Outlander – Diana Gabaldon Book Review

Posted August 1, 2013 by @Angelized_1st in 2013 HF Challenge, Books, Entertainment, HF Reading Challenge, Reading Challenges / 0 Comments

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Engrossing, Addictive, Spell-Binding – Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander To Be A New Television Series Debuting on STARZ in 2014

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Author Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling Outlander series has been greenlit as a new cable series debuting on STARZ in 2014. The news (released earlier this summer) was a major coup for fans of the series which spans across seven novels to date. Though the series won’t begin filming until fall of this year, fans of the books eagerly anticipate the premiere of the 16 episode series. The novel tells the story of Claire Randall, a former combat nurse in 1945, who has recently reunited with her husband Frank for a second honeymoon after a six-year separation due to the war.  One day while walking though an ancient stone circle in Scotland, Claire suddenly finds herself hurled through time to 1743. No longer is she Claire, but suddenly she’s a Sassenach, or “Outlander.” When Claire arrives, she finds herself in a Scotland torn by war, and is catapulted into life-threatening dangers. There she meets James ‘Jaime’ Fraser- a young warrior who captures her heart. Torn between fidelity and desire, Claire must reconcile her circumstances and her new life.

“There are things that I canna tell you, at least not yet. And I’ll ask nothing of ye that ye canna give me. But what I would ask of ye—when you do tell me something, let it be the truth. And I’ll promise ye the same. We have nothing now between us, save—respect, perhaps. And I think that respect has maybe room for secrets, but not for lies. Do ye agree?”
― Diana GabaldonOutlander

Outlander Comic - Jaime & ClaireAt the heart of the story is the love affair between Claire and Jaime. Claire was orphaned as a child and grew up with an uncle who was a renowned historian. In fact, that’s how Claire met her husband Frank. Since she grew up around archaeological sites, instead of a boarding school, Claire was familiar with life in the 18th century. This allowed her to blend in somewhat once she came to terms with her situation. Jaime is a young Sottish warrior who has lived as an outlaw for a good many years. While rough around the edges, Jaime is actually very well-educated and worldly. Armed with a fiery temper to match his flaming red hair, Jaime and Claire seem to be at odds when they first meet, but quickly form a friendship that – through a series of events – turns into something more. While Claire spends a good deal of time at the beginning of the book trying to find a way back to 1945 and her husband Frank, as the book progresses she becomes torn about her feelings – for Jaime and for 1743. (More…)

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