It began at an ancient Scottish stone circle. There, a doorway, open to a select few, leads into the past—or the grave. Dr. Claire Randall survived the extraordinary passage, not once but twice.
Her first trip swept her into the arms of Jamie Fraser, an eighteenth-century Scot whose love for her became a legend—a tale of tragic passion that ended with her return to the present to bear his child. Her second journey, two decades later, brought them together again in the American colonies. But Claire had left someone behind in the twentieth century—their daughter, Brianna….
Now Brianna has made a disturbing discovery that sends her to the circle of stones and a terrifying leap into the unknown. In search of her mother and the father she has never met, she is 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….
Miss Riki’s Review:
Yes! Jamie and Claire forging new ground in the new world! What’s not to love?
This installment of the Outlander series had all of the romance, adventure, and high stakes that readers have come to love from Diana Gabaldon and further explores the fledgling relationship of Brianna and Roger. Outside of the first novel, this has been my favorite so far. I absolutely loved reading about Jamie and Claire setting up a household and making a name for themselves in the new world and was immediately drawn into the setting of danger and intrigue that they find there.
Setting in this series is almost like a character in itself, and in this new place there’s not only new natural surroundings to struggle with, but there’s novel enemies too. Gabaldon has ripped these characters from the comforts of home and plopped them right into a mess of new experiences.
Jamie and Claire are still wonderful together, and in this new adventure their love matures and grows ever still. I’ll never get tired of their tenderness and care in relating to one another through constant hardship. Their romance has stood the test of time, and in this novel they find themselves braving both the day-to-day monotonies as well as surviving harrowing adventure. In either situation, their bond is strong.
One of my favorite parts of this novel was seeing the relationship between Brianna and Roger blossom. Every moment is heart wrenching, from their initial tentative hookups, to their separation, and on to their eventual reuniting. I wanted so badly for things to work out for these characters, and my heart broke for the bumps in the road along the way. I found their storyline to be every bit as engaging and romantic as that of Jamie and Claire.
As usual, the novel is long, but it reads fast. It is full of action and adventure and never once lags along the way. I’m still captivated by this story and will be picking up the fifth novel right away.