Voyager (Outlander Series #3) – Diana Gabaldon
Title: Voyager (Book #3 of the Outlander Series)
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Publisher: Bantam Dell
Genre: Romance/Fantasy/Historical Fiction
Book Length: 1059 pages
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
After finishing the second book, I was itching to continue the story and I jumped right into the third. In hindsight, I regret this decision. Every book in this series is a serious time commitment. They are often 800+ pages long and very detailed. In comparison to the first two stories, I was often bored and annoyed at some of the repetitive themes and characters that often feel contrived.
Here is what I didn’t enjoy: Characters long thought dead or gone popped up everywhere Claire and Jamie went. I found this unrealistic and convenient for the plot-line. As a result, I was annoyed and felt it was rather cheating of the author. Instead of creating new villains or characters, we continue to deal with the old.
At times, I felt the story was racially offensive. I understand it takes place in the 1960s and later 1700s, but I feel you can tell a historical story and not necessarily make your characters racial stereotypes. Mr. Willoughby, was a character portrayal I was offended by. I felt that Gabaldon was relying on circus portrayals of the Chinese from the 1800s, and I found this distasteful. Just because the story takes place in the 1700s does not mean the one Chinese character needs to be portrayed as a side-show act.
Thirdly, why does Claire constantly act aroused every time she is sick or dying? Her nipples are constantly erect when she is feverish with death and ready to be ploughed. This is just outright ridiculous and I found myself rolling my eyes.
Fourthly, neither Jamie nor Claire has barely aged. They are both almost 50 and yet, they are as youthful as the day they were parted (aside from some gray hair). Really? Unrealistic again.
Here is what I enjoyed: I enjoyed the back story of Jamie and seeing them reunited. The fact that Jamie has a past that Claire was not apart of is honest. The fact she has to accept him as the man he is now and not the man she left, is relatable. They have both changed and led different lives. So the first chunk of this book was acceptable and helped create the version of who they are today.
Brianna and Roger’s story is becoming the more intriguing one and I look forward to that as the story progresses.
I love that Gabaldon writes about all these different countries that Jamie and Claire visit. You get to see and feel some of the history of the time period.
But overall, I had to push myself to finish this installment. And I am decidedly taking a bit of a break from this series. I do plan to continue on with it, but perhaps not until 2020.
If you want to continue the story, you can find all the books on Amazon in multiple formats.
Synopsis: 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.