Reading The Exile recently made me want to read the book it was based on, Outlander, again; this has to be at least the fourth or fifth time I have read it. Diana Gabaldon is my favorite author and I love this book! This book, and the whole series, is very hard to categorize (and, as such, sometimes hard to find in your local bookstore) – they are part romance, part historical fiction, part time-travel science fiction.
You are immediately drawn into the story, especially once Claire is transported back in time to Scotland in the 1700’s from her own time post World War II and meets Jamie. At one point in the story, Claire must decide if she wishes to stay in the past with new love Jamie or attempt to return to her own time to go back to her husband Frank; I definitely knew which I would have chosen. The characters are well-written and fully developed; the story sweeping and engrossing, from the sword battles to the witch trial to royal intrigue. There is so much in the book that even trying to summarize it all would result in a short-story length review. Suffice it to say that it is a book definitely worth reading. Finishing the book will leave you with the desire to immediately pick up the next book in the series (Dragonfly in Amber, which I am currently re-reading).
The Outlander series (in order):
- Dragonfly in Amber
- Drums of Autumn
- The Fiery Cross
- A Breathe of Snow and Ashes
- An Echo in the Bone