Voyager (Outlander, #3) by Diana Gabaldon
Published by Dell on October 26th 1994
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance, Fantasy, Fiction
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From the author of the breathtaking bestsellers Outlander and Dragonfly in Amber, the extraordinary saga continues.
Their passionate encounter happened long ago by whatever measurement Claire Randall took. Two decades before, she had traveled back in time and into the arms of a gallant eighteenth-century Scot named Jamie Fraser. Then she returned to her own century to bear his child, believing him dead in the tragic battle of Culloden. Yet his memory has never lessened its hold on her... and her body still cries out for him in her dreams.
Then Claire discovers that Jamie survived. Torn between returning to him and staying with their daughter in her own era, Claire must choose her destiny. And as time and space come full circle, she must find the courage to face the passion and pain awaiting her...the deadly intrigues raging in a divided Scotland... and the daring voyage into the dark unknown that can reunite—or forever doom—her timeless love.
Favorite Quotes from the novel
“Do ye want me?” he whispered. “Sassenach, will ye take me – and risk the man that I am, for the sake of the man ye knew?”
“It has always been forever, for me, Sassenach”
“Then kiss me, Claire,” he whispered, “And know that you are more to me than life, and I have no regret.”
I’m here once again to give you another wonderful review of a book I’ve recently read, Voyager book three from Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander Series. I’m not really sure how to review Voyager, or any Outlander books from this series, since so many things happen in this one novel that it’s hard to even express how the plot, the imagery, the character development let along the writing style of the character relationships, tension, and emotional connection between the characters that not only breaks your heart but truly makes you rethink any novel when compared to Diana Gabaldon’s plot twist and turns.
Gabaldon’s writing style really makes you feel like you are hearing this strong whispered to you like a dream. When I read her novels, I really feel like my entire mind is being placed in a realm between wake and sleep. It feels like the world at my feet is actually at the quite hour between waiting for either the sun to break free from the night or the night to overcome into darkness. That is how transporting the Outlander series is to me, Voyager is no differences.
Voyager of course takes place after Dragonfly in the Embers. Claire and JamieFraser are reunited but of course their reunion is centered around plot twist, turns, and plot thickens events, not to mention to ever turning adventures cloud that seems to surround the lovable couple of the surviving Frasers. Claire is a different type of woman that I have ever experiences in my reading pleasure. There are times I think she would give up on Jamie, turn around and find the nearest standing stones, returning back to her time, instead she seems to have the patiences of a saint with her love. Voyager is about Claire returning to Jamie after being separated for 20 years after being pushed through the standing stones. After spending twenty years apart from her beloved, Claire finds herself explaining to a bewildered Brenna about the history of how her father isn’t Frank Randall. But a two hundred year old red headed HighLand Scots Warrior named James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser. How could she not be Jamies child? With her straight noise, that could perhaps be a tad bit to straight. Bright blue eyes set perfectly within a cat eye slant, of course this might be to much for Brenna to take. That is why Claire has asked for the help of the late Reverend Wakefield’s adopted son Roger MacKenzie, a Oxford college student studying in historical text, with the help of Roger and Brenna to find Jamie, the love of Claire’s life.
Twenty years is a very long time without your heart. With Claire and the baby gone through the stones, Jamie sure left to face The Battle of Culloden, waiting to die. Ironically, Jamie did not die at the final Jacobite rising of 1745. Surrounded by the dead Clan’s man nor the formulaic friends and other Jacobites slowly dying from wounds or injuries, Jamie manages to not only to live a very lonely twenty years without a family.I have to say the things that Jamie Fraser experiences during the twenty years is both heart breaking as well as extremely lonely. I love this book so much for it’s emotional connection that Jamie and the Claire hold throughout the novel expanding such distances.
But I also though that Jamie was going to die during this sea side voyage!
My favorite scene in the book are also great spoilers!
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Honestly my favorite scene from the entire book has to be when Jamie tells Claire about Willie, of course Claire already knew about the story of Jamie and how he came to be, but to have Jamie honestly tell Claire without her having to force it out of him hurt my heart in such rawness. I wasn’t sure how Jamie was going to tell Claire about his “other” child when the situation with the always pleasant Laoghaire MacKenzie revealed James Fraser’s marital status. I have to say that scene was honestly the worse scene. Actually I’m going back and forth, let me start over. The scene I hate the most was James Fraser’s revealing of his martial status during the absences of Claire. I can’t believe Jamie did not actually tell Claire that he married, by the request of his sisters, Laoghire Mackenzie. Of all the women to get married to it would of course be the woman that attempted to have Claire murder during the witch hunt during the first book! Laugher Mackenzie, the woman who true to the words of the first Outlander, acted like a child despite her being twenty years older than the first time she an Claire meet in Castle Leoch. Seriously, Jenny choose of all the women in the Highlands of Scotland she told James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser to marry the one and only women Claire Elizabeth Beauchamp Randall Fraser would find both emotional and physical betrayal. I’m not even going to talk about the awkward situation surrounding the reveal. I never been so upset and sorry for Jame and Claire at the same time. Diana Gabaldon has a great way of writing that makes you feel sorry for both parties. Honestly I never felt so torn between Jamie & Claire and apparently a gun. That’s right just like the childish action of Laoghire which lead to one of two of my favorite scenes in during Voyager. The moment that Young Ian turn around searching for his Auntie Claire to help save Jamie made me so happy for Young Ian. I honestly hated the fact that Jenny was the soul reason for these events despite Jamie’s not being truly honest with Claire about his martial status. But the moment Jamie though Claire was NOT A FEVER DREAM but actually Claire, I was more than happy. Honestly I’m so glad that Claire found her revenge by medically saving Jamie along with stabbing him in the bottom with a needle. “forgiveness is not a single act, but a matter of constant practice” -Diana Gabaldon, Drums of Autuumn The next scene that manage to steal my heart was Jamie finally telling Claire about his son Willie.I was really happy to know that Jamie was finally brave enough to tell Claire about his son. I was really heartbroken when Jamie finally told Claire the through. I felt that this scene compared to the previous scene with the revealing of trigger finger tight holder Loaghire was a great example of the wonderful situations Diana Gabaldon offers to her characters in the name of character development. I’m not saying that I like the fact that Jamie had an outside child, but I do like the fact that he was finally brave enough tot tell Claire even though she already knew due to Lord John Grey telling her. Sweet Jezzus whoever Jamie finds himself in a situation where I think he most surely is going to be killed, here comes Lord John Grey to the silent rescue. I seriously need to start reading his stories because there is something happening within his own story that needs to be told. Honestly he is everywhere yet no where at the same time, great story telling technique within character development. To have all thing awful things with Jack Randall and then befriend someone, along with trust something so much with someone you love even more but can never truly be apart of their life! Lord John grey you have earned my respect because you manage to be such a great friend to Jamie when he had no one, not even Claire. « Hide Spoiler
Another moment I enjoyed form the book was the historical notes about the West Indies. I’m from the Bahamas, spending majority of my childhood being raised in Eletherua, which is why I was so excited when reading about all the NOW Bahamian Islands that Jamie and Claire, along with all their sea side companions, where traveling. My dad would tell me stories of pirates constantly barely managing to escape the British Navy, using the sharp rocks of the cost of Eletherau to hide since the beach was to shallow to actually have a large vessel to go near. It was really fun to read the a similar if not a more accurate story being told in this historical fiction!
Now my favorite fantastic couple are making a new life in the America, wit young Brenna being haunted by the soft touch of her ghostly parents! I am already ten chapters in the next installment of Diana Gabaldon’s series! I rally hope my reviews convince you to start reading too!