Series Report: Outlander #1-3 by Diana Gabaldon

Posted January 21, 2022 by Angie in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

I’m going to start with some content warnings, in case you haven’t read these books before. I’ve likely forgotten (or not noticed) some, but just assume it exists in these books. I wouldn’t describe them as brutal or graphic, but they all do contain lots of unsettling scenes and mentions, not limited to rape, violence, blood, gore, torture, and miscarriage.

I’ve read each of these books twice. Well, I read them once, then listened to the audiobooks. Both are fantastic experiences! They’re definitely a time commitment though, with Voyager clocking in at around 48 hours long. I didn’t mind though, because I was so caught up in Claire and Jamie’s story! I remember when I first read Outlander, thinking it would make a great HBO series. Well, I was right; I just had the channel wrong!

Dragonfly in Amber is an epic sequel, and not just because of it’s increased page count. It doesn’t start where you’d expect it to, but this is a time travel series, so you never know where you’ll turn up! It started out slow for me, but soon I was sucked right back into Claire’s journey. It alternates between her time in the present, which is technically her future, and the past which is…the past, now, but at one point her present. We get to see her and Jamie having a life together, and then tragedy strikes and the book is over!

But have no fear because Voyager is here! It is a bit of a departure from the previous two books, but no less exciting and intriguing. Claire, Brianna, and Roger kick their research into high gear to track down Jamie. And we actually get Jamie’s POV as he’s living back in the past. Then there’s much adventuring to be had before things get a little weird. Being over a thousand pages, this book definitely has its moments where I think things should have been left out, but it’s still a great read.

 

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Series Report: Outlander #1-3 by Diana GabaldonOutlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon
Published by Dell on June 1, 1991
Genres: Adult Fiction, Historical, Romance
Format: eBook (642 pages)
Source: Library
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Scottish Highlands, 1945. Claire Randall, a former British combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743.

Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of a world that threatens her life, and may shatter her heart. Marooned amid danger, passion, and violence, Claire learns 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.

five-stars

Series Report: Outlander #1-3 by Diana GabaldonDragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2) by Diana Gabaldon
Published by Dell on July 1, 1992
Genres: Adult Fiction, Historical, Romance
Format: eBook (976 pages)
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For twenty years, Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to the mysteries of Scotland’s mist-shrouded Highlands.

Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as shocking as the events that gave it birth: the secret of an ancient circle of standing stones, the secret of a love that transcends centuries, and the truth of a man named Jamie Fraser—a Highland warrior whose gallantry once drew the young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his.

Claire’s spellbinding journey continues through the intrigue-ridden French court and the menace of Jacobite plots, to the Highlands of Scotland, through war and death in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves.

four-stars

Series Report: Outlander #1-3 by Diana GabaldonVoyager (Outlander #3) by Diana Gabaldon
Published by Dell on December 1, 1993
Genres: Adult Fiction, Historical, Romance
Format: eBook (1072 pages)
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Their passionate encounter happened long ago by whatever measurement Claire Randall took. Two decades before, she had traveled back in time and into the arms of a gallant eighteenth-century Scot named Jamie Fraser. Then she returned to her own century to bear his child, believing him dead in the tragic battle of Culloden. Yet his memory has never lessened its hold on her . . . and her body still cries out for him in her dreams.

Then Claire discovers that Jamie survived. Torn between returning to him and staying with their daughter in her own era, Claire must choose her destiny. And as time and space come full circle, she must find the courage to face the passion and the pain awaiting her . . . the deadly intrigues raging in a divided Scotland . . . and the daring voyage into the dark unknown that can reunite—or forever doom—her timeless love.

four-stars

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2 responses to “Series Report: Outlander #1-3 by Diana Gabaldon

  1. This is a great series but the length intimidates me. I’ve read the first 4 and really need to continue. I loved The Firey Cross so it’s just the length that has stopped me.

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