The Outlandish Companion provides a complete illustrated guide to the first four books (Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, and Drums of Autumn) of the series. While on her second honeymoon in the British Isles, Claire touches a boulder that hurls her back in time to the forbidden Castle Leoch with the MacKenzie clan. --, "Absorbing and heartwarming...lavishly evokes the land and lore of Scotland."—. If this sounds confusing, that's because it is. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Outlander: A Novel (Outlander, Book 1). [35] On May 9, 2018, Starz renewed the series for a fifth and sixth season. She's done her research well). Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 20, 2018. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. I mean, I knew there was going to be "romance" due to the main thrust of the plot being how Claire navigates two great loves in two different times, but I thought there was going to be more to it. Long story short: I quit at 49%. Do you believe that this item violates a copyright? I actually bought a used Outlander paperback that day for $4. Diana Gabaldon holds a master's degree in marine biology and a Ph.D. in ecology, and spent a dozen years as a university professor before turning to write fiction full-time. The series began in 1991 with the novel Outlander, about a 20th-century woman who time-travels to 18th-century Scotland, where she falls for a Highland warrior. June 9, 2011 at 8:48 PM A Breath Of Snow And Ashes (Outlander, Book 6), An Echo in the Bone: A Novel (Outlander, Book 7), Written in My Own Heart's Blood: A Novel (Outlander, Book 8), Cornerstone Digital; 1st edition (August 31, 2011). Claire's resourcefulness and intelligent sensitivity make the love-conquers-all, happily-ever-after ending seem a just reward. Reviewed in the United States on September 23, 2018. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Having read the fantastic reviews I was expecting something on the line of Sharon Penman or Pamela Harthshorne ... however the storyline was like reading Mills and Boon... so sorry just not for me. 1. Though first novelist Gabaldon uses time travel primarily to allow a modern heroine, this is basically a richly textured historical novel with an unusual and compelling love story. SHE HAS A HUSBAND IN ONE CENTURY, AND A LOVER IN ANOTHER.... Gabaldon's genre-crossing classic of romance, fantasy, and historical fiction tells the story of Jamie and Claire, lovers from different centuries caught in the bloodshed of the Scots' struggle to be free of the English. There was a problem loading your book clubs. Vivid characters. "[13] Though the stage production remains in development,[13] the 14-song cycle is available on CD from and for download on iTunes. Heartbreak",, Short description is different from Wikidata, Official website different in Wikidata and Wikipedia, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, "A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows" (2010), a short story in the anthology, "Past Prologue" (2017), a short story published in the anthology, Frank Randall, Claire's 20th century husband, Brianna Randall, Claire and Jamie's daughter, Roger Wakefield, a 20th century historian, Jonathan "Black Jack" Randall, Frank's sadistic 18th century ancestor, This page was last edited on 10 December 2020, at 06:25. If these fulfill the promise of the first, they should win a devoted audience. Brave to an extent of insanity, and handsome beyond belief, Jamie Fraser had been inhabiting the hearts of fans since the first book came out. The hot sex and graphic violence, integral to the story, are far more vivid on tape than they are on paper. The books have sold over 25 million copies worldwide as of August 2014. Stumbling down the hillside, disoriented and confused, Claire is discovered by Jonathan ``Black Jack'' Randall, an evil English officer who happens to be her husband's direct ancestor and physical look-alike. Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire's destiny is soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidding Castle Leoch. Took me awhile to admit that the "story" is really just various pretexts for putting Claire and her Scottish husband Jamie into a variety of steamy sex scenes. Seven more books have followed, most recently Written in My Own Heart’s Blood in 2014. Doubleday Book Club main selection, Literary Guild alternate. The scene where Jamie beats Claire within an inch of her life could have been used as a turning point for the characters, but instead was a quick moment that was quickly forgotten/forgiven by Claire. (And maybe there is, later on? I stopped reading at that point and will not be reading anything else by this author. The Fiery Cross book. 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. The Outlander series has been released in unabridged (read by Davina Porter) and abridged audiobooks (read by Geraldine James). The book has a great pace -just right, not too fast however not too slow. "[14][33] The song was recorded with vocals by Rebecca Robbins. The CD has been highly successful, especially in America, Canada and Germany, and a libretto for a full scale stage musical is currently under consideration by a number of theatres. I was definitely *not* expecting a glorified bodice ripper. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 14, 2018. She is catapulted without warning into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life...and shatter her heart. The author, an assistant professor of research in environmental studies, was encouraged to publish by fellow users of CompuServe and has two more books contracted. It was first published in the U.S.A. in 1990. I have realy enjoyed this book as Gabaldon gives her characters great depth, her plots, great scope, and has a few twists and turns I really didn't see coming which I like in a book. Claire and her husband are attempting to reconnect with one another after many years apart during the war before her husband takes his position up as a history professor. I've now watched the series and although it sticks to the books most of the time, some of the deviations are fairly critical to understanding the character developments and I now see why some of the more controversial scenes in the series garnished so much attention. Reviewed in the United States on November 14, 2018. Strong willed and sensual, Claire is an engaging modern heroine plopped down in a simpler, more primitive time.... Great fun ...marvelous and fantastic adventures, romance, sex ...perfect escape reading!" Claire Randall is leading a double life. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020,, Inc. or its affiliates. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. The book explains situations/events in much more detail, allowing the reader to understand actions & consequences from all points of view, within the context of the time period and the roles of husbands and wives. --This text refers to the. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon is not just romance, though romance is a big part of it and it's one of the best things about it. For amid her new surroundings and the terrors she faces, she is lured into love and passion like she's never known before. Once-in-a-lifetime romantic passion and graphically depicted torture sessions are only the two extremes of this lively time- travel romance set in 18th-century Scotland--an imaginative and lighthearted debut by a promising newcomer. Begin your journey into the Highland past here...(Previously published as Cross Stitch). To let Claire believe she deserved the physical punishment (regardless of the time period) sends the wrong message to young girls or women suffering from abuse. Outlander (Book 1). [4], Among the many derived works are two short stories, three novellas, a novel series featuring recurring secondary character Lord John Grey, a graphic novel, a musical, and a television series.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14]. Left to her own devices while her husband immerses himself in historical pursuits, Claire inadvertently enters a circle of standing stones and is plunged back 200 years to a Scotland on the verge of the second Jacobite uprising. A few hundred pages in, I finally got into the story, only to quickly find that I could not finish reading the book. Condition: As New. Learn about the Outlander books the Starz series is based on, with an exclusive from author Diana Gabaldon. 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. Had heard great things about Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series and decided to jump right in with the whole set. At the end of both the first Outlander book and the first season of the television show, a pregnant Claire and Jamie are about to embark upon a new adventure in Paris -- which is why it makes perfect sense that the second book, Dragonfly in Amber, opens in… Scotland 1968? Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Please try again. But I doubt it.) --San Francisco Chronicle There are WAY too many sex scenes, so many that it got tiresome. Since then, Diana Gabaldon’s series has grown to eight core novels of a planned ten. And when it comes to the casting of Sam Heughan to take on the lead role of Outlander, there are zero reasons for complaint. All throughout the book series, the entire time we are seeing everything from the perspective of our heroine, Claire. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions. This book is about seeing the gap of generations, seeing how in 200 hundred years so many things have changed, not only epochal, but also people.. People have changed, their ways of mind and heart are completely different and Claire is forced to adapt or die. Prose that sings. I would not recommend that anyone read this book as it portrays the wrong impression to females. Outlander (1991) (published in the UK, New Zealand and Australia as Cross Stitch) 'Scotland's answer to Game of Thrones' HERALDTHE FIRST NOVEL IN THE BESTSELLING OUTLANDER SERIES, as seen on Amazon Prime_________________________What if your future lay in the past?1946, and Claire Randall goes to the Scottish Highlands with her husband Frank. But it isn't all spies and drudgery that she must endure. Diana Gabaldon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular Outlander novels—Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes (for which she won a Quill Award and the Corine International Book Prize), An Echo in the Bone, and Written in My Own Heart’s Blood—as well as the related Lord John Grey books Lord John … Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Fascinating story. Several people in my life have recommended the Outlander series to me for years, so despite my not ever feeling a strong pull toward the premise, I finally caved and tried to give it a shot, with the first book. Sign up for Amazon Prime for £7.99 a month with a 30-day free trial. Diana Gabaldon’s runaway bestseller is the first book in an exciting adventure romance series that spans centuries. In 2010 Gabaldon adapted the first third of Outlander into a graphic novel, illustrated by Hoang Nguyen.[9][10][11]. Wow. Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire's destiny in soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch. [1] Gabaldon began the first volume of the series, Outlander, in the late 1980s, and it was published in 1991. If I could give this 0 stars I would. Following Claire Randall and Jaimie Fraser through 200 years of history and adventure was enlightening and fascinating, to say the least. What Is OUTLANDER? It achieves a new dimension in the audio format. [7] It was picked up for a second season on August 15, 2014,[8] and for a third and fourth season on June 1, 2016. Best decision ever! First edition stated, first printing with full number line. [5][6] They can be generally categorized as historical mysteries, and the three novels are shorter and focus on fewer plot threads than the main Outlander books.