Drums of Autumn
by Diana Gabaldon
Editor: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
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In her much-anticipated new novel,”Les Tambours de l’ Automne,” Diana Gabaldoncontinued the remarkable story of Claire and Jamie Fraser, which began with theclassic “Outlander”, and her best-selling sequences,”Dragonfly inAmber” and “Voyager”.”Thrown ashore in the American colonies, the Frasers are confronted with a bleakchoice: return to a Scotland fallen into famine and poverty, or seize the riskychance of a new life in the New World, threatened by Claire with some knowledge of the coming Revolution.Again, a highlander was born at risk–and so it’s a moment traveler.Theirdaughter, Brianna, is sure–there’s a sense of danger on the other side of the future; their lives are their own to venture as they will.With an inthegitimate faith and in the other, they seek a fresh start between the exiledScottish Highlanders of Cape Fear, in the fertile valleys of theColony in North Carolina.Even in the New World, however, the Frasers find their hope of peace threatenedfrom outside and inside; by the British Crown and by Jamie Aunt, JocastaMacKenzie, the last of the MacKenzies of LeochA thirst for freedom from Jamie’s readers to a Highlander of the only true refuge: Themountains.And here at last, with no obstacle to peace–register wild animals, Indians, and the threat of famine–the Frasers establish aprecarious foot in the desert, knowing that even warcannot invade their mountain sanctuaryBut history spares no one, and when Brianna follows her mother into the past, not even the mountains can house a Highlander.For Brianna also has an urgent need: not only to find the mother she has lost and the father she has allowed, but to save them both from a future that only Brianna can see.
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