Book Review | Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander (#1) by Diana Gabaldon
Published by: Bantam Dell on June 1st, 1991
Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance
Pages: 850
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Source: Purchased

Synopsis: 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 [x].  

Review: I’m so happy I bought most of the books in these series and gave them a go! This has to be one of my favourite series. It contains so many amazing elements: time travel, Scotland, historical fiction, and romance. The research that Gabaldon put into her story is fantastic. Everything is realistic. The writing is wonderful. I can’t recommend this book enough to those who haven’t read it.
What I liked:
  • Claire and Jamie’s relationship
  • How historically accurate it is
  • How it feels like I am in Scotland right there. It’s so well written that you can picture everything
  • There is so much depth to each character. Each character whether major or minor is so well written and described
  • The originality
  • How Claire dealt with the situation… If it were me I would’ve been dead within the hour of stepping foor into 1700 Scotland
  • Claire’s swearing
  • Jamie dealing with having a wife was comical at times
  • How you can hear the Scottish accent in the characters
  • Jamie’s sister was hilarious
What I didn’t like:
  • I know it’s historically relevant but how Jamie “punishes” Claire
  • Near the end of the book between Jamie and Randall… it was terrible to read and seeing it on the screen made me want to throw up. I don’t think it was necessary to get into so much detail with it
  • Some parts were slower and hard to trudge through
Note: This book does some harsh themes such as sexual violence, rape, adultery
Rating: 5/5 stars!
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4 Responses to Book Review | Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

  1. Great review, Danica! It's been years since I read Outlander but I still love it and it still remains one of my favorite books. I read the next 3 or 4 after that but I'm still behind on the series. I need to get on that!

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books


  2. Lilivette says:

    Great review! Can't wait to get my hands on this series, all I keep hearing are really good things about it!

    ~L. @ Reading Against Time ♥


  3. Lauren says:

    Nice review! I've been meaning to read Outlander for a while now and your review has definitely pushed it up my TBR.

    Lauren @ My Expanding Bookshelf


  4. Cat says:

    I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! And also the series (and also, I mean Sam Heughan!!!).
    I completly agree with your review of the book. My favorite part was being able to hear the Scottish accent in every word, it made it so real to me. And same as you, that Jack Black/Jamie scene…. it was so bad in the book, that I waited a few months to watch that episode and when I did, I had to fast forward it. It made me sick :/

    Cat @ Bubblegum Yellow


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