October 05, 2011
Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon
Drums of Autumn starts with their struggling to make a place for themselves in America. They reunite with Jamie's aunt and while they are happy staying with her, Jamie has no wish to inherit her property. Seized by his need to get away, he takes up the government's offer to homestead the land and claim a place of North Carolina for himself.
While the going is tough and they are often faced with the hardships of working a wild land, they manage to carve out a home for themselves.
Meanwhile, in the future, their daughter Brianna has discovered that they will be killed in the year 1776. Desperate to warn them, she goes back into the past, swiftly followed by her boyfriend Roger who is deeply in love with her. Surprisingly, they find their way to North Carolina, but a series of events will endeavor to keep them apart.
Like always, Gabaladon writes with a great deal of detail. Her characters are rich and full of life and she makes you feel as if you really know them. I do fault her for the character of Roger however. In the previous books he was his own person, but with this book I found him sounding and acting more and more like Jamie. She is great at making distinct characters and it made me wonder why she would have her two main male characters almost identical. It was as if she was so used to writing Jamie that Roger morphed into him.
Like the other novels, with the exception of a few parts, it is written in the first person from Claire's point of view. All other parts are told in the third person.
Unlike some of her other books, while this one does contain a bit of violence, it is not heavy handed and adds to the book rather than just being there to be there. There were several times that I caught myself skipping the pages just to hurry up and find out what was going to happen.
While it is not as good as the previous two I still found this book to be a tremendous work of writing. I look forward to the next in the series.
Drums of Autumn