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Updated on August 20, 2012

Great Read: Graphic Novel The Exile By Diana Gabaldon

For all of us out there who wait impatiently for Diana Gabaldon's next installment in the Outlander series, here's my solution. If you're as desperate as I am for the next book, just give in and buy or borrow Diana Gabaldon's graphic novel The Exile at your local library.

While it's not as much fun to read as the books of the Outlander series by Gabaldon, you will get your Jamie and Claire fix temporarily and see some fantastic graphic artwork to boot.

This is a powerful graphic novel that is quite unlike anything I've ever seen before. I might add it is certainly a departure from the comic books I'm used to seeing as a child. And while on that subject, this graphic novel is not for young children as there is explicit sexual content.

Diana Gabaldon did a marvelous job with the graphic story version of the now well loved story of Jamie and Claire but Hoang Nguyen's artistry truly makes the book come alive. I think that the graphic novel adds to the series because it gives us some kind of visual picture of these extremely diverse characters and spurs your imagination to envision Scotland in the 1700s.

Even if you might not have imagined Jamie and Claire to look exactly like they are portrayed in this graphic novel, you'll see some of the most wonderful graphic creations in this creative rendition of Diana Gabaldon's masterpiece.


The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel and the Outlander Series

For those of you new to the Outlander series, this is a marvelous group of books by Diana Gabaldon that details many love stories, tons of Scottish history and even a bit of science fiction because the series involves time travel.

It is the story in its most basic description of two lovers who meet when Claire Randall, a combat nurse from World War II goes from the 1940's (when she accidentally transports herself through a set of Scottish stones) to the 1700's. After her voyage through time, she finds herself in the midst of the Scottish and English conflict and falls in love with Jamie MacKenzie, the would be leader of the MacKenzie clan.

There are 7 books excluding The Exile in the Outlander series and each will take you from pillar to post as you read with amazement how their lives evolve and all the people in their lives take shape, past and present. It is an amazing shift from one century to the other and all of the stories carry through from book to book.

The Exile is an abbreviated version of the original Outlander book although there are some variations to the story. The story is supposedly the experience of the events as seen from Jamie's point of view but as told by his godfather, Murtagh.

If you've read the other Outlander books, you will see the similarities to the original story but you will also be able to pick out the different storyline.

All in all, it's a fun read and easily accomplished in a day though you might get bogged down as I did in all the beautiful graphics. This truly is a must-have for any Outlander series fan or anyone who collects graphic novels.

Even our very own Nell Rose will not have to wait as long for her next installment in the series! We have both fallen in love with the series of books and wait on pins and needles for the announcement of when the next book will be out - I might add far too distant in the future but we shall take what we can get don't you think, Nell?

The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon

If you'd like to read the entire story, here is a book list of the books in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. However, make sure you set aside at least a month to read each one of these books. These are not 'light reads' or reads like Internet readers are accustomed to.

These books are steeped in Scottish and English history and tradition and tell many stories all at the same time. In my humble opinion, this is what a true novel should be - captivating, deeply moving, sexy, informative, and at all times highly entertaining. Once I pick up a Diana Gabaldon novel, I can't seem to put it down. I practically grieve when I come to the end of the book and know it will be a very long time before I get to the next story.

You can read these books out of order if you like, but they will make much more sense if you read them in order:

  • Outlander
  • Dragonfly in Amber
  • Voyager
  • Drums of Autumn
  • The Fiery Cross
  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes
  • An Echo in the Bone

An additional treasure and adjunct to the series:

  • The Outlandish Companion

One of the many characters in the Outlander series took on a life of his own in literature and Diana Gabaldon has done several books on him so far - Lord John Grey.

The books in the Lord John Grey series are fascinating reads as well because this series deals with the many facets of a homosexual officer in the English armed forces. The books also show his life intersects with Jamie and Claire. You come to know Lord John Grey through all his trials and tribulations and you can't help but love him as well.

Lord John Grey books:

  • Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade
  • Lord John and the Hand of Devils
  • Lord John and the Private Matter

All the Lord John Grey books are well done though not as long as the Outlander books. You get a glimpse from time to time of Jamie and Claire as his life is complexly intertwined with theirs.

The series of books about Lord John Grey are a spin-off of the original Outlander series where we first met him. Diana Gabaldon said that she loved his character so much she just had to write some books featuring his life and I think they turned out to be just as captivating.

You see the world through an English military man's eyes as well as seeing it through the eyes of a man struggling with his own sexual identity in the 1700's. All the books are great reads and actually give you an idea of the emotions and anguish that he feels. In a time when it was totally unfashionable to declare your homosexuality, it is startling to fathom what trials he or others like him faced.

Great Read: Graphic Novel The Exile by Diana Gabaldon

If you're looking for a read that's just a wee bit different from the usual venue (or if you are like me and can't stand waiting for the sequel to An Echo in the Bone), check out The Exile by Diana Gabaldon. 

All the Outlander series books are fascinating and colorful in the extreme.  They are sure to hold your attention as long as you understand that they are the kind of books you savor and can't rush through. 

You'll participate in a bit of Scottish history, then find yourself reliving parts of World War II and its aftermath, then find yourself watching the birth of America. 

Whatever time you find yourself in while reading these books, you'll enjoy every minute of the ride and the read.  While these are works of fiction, there is much to learn that is true and authentic in terms of history and what a great way to read about it!

Wishing you happy reading and hope you get a chance to check out The Exile by Diana Gabaldon. 


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    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      Oh RedElf - I treasure mine and keep them separate from all my other books because they are truly masterpieces. Just thinking about all those pages and that I am enthralled from first to last is amazing in this day and age of internet quick reads and people's attention spans of 45 seconds! I wish you much joy in owning your own set as they really are a great collection! Thanks so much for the read.

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      10 years ago from Canada

      I love Diane Gabaldon's Outlander series. My sister had the whole set, but I can see, after reading your hub, I shall have to break down and get my own set so I can reread them :D

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      OMG - That's hilarious! You sound like our middle boy Patrick who followed the 'shape' of his dad. We were looking for him forever when the guy finally brought him back and said 'I think he's lost'....

      Yes, stationary bike - although I had to give up listening to my iPod at the same time on the treadmill because I shot off the back of it. It appears that even I cannot multi-task on a treadmill. I love being able to listen to my tunes though and reading AND exercising....somehow it just doesn't work with swimming though - go figure!

    • Crewman6 profile image


      10 years ago

      Wow, I could see you reading on the treadmill (I do too) but how did you read on your recumbent bike? Was it a stationary bike? One reason I'm fond of my Kindle is while I'm biking, I can set it to read out loud to me. When I was a kid, I used to read while looking over the edge of the book and following Mom's shoes. One day I followed the wrong Mom right into a restaurant booth with her whole family. Talk about emotional scars. Took Mom forever to find me hiding in a corner (reading)

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      Crewman6 - So glad I could help out! I actually have a few stacks myself of books that I need to read and thank goodness I make myself set aside a little bit of time per day usually to read though. I just can't seem to ever have enough to read. As vices go, I guess we could have some that are worse! I just wish I could swim and read as I used to always get in an hour or so of reading when I was riding my recumbent bike or the treadmill!

    • Crewman6 profile image


      10 years ago

      I love to read, had have a backlog of books that I'm working through. Thanks to your wonderful writing, I have just added about 6 months of reading to my list. I need to see if they're available on the Kindle yet!

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      HH - I bet you can't read just one! They are marvelous books.

      Alekhouse - Thanks for the read and I hope you do take a gander. I started with Outlander and then ended up reading The Fiery Cross I think and got a bit confused so went back and started all over. Wishing you happy reads as well!

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      Nancy Hinchliff 

      10 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Audrery, I have not heard of this series either. You have really written a compelling hub that makes me want to go right out and buy these books. Thanks,

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      Hello, hello, 

      10 years ago from London, UK

      I have never heard of the Outlander series but I will look out for it. Thank you for introducing me to it.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      Nell - No kidding about every woman wanting Jamie Frazier. I asked Bob to wear a kilt and he won't do it! What's up with that? I said we could even act out some of the parts....ah well....some people!

      MimiKat33 - Thanks so much for sharing in the Jamie and Claire lovefest! I honestly thought the last one was going to be the end of it all but obviously NOT since she left about 7 things undone. I literally have to discipline myself not to think about it because it drives me crazy not knowing how it is all going to turn out - but as you say....that's what makes her such a great writer! Thanks for stopping in!!

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      10 years ago from Northeastern NY State, USA

      Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series has been by far the best books I have ever read and re-read. The imagination is stretched, portraits painted in my mind and I cannot say how much I have loved those books. Yes I am waiting for the next book in the series, the thirst for Jamie and Claire's further adventures is there for me.

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      Nell Rose 

      10 years ago from England

      Hi, Ha Ha I can just imagine you racing off to the book store and grabbing the book! I know what you mean! isn't it funny how a book can grab you with the story? she is an amazing writer, and of course every woman in the world wants a Jamie Fraser! lol

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      Nell, you'll never guess but when I saw this book was coming out, I was so excited I almost fell over! I thought 'oh my god - she wrote another installment'. I hurried to the store to pick it up - only to discover that it was a graphic novel. My husband actually laughed at me. He said 'what - are you reading comic books now?'

      But you know what - once I started to read it - it gave me the fix I needed....she'd better come up with a couple more of these I guess!!! It was so beautifully done that it was a fun read and the pictures were great.

      That is awesome about Lord John's book being set in your town. Have you read those? That's what I do while I waiting and waiting for the next Outlander book! I thought they were very good although some of my friends gave them thumbs down. I have a feeling that it is because of the gay thing but unfortunately I have a big heart and a very open mind.

      Definitely Ewan for Jamie - although I have ALWAYS thought that Liam Neeson would have been great but he's too old (hope he doesn't read this!). Someone mentioned one time Mel Gibson and I said 'BLEK' - no way.

      Anyhow - it is one of my very favorite love stories of all time because of the time travel jazz and I simply think I shall perish before I get my next installment as with all those story lines hanging there....oh well - keeps us on the hook!

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      Thanks for the read, Pamela - hope you do check out Outlander. I wasn't sure when I saw the size of the books but I love to read. I found myself so caught up in this series that I truly get very upset when I come to the end of the book. It was okay while I was playing catch up and reading the first 6, but when I got the brand new one last year, An Echo in the Bone, and then had to say goodbye and wait for the next installment....I'm still bummed about it!

      I think that is the mark of a great writer though. I'm still thinking about all the unanswered questions and can't wait until she puts out the next one!!

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      Nell Rose 

      10 years ago from England

      Hi, Audrey, Oh my God your a genius! ha ha this is great! I will definitely be buying this! I am suffering withdrawal syndrome! Did you take a look at the video of the 'cast of characters' above? I know it is just made up at the moment, but the person who picked them out for the 'film' or what they would like to see, is perfect! I was really pleased to see that in one of the John Grey books, I think it was hand of devils, was actually set in my town! how cool was that? it was the one where he goes to the Hell fire Club! it is about a mile from where I live! and the tunnel goes through the outskirts of my town, to Medenham which is where the tunnel ends! Thanks for the links etc, I want to read the next installment now! But this book is definitely worth the read and a great add to my collection. I can actually see Jamie being played in a film by Ewan Mcgregor, what do you think? This made my night! thanks for that, cheers nell

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      10 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Audry, I am not familiar with this series but it sounds excellent. I will get one of her books as soon as I finish the set of two I am reading now.


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