Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon Review

Wednesday, October 19th 2016

Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon ReviewDrums of Autumn (Outlander, #4) by Diana Gabaldon
Published by Delacorte Press on December 30th 1996
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction, LGBTQIA, Murder, Mystery, Romance
Pages: 880
Format: Hardcover

In her long awaited new novel, Drums of Autumn, Diana Gabaldon continues the remarkable story of Claire and Jamie Fraser that began with the classic Outlander, and its bestselling sequels, Dragonfly in Amber and Voyager.
Cast ashore in the American colonies, the Frasers are faced with a bleak choice: return to a Scotland fallen into famine and poverty, or seize the risky chance of a new life in the New World—menaced by Claire's certain knowledge of the coming Revolution.
Still, a highlander is born to risk—and so is a time-traveler. Their daughter, Brianna, is safe—they think—on the other side of a dangerous future; their lives are their own to venture as they will. With faith in themselves and in each other, they seek a new beginning among the exiled Scottish Highlanders of the Cape Fear, in the fertile river valleys of the Colony of North Carolina.
Even in the New World, though, the Frasers find their hope of peace threatened from without and within; by the British Crown and by Jamie's aunt, Jocasta MacKenzie, last of the MacKenzies of Leoch.
A hunger for freedom drives Jamie to a Highlander's only true refuge: the mountains. And here at last, with no challenge to their peace—save wild animals, Indians, and the threat of starvation—the Frasers establish a precarious foothold in the wilderness, secure in the knowledge that even war cannot invade their mountain sanctuary.
But history spares no one, and when Brianna follows her mother into the past, not even the mountains can shelter a Highlander. For Brianna too has an urgent quest: not only to find the mother she has lost and the father she has never met, but to save them both from a future that only she can see.

 I just realize that I never posted a review for “ The Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon”. Honestly, why hasn’t anyone told me that I haven’t posted a review for this book. Clearly this West  Side vacation has truly taken away my mental power of scheduling post on time. Well as you already know I love Diana Gabaldon, after reading a few of her novels I really changed my entire perspective  on books that I enjoy reading, authors I though I favorites along with book that I demand more from because of her writing style. Honestly, the Outlander Series is truly a series that will change your entire reading experiences. I can see why so many hard core  Outlander fan are making it extremely hard to simply “Google Outlander” without having a large number of articles about fans either being outraged or distress by the way the Starz Outlander season reveal itself.

“Drums of Autumn” is the third book  the Outlander series that focus more on e story of Brianna the daughter of Jamie and Claire Fraser, and her love interest Roger Mackenzie.

When it comes to which book within he Outlander series I found to be my favorite I still have to say the first book is still my favorite. That being said “Drums of Autumn” has to be the most breath holding book of the series so far. The entire plot of the books is surrounded my a misunderstand, and I mean a BIG MISUNDERSTANDING! Between in-laws no doubt. It’s not bad enough to have just a simple misunderstand can you imagine a big misunderstanding between relatives that have never meet before? Well that’s exactly what happens within  Diana Gabaldon’s “Drums of Autumn”.

We already know from the previous novels that Jamie and Claire have found themselves shipwrecked in the American Colonies, thus establishing a Scottish  settlement in the colony of North Carolina. Of course this goes without a fair amount of shared difficulties along with a equal part of misfortunes. It’s the misfortune that Brianna discovers 200 years in the future that leads her to discover information about her parents. It’s this discover that gives her the courage to go back in the past to finally meet her farther, her actual biological father, James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser, himself. Now this brave plan that Brianna has come up with sounds absolutely prefect to Brianna but extremely nerve racking to Roger, and for all the good reasons. Roger being a scholar discovered the misfortune evidences about Brianna’s parents, but held the information from her because of a power example of demented masculine control threw love. I understand that Roger wants to do what he feels is best for Brianna, but Brianna is a Fraser after all, stubbornness is something that cannot be  stopped. Roger had a better chance of just being honest with her besides trying to control her through ignorances. However given the fact that this book is written in the contemporary years of the 60’s and 70’s we should be happy that Roger is the type of modern man that doesn’t intact TRY to control Brianna instead of loving her enough to through himself to the mercy of Craig na Dun, stone circles that lead Claire to find herself 200 year sin the  past to then fall in love with Jamie. Sweet brave and wonderful Jamie. Roger showed a lot of courage to fallow Brianna 200 years in the past but I truly hope that Brianna can forgive Roger for attempting to keep her safe by fanning ignorances.

“forgiveness is not a single act, but a matter of constant practice”

-Diana Gabaldon, Drums of Autumn

It’s not surprising that I fell in love with this fourth installment of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. Gabaldon is amazing storyteller who has a great way of telling a story but I serious felt that his particular book felt weak within the plot department. I felt the first part of “Drums of Autumn” really did not really connect with the book until the very last, and I mean the vert last moment in the novel. I found this to be really heartbreaking because I wish the first part of th novel should have held more ground until waiting for the very last scene of the book to connect. Her books are a puzzle, first writing always seem to separate the scenes and then pieces them together with a great plot twist or plot reveal, this was surely the case with “Drums of Autumn”, it seemed like the entire plot twist were surrounded by Brianna and Rogers relationship instead of the relationship of the Fraser’s, being Jamie and claire. I feel that Gabaldon is bringing to add in more characters within the story, which is going to be a new point of perspective within the upcoming storyline, I can say for sure that this is surely the cause because I have already started to read the firth installment of the Outlander series, “The Fiery Cross”.

Another point of weakness that I found in the Outlander series is that, yes this series is a rape series. When I first started reading this book I though people were just being exaggerating when they said that Outlander had a lot of rape. Well this series is surely making that fan fact true. It seems that ever character in this book has had some type of sexual assult. I am either very ignorant about the rape account that occurred during the 17 and 18 century or it’s just been much easier for Gabaldon to write a plot effecting rape scene for her characters to connect with since the previous characters have experiences it themselves. Almost like a point of connection that occurs between the characters, which was surely the case between Jamie and his daughter Brianna, when they held a odd bonding experiences in the barn about James experiences with Captain Randall, and Brianna’s own experiences a with a different type of Captain.

What I am most pleased about this book “Drums of Autumn”, is the fact this book truly introduces the relationship of Roger and Brianna, or if you would prefer Brianna and Roger. I really want to love these couple as much as I love the original romance couple of Jamie and Claire. I think this is why Outlander, the first book is my favorite, since I could feel that their growing love was believable. However I don’t feel the same with Roger and Brianna, and that’s because I just don’t like Brianna, which is truly a shame because I feel that Gabaldon has made obvious similarities towards her father James Fraser, yet I just find her as a character to be extremely spoil, harsh, rash, and most of all irrating. I feel that I am holding my breath for Roger. I found my heart moving towards Roger more than anyone else, especially since Jame and his nephew almost got Roger killed and Brianna husbandless. Seriously, I’m not sure I truly believe their love, considering that Brianna turned him down the first time he asked to marry her, but I am hoping that I will eventually fall in love with both of them instead of just Roger Mackenzie.

I gave this book a 4 stars, only because I found that reading 1070 pages is extremely long when it comes to majority of the novel being surrounded by a relationship I really was not interested in. I am really hoping that the next installment of the Outlander series “The Fiery Cross” has more merit than the “Drums of Autumn”, that I still enjoyed reading.

As always here are a few quotes that I enjoyed from Diana Gabaldon’s Drums of Autumn.

“But a man is not forgotten, as long as there are two people left under the sky. One, to tell the story; the other, to hear it.”
-Diana Gabaldon, Drums of Autumn

“He shook his head and squeezed my hand tight. “You are my courage, as I am you’re conscience, “ he whispered, “You are my heart— I am your compassion. We are neither of us whole, alone. Do ye not know that, Sassenach?”–Jamie
-Diana Gabaldon’s Drums of Autumn.

Before I leave this review I forgot to mention this mysterious character that always seems to save the day when it comes to the Fraser family, Lord John Grey. Dear lorde have mercy this man seems to always be there when Jameia dn Claire need a mystical magical help when they are to busy or occupied  to save everyone they love in the exact same time. I really need to know how his story keeps twisting in loops around  the Frasers!

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I really hope John Grey and Brianna become good friends, because if it wasn’t for him helping her while her parents went to save Roger the story might have turned rather ugly or rather uglier for Brianna. I found Lord Grey senses of humor during the emotional draining portion of the books to be fitting. His scene of humor was much needed and I am glad that he was able to  greater friends or on the pursuit of friendship with Claire Fraser. I really need to get my hands on Lord John Grey’s story as soon as I finish the main storyline of Outlander itself!

Happy reading ya’ll!

About Diana Gabaldon

Diana Gabaldon is the New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular Outlander novels-Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, and A Breath of Snow and Ashes (for which she won a Quill Award and the Corine International Book Prize)-and one work of nonfiction, The Outlandish Companion, as well as the bestselling series featuring Lord John Grey, a character she introduced in Voyager. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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