Outlander | 5 star review
Series: Outlander #1
Also in this series: Dragonfly in Amber
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance
Published by Dell Publishing Company
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.
I wasn’t sure whether I was going to like Outlander, I had already tried twice to listen to it on audiobook and failed miserably. The story didn’t seem to grab me and I found myself losing interest in the characters. I don’t think I even made it to where she goes back in time. I knew how popular the series was though and gave it one more shot, buying the book in a discount store in Dublin, and I’m so glad I did. This book had me hooked and by the end, I was having withdrawal, I wasn’t even sure what to do with myself.
Outlander follows Claire Randall, a WWII nurse who whilst on her second honeymoon finds herself pushed back 200 years. I have to say the depth that this story goes into is astounding, I thought it was going to be a steamy romance and that was that, but there was so much more to the story, and the characters. They each had their own backstory, carefully crafted and the way all the families and clans intertwined was enough to make your head spin. I personally loved Claire’s point of view on everything, the frustration she feels when confronted with illnesses easily treatable back in 1943 but fatal there. I really felt for her, and I could see why she was so frustrated. I also admired her strength in standing up for herself and not allowing herself to be subdued and made to be submissive. This was definitely the turning point for me, I don’t think I could have finished the book if she had turned out to be a whining brat.
I think I loved the politics of Outlander a lot more than the romantical elements. I loved finding out more about the highlands and the clans and how they all worked together. I think I was more interested in this than anything else, that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy Jamie Fraser because let’s be real, that man is more than perfect. I enjoyed his part in the book and I LOVED the exchange between him and his sister. I thought that was really well done and really well written. I had to give this book a five-star rating purely because of how addicting the story and characters are. I went straight out and bought the next book in the series and actually took it on my honeymoon with me!
I would recommend this series, but as just a small disclosure this book is not for anyone under 16, it deals with some pretty horrific themes and especially the ending, I don’t think is suitable for younger readers. I think this book has a good mixture of everything, politics, romance and suspense. You just don’t know what is going to happen.
Have you read Outlander? What did you think? Too much romance or was there too much politics for you? Let me know in the comments!