Drums of Autumn

Drums of Autumn

Book - 2002
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In her long awaited new novel, Drums of Autumn , Diana Gabaldon continues the remarkable story of Claire and Jamie Fraser that began with the classic Outlander , and its bestselling sequels, Dragonfly in Amber and Voyager.

Cast ashore in the American colonies, the Frasers are faced with a bleak choice: return to a Scotland fallen into famine and poverty, or seize the risky chance of a new life in the New World--menaced by Claire's certain knowledge of the coming Revolution.

Still, a highlander is born to risk--and so is a time-traveler. Their daughter, Brianna, is safe--they think--on the other side of a dangerous future; their lives are their own to venture as they will. With faith in themselves and in each other, they seek a new beginning among the exiled Scottish Highlanders of the Cape Fear, in the fertile river valleys of the Colony of North Carolina.

Even in the New World, though, the Frasers find their hope of peace threatened from without and within; by the British Crown and by Jamie's aunt, Jocasta MacKenzie, last of the MacKenzies of Leoch.

A hunger for freedom drives Jamie to a Highlander's only true refuge: the mountains. And here at last, with no challenge to their peace--save wild animals, Indians, and the threat of starvation--the Frasers establish a precarious foothold in the wilderness, secure in the knowledge that even war cannot invade their mountain sanctuary.

But history spares no one, and when Brianna follows her mother into the past, not even the mountains can shelter a Highlander. For Brianna too has an urgent quest: not only to find the mother she has lost and the father she has never met, but to save them both from a future that only she can see.
Publisher: Toronto : Anchor Canada, 2002.
ISBN: 9780385311403
9780770427757
9780385658713
Branch Call Number: GAB
Characteristics: 880 p.

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Ashlee_M May 19, 2017

Book 4 in the Outlander series and I loved it!!! So many scenes we have been waiting for since Jamie found out about his daughter Brianna.

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grumpyswife925
Jan 29, 2017

Unlike comments by other readers that say there are too many tedious descriptive passages in Drums of Autumn and Voyager, I find myself hanging on nearly every word. I appreciate the narrative that pushes me from one exciting event to the next, mostly because I enjoy the accuracy of the history Gabaldon writes. The one thing I don't appreciate is when she repeats phrases, but I don't race through books I enjoy, so I suppose less careful readers may need reminders once in a while. Also, when I appreciate a good book, I find it difficult to put down and I don't want it to end. Complaining about a book (or series) being too long or wanting to skip ahead because you're bored is just silly. If that's the case, find something else you like better!

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konoyaro
Jan 28, 2017

her books are too damn long. at about 100 pgs before the end i start to get bored and a little anxious to finish. i'm an avid reader but these get to be a little too much. enjoying the saga, tho

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jaydosprentz
Dec 25, 2016

As always, a good read, great characters. The one thing keeping me from giving it five stars is it at times seemed tedious and long. When there was something of importance going on it's engaging, when there is long, descriptive passages of their everyday lives dragging on, I found myself skimming to get to the next juicy part.

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melmccurdy
Jul 27, 2016

Loved book 1, was not fond of books 2 & 3, but was immersed in the lives of Jamie and Claire in book 4. Loved the scenes with Jamie/Roger/Brianna.

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wrenbrin
Jun 25, 2016

4th book in the series. We get to see Jamie and Claire in the American colonies.

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DorisWaggoner
Apr 07, 2015

Like the previous books in the series, this is a page turner; I finished it in three very long nights. By now I know and love all the characters. It's not a spoiler to say there were times I wanted to kick Jamie, Brianna, and Roger. Young Ian has always been somewhat immature, but he grows up by the end. Claire stays totally true to herself throughout, and by the end the others are settling down. Gabaldon definitely knows how to keep readers on tenterhooks of plot, and her descriptions of setting, whether of Scottish crofts, pirate ships, or climates where culture requires people to wear too many clothes in the muggy summer, are wonderful. She's also superb at dialog and accents, where only a few words are needed to distinguish English lords, southern slaves, 18th c. Scottish highlanders, and 20th c. scholars. I can barely wait for the next installment.

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ZenSojourner
May 21, 2014

NOT SF/F. Bodice ripper. I am really tired of having stuff like this foisted off on me as SF/F. This should be listed only under "romance novels". Even for a bodice ripper I find this series particularly brainless and unbelievable. I'm sure the author is weeping all the way to the bank. See my comments on the originating novel "Outlander" for a more descriptive comment.

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happycanuck
Feb 10, 2012

Her usual style but there was so much filler that I gave up reading the book early on. The story was taking sooo looong to make any progress. The story line was too much to swallow re: its credibility.

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elysecarney
Jul 03, 2011

My ABSOLUTE favourite of the series, thusfar. Jamie is wonderful, and Brianna finally redeemed herself as a worthy character, in my eyes. Couldn't stand her earlier. The book was a little hard getting into, only because the plot kept bringing back characters I detested (I won't say who, lest I spoil it for someone). "Drums of Autumn" made up for all the crap I had to endure in the previous two books. For those like me that weren't entirely impressed with what Jamie did in the 20 year gap (however understandable it may have been), this book made it all better.

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