Drums of Autumn

Drums of Autumn

Book - 2001
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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 buy 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...
Publisher: New York : Dell Pub., [2001], c1997.
ISBN: 9780385658713
0385658710
9780770427757
Characteristics: 880 p.

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Ashlee_M May 19, 2017

Book 4 in the Outlander series and I loved it!!! So many scenes we have been waiting for since Jamie found out about his daughter Brianna.

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grumpyswife925
Jan 29, 2017

Unlike comments by other readers that say there are too many tedious descriptive passages in Drums of Autumn and Voyager, I find myself hanging on nearly every word. I appreciate the narrative that pushes me from one exciting event to the next, mostly because I enjoy the accuracy of the history Gabaldon writes. The one thing I don't appreciate is when she repeats phrases, but I don't race through books I enjoy, so I suppose less careful readers may need reminders once in a while. Also, when I appreciate a good book, I find it difficult to put down and I don't want it to end. Complaining about a book (or series) being too long or wanting to skip ahead because you're bored is just silly. If that's the case, find something else you like better!

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konoyaro
Jan 28, 2017

her books are too damn long. at about 100 pgs before the end i start to get bored and a little anxious to finish. i'm an avid reader but these get to be a little too much. enjoying the saga, tho

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jaydosprentz
Dec 25, 2016

As always, a good read, great characters. The one thing keeping me from giving it five stars is it at times seemed tedious and long. When there was something of importance going on it's engaging, when there is long, descriptive passages of their everyday lives dragging on, I found myself skimming to get to the next juicy part.

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melmccurdy
Jul 27, 2016

Loved book 1, was not fond of books 2 & 3, but was immersed in the lives of Jamie and Claire in book 4. Loved the scenes with Jamie/Roger/Brianna.

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wrenbrin
Jun 25, 2016

4th book in the series. We get to see Jamie and Claire in the American colonies.

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DorisWaggoner
Apr 07, 2015

Like the previous books in the series, this is a page turner; I finished it in three very long nights. By now I know and love all the characters. It's not a spoiler to say there were times I wanted to kick Jamie, Brianna, and Roger. Young Ian has always been somewhat immature, but he grows up by the end. Claire stays totally true to herself throughout, and by the end the others are settling down. Gabaldon definitely knows how to keep readers on tenterhooks of plot, and her descriptions of setting, whether of Scottish crofts, pirate ships, or climates where culture requires people to wear too many clothes in the muggy summer, are wonderful. She's also superb at dialog and accents, where only a few words are needed to distinguish English lords, southern slaves, 18th c. Scottish highlanders, and 20th c. scholars. I can barely wait for the next installment.

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ZenSojourner
May 21, 2014

NOT SF/F. Bodice ripper. I am really tired of having stuff like this foisted off on me as SF/F. This should be listed only under "romance novels". Even for a bodice ripper I find this series particularly brainless and unbelievable. I'm sure the author is weeping all the way to the bank. See my comments on the originating novel "Outlander" for a more descriptive comment.

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happycanuck
Feb 10, 2012

Her usual style but there was so much filler that I gave up reading the book early on. The story was taking sooo looong to make any progress. The story line was too much to swallow re: its credibility.

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elysecarney
Jul 03, 2011

My ABSOLUTE favourite of the series, thusfar. Jamie is wonderful, and Brianna finally redeemed herself as a worthy character, in my eyes. Couldn't stand her earlier. The book was a little hard getting into, only because the plot kept bringing back characters I detested (I won't say who, lest I spoil it for someone). "Drums of Autumn" made up for all the crap I had to endure in the previous two books. For those like me that weren't entirely impressed with what Jamie did in the 20 year gap (however understandable it may have been), this book made it all better.

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