VOYAGER by Diana Gabaldon
VOYAGER by Diana Gabaldon
Rating: 4 1/2 stars
Having read the second installment in the Outlander series, one naturally throws themselves headlong into the third installment just to get some emotional release. The end of DRAGONFLY IN AMBER was one of the most emotionally cataclysmic reads of my adult life. I sobbed uncontrollably for hours listening to Davina Porter read the final chapters to me, wanting to curl into a ball and simply sob. Instead, I finished folding the laundry and sobbed.
In Voyager we meet Brianna and Roger, the adult children of characters either now gone, or now twenty years older, and we get to watch as Claire makes the decision to give up her modern world for the chance to go back and find her soul mate.
The writing is as expected, beautiful and descriptive. The voice of Claire is familiar and snarky, while combining the new approach of third person sections told from Brianna or Roger’s perspective. The sub plots begin to really cut loose in Voyager and succeeding novels in this series. As per usual, it was an effing tome and without the benefit of audio book I’d have never read the whole thing cover to cover by now, but it certainly kept me coming back to the audio everyday.
The great event in Voyager is the reunion, which was so necessary for my sense of personal peace, you have no idea. Still, for a split second during their reunion, I was disappointed. I wanted more spark, more drama. It fizzled a wee bit, which didn’t deter from my continuing to read, but it did make me question for a moment whether the author stepped in a little more than she should have in a moment where he characters wanted to be unleashed.
Nonetheless, the tome that is Voyager is my favorite of the series due to that reunion, but I didn’t give it five stars. Why? Well, for the instantaneous fizzle in the reunion scene, but more for the plot device that by now Diana has become extremely fond of – separating our beloveds. If it isn’t through time, it’s through the sea, if it isn’t through the sea, it’s through island calamity. Over and over we are thrown back into the drama of Claire and Jamie NOT being together after this enormous separation and I just wanted it to be done with. Still, despite it becoming an old hat, it did keep me reading. Every single time.
Perhaps she threw us for so many loops in this novel because she knew she would need to stop doing so for a while in the near future. (And instead turn that evil hand toward Brianna and Roger)
This novel did wonders for my desire to spend some serious time in the Caribbean, it resurrected old foes that propelled the dynamics of time travel even further into the mystical, and it damn well helped me sleep at night.
On to the next – and the next, and the next.