Reader Review: Drums of Autumn is the fourth instalment of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. As Claire and Jamie are settling down, Brianna travels trough the stones to find her parents, to warn them, and Roger eventually follows her. I enjoyed Jamie and Claire being comfortably together, secure in their love for one another and settled in their new home. This book, like the other three, was filled with laughter, tears, romance and adversity. I liked the addition of Brianna and Roger's story as well as John Grey's continued presence in this book.
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Diana Gabaldon's The Fiery Cross .
The magnificent saga continues....
It began in Scotland, at an ancient stone circle. There, a doorway, open to a select few, leads into the past—or the grave. 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 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 frontier America. 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 stone circle and a terrifying leap into the unknown. In search of her mother and the 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....
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|Title of Romance eBook: Drums of Autumn||Series: Claire and Jamie, , #4|
|Release Date: 10-26-2004|
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|Publisher: Random House Publishing Group||Store Sales Rank: 12599|
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Drums of Autumn
The second portrait hung on the landing of the stairs, looking thoroughly out of place. From below Brianna could see the ornate gilded frame, its heavy carving quite at odds with the solid, battered comfort of the house's other furnishings. It reminded her of pictures in museums; this homely setting seemed incongruous.
As she followed Jenny onto the landing the glare of light from the window disappeared, leaving the painting's surface flat and clear before her.
She gasped, and felt the hair rise on her forearms, under the linen of her shirt.
"It's remarkable, aye?" Jenny looked from the painting to Brianna and back again, her own features marked with something between pride and awe.
"Remarkable!" Brianna agreed, swallowing.
"Ye see why we kent ye at once," her aunt went on, laying a loving hand against the carved frame.
"Yes. Yes, I can see that."
"It will be my mother, aye? Your grandmother, Ellen MacKenzie."
"Yes," Brianna said. "I know." Dust motes stirred up by their footsteps whirled lazily through the afternoon light from the window. Brianna felt rather as though she was whirling with them, no longer anchored to reality.
Two hundred years from now, she had — I will? she thought wildly — stood in front of this portrait in the National Portrait Gallery, furiously denying the truth that it showed.
Ellen MacKenzie looked out at her now as she had then; long-necked and regal, slanted eyes showing a humor that did not quite touch the tender mouth. It wasn't a mirror image, by any means; Ellen's forehead was high, narrower than Brianna's
Title: Drums of Autumn
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Number of Comments: 4 Rating(s) 4 Review(s)
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Because you can't stop
March 26, 2010
Reviewer: A reader from Chapel Hill, NC US
You have to read this series in order starting with Outlander, which is the best one by far. But the amazing story continues in this, book 4, novel. You have to read this book because you cannot get enough of Claire and Jamie.
Drums of Autumn is the fourth instalment of the Ou
March 7, 2009
Reviewer: A reader from Alkmaar, NA NL
Drums of Autumn is the fourth instalment of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.
As Claire and Jamie are settling down, Brianna travels trough the stones to find her parents, to warn them, and Roger eventually follows her.
I enjoyed Jamie and Claire being comfortably together, secure in their love for one another and settled in their new home. This book, like the other three, was filled with laughter, tears, romance and adversity. I liked the addition of Brianna and Roger's story as well as John Grey's continued presence in this book.
Diana Gabaldon is unparalelled in her writting in
February 13, 2009
Reviewer: A reader from Denver, CO US
Diana Gabaldon is unparalelled in her writting in historical fiction. This is her fourth novel in the outlander series that is so easily addicting. Main characters Clair and Jaime Fraser are reunited and throughout the book work to settle themselves in the new world of America. A change of scenery does not lack for characters new and old or adventure. However, the charm of the scottish highlands is missing and instead is traded for the unending wilderness of the backcountry and native americans.
September 11, 2010
Reviewer: A reader from Virginia, USA
I have to admit that I was strangely wary when I picked up DRUMS OF AUTUMN. Anticipation warred with a fear of disappointment. High hopes can led to big letdowns. I loved OUTLANDER. I loved DRAGONFLY IN AMBER, with a few reservations. I have very mixed feelings about VOYAGER. The parts I was interested in I loved. The reunion scene alone was worth the price of the book. I felt, however that too much of the book was spent with our favorite couple apart, and their adventures once reunited were a bit of a strain. It felt to me like Gabaldon was trying too hard to find something exciting for them to be involved in.
Now, DRUMS OF AUTUMN, book number four ... I loved it! It has everything I loved about OUTLANDER and DRAGONFLY IN AMBER and very little of what I didn't love about VOYAGER. Having ended up in America by accident, Jamie and Claire set out to build a new life in the colony of North Carolina, establishing a precarious foothold in the wilderness where their peace is likely to be challenged only by wild animals, Indians, and the everyday struggle for survival. Meanwhile, their daughter Brianna is finding it difficult to accept the loss of her mother and the knowledge of her true parentage. Unable to accept not knowing her mother's fate, she attempts to find out what happened to her and learns something that makes her determined to go back in time and use her knowledge to save her parents.
I stayed up late finishing this book and enjoyed every minute of it. Gabaldon is back in stride and I'm no longer worried about how long this series may end up being. If she can keep it this good, I'll be buying and reading them well into the next century. Readers who enjoy fascinating characters, emotional depth, adventure, humor and a great deal of tenderness and humanity will be keeping me company.
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