With Outlander American author Diana Gabaldon evokes the land and lore of the Scottish Highlands. Vital descriptions, realistic characters and a super likeable heroine pull you inside a story full of history, intrigues and romance. It’s easy to delve into the world Gabaldon created which made it really hard for me to put the book down. It was as if you could smell Scotland, see what the characters see and share their feelings. Honestly, this wasn’t always a good thing but that’s what made it a page-turner and especially attractive to me.
Characters and setting don’t make a good story though. We need an interesting plot to get us reading and Gabaldon, hell yes, she delivers.
We write the year 1945 where Claire Randall, a former British combat nurse, is on a second honeymoon with her husband. One day Claire visits one of the famous Scottish stone circles: Craigh na Dun. When she walks through a standing stone she suddenly finds herself in a Scotland torn by war and raiding clans in the year of Our Lord 1743.
Claire soon discovers that this new – or rather old- world is threatening her life and that getting back to her own time, to her husband might be a lot harder than she first anticipated. Things get extremely complicated when Claire has to marry James Fraser, a gallant young Scot, to avoid being tortured and chased …
So first of all we have time travelling.
I LOVE time travelling concepts ever since Hermoine got her time turner in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Time travelling always makes for a good story.
Then we have a lot of romance. This is usually not one of my favorite subjects but Outlander provides plenty of fights, violence, exorcisms and witch trials so it’s no pink, sparkly travel to happily ever after.
Thanks for that, Diana.
Besides extremely likeable and realistic characters, a beautiful setting and great plot I was enjoying Gabaldon’s humor. You find a lot of jokes and sarcasm in this novel usually appearing in the most inappropriate situations.
For me Outlander was a novel full of suspense and violence but also full of love, even offering a good laugh now and then.
As much as I enjoyed it though it also had its weaknesses.
There were a lot of things which weren’t discussed until the end of the book and should have been addressed way earlier and elaborated more. I won’t go into detail so as not to spoil the plot for you. If you want to know more, you can always email me.
All in all I rate Outlander with 4 of 5 feathers.
I can’t wait to get my hands onto the next book in the series.
What did you think about Outlander?
Did you read the other books yet?
What can I look forward to? (Without spoiling please!!!)