Tuesday, July 22, 2008

"Voyager" Take You on an Amazing Voyage into the Past-- Again!

Synopis from Amazon.com:
From the author of the breathtaking bestsellers Outlander and Dragonfly in Amber, the extraordinary saga continues.
Their passionate encounter happened long ago by whatever measurement Claire Randall took. Two decades before, she had traveled back in time and into the arms of a gallant eighteenth-century Scot named Jamie Fraser. Then she returned to her own century to bear his child, believing him dead in the tragic battle of Culloden. Yet his memory has never lessened its hold on her... and her body still cries out for him in her dreams.
Then Claire discovers that Jamie survived. Torn between returning to him and staying with their daughter in her own era, Claire must choose her destiny. And as time and space come full circle, she must find the courage to face the passion and pain awaiting her...the deadly intrigues raging in a divided Scotland... and the daring voyage into the dark unknown that can reunite—or forever doom—her timeless love


Okay, if you are not already an obsessed Outlander fan, I don't know what I can say to change your opinion. But no worries-- everyone has their own thing, so I won't push it. I will, however, say that even though the whole series was started with Outlander, and it is definitely one of the top books in the series (Though this is hard to say for sure, since rating one perfect 5 star book over another is veeeeeerrrrry hard, at least for me!), the story that Diana tells us does not, can not, simply end there.

I loved reading Voyager because Diana did a great job of writing Jamie and Claire's reunion. I was almost close to tears a few times! I think that with every book, I fall deeper and deeper in love with Jamie-- who wouldn't? I think that Voyager proved that they can withstand anything-- 20 years of being apart, the whole 200 year difference in time periods, all the problems and trials they've been through. In a way, being apart like they did made them even stronger, as much as I hate to say it, because I wish they had never parted just as much as the next fan. But if they hadn't, nothing would have been as it was.

Besides the heartwarming love connection between Claire and Jamie, you also have the budding romance between Brianna and Roger (Which, okay, was mostly in the previous book, Dragonfly in Amber, as well as the next book, Drums of Autumn, but still.) and that of Fergus and Marsali (The latter of which I found to be kind of annoying at times, but I put up with it because she seemed to make Fergus happy, and he did the same for her, which I found kind of cute. Hey, I liked Fergus and I was happy that he came back in the story!).

I could not find any real flaws in Voyager either, but I guess that's a 'duh' for a true fan. The only thing that I didn't particularly like, but I won't hold it against him for ever either, is the fact that Jamie fathered a child on that annoying, spoiled, immature twit, along with his other moments of infidelity, shall we call it? Yes, I know that Claire was gone, that he wasn't even sure if they *Claire and Brianna* were alive, etc, and he never thought he see her again, but I still think he could have done without the occasional woman to warm his bed at night. He mentions that he didn't love any of them, had no feelings for any of them, and that he felt like sometimes that was the only way to remind him that he was really alive, that he wasn't completely alone... Well, I can sympathize there, but that doesn't mean that I am allowing him to use that as an excuse. I forgave him, before the end of the book, but I still found that it kind of upset me, that he could do that to Claire, even if she was gone (After all, she only had her husband, Frank, while she was gone.. and even that wasn't love like she had thought if 23 plus years ago!). And yet, I understand that this contributed to the story's plot and the way that the characters turned out.

5/5 STARS! Yet again, Diana has done it-- no surprise there! Perfectly written, a wonderful mixture of secrets and mysteries, romance and love, adventure and death, Voyager goes above and beyond most other books, and proves, yet again, that Outlander cannot be beat!

~TBQ~

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