Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon

Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon
Historical Fiction

This is the fourth book in the Outlander series, where Jaime and Claire are now in the USA and settling down their homestead. They meet Jaime's aunt who owns a plantation. Claire has to wrestle with the fact that she also owns slaves. Something has been left in the future though, which is Jaime and Claire's daughter Brianna. When Brianna finds a notice stating that her parents will die in a fire at their home, she is determined to go to the past to try and save them. When her boyfriend, Roger, finds out she's gone he isn't impressed and follows her through the stones.

Typical to all the books in this series, this is another thousand page novel. Unlike the previous three books, however, I felt that this moved very slowly. The previous books had as much historical fiction as it did romance but this book seemed to be more romance than anything else and it bored me. There was also repetition in the story. Jaime gets lost in the woods, then shortly after Claire gets lost in the woods. Couldn't another story have been thought up?

A new element to this book was the introduction of the Native Americans. It added interesting new characters and situations to the book, but not enough to save it.

Given how much I felt this book was a bit of a waste of time, I'm not sure how I feel about continuing on with the series because they are such time investments.

First Line: "I heard the drums long before they came in to sight."


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