Hello everybody! As many of you may already know, I recently finished Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. It took me over a month to read and I’ve spent the last two weeks thinking about how I was going to rate this book. Most may think, how hard could it be to rate a book? Well for me, Outlander was a tough one. There were many moments where I was really into to the novel while other moments, I avoided it. I also read two other books while reading this book. So that may have been another reason why it took me so long to finish. But, I’ve finally come up with a final answer and I am ready to wrap up my journey with this book. So without further ado, here’s my review!
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Publisher: Dell Publishing Company
Publishing Date: July 26th, 2005 (originally back in 1991)
Length: 896 pages
Rating: 3.75/5 stars
The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former 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 border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.
Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted 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 love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
So even though I gave it 3.75 stars instead of giving it all five stars, I still loved it. It was such an amazing book with so many historical references that I couldn’t help but fall in love with it. I really love learning about past world history and Outlander definitely helped me learn more about the Jacobite Rising. Even though I am still fairly young, I love giving myself a good challenge by reading an adult book. This book was really amazing and I really wish that more people start reading this series.
(It’s even a TV show on Starz starring Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan)
While reading this book, I felt as if I was living in 1743 Scotland in the land of lairds and mistresses. Claire was such an easy character to follow and I can’t wait to continue through time with her. Though I did not like her first husband, Frank, I did love Jamie. Ah Jamie Fraser. The red-headed laird of Lallybroch. He was so lovely to read about. I would definitely pick Jamie as one of my favorite characters. He is so sweet and kind, even when he gets angry.
Black Jack Randall is officially my favorite villain. Though I do not like him, he was such an interesting character to read about. He was so mean and sent so much hatred towards Claire. But, he was an amazing portrayal of a villain. He was malicious and snobby and everything that a good book needs as a villain.
I highly suggest this book for anyone who really like history. It will amaze you how much detail Diana adds to her novels!