Eeeek this week has been a good week in the realm of reading because I just finished Diana Gabaldon’s Voyager and – finally – got around to reading Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Powell which I just finished today (which is getting it’s own review later this week!) because today I’m going to be reviewing the third book and season in the Outlander series, Voyager!!
I attempted to read a smooth and easy romance after finishing the soul crushing Dragonfly in Amber but after about 2 pages, I closed it and went to pick up Voyager at Chapters because I just couldn’t not read it. And now, with the season finale having just ended, I’m just as excited to get out my thoughts about this chapter in the Outlander universe 🙂 Let’s get into it!
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“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 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.” – Goodreads
Voyager was not my favorite book or season in comparison to book #1 and #2, I think, mainly because it wasn’t my favorite setting out of the 3 I’ve read so far. I’m not a fan of the swashbuckling adventures and Jamaica wasn’t my favorite setting because I loved every chapter of Scotland so much more and Paris felt really fresh in contrast.
This book brought Claire back to Frank, pregnant and heartbroken. I mighta had a hissy fit every time Claire and Jaime felt lost enough to lose themselves in someone else because I love them together too much to accept they were apart…but I’ve always appreciated Gabaldon’s writing with Claire and Frank. She did a great job of making me feel exactly like Claire – as well as Jaime – all throughout the ordeal of them being separated. She’s always been great at accomplishing that!
It was was heart-warming (and sad) to see Claire’s relationship with her daughter Bree…as much as I was excited for a Claire + Jaime reunion, I really cherished the episodes/chapters of Claire and Bree getting closer once Claire reveals who her real father is. I literally have never needed anything more than a daughter-meets-father scene in this series!! But if there’s going to be any epic reunion talked about in this post, its going to be the one between Claire and Jaime!! I loved every sentence, it was everything that love is suppose to be – scary, exciting, heart-pounding, horrifying, giggle-inducing…*sigh*
As always, I find Claire’s character really inspiring. She’s so strong. It was so hard to watch her be forced to live with someone she no longer loved but the fact that she did this in order for Bree to be born and grow up safe is one of the many reasons I love her. Reason number 2? For taking care of herself and following her own dreams on top of being a mother. Claire was always known as a ‘healer’ or combat nurse in previous books but in Voyager, she decides to pursue being a surgeon despite it the fact that women back then didn’t typically pursue jobs like that. She beat back the controversy like it was nothing which was just really awesome. And finally, when she returns to Jaime’s time (having found out that he actually survived Culloden,) it just shows how incredibly brave she is. Twenty years is a long time to go looking for the man who was ripped away from you but Claire goes in search of him and never stops loving him despite all the changes they’ve gone through.
We got soo much more insight into Jaime’s head in Voyager. I hadn’t been expecting to get so many chapters in his POV but I was really happy for it – If I had been in Claire’s position, reading and unsure if Jaime was alive, it’d be soo much more difficult!! Gabaldon writes wonderfully in his perspective. It’s a really amazing thing to see how well she knows all of her characters and their voices. Jaime’s struggles, I want to say, were even harder than Claire’s and ironically he seems to be finally better by the time she returns to him. I really loved his reaction to that by the way…uuugh that print shop scene <3
FERGUS AND MARSALI!! I had absolutely promised myself that I’d hate this woman who had stolen Fergus’ heart because I could never love the offspring of a certain Scottish Jaime-Stealer. But…alas. Seeing how committed Marsali was to Fergus and literally went across the world with him was really sweet. It was so cool – and bittersweet – to see Fergus all grown up. He’s hands down my third favorite character and I almost felt like a teary-eyed mom reading about how Fergus was in his early thirties now, so crazy!
There’s also the character of Roger Wakefield, who is completely enamored by Bree. He’s adorable, hilariously dorky and so perfect for Bree who easily gets stubborn and hot headed – Frasers. Annd finally, Young Ian Murray. I kinda loved this kid. He’s the only member in Jaime’s family who seems to just shrug off Claire returning and immediately calls her ‘auntie’ which is adorable. It made me feel bad the kid went through so much xD
Outlander Season 3
I feel like fans of the books had such high expectations with this season and honestly, the writers, cast and director did a BEAUTIFUL job with such a lengthy book. Especially the reunion scene – as well as a ton of others that were beloved in the book. Turtle soup anyone? Yes please!!
While the show seemingly changed a bunch of things randomly that would anger me in the moment, overall I think they always do a really amazing adaptation. I love that they respect the book as much as they do. As much as they changed here and there, I got so excited every time I realized one of the characters was speaking straight from the book. I even loved some of the added scenes that weren’t in the book, for example when Governor Grey saves Jaime from being arrested in Jamaica. I found myself muttering ‘if this had been in the book maybe I’d like Grey a teensy more.’
I give Voyager 4/5 stars. While it wasn’t my favorite adventure, it was a really exciting and well-paced one. As usual, Gabaldon excels with her characters, her epic love story and spanning across both the world and centuries. I even loved how this book had more elements of magic or the superstitious then the past books. This book and season had so many memorable moments and lines that still make my heart flutter just thinking about it. Soo many happy scenes and so many scenes where I nearly cried or tossed my book out the window….I think the author did her job if you ask me :p
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Have you seen the latest season of Outlander or read Voyager? What did you think!? If not, what are you reading currently? Talk to me down in the comments down below!
Have a good week everyone 🙂