book 3 of 50: Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

For book 3 of 50, I read Voyager by Diana Gabaldon. It was the third book in the Outlander series. The beginning was truly heartbreaking. After being apart for 20 years, the two main characters - Jamie and Claire - were completely different characters. It was hard to read about their lives when they weren't experiencing it together, as most of the magic happens with Jamie and Claire and united. They eventually found each other, and like the previous Outlander books, all chaos seemed to follow Jamie and Claire wherever they went.

There were some interesting plot twists and turns. I still can't get over that Jamie married Legohair (yes, that's not how you spell her name, but that's how I pronounce it and it seems to suit her). Some bits were a bit hilarious and ridiculous on all accounts. Together they survived a hurricane, a bullet just happened to graze along the top of Jamie's head when shot from point blank range, and there was a point in which a character ended up turning into a medium of sorts between the two worlds (which was utterly confusing).

This book was definitely the saddest out of the three so far. It was heartbreaking to know they had to spend 20 years apart from the one person that made them whole. There are a lot of events in these books that I would love to physically experience, but this is something I hope to never, ever experience.

Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

When this series is over, I know I'll be experiencing breakup syndromes: sulking, sadness, and lots of ice cream. Friends of mine, be prepared.

If you're interested, here is what Diana has to say about Voyager: “He was dead.  However, his nose throbbed painfully, which he thought odd in the circumstances.” Thus begins the third book in the OUTLANDER series, in which we learn that–despite his best efforts–Jamie Fraser did not die on the battlefield at Culloden.  He isn’t pleased.  Back in the 20th century, Claire is equally shocked by the revelation of Jamie’s survival–but much more pleased about it.   We hear Jamie’s story as he moves forward, trying to forge a life from the bits of his soul and his country that are left, and hear Claire’s brief recounting of the twenty years since she left him at Culloden, while Roger MacKenzie and Brianna (Claire and Jamie’s daughter) draw close to each other as they sleuth through the clues of the past, in an urgent hunt for Jamie Fraser.  Can they find him?  And if they do, will Claire go back to him?  And if she does…what will happen then? To be honest, it would be easier to describe whatdoesn’t happen than what does.  The story moves from the ghosts of Samhain in the Scottish Highlands to the streets and brothels of Edinburgh, to the turbulent open sea and the adventures of the West Indies. Printing presses, sedition, murder, voodoo, Chinese foot-fetishism, kidnapping, turtle soup, and a number of other things.   Behind them all, though, is Jamie’s question: “Will ye take me, Sassenach?  And risk the man I am, for the sake of the man I was?”