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I love Outlander and the previous books...but this?
Reviewed in the United States on December 2, 2019
I love Outlander and the previous books...but this? What a mess! I truly don't CARE about Willie's whining and complaints. There's far too much of him in this book as well as too much of Lord John. Lord John has clearly spoiled the little brat and as a supposed soldier, he's truly a lost cause. I see NOTHING of his blood father in anything he does. How many times will he get lost? How many times will we hear of his nightmares and fears? Truly, I'm going to just skip ahead and any section that has anything to do with him? I'll skip it. UPDATE: On my second read of this book, I chose to simply skip anything that had William in it (unless of course, it had Jamie and Claire and Ian). It is a much better read if I do that. MUCH.
My theory? She's trying to do a portion of the story in many locales in the US, to satisfy fans. I mean, to end up at Ft. Ticonderoga from N Carolina, on the way to Scotland? And once again, healing a disagreeable fellow who in turn ends up being a fan of Claire's? It's starting to repeat on itself.
For shame, Ms. Gabaldon.
Edit: I've since gotten almost to the end of the book and upped the rating. I still feel that there is a lot of inane 'filler' where small, meaningless stories take up a lot of meaningless pages. Maybe she had a minimum number of pages required. ANYWAY, once they got away from the mind-numbing battlefield stuff, and back to Jamie and Claire and Ian in Scotland and then in Philadelphia, it picked up a lot.