Series: Outlander #1
by Diana Gabaldon
Published by Doubleday Canada
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Time Travel
Format: Audiobook, eBook
Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another...
In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon—when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an "outlander"—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord...1743.
Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire's destiny in soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch. She is catapulted without warning into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life ...and shatter her heart. For here, James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire...and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
Wow! Even though I knew how big the books are, I wasn’t ready for this! I actually saw the show before I even knew it was a book, and I loved the show. That made me a bit hesitant to want to reas the books because adaptations tend to disappoint. That’s not the case here. I found that the TV show lines up really well with the flow of the books.
I’m completely in love with Jamie Fraser and as long as he continues to be part of the books, I‘ll forever love the series. This character that Diana created sometimes seems so real. All the hardships he endures makes him an even better man in the end, so far, still got 4 more behemoths to read.
Outlander does a great job introducing the characters and setting the stage for the series. Dragonfly in Amber changes the narrative by introducing other’s experiences and POV but always going back to Claire. In book 2, Jamie & Claire trying to stop the Jacobite rising by sabotaging Bonny Charlie’s plans.
While I like Claire, there were times that I wanted to strangle her. Especially when Jamie had to pay for her mistakes/pigheadedness. I’m totally on board with her trying to enlighten Jamie and keep her values from her time but she was very close minded about how things were in Jamie’s world. He’s just a damn saint! In Dragonfly in Amber, she gets the medical training that she wanted and that makes her even more annoying when it came to healing people. Aside from that, Claire is such a strong person. She also makes a lot of sacrifices and keeps rolling with the punches.
Following the discovery they had in book 2, in the Voyager, Claire continues with their research but now instead of just doing the research for the sake of knowing, she now has motivation to get to the end of Jaime’s historical trail. when she has the opportunity to go to where and to who she wants to be with, she does the appropriate thing and prepares.
Book 3 tugged at my heart strings and is full of adventures. Claire and Jamie are just unbelievably amazing together, even when they’re fighting they always come back to each other. Claire continues to enlighten Jamie of how things are in the future. Eventually all of their adventures lead them to America.
I have to say that I absolutely love the timeline flow. While the books don’t pick up right where the other ended, Diana does a good job of going back and giving us some answers/info to continue the story. Drums of Autumn marks the end of their crazy adventure from the West Indies and the start of their lives in America. The roles are switched up a bit between Jamie & Claire since Claire has the knowledge of what’s to come and the knowledge of how things were in those times. I kept getting Little Women type images when reading book 4.
The story being the behemoth it is, I ended up switching back forth between the book and the audiobook and even then it took me forever to get through Volume 1. By now I’m enjoying the story flow and the character development and can’t wait to see what happens next. I will point out that this series touches a variety of what can be controversial topics and potentially has triggers for some people so I wouldn’t say that this story is for everyone.