Review: Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

em quinta-feira, 2 de fevereiro de 2017 |
Dragonfly in Amber is the second novel in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.

In 1968, Claire Randall brings her daughter Brianna to Scotland on holiday, and introduces her to the young historian Roger Wakefield, for whom Claire has a few research requests concerning the Jacobite Rising of 1745. Roger's curiosity grows as he begins to sense that Claire is hiding something from him and from her daughter, until finally she begins to tell her extraordinary story of finding herself transported two hundred years into the past. Claire recounts the time she spent with Jamie Fraser, the Scottish Highlander she married and fell in love with, their intrigues in Paris and Prince Charles' inner circle during the Rising, and their struggle to alter the disastrous course of history in Scotland.
Obs: The picture was taken from the Tv show based on the series of books.

Dragonfly in Amber took me some time to read because:
a) It is a really long book (about 1000 pages)
b) I actually was short of time at some point.
c) Sometimes I got a little bit bored.

Please don’t get me wrong! Although I prefer the first book (Outlander) over this one, I did enjoy the second book of the series.

In general, Outlander, can be described as a work of historical fiction, science fiction, and adventure, among other genres. 

Diana Gabaldon’s writing is detailed. The way she describes feelings is almost like you are experiencing them in first hand, and perhaps, what made me fall in love with Jamie and Claire’s love story. Personally, I don’t like long descriptions and that was a small defect.
In this second book, we are introduced to something new: at the beginning the story is narrated by Roger’s point of view and sometimes switched with Claire’s. It was interesting to read what was happening by the eyes of a person who didn’t really know what had happened with Claire. Yet, at some point, was introduced what seemed to be a third person’s point of view. I was confused, I confess.

Jamie and Claire’s relationship is tested countless times, proving its strength. They are… what do we say? Ah! Relationship goals! They go through some really tough times together as a couple and face really hard decisions to make. 

The author somehow showed me that love is power and weakness, a force capable of moving resources, love leads us to make hard choices, or be just a bait, love can also be a net in which we can entangled ourselves and be dangerously exposed to the enemy. Yet, I believe that the only thing stronger than love is hate, and hate is the worst and harmful feeling.

Claire struggles to change the fate of her new friends and family, fighting against time and History. The past shapes the future, so what happens if we succeed to change the past? Some characters and even myself, put this question during the whole book. 

Bravery, kindness, cruelty, History, fiction, intrigues and a love that remains through barriers of time and space are combined in Dragonfly in Amber, giving intensity to the book.

If you love romance, History and fiction as I do, I really recommend Outlander! But if you are a susceptible person, I warn you that there are scenes that contain sex, violence and other types of explicit content.

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