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'Scotland's answer to Game of Thrones' HERALD
THE FIRST NOVEL IN THE BESTSELLING OUTLANDER SERIES, as seen on Amazon Prime
Now available to preorder: Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone, the long-awaited latest book in the Outlander series
What if your future lay in the past?
1946, and Claire Randall goes to the Scottish Highlands with her husband Frank. It's a second honeymoon, a chance to re-establish their loving marriage. But one afternoon, Claire walks through a circle of standing stones and vanishes into 1743, where the first person she meets is a British army officer - her husband's six-times great-grandfather.
Unfortunately, Black Jack Randall is not the man his descendant is, and while trying to escape him, Claire falls into the hands of a gang of Scottish outlaws, and finds herself a Sassenach - an outlander - in danger from both Jacobites and Redcoats.
Marooned amid danger, passion and violence, her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.
With more than 20,000 5-star ratings on Amazon and 25 million copies sold worldwide, OUTLANDER is among the most popular book series of all time. Begin your journey into the Highland past here...
(Previously published as Cross Stitch)
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"Marvelous and fantastic adventures, romance, sex . . . perfect escape reading."--San Francisco Chronicle, on Outlander
"History comes deliciously alive on the page."--New York Daily News, on Outlander
"Gabaldon is a born storyteller. . . . The pages practically turn themselves."--The Arizona Republic, on Dragonfly in Amber
"Triumphant . . . Her use of historical detail and a truly adult love story confirm Gabaldon as a superior writer."--Publishers Weekly, on Voyager
"Unforgettable characters . . . richly embroidered with historical detail."--The Cincinnati Post, on Drums of Autumn
"A grand adventure written on a canvas that probes the heart, weighs the soul and measures the human spirit across [centuries]."--CNN, on The Fiery Cross
"The large scope of the novel allows Gabaldon to do what she does best, paint in exquisite detail the lives of her characters."--Booklist, on A Breath of Snow and Ashes
"Features all the passion and swashbuckling that fans of this historical fantasy series have come to expect."--People, on Written in My Own Heart's Blood
From the Back Cover
In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon -- when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone 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's destiny is soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidding Castle Leoch. She is catapulted without warning 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 passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire...and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B005E87VRS
- Publisher : Cornerstone Digital; 1st edition (31 August 2011)
- Language : English
- File size : 3049 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 882 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 5,474 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This is a tale that has so many enticing aspects: history, romance, adventure, a little bit of violence and a lot of sex. [Having also seen Series 1 of the excellent tv series, I now understand what they mean by it being a bodess ripper]. I don't normally read books like this, but a friend told me about them and I was intrigued by the time travel aspect. And then, like the proverbial first drag on a ciggie, or puff on a joint or sip of some whiskey, I was addicted. I even found myself researching the times and the Jacobite uprising and the clans. I can see why there are clubs that swoon over Scottish history.
I also highly recommend the TV series, which is pretty faithful to the books. If you decide to take on Ms Gabaldon's Outlander series -where does she find the time to wash up or cook tea?- settle in for a long engagement. It takes true commitment, but so far well worth it.
Its passionate, original, and engaging. It leaves you wanting more and even after reading the 800 odd pages i had not had enough. I havent seen the show but might look into it now.
Jamie, Jamie, Jamie. What can i say. "Sassenach" is used so often and yet so kindly from his mouth. He is strong, grounded and truly a great character, he is pretty darn near perfect.
Claire is strong willed, determined and she adapts so well. I liked her character a lot, her voice didnt annoy me and i think her reactions and way of coping were brilliantly written.
I look forward to continuing on with this series.
Looking forward to reading the next instalment.
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I saw the TV series of this last year and thought that, like most book adaptations, they would have missed a lot of interesting information out for dramatic purposes. Thus I bought the book (along with 2 and 3). I love Scotland, but was fairly ignorant of the Rising and subsequent Highland Clearances, so this book brought the history to life, without being like the boring history text books of my youth. There are a lot of elements to interest you, time travel, romance (both hetero and gay) and adventure. There is a reason that this series of books are best sellers, they are well written and keep you turning the pages. Personally speaking, I love them, and have just ordered 4,5 and 6.
The story is realistic, doesn't shy away from brutalities and everyday realities of a life in 18th century Scotland. I like the fact that the writer isn't writing vaguely about any situation, i.e. Jack Randall's twisted mind and torture of Jamie (there's quite a few surprises!), Claire & Jamie's marital life which is described just right not to be a paperback romance, etc.
Claire as a narrator is funny, amusing, intelligent and has a great overview of life.
When the book was published in 1991, it was an instant best-seller and I cannot believe I haven't stumble across it earlier.
I highly recommend this fiction not only for those who love to read about historical Scotland but for those who just simply love a good story and a good book.
Having seen the series just after I finished the book I have to say I haven't seen such a great adaptation of a book into a TV story yet. Thanks to the lenght of the series, the film makers went into a great detail of the story. Still, the book is always much better than its cinematic counterpart.