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Monday, November 30, 2009

In The Grip of History

Dragonfly in Amber
By Diana Gabaldon
Mass Market Paperback: 960 pages
Publisher: Dell (November 2, 1993)
Rated 5 stars of 5 possible

Dragonfly in Amber - Book 2 in the Outlander series - begins 20 years after Claire's return to her own century. Claire now feels she must reveal the truth she has concealed for those two decades, her daughter's lifetime. In recounting the story to her daughter and a friend, Claire resumes the tale of her 18th century adventures where the first volume left off. In presenting this second volume, the author has continued the same high-quality writing and vivid storytelling which characterized the first book.

The dramatic and compelling tale culminating immediately prior to the battle of Culloden in 1745-46 is a gripping page-turner that I found difficult to lay aside at the beginning, and near the end, turning those pages and finishing the book took priority over sleep. The historical elements of the Outlander saga thus far lend interest and drama to the tale as well as being intensely researched to bring elements of realism into the saga which prevent its being too incredible for belief.

Highly recommended for adult readers.  This review is published simultaneously on Amazon.com, Dragonviews and LibraryThing.

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