Warning: more sensitive topics of rape
Their passionate encounter happened long ago by whatever measurement Claire Randall took. Two decades before, she had traveled back in time and into the arms of a gallant eighteenth-century Scot named Jamie Fraser. Then she returned to her own century to bear his child, believing him dead in the tragic battle of Culloden. Yet his memory has never lessened its hold on her . . . and her body still cries out for him in her dreams.
Then Claire discovers that Jamie survived. Torn between returning to him and staying with their daughter in her own era, Claire must choose her destiny. And as time and space come full circle, she must find the courage to face the passion and the pain awaiting her . . . the deadly intrigues raging in a divided Scotland . . . and the daring voyage into the dark unknown that can reunite—or forever doom—her timeless love.
“He gave you to me,” she said, so low I could hardly hear her. “Now I have to give you back to him, Mama.”
I enjoyed Voyager. It hurt to read, though. At first because I couldn’t stand for them to be apart at all. And then, because I was so stressed out of my mind I thought I was going to throw up all book. I actually have to take a break from this series after this book, because I just absolutely cannot take the stress any longer. Gabaldon is able to weave a story that I am capable of utterly falling into so that I am no longer myself, but I am Claire. I am Jamie. I am these two tangling a weave through time. I love these books, but I fear they may be my end. I’m too wrapped up in these characters. I may die before I can get to the end, either by love or by heartbreak.
It is amazing just how much happens in 385k words. Seriously, as I went to start this review, I started going over in my head what all happened in this book. It is a lot. It is seriously a lot. There is so much that happens that it seriously felt like three books length of material (and by word count, it essentially is three books of material). This book ends at such a different place in the story than the book starts at that it is hard to imagine they even still are the same book. I cannot fathom what else is going to happen in this series overall.
I’m still not happy with the time gap between them. It seems unnecessarily cruel. I was in so much pain when they were apart. However, the relief I felt when they got together again was unmatched. Hell, the build-up to their meeting again had me absolutely light-headed with giddiness. I have no idea how Claire managed to not pass out or something. I’m not certain how I was able to manage.
Gabaldon seems to be falling into a trap, though. I’m a bit afraid. The first book was simple enough. Lots of twist and turns, but it didn’t strain credulity. The second book, too, was mostly contained. Voyager, however, just kept upping the ante. Again and again and again, every time something happened in the book, it had to be followed up with something even more incredulous, even more exciting, even more grand. The series cannot keep going along that path and succeed, in my mind. It needs to come back down to earth.
This is the first book in the series I would really classify as fantasy. The first two just used time travel as a means of getting a character from the “modern” world into the time of the past. To me, that isn’t fantasy, that is just a plot device. Finally, this series is starting to feel like it is fantasy to me, and I am glad for that because I typically really need more in my story than just romance, even if it is historical. In this we see more. We see that there may be more than just traveling through the stones. We see that that may not have been a fluke. We learn more, but only a tiny, tiny bit more.
I really did enjoy reading this book. There are some parts I don’t like, but what book has so much in it and has everything in it that one could possibly like. There are pitfalls that accompany their reacquaintance. There were times I didn’t think I could bare to read more. Yet, I finished, and I’ll continue reading this until the end. Because I am hooked.
To read more reviews for this series, check out the Outlander series page!