Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
Published by Delacorte Press on December 1, 1993
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance, Fantasy
“It has always been forever, for me, Sassenach”
I’ve been looking forward to this book the most because I knew it was going to cause me the least pain. Somehow I’ve become so invested in this series and I can’t seem to put these books down or read anything else for that matter.
After what I consider to be a decent train wreck of a second book, Voyager is exactly what I needed and where I was hoping this story would go. The description says it all, and I hated every minute of the twenty-year separation. Mainly because it throws me for a loop and reiterates that I couldn’t be more wrong in predicting where the series was going to go.
Everything I want to talk about ventures into spoiler territory so for those about to pick up Voyager and want to know my thoughts…I can’t decide which one I like better so far: Outlander or Voyager. The third installment made me feel right side up and excited about the upcoming books again. If you enjoyed Outlander for its excitement, Voyager provides plenty to sate you.
Now…for my uncensored thoughts.
The beginning of the book is honestly a little painful learning about Jamie’s life in the twenty-year separation and watching Claire slowly find information about him. But, it’s well worth the dragging out. I think my favorite part about the entire book is when Claire finally returns to 18th century Scotland, Jamie faints when he realizes she’s really there. I laughed in the show and I laughed when it happened in the book. Top five moments of the series for sure.
Like I said earlier, Voyager brings the excitement that Outlander had. It had what I found Dragonfly lacked. Jamie and Claire grew domestic, the trouble they got in wasn’t nearly as exciting, and quite honestly the mystery of what happens next is ruined on page one. But I’ve ranted about that already. Once Claire goes back in time, she and Jamie hardly have a day without excitement or someone to fight or avoid. I will say it got a little dull when she was fighting typhoid on the Porpoise but…thankfully it was only a chapter or two.
Voyager also brings back many of the characters I know and love. Fergus coming back and being 30 threw me for another loop. In the show, he looks 22…23 maximum. So him wanting to marry 15-year-old Marsali and Jamie’s vehemence against it makes so much more sense. That aside, I loved watching Claire reunite with everyone from previous books. Jenny and Claire reuniting was tense and awkward for most of the time and I am a little disappointed that it wasn’t able to really go back to what it was.
A small piece of my enjoyment of this book can probably be attributed to how it gives off intense Pirates of the Caribbean vibes. PotC was one of my favorite movies growing up and the slight mention of Port Royal in this book had me grinning from ear to ear. Genuinely couldn’t stop picturing Will Turner and Captain Jack Sparrow alongside Jamie and Claire on the ship. Especially in the last chapter or two of the book when they get caught in the hurricane, it was pretty much like the fight scene from At World’s End in my mind. Swashbuckling is what you could call the action in this book. For some reason, I am a major sucker for time period pirate/sailor/tropical books/movies/shows so I can see why I loved this so much.
However, Claire and Jamie venturing into the Caribbean in this time period got uncomfortable at times. Being a historical fiction and having to be accurate about the horrific things people of the time did, it was uncomfortable at times. Unlike Outlander and Dragonfly in Amber, I am a little more educated on the history of the western world in the mid-to-late 18th century. Especially as the story will crawl further into America.
Overall, I can’t tell you if this takes the top spot or second in my rankings. I guess I’ll just have to see how the rest of the books turn out. Which I planned ahead this time and rented Drums of Autumn at the same time as Voyager so I don’t have to wait between books. I also hope that reading so many lengthy novels does not burn me out before I can finish the series and move onto my TBR pile that is staring at me as I type this.