Dragonfly in Amber: (Outlander 2)

Dragonfly in Amber: (Outlander 2)

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By (author) Diana Gabaldon

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  • Publisher: ARROW BOOKS LTD
  • Format: Paperback | 976 pages
  • Dimensions: 110mm x 170mm x 46mm | 481g
  • Publication date: 3 March 1994
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099294710
  • ISBN 13: 9780099294719
  • Sales rank: 392

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'A TRIUMPH! A POWERFUL TALE LAYERED IN HISTORY AND MYTH, AT ITS CORE IS A LOVE SO VIVID AND FIERCE...' Nora Roberts For twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to the majesty of Scotland's mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones, about a love that transcends the boundaries of time, and about James Fraser, a warrior whose gallantry once drew the young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his. Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful daughter as Claire's spellbinding journey continues in the intrigue-ridden court of Charles Edward Stuart, in a race to thwart a doomed uprising, and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves.

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Diana Gabaldon is the author of the award-winning, No.1 New York Times and international bestselling OUTLANDER novels. She has also written several books in a sub-series featuring Lord John Grey, a number of non-fiction titles, and a graphic novel The Exile (set within the OUTLANDER universe and featuring the main characters from OUTLANDER). She holds three degrees in science: Zoology, Marine Biology, and Quantitative Behavioral Ecology, (plus an honorary degree as Doctor of Humane Letters) and spent a dozen years as a university professor with an expertise in scientific computation before beginning to write fiction. She has written scientific articles and textbooks, founded the scientific-computation journal Science Software Quarterly, and has written numerous comic-book scripts for Walt Disney. She and her husband, Douglas Watkins, have three adult children and live mostly in Scottsdale, Arizona. To find out more visit www.dianagabaldon.com

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"'A TRIUMPH! A POWERFUL TALE LAYERED IN HISTORY AND MYTH, AT ITS CORE IS A LOVE SO VIVID AND FIERCE...' Nora Roberts"

Editorial reviews

An engaging time-travel romance, the second of a trilogy (after Outlander, 1991), that animates the people and politics of a pivotal period in history - while turning up the heat between an appealing modern heroine and a magnetic romantic hero. It's now 1968, and Claire Beauchamp Randall has returned to Inverness, Scotland, with her daughter, Brianna. This is Claire's first visit back since she and husband Frank visited 22 years before - when she walked through a Druid stone circle into the middle of the 18th century. Now, Frank is dead, and Claire hopes to learn what happened to the second great love of her life - gallant Jamie Fraser, laird of Lallybroch whom she married during her journey into the past. She's also looking for a way to tell Brianna who her real father is. Framed by these dilemmas, the bulk of the story consists of the second installment of Claire and Jamie's adventures. Escaping the English death sentence passed against Jamie, they flee to prerevolutionary Paris, where they secretly work at foiling Bonnie Prince Charlie's efforts to regain the Scottish throne. But this espionage is only the beginning. Two rapes, Claire's near-fatal miscarriage, Jamie's attempted murder by one enemy and his tormented and volatile feud with another, the evil "Black Jack" Randall, are only part of the action that keeps things lively. Then the inevitable war breaks out in Scotland, and Claire and Jamie are in the thick of it - until the English draw too near and Jamie sends Claire back through the stone circle to save their unborn baby. At the close, Claire is relieved to learn that bighearted, ingenious Jamie - who will surely go on to the final installment - has survived. A most entertaining mix of history and fantasy whose author, like its heroine, exhibits a winning combination of vivid imagination and good common sense. (Kirkus Reviews)

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From the author of "Outlander... a magnificent epic that once again sweeps us back in time to the drama and passion of 18th-century Scotland... For twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland's majestic mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones ...about a love that transcends the boundaries of time ...and about James Fraser, a Scottish warrior whose gallantry once drew a young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his .... Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful copper-haired daughter, Brianna, as Claire's spellbinding journey of self-discovery continues in the intrigue-ridden Paris court of Charles Stuart ...in a race to thwart a doomed Highlands uprising ...and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves....