This book, in essence, picks up right where Outlander left off, but with an introduction of sorts that is set 20 years in Claire Fraser/Randall’s future. That fairly brief introduction, which lets us see a bit what happens to Claire at that time, teases us until the very end of the book, when our author returns to 1968 and what Claire is learning about her past and THE past, where her beloved Jamie has died.
Honestly, though, that amount of information from 1968 is not enough to answer many questions; it only opens up more possibilities and leaves readers wanting more, so don’t expect to be able to take much of a break between this book and the third, Voyager. That said, most of the book takes us along with Claire and Jamie as they try to change the future and prevent the Pretender Prince Charles from trying to take back Scotland from the Hanovers. Claire knows the end of that story and, having told Jamie, they both agonize over how to change it. Their attempt to do so takes them to France, then eventually back to Scotland. Diana Gabaldon introduces us to more characters and places and allows us to revisit beloved characters and places from Outlander. She entertains and enthralls no matter what the setting.
I just cannot put these books down. They are so rich in detail and vivid in setting. It is a pleasure to experience everything along with Claire and Jamie. Gabaldon makes us feel as if we’re not missing a thing as she tells us all kinds of what some may consider trivia that’s unnecessary to the arc of the story. But it’s all so fascinating!
Rated: Moderate. I’m going to say moderate for this one, at least compared to Outlander, though some readers may disagree a bit. I just felt this one was kind of on the line. There were maybe three uses of strong language; this book still has some sex scenes, but not nearly as many or as detailed as in the first book. It also has a fair amount of violence, and there is a rape scene. But I just didn’t find this book to be as heavy in disturbing detail as the first. The character from Outlander who is perverted and evil appears in this one, but there aren’t so many details about what he does or has done.