Title: Voyager (Outlander #3)
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Publication Date: October 2004 (Originally 1993
Genre: Historical Romance/Science Fiction/Time Travel
My Final Grade:A
So far, Voyager is my favorite of the Outlander books. This is for several reasons. One, it has multiple point of views, even though Claire’s POV is still told in first person while everyone else is told in third person which can be a bit awkward at times. It gives us a better sense of how Jamie views things, as well as Roger and Brianna who play major roles in this story, and even more so in the next book, Drums of Autumn. It also varies away from some of the troublesome aspects of the first two books, although not completely.
Voyager begins in the 1960s with Brianna, Roger and Claire searching for the truth about Jamie. They found out he survived Culloden, and follow the trail down to finding him as a printer under an alias. As they search, we get to see the story from Jamie’s point of view of the missing years. We also wrap up a few lingering questions from the first book, and get a few flashbacks to Claire’s life with Frank and Brianna over the last 20 years.
Brianna eventually convinces her mother to go back, and the bulk of the book is Claire’s adventures in the mid 1760s, including traveling from Edinburgh, to Lallybroch to eventually Jamaica and the American Colonies. This book also explores several different types of relationships. It brings back Lord John Grey, who was featured as a teenager in Dragonfly but now is a Major in the British Army. He is in love with Jamie (as it appears most of the characters are – another criticism I have of this series), but unlike the previous two homosexual characters isn’t portrayed as a horrible person.
I was slightly uncomfortable with the portrayal of Yi Tien Cho, in a related notion. I couldn’t tell if it was the character himself or the fact that it was a portrayal of the first major minority character for the series (outside of Joe Abernathy who is barely seen). However, from what I have found out, he is loosely based on a real person and perhaps some of that comes from that. Still, I wasn’t sure if the portrayal was fair or not.
The relationships in this book that are explored are the several different types of family. It explores the idea of adoption/step-parenting (Jamie & Claire with Fergus, Frank with Brianna, Jamie with the McKimmie girls. Roger Wakefield & his great-Uncle, John Grey & Willie), Multigenerational (Jenny, Ian and the Murrys), separation (Jamie & Brianna as well as Jamie & Willie) amongst some. It also takes into consideration the aftereffects on Claire’s relationships outside Jamie – like with Jenny and Geillis.
While this book is still full of misadventures, and Jamie & Claire are rarely in a moment of calm, it does seem to be happier (outside of Ian) and some issues are addressed instead of either of the main characters pushing it aside like has happened in previous books. It also has a decrease in the amount of sexual violence that seemed to be prevalent in the previous two books. There is one scene towards the end with Yi Tien Cho that was concerning in regards to sexual violence but in comparison to the other novels this book is quite an improvement.
My final grade is A.