• “The smartest historical sci-fi adventure-romance story ever written by a science Ph.D. with a background in scripting 'Scrooge McDuck' comics.”—Salon.com
  • A time-hopping, continent-spanning salmagundi of genres.”
  • “These books have to be word-of-mouth books because they're too weird to describe to anybody.”
    —Jackie Cantor, Diana's first editor

Dragonfly in Amber


DRAGONFLY IN AMBER is the second novel in my OUTLANDER series of major novels, and was first published on July 1, 1992.

25th Anniversary Edition

For those people who have been asking if/when Random House, my main publisher in the U.S.A., might be going to do special Anniversary editions of the books following OUTLANDER… yes, they are!

The new 25th Anniversary edition of DRAGONFLY IN AMBER is now available for pre-order! It will be released in the U.S.A. and some international markets on November 28. Here are some quick links to pre-order the anniversary edition in hardcover or other formats:

The new cover (shown at left) is the same nice faux-leather, padded-feeling kind as the OUTLANDER 20th Anniversary edition! That’s Master Raymopnd’s goblet—the one he dropped the poison in when he killed the Comte at the King’s Star Chamber witchcraft trial. Remember Claire’s poison-stone going black?

Editions of DRAGONFLY

Multiple editions of DRAGONFLY IN AMBER are available for purchase, including hardcover, paperback, audio, and ebook formats in the U.S.A. and many international markets. Please contact your local bookstore or favorite online vendor to purchase.

Diana’s Webmistress is sorry, but the buy links for editions of DRAGONFLY that are usually listed on the left side of this webpage are temporarily unavailable.


Dragonfly-1sted-DelacorteAt right is the artwork from the dust jacket of the first edition of DRAGONFLY IN AMBER from 1992.

DRAGONFLY IN AMBER carries on the story begun in OUTLANDER, but begins with a brief framing story set in 1968, in which Claire Randall visits a young Oxford don named Roger MacKenzie in Inverness, in search of answers for her daughter, Brianna. Her request is unusual; she has a list of names, Jacobite soldiers who fought with Prince Charles Edward Stuart’s army, who took part in the disastrous battle at Culloden in 1746. What happened to these men, she asks, following the battle? Roger is surprised at her intensity, but intrigued at her question—and intrigued even more by her red-haired daughter. The answer to Roger’s search leads all three to an unexpected grave—and to a revelation that will turn all their lives inside-out.

Claire tells Roger and Brianna what happened during the year before the Stuart Rising: the political intrigues, the chain of spying, betrayal, and murder that led her and her husband James Fraser from the court of Louis XV to the windswept moors of the Scottish Highlands and the blood-soaked ground of Culloden. The horrifying trap of circumstance and honor that sent her back to the future—and the present set of circumstances that have led her to her quest, and to a still more shocking revelation.

This page was last updated on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. (PT). Please send any comments or questions to Diana’s Webmistress.