bed, and away again. The red flush didn't recede from Jamie's face, but I saw a small quiver at the corner of his mouth. He bowed elaborately to his brother-in-law.

"Your pardon, Ian, I was forgettin' my manners. Allow me to introduce ye to my companion." He stepped to the side of the bed and pulled back the quilts.

"No!" Ian cried, jumping to his feet and looking frantically at the floor, the wardrobe, anywhere but at the bed.

"What, will ye no give your regards to my wife, Ian?" Jamie said.

"Wife?" Forgetting to look away, Ian goggled at Jamie in horror. "Ye've marrit a whore?" hecroaked.

"I wouldn't call it that, exactly," I said. Hearing my voice, Ian jerked his head in my direction.

"Hullo," I said, waving cheerily at him from my nest of bedclothes. "Been a long time, hasn't it?"

I'd always thought the descriptions of what people did when seeing ghosts rather exaggerated, but had been forced to revise my opinions in light of the responses I had been getting since my return to the past. Jamie had fainted dead away, and if Ian's hair was not literally standing on end, he assuredly looked as though he had been scared out of his wits.

Eyes bugging out, he opened and closed his mouth, making a small gobbling noise that seemed to entertain Jamie quite a lot.

"That'll teach ye to go about thinkin' the worst of my character," he said, with apparent satisfaction. Taking pity on his quivering brother-in-law, Jamie poured out a tot of brandy and handed him the glass. "Judge not, and ye'll no be judged, eh?"

I thought Ian was going to spill the drink on his breeches, but he managed to get the glass to his mouth and swallow.

"What—?" He wheezed, eyes watering as he stared at me. "How—?"

"It's a long story," I said, with a glance at Jamie. He nodded briefly. We had had other things to think about in the last twenty-four hours besides how to explain me to people, and under the circumstances, I rather thought explanations could wait.

"I don't believe I know Young Ian. Is he missing?" I asked politely.

Ian nodded mechanically, not taking his eyes off me.

"He stole away from home last Friday week," he said, sounding rather dazed. "Left a note that he'd gone to his uncle." He took another swig of brandy, coughed and blinked several times, then wiped his eyes and sat up straighter, looking at me.

"It'll no be the first time, ye see," he said to me. He seemed to be regaining his self-confidence, seeing that I appeared to be flesh and blood, and showed no signs either of getting out of bed or of putting my head under my arm and strolling round without it, in the accepted fashion of Highland ghosts.

Jamie sat down on the bed next to me, taking my hand in his.

"I've not seen Young Ian since I sent him home wi' Fergus six months ago," he said. He was beginning to look as worried as Ian. "You're sure he said he was coming to me?"

"Well, he hasna got any other uncles that I know of," Ian said, rather acerbically. He tossed back the rest of the brandy and set the cup down.

"Fergus?" I interrupted. "Is Fergus all right, then?" I felt a surge of joy at the mention of the French orphan whom Jamie had once hired in Paris as a pickpocket, and brought back to Scotland as a servant lad.

Distracted from his thoughts, Jamie looked down at me.

"Oh, aye, Fergus is a bonny man now. A bit changed, of course." A shadow seemed to cross his face, but it cleared as he smiled, pressing my hand. "He'll be fair daft at seein' you once more, Sassenach."

Uninterested in Fergus, Ian had risen and was pacing back and forth across the polished plank floor.

"He didna take a horse," he muttered. "So he'd have nothing anyone would rob him for." He swung round to Jamie. "How did ye come, last time ye brought the lad here? By the land round the Firth, or did ye cross by boat?"

Jamie rubbed his chin, frowning as he thought. "I didna come to Lallybroch for him. He and Fergus crossed through the Carryarrick Pass and met me just above Loch Laggan. Then we came down through Struan and Weem and ... aye, now I remember. We didna want to cross the Campbell lands, so we came to the east, and crossed the Forth at Donibristle."

"D'ye think he'd do that again?" Ian asked. "If it's the only way he knows?"

Jamie shook his head doubtfully. "He might. But he kens the coast is dangerous."

From the Audio CD edition.

Copyright 1993 by Diana Gabaldon

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Voyager (Outlander Series #3) 4.6 out of 5 based on 8 ratings. 1325 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While working at a bookstore, I decided that I needed to read one sci-fi and one romance novel just to get a feel for the genre. I selected Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" for the romance novel, and was absolutely captivated by her story and style. I devoured the first three books in less than six weeks--an amazing feat for me as a slow reader with sight impairments--and have started at least 200 people on these books since then. I have had exactly two negative reactions.
Voyager, as I said above, is my favorite of all the books so far. In the last 300 pages or so, Gabaldon's plot moves at breathtaking speed, tying up many ends. The conclusion is stunning. In a year when real time/distance travel is curtailed by high gasoline prices, the "Outlander" series--and "Voyager" in particular--is a mental escape of the first order. If you need some place to go on your "staycation," I would strongly suggest Scotland in the mid-1700's, and a visit with Jamie and Clare Fraser. You won't be disappointed.
pagese More than 1 year ago
At the start of this book, I was afraid it wasn't going to live up to the first two. It took me awhile to figure out why I wasn't liking it as much. While I enjoyed learning about Jamie and Claire after they were separated, it's the two of them together that make this series so special. And then I realized that story of their 20 years apart is important too. As a reader we need to understand how much of an influence they had on one another. That even after 20 years (not to mention 2 centuries), they still hold those outstanding feelings for each other. But, I have to admit, that moment in the print shop was what I was waiting for! This book takes you on a ride. It's not stop action with all that heart stopping romance in between. It's suspenseful, and at times I really wondered if Jamie and/or Claire was going to get out of whatever situation they managed to find themselves in. It had some major shocks and twists in it, things that I was down right not expecting. And, at times I wondered if 20 years of separation was just too much to overcome. At the end of the story, I was left with a book that rivals my first love of Outlander! I was amazed at the story Diana Gabaldon has managed to create.
SassaFrass2044 More than 1 year ago
Voyager was just as addictive as the first two in the Outlander series! Not as totally indulgent as Outlander....but then again...there's nothing like the there? With that being said, I was completely satisfied with the plot and the further development of the characters. She kept the main characters true and human. I also liked how Gabaldon decided to write about the 20 years in past tense versus taking us through the entire 20 years. Liked all of the new characters. There was still lots of adventure....although I noticed she lessened with the sex scenes; which I thought was appropriate. It made the few so much more enduring! Also, even though the characters are 20 years older their passions are just as true...which is true to life. I could honestly stop reading here (hah! fat chance) because of how Voyager ended. Although I must say a lot will have to do with the fact that I am totally sleep deprived and on the verge of a divorce (hehehe....slightly compulsive). My husband keeps saying "I can't believe I have 3 more books to go!" However, it's Christmas and if you can't read at Christmas when can you? I've started my husband on the 2nd book in the series and he is thoroughly hooked - job done! I will definitely be packing the light blue book for my road trip! Voyager is a great read!
Maria_of_amor More than 1 year ago
While stoling through a bookstore, I decided that I needed to read one sci-fi and one romance novel just to get a feel for the genre. I selected Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" for the romance novel, and was absolutely captivated by her story and style. I devoured the first three books in less than six weeks--an amazing feat for me as a slow reader--and have started at least a couple of dozen people on these books since then. I've had a couple of negative reactions. This is one of my favorite of all the books so far. In the last 300 pages or so, Gabaldon's plot moves at breathtaking speed, tying up many ends. The conclusion is stunning. The "Outlander" series--and "Voyager" in particular--is a mental escape from the chaos. If you need some place to visit I would strongly suggest Scotland in the mid-1700's, and a visit with Jamie and Clare Fraser. You won't be disappointed.
onetruebrit More than 1 year ago
You have to read Outlander first, period. there is no other way to get into the character build. There are a lot of them not just Jamie and Claire. So it's hard to write a review of just this book. I will simply say it's a series you can't put down and wait with bookmark in hand for the next book. I just bought them all at once so as to avoid the wait. The characters are truly fascinating and you like them. You might not always like what they do but they are deeper than that and they carry you into their adventures and there are so many of them. These books transpose time and space, country to country and it is a testament to a true love story without all the simpering whimpering mush that sometimes accompanies a love story. These people come alive before your eyes and you hold them in your heart. This series is a must read. Diana Galbadon has done a wonderful job here of storytelling with a heart
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Diana Gabaldon continues to blow me away with the novels she writes. The depth of feeling I have for her characters is unbelievable. I truly feel as if I know them, and love them as if they were family...
tchrreader More than 1 year ago
Out of all of the Outlander books, this was my least favorite. Not that is was bad it just didn't flow as well as the other books, in my opinion. I still needed to read it in order to know what was happening in order for me to continue with the series. It is hard to put this book series down. You will want to know what happens to Jamie, Claire and all the other amazing characters. This is a great book series with lots to think about. I love the time period. I am not usually interested in "time travel" but these books will capture you.
msayyid More than 1 year ago
Voyager was oddly my favorite book the series. I'm already on book 6 and I still look back to say that this was one of the best (besides the first book of course.) Reading about Jamie and Claire apart was surprisingly wonderful. You really get to see the characters struggle and suffer without each other and after the first 2 books I started taking it for granted that they would be together forever. Its just such an emotional book filled with great suspense and great adventure. Roger and Brianna make the book even more wonderful. They add extra twists and turns to the novel.
GrandmaJeanFL More than 1 year ago
This does not disappoint. Every bit as good as the previous books in the series. It moves along so smoothly that you're done before you know it and just want more. Claire is really with the right man in her life. She seems to get out of one scrape after another. I wish the next one, Drums of Autumn was a recorded audio book and all the rest in the series.
PaulaML More than 1 year ago
My most favorite series ever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gabaldon has a wonderful way to spin a tale and develop her characters. When I finish one I begin another waiting to read about these "friends" of mine. Don't stop @ 3 keep reading to the end then start her lord john series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book just as much as I enjoyed the two before it! LOVE THAT JAIME!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With perfect narration, characters that are bold and interesting, and a story that flows so easy you never want to stop listening, this installment of the Outlander series does not disappoint. I would recommend enjoying the books in order, as the main characters have a vast and complicated history, but even on its own I believe the story will delight any reader.
Outlander_FanCT More than 1 year ago
Davina Porter does a phenomenal job portraying the characters in this audio book. I've read the book itself, but her use of various voices for the different people, inflection and cadence make this a marvelous addition to the printed volume. I listened to the audio book after several readings of the book in print and was amazed to hear aspects to this story of drama, romance, adventure and action that I had never "heard" in any of my readings. I expect to listen to this over and over.
spaz_k7 More than 1 year ago
I love this Outlander book. I thought it was almost as good as the first one and much better than the second. It was faster paced and really easy to read. I recommend it to anyone who likes the other Outlander books or is thinking of reading them. It is a great series and well worth the length.
Ade_Tae More than 1 year ago
It seemed must faster paced than the first 2. I got through it far more quickly....I saw some poor ratings on this and I just had to put out there that if you liked the first 2 (I did, but thought they were slow) I see no reason why you won't love this one!!
NEC More than 1 year ago
I read a review of this book while online at Barns and Noble. And I decided to try the first book Outlander. I was captivated from the beginning. The authors writing style is fantastic and I found myself unable to put this down! I found myself crying with Claire and wishing for a man like Jamie even with all his flaws. I have now read the whole series and I have found myself rereading it!
romantictrav More than 1 year ago
Voyager is a terrific part of the Outlander series. It takes place as Jamie and Claire as they continue their lives after Clarie has gone back through the stones and into her own time pregnant with Jamie's baby. This book is as good or better as the orginial Outlander. Gabldon is a fantastic story teller and compltely whisks the reader into another time and place. Perfect escapism!
CM15 More than 1 year ago
This is one in a series. The series is very fast paced, and very easy to read. The writing style is exciting, and grabs the reader. I would recommend this series the books are well writen and are an excellent relaxation escape.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a true time travel-romance fan I can review this book with confidence, and recommend another great hit by Diana Gabaldon. Voyager is well worth the read. I loved it. The romantic on-going love affair of Clair Randal during the war-torn battlefields of the eighteenth century Scotland to the West Indies is my crave since I first read Outlander and Dragon fly in Amber. Read the book. You will not be disappointed. Five stars plus.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I know this book is not Outlander but, after reading the other two how can anyone deny the reunion of Jamie and Clair? I personally loved this book and I know there's alot of info but that's how all her books are. Read it and enjoy the story and history!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ms. Gabaldon once again dazzles with the third installment of the Outlander series. This one bypasses Dragonfly in Amber. Reading about the things that happend to Jamie in the days after Culloden about broke my heart. But when Claire comes back into the picture, it was just such a beautiful moment... they love each other so much and it's wonderful to have them together again. Just like in the other novels, you'll laugh, cry, become frustrated, gasp, get angry... its just a beautifully emotional novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can read this series from sun up to sun down, with occasional and bothersome stops for such necessities as food and water.... My idea of paradise is an oceanside balcony, this series of books and room service. I will truly mourn when I finish this series. She writes with such clarity and rich detail that I feel as if I am there -seeing it happen rather than reading the words. A sweeping epic novel that will just pull you in and keep you there!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Voyager is Gabaldon's 3rd book in a (currently) 4-book series involving a unique combination of historical fact, fiction, devotion and sci-fi. For the romance reader who is ready to take it up a notch, and for the fiction or sci-fi reader who is ready to experience more feeling in their literature, Voyager, and Gabaldon's series is a best choice. Remarkably verse in history of the 17th century Scots, and with a devine vocabulary, Gabaldon weaves a story one can experience through most of your senses. I was able to visualize her descriptions because she is so well-versed. It was easy to imagine the people, hear the sounds, and become empathetic to the hero and heroine (Jamie and Claire). I can't help but admire the entirety of the work in this book. I personally feel that Gabaldon had bitten off a lot with the complexity and intention of the stories in this series, and yet managed like a lady... a remarkably creative and bright and energetic one at that!
Thomas214 More than 1 year ago
I read the first book, OUTLANDER, at my wife's suggestion, and really enjoyed it. I'm only about a fourth of the way through the second book, DRAGONFLY IN AMBER, but fully intend to keep reading. I was reluctant to start the series because I thought they were "chick books", but Diana Gabaldon is an amazing storyteller. I am also enjoying learning about Scottish history. I'm reading the books on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK, which is an advantage for me, because I can increase the font size. I'm getting up there in years, and don't see as well as I used to. My wife has the paperback versions of the books, but the print is so small that I have trouble reading them. It's too awkward to hold a book with one hand and a magnifying glass in the other. If you're on the fence about reading the OUTLANDER series, at least give the first book a try!! This is my first book review since high school, which was more than 30 years ago, and I realize that I didn't actually write anything about VOYAGER, but I think this was a good writing exercise. The STARZ channel was impressed enough to start a television series based on the books.