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Diana Gabaldon

Updated on February 11, 2015

The Outlander Series

The author Diana Gabaldon first came to my notice a few years ago. I consider myself lucky because I had the first five Outlander books to read one after the other ... otherwise the suspense would have killed me! Upon reading them I was expecting a historical romance but what I read was a complex interwoven tale of such magnitude that I feel I know the characters personally. From the beautiful Scottish Highlands to the splender of the French Court. From the battlefield of Culloden to the American Revolution. The Outlander books construct a special place in your heart for the characters and atmosphere of the 18th century.

There are seven published Outlander books - Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, An Echo In The Bone and more recently WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD

Synopsis of Outlander

It is very difficult to give a synopsis of all seven books due to the fact that they ecompass many storylines which are interwoven together and many primary characters are not introduced until later books. I will therefore only give details of the first book, Outlander in this lens to avoid any spoilers.

At the beginning of the book we see a feisty combat nurse Claire Beauchamp Randall visiting Scotland with her husband Frank after the ending of the second world war. On a trip to a stone circle, Craigh na Dun, she is thrown back in time to 1743 in the middle of a skirmish between the Clan McKenzies and a group of English dragoons. The Scots, wary of her identity, take her with them to Castle Leoch on the suspicion that she is a spy. Claire is later sought by the corrupt captain of the British garrison and in order to protect her she has little choice to marry the young outlawed highlander Jamie Fraser. Torn between her loyalty to her husband Frank Randall and her own safety she objects to the marriage at first but having already gotten to know Jamie, she knows that he is a man filled with honour and courage who will protect her no matter what the cost. Eventually through the trust they share they fall deeply in love and create a bond so strong and passionate that nothing can tear them apart. Not even two centuries ...

The books following Outlander continue the amazing saga of these endearing and charismatic characters. Diana Gabaldon is truly an exceptional writer and her amazing ability to describe the drama, passion and violence of 18th century Scotland makes these books the most memorable I have ever read. Whilst many would describe the books as "historical romance" that is only partially true. The love story between James Alexander Malcolm McKenzie Fraser and Claire Beauchamp Randall is the backbone which runs throughout the books but to describe it as a historical romance is almost an insult to these amazing books. If you are expecting a fluffy story and a light read these books aren't for you. They are gritty, harsh, tragic and barbaric in places but this of offset with oodles of courage, determination, humour and passion.

Favourite Diana Gabaldon Book!

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The Outlander TV Series

In the Autumn on 2014 we saw the first episodes of the Outlander TV series produced by Starz! The amazing show stays very close to the book and fans worldwide are already in love with the beautiful actor who plays Jamie Fraser. Sam Heughan really brings Jamie to life and is a pleasure to watch.

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Lord John Grey

The character of Lord John Grey first appears properly in the Outlander series in Voyager (although he gets a guest appearance earlier on). He is depicted as a courageous nobleman with a unrequited love for Jamie Fraser. The Lord John books are period mysteries set against the backdrop of political upheaval of the 18th century. Set within the time scale of the Outlander books and occasionally incorporating the same story lines.

Are you a Diana Gabaldon Fan?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes I'am can't wait to get the 8th on, just hope it will not be the last one!

      I have read all of the outlander , as well as Lord John gray!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes I am an avid reader of Diana Gabaldon, but I now want to read the book which should follow An Echo in the Bone, the novel "Written in My Own Hearts Blood."

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      Virginia Allum LM 5 years ago

      Yes I am!

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      franstan lm 5 years ago

      You have really piqued my interest in the Outlander series. I want to read these books.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Oh, Yes! I can't wait to see the next book, but I don't want it to be over....I do wish they'd make the movie. I really enjoyed seeing the possible Claires, Jamies, Briannas, Rogers and all the rest. I just hope if the movie is ever made, they don't ruin it with poor casting. Great lens--thumbs up!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      please get book 8 on the shelves before 2013

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      Dinostore 6 years ago

      I love her books! Nice job with this! Thumbs up and fav'd.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      diana is one of the best authors I have ever read (she'd be in my top two! Anyway, love her stuff - I thought great fiction was dead, didn't read fiction for many years, until I discovered Outlander... thank you Diana, love them all! Chris Hemsworth to me is Jamie through and through... give him long red hair and let him roam over that scottish accent (you KNOW he can do it) with his 6'3" frame - grace, strength and emotion that he is quite capable of portraying... I like Emily Blunt for Claire, but am open to other realistic suggestions...

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      Believe it or not, I have never read Diana Gabaldon even though I live in Scotland. This is a great resource for learning more about the Outlander series and I like your themed Zazzle products too! :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I just love her books hurry and get the next one out dying to know what happens