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Drums Of Autumn (Outlander, Book 4) Kindle Edition
“Unforgettable characters . . . richly embroidered with historical detail.”—The Cincinnati Post
What if you knew someone you loved was going to die? What if you thought you could save them? How much would you risk to try?
Claire Randall has gone to find Jamie Fraser, the man she loved more than life, and has left half her heart behind with their daughter, Brianna. Claire gave up Jamie to save Brianna, and now Bree has sent her mother back to the mysterious Scottish warrior who was willing to give his life to save them both. But a chilling discovery in the pages of history suggests that Jamie and Claire’s story doesn’t have a happy ending.
Brianna dares a terrifying leap into the unknown in search of her mother and the father she has never met, risking her own future to try to change history . . . and to save their lives. But as Brianna plunges into an uncharted wilderness, a heartbreaking encounter may strand her forever in the past . . . or root her in the place she should be, where her heart and soul belong.
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|SEVEN STONES TO STAND OR FALL||THE OFFICIAL OUTLANDER COLORING BOOK||THE OUTLANDISH COMPANION||THE OUTLANDISH COMPANION VOLUME TWO||OUTLANDER KITCHEN||OUTLANDER KITCHEN: TO THE WORLD AND BACK AGAIN|
|A magnificent collection of Outlander short fiction—including two never-before-published novellas—featuring Jamie Fraser, Lord John Grey, Master Raymond, and many more, from Diana Gabaldon.||This spectacular adult coloring book features forty-five all-new illustrations!||For anyone who wants to spend more time with the Outlander characters and the world they inhabit, Diana Gabaldon here opens a door through the standing stones and offers a guided tour of what lies within.||As entertaining, sweeping, and addictive as the series itself, this second volume of The Outlandish Companion is a one (or two)-of-a-kind gift from an incomparable author.||Take a bite out of Diana Gabaldon’s New York Times bestselling Outlander novels, the inspiration for the hit Starz series, with this immersive official cookbook from Outlander Kitchen founder Theresa Carle-Sanders!||Sink your teeth into over 100 new easy-to-prepare recipes inspired by Diana Gabaldon’s beloved Outlander & Lord John Grey series, as well as the hit Starz show—in the second official cookbook from Outlander Kitchen founder Theresa Carle-Sanders!|
“Passionate ... Remarkable—a mix of history, fantasy, romance and unabashedly ribald storytelling.”—Arizona Republic
From the Trade Paperback edition.
- ASIN : B000FC2L1Y
- Publisher : Dell (October 26, 2004)
- Publication date : October 26, 2004
- Language : English
- File size : 5668 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 928 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,456 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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THE STORY: This book begins after the events of VOYAGER. Jamie and Claire have ended up in the colonies and begin building a new life together there as the settlers begin to have conflicts with the native inhabitants. In the future, Brianna has to deal with the loss of her mother. She and Roger also rekindle their romance but the discovery of a clipping announcing the death of Jamie and Claire due to a house fire forces Brianna and Roger to make a decision.
OPINION: While this book is filled, as all Outlander books, with various adventures, what attracted me most to this book was the personal relationship between Claire and Jamie. Here, the two are building a life together for the first time. The boring, daily details of life -- cooking, cleaning, preparing the land -- are what the two have to deal with (punctuated by various adventures). For the first time, the two have to learn to live together after so many years apart. This book feels like a settled and romantic couple which I really loved. In the daily living, true love is shown. And for the first time, there is no question that Jamie and Claire will be together throughout the book.
What I really didn't expect was how much I would love the story of Brianna and Roger. With Claire and Jamie on a less extreme emotional path, the torch of young love is passed to Brianna and Roger. I ended up loving both of these characters and I look forward to seeing their relationship develop.
As the series has progressed, I've become more acquainted with the historical events which form the pillars of the stories where these characters exist and with each book, I have enjoyed the historical parts more. Perhaps because we have moved into more familiar territory for me, I found the historical events and tidbits here fascinating.
As with all the books in this series, parts of the story are resolved and then parts are left for future books.
WORTH MENTIONING: The book depicts a graphic rape.
CONNECTED BOOKS: DRUMS OF AUTUMN is the fourth book in the OUTLANDER series. The book assumes knowledge from the previous books and therefore the books should be read in order.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4.5 stars.
Back-story: I watched the first 3 seasons of Outlander on Netflix. I was sucked in and got invested in the main two characters. Season 3 ends with Claire and Jamie making it to the U. S. Content wise, this book starts roughly at the same point where season 3 ends. (I am not signing up for yet another paid network, just to watch one show, no way.) I was looking forward to continuing the story on paper.
Well, I cannot wait for seasons 4 and 5 to be made available on Netflix again. Had I started off with this book, never would I have been compelled to watch the show or continue reading. The story is of course super interesting. Time-travel romance, adventure mixed with some history, Scotch whiskey nostalgia etc. The attention, almost obsession to detail doesn't bother me too much in and of itself. It's just too much compared to the lack of character development. So much detail about agri life in the pre-revolutionary American South...Pretty sure I know how to set traps and build a homestead...have absolutely no clue what the characters are feeling and why. Their thoughts are explored, to be sure, but their feelings hardly ever are. This really annoys the heck out of me. The love story between Roger and Briana is so generic and flat, for example, it makes absolutely no sense that one would like drop their lives and put themselves in dire danger to follow the other to the 18th century. Some events are also extremely difficult to swallow, they honestly ring like soap opera scenarios. Yes, I know, for someone who's fast to buy into the time-traveling plot, that's rich. But, no, please believe me. I don't want to spoil the story, but the events around Jamie's big mistake/misunderstanding are seriously wacky. Nobody, I say nobody would get themselves into this mess, and I am talking about all parties involved. The events around Lord Gray's head injury (you'll see) also make no sense. That stuff would never happen, it should never happen, and there is no good reason (in the character's head) on which they are grounded.
Jamie and Claire's characters are kind of annoying in this book too. Maybe they always had been in the book, I don't know. But in the series they were pretty cool characters, despite their personal weaknesses or faults. For example, let me give something away here. When Jamie first sees his daughter, forget first the fact that he has just urinated (why on earth would the author wanna contextualize this first meeting on this?), the first thing that comes out of his mouth is "You're huge?" I mean I know the author likes to hammer in the "Brianna so tall" concept constantly, but really? That's what world-traveled, best one-liner, soft-hearted Jamie Fraser would say?
Last, the love scenes. Those I run fast by them. I just can't with the over-literaturization of sex. Like, it is laughable at one point. It becomes way too forced and corny.
Why three stars? Cause again, the skeleton of the story IS good and interesting. The fantasy is there. The history too. But the characters? No.
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