Review – Drums of Autumn

Title: Drums of Autumn

Series: Outlander #4

Author: Diana Gabaldon

4 stars

Note: This book is part of a series, so if you have not read the first 3 Outlander books, then be warned that there are major spoilers below. Read at own risk.

What if you knew someone you loved was going to die? What if you thought you could save them? How much would you risk to try?

Claire Randall has gone to find Jamie Fraser, the man she loved more than life, and has left half her heart behind with their daughter, Brianna. Claire gave up Jamie to save Brianna, and now Bree has sent her mother back to the Scottish warrior who was willing to give his life to save them both. But a chilling discovery in the pages of history suggests that Jamie and Claire’s story doesn’t have a happy ending.

Brianna dares a terrifying leap into the unknown in search of her mother and the father she has never met, 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.

So, here we are. Book #4Β  of this amazing historical time-travelling series. Claire and Jamie Fraser have made it to America and are settling into their new home at Fraser’s Ridge in North Carolina.

I do have to say this; I miss Scotland. I know we do go back there for a fleeting moment when Brianna goes through the stones and goes to Lallybroch, but I still miss Jamie Fraser in full Scottish get-up on a horse with English soldiers at his tail..

But alas, the story must go on and evolve into something bigger and it definitely has. Jamie and Claire have settled in America some short few years before the revolution. Here they meet Jamie’s aunt Jocasta and her slave farm.

So for this book, a lot of things happen, but then again a lot of things doesn’t happen. That’s the danger with these +1000 page books – they can’t all be equally exciting. I’m afraid there were a lot pages I skimmed and I didn’t miss anything.

But, and this is actually a major contributor to the skimming – I have just watched season 4 of Outlander on TV – aka this book. And that’s something I think I need to stop doing. I need to read the book before the show, otherwise, skimming will happen because I know in large what will happen in the book. Granted, as I discovered, it’s not all the same, some characters that are in the show are not in the book (but I hope they show up later) and some things happen in a different order.

Nevertheless, this is a book review, not a TV-Show review, so back to the book.

I really liked the direction the book took around the halfway mark and onwards – Brianna and Roger coming through the stones and finding each other in Wilmington and of course Brianna finding her parents. Her meeting with Jamie is so heartwarming and I was close to tears when this moment finally happened. It’s portrayed so good on TV as well, although there’s the whole, Jamie-peeing-then-touching-Brianna’s-face-yuk thing, but aside from that, beautiful. Just beautiful.

I love these characters and have done since the moment I met them. Claire’s stubbornness and strength shines through as well as Jamie’s deep deep love for her. They will forever be my OTP. I don’t think anyone can reach the level of feelings they have for each other.

I’m interested to see whether or not the character of Stephen Bonnet will make an appearance again later on in the books. There’s definitely a great set-up for it.

Are you an Outlander fan? Books? TV-Show? Both?

Do you have a favourite book/season so far?

I’d love to chat about it in the comments.

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