Outlanderby Diana Gabaldon
Historical Romance, 656 pages
FTC Disclosure: Digital edition from KoboBooks.com
For all of you who told me this series was one of the best you’ve ever read and I’d love it, you were right!
On my e-Reader this listed at 742 pages, but it never felt like I was reading such an epic.
Historical fiction has always been my favorite genre, but historical romances have been more hits than misses. This is a definite hit – bulls-eye as a matter of fact.
If I found myself skipping anything, it was because I was trying to read faster than my eyes were able.
Immediately I was drawn in by the premise and the rendering of it. The author is a gifted storyteller who can create characters as alive as if they truly existed. It’s no wonder throngs of fans have already cast the movie. What’s even more telling, is that many agree on the actors they would choose. The character’s descriptions and personalities are so vivid.
Time travel in fiction is not new. In this novel it is handled well and if not believable, it is at least plausible if you have any imagination at all.
This is a historical romance through and through. Beginning in post World War II England, then transitioning to eighteenth century Scotland, the story follows Claire Randall as she struggles to deal with a new reality: time travel. She is trapped in a place and time she has some knowledge of, but only just enough to get by. However it is not enough to keep her out of trouble and danger.
Adding to the uncertainty is Jamie Fraser. Their attraction and subsequent relationship makes Claire re-evaluate her life and her future, which interestingly enough, depends strongly on what she has encountered in the past – namely Jamie.
I cannot wait to get my hands on the remaining books in the series.
A highly, highly recommended read!