This one needed an editor.
After the first two Outlander
books, Diana Gabaldon has returned back to Claire and Jamie Frasier's story, almost picking up exactly from where the last one left off. Gabaldon does know how to build tension and make the reader invested in the characters. I tackled a 1000 page paperback in three days right at the beginning of my academic semester, that's dedication.
Unfortunately, the success of the previous two volumes may have damaged Voyager
. There are points where the narrator quotes chunks of other books (real or not), where Claire will go off on tangents about physical anthropology or the genetics of race that are painfully out of date, and after a while I can't really believe that Jamie almost dies again, or gets lost, or is grumpy and Scottish. These things could have been tightened up significantly and cut out a couple hundred pages or spent the time to craft a more compelling mystery subplot.
All of the Outlander
books I've read so far are highly readable and addictive, but this was not quite up to par with the first two. Let's see how long it takes for me to forget the negative and get back to this series, the addictive junk food of my reading diet.