My goal for several years has been to read 50 books in one calendar year – 52 weeks – but I have always fallen off the rails around 25 books. This year, I’m twice as determined. I will be posting short reviews of each book with my thoughts and any recommendations I received for the book as well as a link to purchase the book from Amazon, (though I recommend checking your local library first). If you have questions, leave a comment! If you want to follow my journey, find me on Goodreads.
This is the third installment of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon and it does not disappoint. Voyager follows Claire’s journey after leaving Jamie before the battle of Culloden. Twenty years pass as she raises their daughter with Frank, becomes a doctor, and wonders about the fate of those she knew in Scotland. Spoiler: she does go back through the stones and finds Jamie again, but the story doesn’t stop there. His life has changed drastically in the twenty years since her departure as well. Through the most incredible plot twists, they end up on a ship bound for the West Indies, find Geillis Duncan again (surprise) and experience the voodoo magic of Haiti, Jamaica, and 18th century Caribbean islands. These books take a while to read because they are packed full of details and nuances, complicated plots and cultural references, but they are incredible. I was riveted from the very beginning, on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next to these characters. The last hundred or so pages of Voyager were even more shocking and surprising than the rest, if that could be possible. By the last sentence I already could not wait to get my hands on book four. Somehow Gabaldon keeps track of all these minute details and weaves them into the most incredible plot twists readers can’t begin to expect. It’s phenomenal and I’m grateful for a series of great reads. I still haven’t watched the tv show on Starz, but I’ve heard it’s good. If you’re dying for a series that captivates your attention and draws you into the world of its characters (like Harry Potter, for instance), this one’s for you.
Goodreads rating: 4.39/5
My rating: 5/5 stars
Days read: April 26-May 15
Recommend: I recommend this whole series