Saturday 6 January 2018

Review: Outlander - Diana Gabaldon


What if your future was the past?

1946, and Claire Randall goes to the Scottish Highlands with her husband Frank. It’s a second honeymoon, a chance to learn how war has changed them and to re-establish their loving marriage.

But one afternoon, Claire walks through a circle of standing stones and vanishes into 1743, where the first person she meets is a British army officer - her husband’s six-times great-grandfather.

Unfortunately, Black Jack Randall is not the man his descendant is, and while trying to escape him, Claire falls into the hands of a gang of Scottish outlaws, and finds herself a Sassenach - an outlander - in danger from both Jacobites and Redcoats.

Marooned amid danger, passion and violence, her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.

(Previously published as Cross Stitch)

Outlander Series:
Virgins (Prequel Novella)
Outlander (Originally published in the UK as Cross Stitch)
Dragonfly in Amber
Drums of Autumn
The Fiery Cross
A Breath of Snow and Ashes
An Echo in the Bone
Written in my Own Heart's Blood
Go Tell the Bees that I am Gone (Release date to be confirmed)

Visit Diana Gabaldon's website for more information

I wasn't too sure what to expect from this book going in, it's definitely a polarising story amongst my friends who all seem to either love or hate it so I was a little nervous before I started reading. I've been curious about the TV show for ages though and several friends have raved about the show and begged me to watch it so I decided it was about time I gave the book a try (I can't possibly watch the show without reading the book first!). Anyway, I'm very happy that I fell into the "love it" camp, I can totally understand why some of my friends didn't enjoy it - there were some disturbing things about Claire and Jamie's relationship (particularly in the beginning) and there were a lot of references to rape and an actual rape towards the end of the book (although it was surprisingly a male character who was the victim which I wasn't expecting) - but in spite of the issues I was totally immersed in this world and couldn't put it down.

Outlander is one of those books that pulled me in from pretty much the first page and didn't let me go until the end. Considering it's quite a long book (865 pages for my copy) I finished it in just three days which should tell you something about how much I enjoyed it! I loved meeting these characters, I loved taking a trip back in time and most of all I fell hard for Jamie even though I wanted to slap him a couple of times! There are already thousands of reviews for this book out there so there's probably nothing I can say that hasn't been said hundreds of times before so I'm just tell you that I'm now even more excited about watching the TV series and I can't wait to dive into the next book. I don't think it hurt at all that I had such a clear picture of Jamie before I started reading!

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