Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Drums of Autumn (Outlander #4), by Diana Gabaldon

Barnes & Noble

It began at an ancient Scottish stone circle. There, a doorway, open to a select few, leads into the past--or the grave. Dr. Claire Randall survived the extraordinary passage, not once but twice. Her first trip swept her into the arms of Jamie Fraser, an eighteenth-century Scot whose love for her became a legend--a tale of tragic passion that ended with her return to the present to bear his child. Her second journey, two decades later, brought them together again in the American colonies. But Claire had left someone behind in the twentieth century. Their daughter, Brianna...

Now Brianna has made a disturbing discovery that sends her to the circle of stones and terrifying leap into the unknown. In search of her mother and father she has never met, she is risking her own future to try to change history...and to save their lives. But as Brianna plunges into an uncharted wilderness, a heartbreaking encounter may strand her forever in the past...or root her in the place she should be, where her heart and soul belong...

An excellent next book in the Outlander series. I love Jamie & Claire; Gabaldon writes them with such witty repartee that it's hard not to see them as people I would love to hang out with, flaws and all.

Speaking of flaws... I couldn't give this book five stars for one reason: Roger. 

Spoilers after the jump.

We've known him as this mild-mannered academic for two books and yet Gabaldon turns him into a brute partway through this one. It was so uncharacteristic when he 1) flipped out when Bree wouldn't accept his proposal; and 2) when he later told her that she had to marry him before he'd sleep with her. And it wasn't like he had been saving himself for her! He wasn't a virgin! And wasn't this during the sexual revolution? God, I hate hypocrisy.

Still, I can't wait to start on the next book!

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