Rated Reads

Voyager (Outlander, book 3)

by Diana Gabaldon

Rated: High

This book just goes right on from the end of Dragonfly in Amber, which teases readers so much about Claire Randall’s future and makes us wonder what happens to her daughter and how she might get back to her beloved Jamie, 200 years in the past. In fact, the action just seems so seamless that it’s hard to figure out where the action ends in one book and begins in another in the first three books of the series. The books might as well have just been one very, very long book. At least at the end of Voyager, there is a good “ending,” so I now feel I can take a break and read some other books before coming back to the series.

Claire does get back to Jamie through the standing stones, this time prepared for the difficult passage through time. She finds him and they pick back up where they left off so long before. But 20 years apart has led each of them in some interesting directions, and Claire especially finds some shocking surprises about Jamie’s past without her the longer she’s with him. One “surprise” for her is known to the reader, but the other comes as just as much of a blow to the reader as it does to Claire.

In Voyager, Jamie and Claire spend time in Scotland, in Edinburgh, then some time back at Lallybroch, and then end up on a voyage to the Americas. I found that I wasn’t sure if I enjoyed it quite so much in the new setting as I did when they were in Scotland, so I’m not sure how much I will continue to just lap up the series now that they seem to be heading for a life in the New World, at least for a good while. Either way, Diana Gabaldon continues to enthrall and keep her characters interesting and lively and completely real, and they have adventure after adventure.

Rated: High. This book has more sexual scenes in it than the second book, though maybe still less than the first, and a good amount of detail. There are about five uses of strong language, and other milder language, and vulgar references. There is violence throughout, and some characters who are a bit disturbing.

— Reviewed by Cathy Carmode Lim

Cathy Carmode Lim has been reviewing books for newspapers for about 20 years, two of which she was a book page editor. She founded Rated Reads in January 2008.

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  • by Diana Gabaldon
  • Rated: High
  • Genre: Fiction
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