Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Galbadon

Oh, Outlander. Well technically, this is the second book in the (currently at) 8 book series by Diana Gabaldon. I picked it up a few times and put it down because it was dense; in detail and length, but I knew that if I stuck with it I would be glad I did. 

I read the first book in the series, Outlander, back in the spring in a whopping few days- quite a task for an 800+ page book. BUT IT WAS THAT GOOD. The first few hundred pages (eghlk!) were hard to get through, but after that I was so swept up by the drama, romance, politics, and action that I could. not. stop. And once I got to the first boring 100 pages of Dragonfly in Amber, I figured this was a common theme with the series. 

I don't want to give away too much about the book because the book jacket cover only explains the first 50 pages or so, but it essentially explains what happens to the main characters/lovers as their relationship and time during the 1700's in Scotland unfolds. Claire is trying to explain to her daughter,(currently back in the 1960's) how she (Claire) ended up in Scotland in the 1740's and fell in love with Jamie, who is actually her father, gasp! 


“Blood of my Blood," he whispered, "and bone of my bone. You carry me within ye, Claire, and ye canna leave me now, no matter what happens, You are mine, always, if ye will it or no, if ye want me or nay. Mine, and I wilna let ye go.” 
― Diana GabaldonDragonfly in Amber


This book was REALLY politic heavy which confused me a bit, I skipped the 18th Century British Empire week in high school apparently because a ton of it went over my head and I was trying to keep all the facts straight, but for the most part it was super interesting. Like Outlander, there is a MASSIVE twist at the end (actually like seven) that kept me up for a few nights trying to finish it, and I was texting my mom (her and I have been reading this together, although she is on the 8th now and read them straight through without reading others between!) with reactions of the last 400 pages like WTF WTF WTF WHY HOW WTF, the perfect emotion when reading. 

The book series was adapted to a show on Starz that I started watching during the last few hundred pages and its actually pretty good! Being a pretty heavy romance novel, there are some really intense and passionate scenes that were pretty spot on with the books- big plus. The second season is starting soon and is supposed to be the entire plot of Dragonfly in Amber which is win, so I think I will take a break from the series until its out. 

This is a REALLY good series if you are a fast and serious reader, the books are all at least 900+ pages and I recommend it to those that like really dense novels. Its probably the best romance series I have read, but also jam packed with action and drama- all my favorite genres. It goes in really big waves of super slow or super quick and nothing in between, which annoys me a bit, but overall its so fantastic and I HIGHLY suggest it.