Drums of Autumn (Outlander, #4)

by Diana Gabaldon

4.04 of 5 stars 23 ratings • 7 reviews • 36 shelved
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Drums of Autumn (Outlander, #4)

by Diana Gabaldon

4.04 of 5 stars 23 ratings • 7 reviews • 36 shelved
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The fourth book in Diana Gabaldon’s acclaimed Outlander saga, the basis for the Starz original series. Don’t miss the new Outlander novel, Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone, available November 23!

“Unforgettable characters . . . richly embroidered with historical detail.”—The Cincinnati Post

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 mysterious 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.
  • ISBN10 0385311400
  • ISBN13 9780385311403
  • Publish Date 30 December 1996 (first published 1 December 1996)
  • Publish Status Active
  • Publish Country US
  • Imprint Delacorte Press
  • Format Hardcover
  • Pages 896
  • Language English


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I have to say that halfway through the book, I was hooked and I couldn't put it down and I read almost til dawn. I loved reading about the relationship between Roger and Brianna! I think it was one of my favorite parts of the book. As much as I love Jamie / Claire, it was very refreshing to have another relationship going on.

I have to say that I was a tad disappointed that there was less Fergus in this book. I guess he had the spotlight on him for quite some time and it was time for other characters to be part of the action.

There were definitely a handful of surprises along the way and it was one of the elements that kept me hooked, despite the fact that Drums of Autumn, like the others, is dauntingly long. As I continue to read more of the series, I'm starting to think less of why the editor decided to keep the novels so long. I am no longer thinking up of a good reason why a book has to be 700-800 pages long - I just want more.

Drums of Autumn did not disappoint me; I will definitely be looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

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littleread1 4 of 5 stars
Like many of Gabaldon's books, this one allows you to feel like you are there with the characters. About half way the group splits, and you start getting multiple POV's, which is a great help. And like always, it is very clear early on whose POV it is, as Claire is the only first person narrative, and anyone else is done in such a way that allows you to know who is "speaking" within the first paragraph. Overall, well done. I can't say a whole lot more about this book without some major spoilers and I want you to be as shocked/excited/terrified/angry/tearful/happy as I was :-)

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lindseygray 5 of 5 stars
This one took me quite a bit longer to get through than the other three. I loved that we got to get into the minds of Jamie, Bree, and Roger along with Claire. I am totally smitten with Roger at this point and was in tears during his struggle in this book. I was a bit surprised at the reappearance of Lord John, but so happy. I love the friendship he created with Bree and the understanding he came to with Claire. Overall, another wonderful and intense narrative.

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Linda 5 of 5 stars
Again, so many things have happened, and it's really nice to have Brianna and Roger in the same time with Claire and Jamie, even if there has been a lot of trouble for them all!! Poor Roger, he really didn't do anything wrong, but Lizzy thought he had, and that was enough for Jaime and Ian :(
A full review will come later.

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elysium 4 of 5 stars
Jamie and Claire lives now in America They have some lands in the middle of wilderness and they’re ready to settle to “normal” married life. The local Indians are relatively peaceful and Jamie’s nephew Ian becomes good friend with them.

In the 20th century Brianna is trying to find what happens to his parents. She’s also coming closer to Roger Wakefield, who helped Claire to trace Jamie. When Brianna finds old newspaper article about her parents she decides to go through the stones without telling Roger. When Roger finds out she has left, he’s determined to find her.

Yet another godd book by Gabaldon! I enjoyed it but still thought it to be the weakest book in the serie so far. But that doesn’t mean it was bad! I just found Roger so utterly boring. And there were too many pages from his point of view. He seemed more interesting in the future time.

I liked to see how Brianna and Jamie got to know each other and their relationship grow. AndI liked how well she get along with John Grey. But I didn’t understand how John could be so uninterested about his wife’s death.

The one thing I could have lived without was Brianna getting raped. I just didn’t see the point of it...

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ibeforem 4 of 5 stars
Things have calmed down a *little* bit in the Fraser lives, but this was still a very good book. I like how the story is progressing. My only problem is that I find myself skimming things like Indian folktales — but that’s my problem, not a problem with the book. My eyes always glaze over when I hit stuff like that.