Voyager: Book Review by Dinh.
In Dragonfly in Amber, the second book of the Outlander series, we left off with Claire telling Brianna Randall who her real father was and Claire’s adventures as she time traveled to 1745. In Voyager, the 3rd book of the Outlander series we follow Claire and Brianna as they piece together what happened to Jamie Fraser at the battle at Culloden moor.
Claire and Brianna discover that Jamie did not die as they had thought but was alive in 1765, twenty years after the Jacobite rising of 1745.
After finding out that Jamie is alive and working as a printer in Edinburgh under the name Alex Malcolm, Claire makes a hard decision and decides to travel back into the 18th century!
Claire goes to the stone circles and time travel back. She finds herself back in 1765. It is twenty years after she had left the first time.
Well Ms. Gabaldon has gone and done it again! I just loved Voyager. I was surprised that I enjoyed the third book of the Outlander series as much as I did. Voyager was superb!
Okay, let’s back it up a bit. I am getting ahead of myself…
I loved Voyager and definitely think that it’s her second best book so far. My favorite and top pick is still Outlander, the first book but this third book comes in pretty close.
So why did I like Voyager so much?
In a nutshell- Jamie Fraser!
This book had so much more of Jamie. I really liked finding out what happened to him after the battle at Culloden.
The first chapter is dedicated to Jamie when he wakes up at the battlefield and doesn’t know whether he is hell or not.
Later, we see Jamie hiding in a cave near Lallybroch and then his capture and imprisonment at Ardsmuir Prison.
It was interesting and satisfying to know the history of Jamie after the battle.
And let’s not forget the other characters!
I like that Voyager had a whole cast of interesting characters old and new.
It was fantastic to hear about Fergus, who when we met him in Dragonfly in Amber was only 10 years old. Now, Fergus was a grown man and still around with Jamie.
It was pleasant to know that Fergus’ bond with Jamie prevailed in that time.
Alas, Murtagh, Jamie’s godfather was not in this book. He was presumed dead along with the rest of the Highland army that were slaughtered in the battle.
Lord John Grey plays a pivotal role in this book. I won’t go into details here but there are some surprising developments with this character.
We also see Jamie’s sister Jenny and her husband Ian when Jamie goes back to Lallybroch.
There’s a big shocker character that returns in this book. Hint, we see her in Outlander. I must say I was not expecting it and it was a lovely surprise to see how Ms. Gabaldon did it.
So we have interesting characters but that was not the only thing that made this book really enjoyable.
Voyager had a riveting plot.
What did it for me was the way Gabaldon just continued from where she left off with the characters and moved them right along into another story line that was just as good.
It’s true love for Claire and Jamie. She decides to go back in time to be with Jamie and leave her daughter Brianna. It was a difficult decision for her though but she did it nevertheless.
Claire did not know on the Halloween night of 1968 when she went to the stones, that it would take her back to him, and what she would find, but she was brave and only thought of being with Jamie.
Well, when Claire goes back it’s not a bed of roses.
I liked the conflict between Claire and Jamie when Claire discovers that Jamie had a wife and 2 step kids. This made the book realistic and I can relate to it.
Another great part of the plot was how Claire and Jamie overcame the difficulties and them rediscovering each other again after all that time being apart.
So much was going on from the start of their meeting that it did take some time.
The book is aptly named Voyager because the book is about journey. The plot is about a journey to find Jamie, and Claire’s and Jamie’s travels to the West Indies to find Young Ian (Jenny and Ian’s son).
It’s also about them finding each other…another sort of journey.
Voyager’s story line moved fast and it reminded me how well Gabaldon did that also in Outlander. After Claire goes back to 1765 the plot just moved right along. It was exciting to read because there was so much action in this book.
Was there anything I didn’t like in the book?
I thoroughly enjoyed Voyager.
It’s another hefty book of 870 pages in the paperback version so if you are not up to a big read I would definitely recommend getting the audio book.
My final thoughts:
I really enjoyed the pace of Voyager, the exotic setting and how Gabaldon writes these awesome characters in her books. It’s action packed plot will keep you entertained. And did I mention she writes beautifully?!
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