Voyager Paperback – Aug 7 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
In this triumphant conclusion to the time-travel trilogy she began with Outlander , Gabaldon continues the saga of 20th-century physician Claire Randall and 18th-century Jacobite rebel Jamie Fraser. The first quarter of this mammoth novel covers, in alternate sections, the 20 years the couple spends apart. Jamie is imprisoned, then pardoned and finally sets up shop as a (seditious) printer. Believing that Jamie died at Culloden, the pregnant Claire returns to her own century, reunites (unhappily) with her first husband and gives birth to a daughter, Brianna. But when Claire takes Brianna to Scotland in 1968 to introduce her to her true heritage, they uncover evidence that Jamie had survived. Claire determines she must rejoin him and once again steps fatefully through the stones on Craigh na Dun to find Jamie in Edinburgh in 1766. They wish nothing more than to lead a quiet life, but the kidnapping by pirates of Jamie's young nephew sets the couple off to the New World in pursuit, followed by old enemies and faced by new and vicious dangers. Gabaldon adroitly shepherds her protagonists through the eternal misunderstandings of the sexes, as well as those due to the different epochs in which they were born. Although this latest volume lacks some of the scope and grandeur of the previous two, her use of historical detail and a truly adult love story confirm Gabaldon as a superior writer of historical romance. Literary Guild main selection; author tour.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Time traveler Claire Randall first encountered Jamie Fraser, the fiery 18th-century Scottish clansman, in Outlander (Delacorte, 1991). The lovers continued their relationship in the best-selling Dragonfly in Amber (Delacorte, 1992). Now, in Voyager , Claire decides to return to the 18th century to reunite with her beloved. First printing: 60,000 copies.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Claire and her daughter Brianna search with the help of Roger Wakefield through prison records and files in order to find out where Jamie may have gone after the battle. They learn that his life was spared and that he lived on after the battle under the assumed name of Alex MacKenzie.
Claire is torn between two worlds. Jamie sent her back to her husband Frank twenty years ago so that the baby that Claire carried would live. Now, those twenty years have passed and Frank is dead. There was no love between them, as Claire loves Jamie with all her heart. There is nothing holding her to the present except for her beloved daughter Brianna.
She makes the heart wrenching decision to travel back in time again, though it may kill her. Her love for Jamie is all the keeps her going. She leaves Brianna with Roger, and they begin to get closer to each other, a romance budding between them.
Claire hurtles herself back in time and finds Jamie with little to no problem. Their reunion is brief, as Jamie faints away at the sight of her. When he is roused, they have a proper reunion, though Jamie warns Claire that she may not love the man he has become. Apart from still being wanted by the red coats, Jamie lives under disguises as a merchant and printer. However, he also supplements his income as a smuggler.Read more ›
I was surprised to see that other readers thought this was a little slow paced, took too long to get started, and that the years apart were "too sad." Although I was anxious for Claire and Jamie to reunite, I felt that the bittersweet years apart heightened the joy of their return, and the sense that Claire and Jamie truly are the greatest loves of each other's lives. I enjoyed the opportunity to get to know Jamie more, and see things through his eyes for a change, instead of mostly getting Claire's perspective.
The chapters focusing on how Claire's disappearance and return affected her marriage to Frank satisfied questions that remained unsettled after "Dragonfly in Amber." I had found Frank's apparent acceptance of Claire back into his life in "Dragonfly" somewhat unbelievable. (Yes, for some reason, despite a book premised on the ability to time travel, I still expect believability in the other aspects.) Frank's attitude in "Voyager" seemed much more what I would have expected.
I'm notorious for reading ahead, especially if the plot is dragging, but I was rarely tempted in "Voyager." I couldn't put the darn book down. I felt that the plot moved along much faster than "Dragonfly."
Some of the coincidences at the end became a little much for me, hence my decision to give only four stars. I don't want to give away the plot, but I did feel that the likelihood of Claire, Jamie and Fergus & Co. all ending up in the same spot following "challenges" at sea a little unlikely.Read more ›
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A wonderfully written series. You will love the characters and the in depth descriptions of life in that century. You will want every book in seriesPublished 5 months ago by JF48
All of her books are so well written you cannot put them down until you have read them all.Published 5 months ago by DIANE PRICHARD
I throughly enjoyed the wittiness that was throughout the Novel as was also the case with each of the previous Novels. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Donna Marlin