Outlander by Diana GabaldonOutlander by Diana Gabaldon


byDiana Gabaldon

Mass Market Paperback | October 9, 2001

Book 1 of 8 
Outlander series

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Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another...

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 in soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden 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.

Diana Gabaldon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular Outlander novels, as well as the related Lord John Grey books, one work of nonfiction, and the Outlander graphic novel The Exile. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Title:OutlanderFormat:Mass Market PaperbackPublished:October 9, 2001Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this story! Diana's book is written with a great attention to detail. Captivates you from start to end great book hard to put down and lengthy.
Date published: 2019-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well Written The book is well written and easy to follow along. If you are looking to escape into a book this winter, I would suggest Outlander. Adventure, a great love story, and a bit of history await you...
Date published: 2019-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outlander Received this book for Christmas from my mother in law. The amount of details Diana includes is brilliant. A love story for all ages, I'm deeply invested in J & C's life together.
Date published: 2019-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Great I recently bought 6 of the 8 in the series, I love Diane’s writing style and can’t wait to read the rest of the series.
Date published: 2018-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! A romance that is set in a historically accurate Scotland. I don’t typically find myself drawn to romance at all. But the story sucked me in and I was not able to put it down.
Date published: 2018-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best story! The Outlander series is so amazing. The characters are interesting and well written. They pull you in and make this a book you cannot put down!
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic Love Story, don't let the number of pages intimidate you! This is one of my favourite historical fiction books ever. The love story is simply epic. I enjoyed the books much more than the TV series (though it is good, too). Scotland is now at the top of my bucket list.
Date published: 2018-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Series Currently! I enjoyed the first adventure of Jamie and Claire. Worth the read and worth checking out the show on STARZ. Full of entertainment. It'll make you laugh and cry. Overall 10/10! I have recommended this book to many of my friends and they are all hooked.
Date published: 2018-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing watched the tv show and decided to read the book after, super good!
Date published: 2018-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO GOOD Loved this book so much. Makes you want to go to Scotland soo badly
Date published: 2018-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Love Love! I originally watched the show on Netflix and fell in love. When I found out there were books I was so excited! they look like a heavy read but you become so lost in them and the read goes quickly! so worth it!
Date published: 2018-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from READ IT!!!!! Worth it even if it looks huge! I absolutely loved this book. I cannot get the words to describe how much I love this book. Time travel books are among my favorites and the fact that it takes place in Scotland and features a tall handsome redheaded man in a kilt only sweetens the pot.
Date published: 2018-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Good If you like history this is a fun series. The writing is not great but it's an amusing story.
Date published: 2018-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So glad I gave it a chance! (Worth it for people who might be hesitant to start new books) I'm going to be very descriptive about my process of reading this (excluding spoilers;) ) because I know it would have encouraged me if someone had related it to my process rather than saying "it's a good book!" I'm normally super hesitant to start new books or series because I don't want to waste my time or feel let down by the writing or story. Plus, I am insanely picky most of the time. If it is under two hundred pages, I am more forgiving because it is not much of an investment. This book was clearly more than two hundred ages (THANK JESUS, I never wanted it to end) TBH, I never would have looked twice at this book if my brother hadn't bought it for me. I didn't know much about it and I'd heard a couple good reviews (none in too much detail, mostly people saying it was a good book but I rarely trust those reviews). I had even seen the TV show advertised on Netflix but it didn't seem like my kind of book or series. I didn't want to insult my brother by not reading it, and it's over 800 pages so as if I'm just going to give it a shot in the dark with how little I knew about it. Because it was hardly a choice to read it, I didn't bother with much online research about the book or story. I didn't even know it was a series of books (P.S. It's a large book series). Then I remembered that I had seen the show "Outlander" on Netflix, and decided to start watching that (the pilot at least) because it would be a quicker way to determine if I liked the story-line. As we all probably know, the books are generally better than the shows, and often the shows change many things so I figured I would not be spoiling too much and if I liked the show even a little, I would obviously like the book too. Gunna put it out there, the show and the book are EXTREMELY similar. Different of course, but they mostly change minor things. I also respect the original author's version more than adaptations (For all things). So since I was already aware that some things were wrong or out of order, I was not very angry, only occasionally disappointed that the show didn't take certain good scenes from the book. I loved the show, and as I had predicted, the book is even better. ****I would recommend it 100% to anyone who likes actions, adventure, magic (it's not a big part of it but it is somewhat involved), and romance. It might be classified as a romantic novel (I've seen many different opinions on that matter so IDK). I've never given romance novels much thought so IDK if this is a typical romance novel but if so, I will start reading those too! This book gives you multiple ship-able characters and constant ever changing adventure and it's so hard to put down. She is also very scientific about medical stuff. The characters occasionally say and do things you do NOT expect. Like, the book goes from nice and fluffy PG to "Holy snap what did I just read?" and back to fluffy PG. It's by no means 50 Shades of Grey but.... maybe Game of Thrones? This is a nicer version of Game of Thrones maybe. HIGHLY RECOMMEND
Date published: 2018-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this! I have been watching the tv show for some months before I was gifted the book series for my birthday - a wonderful story!
Date published: 2018-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Same as the show I am someone that came to these books after having watched the first few seasons. I have to say that the show stayed pretty true to the book and if you're like me and are someone who watches shows over and over again it may make the book feel a bit redundant. I do appreciate the book and you understand things a bit better or catch things you might have missed from a reader's perspective as opposed to a watcher's. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone! There's little tidbits that the show didn't or wasn't able to squeeze into an hour episode. For those additions alone - I would suggest this book to any of the fans of the TV show.
Date published: 2018-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm addicted! I LOVED this novel. After watching the first 2 seasons of Outlander on TV, I decided to read the books. I have now read the first 4 in just few months and can't wait for more. If you love history, romance, action...this is a book for you! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this Amazing first novel with a refreshing plot weaving time travel, world war 2, romance and 17th century Scotland. An awesome journey into the history of Scotland and the fate of the Highlanders as told through two well-written main characters.
Date published: 2018-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE. A friend of mine introduced me to the TV show and I fell in love. Since watching the show, I've read the first book and can't wait to read them all. I'm positive that I'm going to love everyone of them. :)
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful characters From the moment I picked this up years ago, I have been hooked on Gabaldon's stories and characters. I can't wait for the next one (the ninth in the series) to be published to find out what happens next. Meanwhile I read the short stories about the minor characters, if they can be called minor. A terrific blend of historical fiction and science fiction.
Date published: 2018-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Came for the show, stayed for the books I binge-watched all of the seasons of Outlander when I discovered it a month ago, and me being an avid book reader, wanted to read the books. I'm glad I did, I'm now on book 4 and don't have plans to stop! A great read that I couldn't put down.
Date published: 2018-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best Absolutely the best. Addicting series and pairs well with the show.
Date published: 2018-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding!!! By far one of my favourite books of all time. I couldn't wait to read the next one and since there are so many i'll be busy for a long time!
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as the show I read the book because I really liked season 1 of the show. Unfortunately, I didn't think it was as good as the show. Certain parts of the books were pretty cheesy. While the show managed to get around these scenes with a different script and good acting, I couldn't quite get past it with in the book.
Date published: 2018-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favorite series I love this series. I could read it over and over (have twice already!)
Date published: 2018-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outlander I love this series. Such great action, history and romance.
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fanatastic adventure! Wow! Very impressive. A book filled with adventure, history, a GREAT love, and battles. Easy to read and challenging to put down. A must read!
Date published: 2018-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Masterfully written Gabaldon clearly has a way to entice readers no matter what decade in which they start her novels. They are timeless and her work translates over time, never feeling old or stuffy. The characters are rich and deeply layered and her ability to transport the readers back in time with Claire is astounding. It sets the tone for a well thought out series that leaves readers wanting more.
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Start Reading ASAP This book is fantastic. I will warn you.. it may take a bit to get used the the Scottish accent in writing. As soon as you can hear it while you read, you're in for a good haul!! <3 <3
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Who would not want to go back in time to a Jamie Fraser?
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it I have started reading this series after watching 2 seasons of the TV show. I almost finished the third one now. It is a really well written story and I always think how Diana Gabaldon could imagine and create all of these amazing characters in this story. But sometimes it's getting slow...
Date published: 2018-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love love love This book and its characters make you believe in true love. Its so easy to fall for this book. The ending has you wanting to continue the series.
Date published: 2018-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing I read this book are watching the show. omg its amazing the details of the story and the interactions between the characters was amazing it was so hard to put the book down. I can wait to finish reading the rest of the series d
Date published: 2018-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great start to the series A little slow to start but once you get into it you wont put it down. Very interesting story and well researched.
Date published: 2018-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read I have been following Gabaldon for many many years and this is a must read series. A beautiful love story filled with Adventure.
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT!!! I was completely glued to this novel and couldn't put it down! Beautifully written and the characters completely came to life as I was reading. I couldn't wait to get started on the rest of the novels in the series!
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Love Story Diana Gabaldon is a fantastic author and this book proves it. Claire and Jamie's story kept me dreaming for so long after I put down the novel. The storyline keeps you reading and on the edge of your seat. I had seen the series before reading the book but was not at all disappointed. The book is so well written and the details about Scotland and the characters makes it worth it. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-02-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Just...bad I though this was a really cool idea for a story, but the book is sooooo badly written. The plot keeps replaying over and over: protagonist is almost assaulted, then is saved at the last minute. There is a disturbing, gratuitous melding of sex and violence that the modern protagonist seems titillated by, and, apparently, modern readers are supposed to be titillated by. Whether it was historically accurate or not does not excuse it. There is also the inference that all homosexual attraction is evilly perverse. And a implausible and disturbing method of "curing" PTSD at the end. I would have liked more thoughtful & plausible characters, and more plausible plot, and 200 pages shorter. (I have no issue with reading long books, but this book is long because it's full of filler). The ending is infuriating.. I understand the author wanted to leave us with a cliffhanger so we'd read the next book, but she stopped mid-scene. We went along for 600 pages and then get NO closure or wrapping up. I felt totally ripped off!
Date published: 2018-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Love Story I read this book for the first time 10 years ago and fell in love. 11 years later and I am still reading and rereading the series. The show does not even begin to compare to the books. Bought another copy because my first copy is wore out :) Those who say Romeo & Juliet is the best love story ever told has never read Outlander. Diana Gabaldon is a genius!
Date published: 2018-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Pleasure To Read - And Re-read This isn't the first time I've read Outlander, and I'm sure it won't be the last. The romance between Jamie and Claire is one of the most beautiful love stories I've ever read, and Gabaldon's writing is lush with detail and such vivid descriptions of 18th century Scotland that you feel like you're actually there. The characters are all extremely well-developed; though Gabaldon portrays a wide assortment of people, each is very individualistic. I always love to revisit this book, and I already look forward to the next time I venture through the stone circle with Claire.
Date published: 2018-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE Can you give more than 5 stars? I if i could i would. With these time pieces, that also have shows, i like to watch a season then read the book. It helps me know the characters better. This one did not disappoint. It surpassed the show by far. So much detail and emotion was put into these books. I will watch season 2 then read the book again! I already purchased the entire series as I knew i'd fall in love with them
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it I love this book so much. Cant wait to read all of them
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great read When I first saw the book in store, I was seriously debating on buying it. I had borrowed the book from someone. When I started to read the first novel, I struggled with the first couple of chapters, but after that, I could not put the book down. The detail that the author has put in to everything was great. Everything down to the last detail was described with out over doing it. I couldn't put it down. You felt all the emotions that the characters went through. The tale of lovers that fall upon each other, that is hard to describe. Their love for one another is so spell binding that you can't help but hope that the two never fall apart. To know that true love knows no boundaries is displayed in this book. The way that the two characters, from two different eras can fall in love, makes me a little bit more hopeful of the love in the world. It is a great read, and I look forward to reading more of the books to come.
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read I started reading this series after watching the television show. It is so much better than the show, and I love the show. So much detail. The two main characters have so much chemistry, love and respect for one another. The books transport the reader into their adventures and it is hard to put them down.
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Obsessed with this series! I will admit that I struggled through the first 1/4 of the book. However, once past that mark I couldn't put it down! Diana Gabaldon does a wonderful job describing the setting and the characters emotions! She takes us back to 1745 and makes us fall in love with that century and a red-headed Scot!
Date published: 2018-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love! I came across this book after being obsessed with highlander romance and it took me some time to contemplate whether I wanted to start this series. It seemed somewhat too "serious", heart breaking, and gruesome compared to all the happy ending highlander romances I had read. I decided to order the first book and see if I liked it, not knowing if I would even read half of it. I am so glad I did!! This book changed the whole game for me. It is a story that not only grasps your attention but is realistic on its notion of love, marriage, family and life decisions. Jamie and Claire were a very unexpected pair but the chemistry that grew between them in a marriage is so admirable. I could not put this book down! I would look for every spare minute in my day to try and squeeze in time to read :) for anyone who thinks it looks too long to read, trust me you will be anxious when you realize you're almost done because you don't want it to end!
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite series! I have read almost all of the Outlander series and absolutely love them. Strong characters and well written historic romance. Definitely recommend!
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good!! Absolutely loved the story! Even better than the TV series!
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read This book has adventure, romance and history! It is exciting and hard to put down.
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Can't put it down This book has romance, adventure and history! What more can you ask for?
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing- best book I have read in awhile Worth your time and investment in the series for sure!
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth a read I became a fan of the show so I knew to stick with it from the beginning, get through the first quarter and you'll get hooked. Worth reading for sure.
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing series diana sucks you into her world and you cant stop reading
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Easy to read and even more easy to bring everywhere.
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed this book I enjoyed this book and read it fairly quickly but only after I got through the first 100 or so pages. They are tough to get through, there isn't much holding you to the story. But once everything starts going, it was a great book.
Date published: 2017-12-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful This book is really very beautifully written. Filled with adventure and a unique romance. This book on its own is a well written and an exciting tale! I cannot say that I was as drawn in by this book's sequels however. Although good and an overall very unique story, I wish the sequels had remained based in Scotland, as it really gave Outlander an distinct enhancement that I don't really find in the sequels. Outlander is definitely worth the read, even if you don't continue with its sequels.
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eye Opener! This book paints such a clear picture it made me feel like Claire travelling back in time. Reading each chapter not wanting to put the book down and at the same time learning a little bit about history and discovering things I never knew. Compared to the show the book is way better.
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Start Off For a Series I thought this book had great features - the characters are really well written, this author had a great way to incorporate a bit of history with fiction, a little romance, adventure, thrill and it went so well !!
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I was not prepared Not prepared in the slightest for how much I fell in love with this book! Could not put it down. I'm so glad there are 7 more books and a tv series to feed my new addiction. I can see this being a love story to rival, if not surpass, the popularity of Twilight. I would give this 10 stars if I could
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great historical Lit This is great historical lit with a bit of steamy romance and intense drama thrown in to spice things up. Make it a holiday read.
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well written I LOVED this book! Read it cover to cover with hardly putting it down. You can tell that the author really did her research to make the historic references and Gaelic language as accurate as possible. The characters are a little over dramatic and unlikely but somehow this adds to the magic of the novel. I look forward to continuing the series.
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Prepare to be glued to these pages..Absolute page turner! I remember first finding these novels by Diana back in the early 2000's and I completely fell in love! It's one of those stories that you get so entwined in what you're reading that you literally have to pry your eyes off the page. Reluctantly, after A Fiery Cross I'd put down the Outlander series awaiting the next book and completely forgot about them after a prolonged pause between book 5 and 6 - until that is, the title of the new Television series triggered my memory. Needless to say, I've reread the first 5 books, and since finished the current series and anticipate the release of Book 9: "Go Tell The Bees That I Am Gone". I'm a bit of a history nerd, so the historical aspect were what firstly intrigued me. But if you're a fan of adventure, suspense, drama, romance, fantasy - you name it, this book has it. And it's sure to keep you wanting more and unable to put it down!
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible page turner! Loved this book - the historical references, the romance and the attention to detail... a very well written story that will keep you entertained!
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fascinating read! Just started and I'm so glad I pick it up, I can't wait to move onto the next few books!
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In Love! Fantastic. Amazing. Wonderful. Such an intriguing story and amazing characters. Huge fan of the show and the book as well!
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All Time Fave! This is probably one of my favourite books of all time, it's tied with the Harry Potter series. I couldn't put it down, and if you're going to watch the show... Read this first, it's better.
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read! This first book in the Outlander series will have you hooked! I love the characters and the story line keeps you on the edge of your seat!
Date published: 2017-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book! I have been reading these books since 2001 and i cant get enough of them. i read Outlander at least twice per year (as well as the rest of the series!)
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great book to escape into romance and advanture in the Highlands! Love this novel! If you are into Romance, Advanture, Scotland, Fantasy (a wee bit of it, no dragons or orks), History, then this book is for you. Once I opened this book, I could not put it down!
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! If you loved Game of Thrones, then you'll love Outlander. If you didn't love Game of Thrones because there were too many dragons, then you'll love Outlander. If you haven't even heard of Game of Thrones, then you'll love Outlander. I was harassed by the other members of my book club to read this, and when I finally succumbed, I understood why. The action is great, the character development is amazing, and the attraction between Jamie and Claire is worthy of envy.
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my all-time favourites The best thing I can say about this book is that it is by far the most beat up book on my bookshelves. I've read it more times than I'd care to admit; but it remains one of the most captivating stories I've read. The character development is incredible and the history is on point! Read this book... you won't regret it!
Date published: 2017-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely wonderful I read this book years ago and it started me on a wonderful journey that has spanned a couple of decades as new books are added to the series. It is the type of book that I could not put own. I have had some say they couldn't get into it but when I recommended they stick with it for a bit longer, they as well became hooked. Wonderful detail, brilliant historical research, enchanting story of love as well.
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Beautiful, Timeless Tale This is my second time reading Gabaldon's breath-taking Outlander series and I'm already looking forward to the next re-read. This is a series that takes my breath away every time I pick up the books, flip through them, and devote myself to the stories they tell. Every time feels simultaneously familiar and brand-new.
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Action & romance all in one I have not enjoyed a book this much in a long time. It has action, battles, great description of the times and the leading characers are great. Gabaldon really makes you come into their world and live right along side them.
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! I started reading the books because I am a fan of the tv show and I don't regret it at all! It's very similar to the show but it does have some differences and reading it is just as enjoyable as watching it. Gabaldon is such a descriptive writer, its amazing.
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! I started reading the books because I am a fan of the tv show and I don't regret it at all! It's very similar to the show but it does have some differences and reading it is just as enjoyable as watching it. Gabaldon is such a descriptive writer, its amazing.
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it, but was hard to physically read Although I really enjoyed the book, the Mass Market paperback is difficult to read because the text is small and the pages are very thin with a lot of text included on each page.
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Masterpiece This book, the first one in the series, is absolutely amazing. It has everything required to make a good story: love, hate, passion, sadness, adventure, war, travel, historical details.... It truely is a masterpiece.
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! I don't usually read this kind of book but I actually loved this story! It got me hooked that I actually bought the whole series! Definitely recommend.
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Series I read this series, and then - despite my TBR list being 12 feet high - re-read the entire series. Considering there are 8 1000+ page books, I think that recommendation speaks for itself.
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really loved it! I wanted to read the book before watching the show, and I am so glad I did. The detail and storytelling is amazing. I have already ordered all the other books in the series. :)
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally Recommend! When I mentioned to a coworker that I was interested in watching the Outlander TV series, they immediately responded with "read the books first". I'm happy that I took their advice. This book is lovely. The story is engrossing, the characters feel like old friends (or lovers), and the writing is superb. Definitely worth a read!
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Story I had been looking for a book/series that could sweep me up the same way that Harry Potter did and this is just that. I was totally engrossed in this series for a solid few months and have even made my way through the series for a second time since purchasing them all a year and a half ago. Love the books and love the tv adaptation as well. Seriously a good read.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! I've read this book 5 times now and it never loses its magic. If you want a book to get submerged in many times over, this is the one for you. A great start to an incredible series!
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Series A great series of love, war, magic and humanity
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chronic Reader I have ready this book and this series many times and I could easily pick it up and read it again it's that well written and captivating!
Date published: 2017-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Outlander has the perfect combination of adventure, romance, and heartbreak to make it truly fantastic to read.
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fanstasic book I absolutely loved this book. I'm a huge fan of the show but had never read the books until now. I absolutely adore these characters and what Diana Gabaldon has brought to life. I like that the show stayed true to the books but also had their own spin on things. It was wonderful reading certain scenes played out in the book since you're able to portray thoughts and feelings so much better in books in my opinion. I would definitely recommend to anyone who is a fan of the show but hasn't read the books.
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page turner What a ride! I've read this twice now and it just keeps getting better!
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read!! A great balance of romance, intrigue and fantasy wrapped up in factual historical settings. Excited to dive into the second book.
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Good If you like historical romance this book is 100% for you. Good quality writing, wonderful characters, and of course kilts.
Date published: 2017-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Outlander certainly did make me fall in love with Diana Gabaldon's work. It's a long read but I would 100% recommend it to anybody looking for a great series to get into.
Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Completely and utterly in love with this book. So, I'm a little late joining this Outlander train but I am so glad I jumped into this series. It has one of the most engaging story lines that I have read in a long time. Amazing plot line, fantastic characters mixed in with some fantasy and historical fiction. You can't beat that! Get ready for long nights of reading cause once you start you won't be able to put it down. I also love the fact that there is now a TV series based off the book. Binge the book and the show!
Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I don't understand the hype Poorly written, flat characters, boring... The show is good fun, but this book is not worth a second glance.
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read, interesting story Well written and a good story line. Do have to admit I read the whole series once, but not a series I will read a second time as I do no feel it worth a second read but well worth a first read. Much better than the show so recommend reading before viewing.
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good I had to give it a try since there was a lot of hype and it was pretty enjoyable.
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Series! I originally bought Outlander as a 2/$15 deal and boy was that a bargain! It took me a few chapters to "get into" the first book as I normally don't go for sci-fi or time travel types but once I got into it, I was hooked. I have now read every book in the series and even the spinoffs from the series. I tried to watch the tv series but it does not live up to the books by any means. This was by far the best series of books I have ever read. If anyone asks me what to read this is always my first suggestion.
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful series The beginning of an epic journey with Claire and Jamie.
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG!! I loved it so much! I was nervous the story would become boring and drag on once I saw how long it was, however I was greatly mistaken. This was such an engaging story line that kept me entertained the entire time. I watched the show first and I would highly recommend reading the book to any lovers of the show who haven't had the opportunity to read its inspiration.
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outlander is Outstanding! If you like romance, history, and the supernatural then this is the book for you! Diana Gabaldon weaves a tale that is at once moving and mysterious. I would definitely recommend this novel (and its counterparts) to those who loved Deborah Harkness' trilogy.
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic The first and probably best book in the series
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yes. Just yes. Everyone needs to read these... and prepare to never be the same again. Admittedly, I've slowed down as the series goes on, but these few couple of books? Yes.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am hooked I had originally been recommended this series but the size of each novel was intimidating. I decided a few months later to go for it and I am so glad I did! I'm hooked! I read a few chapters then watch the show on Netflix.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story! I bought this book to read over the summer. Absolutely amazing! Had a blast reading it and meeting the characters. Some parts dragged but overall a great story!
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun Historical Fiction/Romance Love the TV show and loved this book. It's defiantly more of a fun historical fiction. While it does have serious topics (and some I didn't agree with) it's still a fun & good read if you're into Historical Fiction/Romance or if you're a fan of the show I'd recommend this. Trigger warning for rape.
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! Amazingly written. Detailed in all the right places. I could picture every moment. Loved this! I bought the entire series because of this book!
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Couldn't put this book down. Kept reading and reading until before long I finished!
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliantly Breath-Taking I'm a sucker for fantasy and romance and this book, the first in it's series, is hands-down a winner in my eyes. The adventure and thrill kept my hands turning each page non-stop. This novel swept me into Scotland 1743 and made me reminisce about my own past trip to the Highlands and other historical places mentioned throughout the story. This, however, is an extremely heavy read, filled with rich (and sometimes complicated) vocabulary, mature subject matter, and some disturbing themes that may take readers by surprise. Beautifully written and enticingly captivating. Enjoy!
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Took me through time One of the first series read . At first it was long to get into it, but I really had to get going because of what I new that she was going to go through time and I was curious to get to that part and boom that is were it all started. I couldn't put the book down.
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Yawn! This book was annoying in so many ways. The premise is good but then how many times does she get raped/about to get raped and needs James to save her. So bored and so over it.
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Story If you like this book you will enjoy the series. Very similar!
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Glued to this book! This book is amazing. Detailed in all the right places. I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good If you watch the tv series, the first season very closely follows the book. Excellent read, can't wait to read the next in the series.
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from swooooon I honestly read this book AFTER I watched the tv series....but both were amazing! If only there were a Jamie out there for everyone! haha. Great read with plenty of Scottish history, romance and time travel....also....did I mention Jamie?
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not for me the writing is great but i had a lot of problems with this book
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outlander beyond amazing. Scary because it is so far out there you think it can't happen, but then again you never know. I was hooked from the first page. I loved it.
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book The first in the this series of book, is amazing. It sets the tone and the delves into the characters. You will fall in love with the characters, the dialect (its Scottish) and the setting. Even though its close to 1000 pages, its a great read.
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing read! I have come back to this book over and over. It is the perfect blend of history, adventure and romance. Definitely a great choice!
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great intro into time travelling Great characters, great writing, an easy page turner despite its number of pages.
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New Obsession I picked up this book on a whim in an airport shop once and now I cannot get enough!! The world that is created within these pages is absolutely amazing and I cannot get enough
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book. This book is quite well written, has an engaging plot, is fairly historically accurate, and features characters that you cannot help but want to read more about. I'd recommend this to anyone who likes romance and history.
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! A friend recommended this book to me, so I figured why not? I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did. I couldn't put it down and proceeded to read all the books in the series. I loved the story as well as the characters. I can't wait for the next book to come out!
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Great story and cheap if you but the mass market paperback copy.
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Series A really spectacular series with a great story line and amazing writing #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok ok story but nothing special
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Watch out, they are super addicting! It took my mom/friends 10 years of convincing me to read this book but I finally did it and 3 weeks later I'm halfway through the third book. If you are really into historical fiction, this is your book.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! A little slow to get going, but once, all the characters are introduced and the story gets going it's so addictive! I've read the whole series now and I miss not having more of the story to read
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Jamie Fraser... That's all. Jamie Fraser is my new book boyfriend. After reading this book I was like "Mr. Darcy who."
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not for me My friend recommended this, and it wasn't for me I was never big on romance anyways
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this Book! Outlander is another book that you have to be patient with and give the author time to set the scene. But once your in your in. This book took me away to another time and I couldn't put it down. The amount of research put into the time frame creates a phenomenal historical picture and Claire and Jamie are two characters you can't help but fall in love with. One of my favourite books.
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Instant Favourite! I love this book so much. Its been on my to be read list for a while but i never picked it up. Once i did, i could not put it down!
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good story at parts i thought some could be eliminated however good story although I'm surprised it implied that Claire and frank cheated on each other during the war! good narrator
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good story at parts i thought some could be eliminated however good story although I'm surprised it implied that Claire and frank cheated on each other during the war! good narrator
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just wonderful This novel captivated me from the start. I adore the main characters. The plot keeps you engaged and wanting more. I've read this book more than once, and will likely read it again in the future.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 2nd Time Over I read this novel years ago and have gone through it again because of the TV series...I love it more!!
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so obsessed fell in love with this book from the very beginning. Some of the other books in the serious can become tedious and i tend to lose interest in them, but this one is something else. I literally could not put it down untill i finished it the first time i read it. Highly recommend for anyone
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I read it because of the show, and I do struggle a bit with it, but that's where the show helps. It's still a favourite!
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love Scotland !!! This is a great first book, watched the first season of the show then picked up the books.. really enjoyed the characters and i'm excited to see where they go from here!!! w00t This series is also *adult* with graphic scenes....I would not recommend for the faint of heart and younger readers.
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from never a dull moment in this book At first I thought, "what a thick book!" but then you start reading and you're unable to stop. Very nice story, fast-paced and well written. Never a dull moment in this book.
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining I began reading the books before the show came out, and now am reading the books while watching the show. I find that hearing some of the Gaelic words on the show helps me to understand some of the words in the book which I otherwise couldn't pronounce. Love the characters. Especially Jamie!
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the Greats! This is an absolutely fantastic story and series. Although it can be a difficult read, it certainly is worth it. Loved everything about this book.
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Of The Great Novels This is an absolutely fantastic story and series. Although it can be a difficult read, it certainly is worth it. Loved everything about this book.
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book! I am thrilled I read this book. It is truly amazing and exciting. I love the characters and it is well written. I am so excited to continue with the series. Give this book a try, you will not regret it!
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite I love everything about this book. The story, the characters, the detail and how well it is written. This is definitely one of my favourite books. I really enjoyed the historical part of it and how it was incorporated into the story. The relationship between Claire and Jamie is so complicated and beautiful, you can't help but fall in love and root for them.
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible escape I like to read books that take me somewhere else. This one did that so well! It keeps your interest throughout, so it's easy to get lost in it. A beautiful and imperfect portrayal of the characters makes it nuanced and entertaining.
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A story to get lost in My friend recommended me this book, as I was trying to find a series I could get lost in. I normally do not like fantasy/adventure books, with the exception of the "Game of Thrones" Series, but this book is a really fun read. The characters are well developed, and they are always twists and turns to keep you second guessing. Read this book if you want to get lost in another world, and have lots to read!
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Historical/Time Travel/Romance I just finished this first book in the series. I don't normally read these kinds of books but have had the series recommended by a few people. I enjoyed the story, even though it was a little slow in parts, and even as big as the first book is, I am looking forward to reading the second book in the series. I know this series will keep me busy for awhile. It is a time travel book but doesn't focus on the complexities of time travel, as this event seems like a fluke, but the main character does spend some time questioning things like if this person dies before the date I know they were suppose to die, what does that mean for my time 200 years from now? Or if she prevents someone from dying, who should have died, then what? I like that these subjects are touched upon but the story is very much focused in the here and now of what is currently happening.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from my favourite book! love this book/series!!! love that it has a strong female lead character and Jamie is amazing too!!!
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book! I couldn't help it. I didn't WANT to love it. I don't usually read romance, let alone historical romance, or anything with time travel, but I fell in love with this story. Diana Gabaldon is an amazing writer, she pulled me in to this story and I couldn't help but love every moment. There is lots of action and adventure, some saucy love-making, some funny parts, and some tragedy, but WHAT A READ.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book! I've never swooned so much in my life. Really good read if you feel like being carried off by a Scottish Highlander from the 18th century.
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! This book is a fun, entertaining and interesting historical fiction. I've moved onto book two and plan to continue reading the series!
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book, does drag a little Love the story line, characters but found some parts just dragged on too long.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from cool really good story and believable!
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from :) My mom loves this series and reads every book over and over again!
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Outlander: Review Miss Diana Gabaldon is swiftly becoming one of my favorite authors. She takes us back to a time when life was rough and strange things happen. The seamless blend of sci-fi and historical fantasy is sublime. also there is an Outlander TV series, can't wait!
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Great! Love this series. Great characters and a wonderful step back in time.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you haven't read this, where have you been? If you haven't read this yet- you really need to. Then read the next seven ASAP!
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything and more This series was recommended to me ages ago and I can't believe I waited this long to read it. You completely fall in love with the story. It is pretty graphic though, so not recommended to those with fair sensibilities.
Date published: 2017-03-16

Read from the Book

Jamie made a fire in a sheltered spot, and sat down next to it. The rain had eased to a faint drizzle that misted the air and spangled my eyelashes with rainbows when I looked at the flames.He sat staring into the fire for a long time. Finally he looked up at me, hands clasped around his knees."I said before that I'd not ask ye things ye had no wish to tell me. And I'd not ask ye now; but I must know, for your safety as well as mine." He paused, hesitating."Claire, if you've never been honest wi' me, be so now, for I must know the truth. Claire, are ye a witch?" I gaped at him. "A witch? You—you can really ask that?" I thought he must be joking. He wasn't.He took me by the shoulders and gripped me hard, staring into my eyes as though willing me to answer him."I must ask it, Claire! And you must tell me!" "And if I were?" I asked through dry lips. "If you had thought I were a witch? Would you still have fought for me?" "I would have gone to the stake with you!" he said violently. "And to hell beyond, if I must. But may the Lord Jesus have mercy on my soul and on yours, tell me the truth!" The strain of it all caught up with me. I tore myself out of his grasp and ran across the clearing. Not far, only to the edge of the trees; I could not bear the exposure of the open space. I clutched a tree; put my arms around it and dug my fingers hard into the bark, pressed my face to it and shrieked with hysterical laughter.Jamie's face, white and shocked, loomed up on the other side of the tree. With the dim realization that what I was doing must sound unnervingly like cackling, I made a terrific effort and stopped. Panting, I stared at him for a moment."Yes," I said, backing away, still heaving with gasps of unhinged laughter. "Yes, I am a witch! To you, I must be. I've never had smallpox, but I can walk through a room full of dying men and never catch it. I can nurse the sick and breathe their air and touch their bodies, and the sickness can't touch me. I can't catch cholera, either, or lockjaw, or the morbid sore throat. And you must think it's an enchantment, because you've never heard of vaccine, and there's no other way you can explain it." "The things I know—" I stopped backing away and stood still, breathing heavily, trying to control myself. "I know about Jonathan Randall because I was told about him. I know when he was born and when he'll die, I know about what he's done and what he'll do, I know about Sandringham because ... because Frank told me. He knew about Randall because he ... he ... oh, God!" I felt as though I might be sick, and closed my eyes to shut out the spinning stars overhead."And Colum ... he thinks I'm a witch, because I know Hamish isn't his own son. I know ... he can't sire children. But he thought I knew who Hamish's father is ... I thought maybe it was you, but then I knew it couldn't be, and..." I was talking faster and faster, trying to keep the vertigo at bay with the sound of my own voice."Everything I've ever told you about myself was true," I said, nodding madly as though to reassure myself. "Everything. I haven't any people, I haven't any history, because I haven't happened yet."Do you know when I was born?" I asked, looking up. I knew my hair was wild and my eyes staring, and I didn't care. "On the twentieth of October, in the Year of Our Lord nineteen hundred and eighteen. Do you hear me?" I demanded, for he was blinking at me unmoving, as though paying no attention to a word I said. "I said nineteen eighteen! Nearly two hundred years from now! Do you hear?" I was shouting now, and he nodded slowly."I hear," he said softly."Yes, you hear!" I blazed. "And you think I'm raving mad. Don't you? Admit it! That's what you think. You have to think so, there isn't any other way you can explain me to yourself. You can't believe me, you can't dare to. Oh, Jamie..." I felt my face start to crumple. All this time spent hiding the truth, realizing that I could never tell anyone, and now I realized that I could tell Jamie, my beloved husband, the man I trusted beyond all others, and he wouldn't—he couldn't believe me either."It was the rocks—the fairy hill. The standing stones. Merlin's stones. That's where I came through." I was gasping, half-sobbing, becoming less coherent by the second. "Once upon a time, but it's really two hundred years. It's always two hundred years, in the stories. ... But in the stories, the people always get back. I couldn't get back." I turned away, staggering, grasping for support. I sank down on a rock, shoulders slumped, and put my head in my hands. There was a long silence in the wood. It went on long enough for the small night birds to recover their courage and start their noises once again, calling to each other with a thin, high zeek! as they hawked for the last insects of the summer.I looked up at last, thinking that perhaps he had simply risen and left me, overcome by my revelations. He was still there, though, still sitting, hands braced on his knees, head bowed as though in thought.The hairs on his arms shone stiff as copper wires in the firelight, though, and I realized that they stood erect, like the bristles on a dog. He was afraid of me."Jamie," I said, feeling my heart break with absolute loneliness. "Oh, Jamie." I sat down and curled myself into a ball, trying to roll myself around the core of my pain. Nothing mattered any longer, and I sobbed my heart out.His hands on my shoulders raised me, enough to see his face. Through the haze of tears, I saw the look he wore in battle, of struggle that had passed the point of strain and become calm certainty."I believe you," he said firmly. "I dinna understand it a bit—not yet—but I believe you. Claire, I believe you! Listen to me! There's the truth between us, you and I, and whatever ye tell me, I shall believe it." He gave me a gentle shake."It doesna matter what it is. You've told me. That's enough for now. Be still, mo duinne. Lay your head and rest. You'll tell me the rest of it later. And I'll believe you." I was still sobbing, unable to grasp what he was telling me. I struggled, trying to pull away, but he gathered me up and held me tightly against himself, pushing my head into the folds of his plaid, and repeating over and over again, "I believe you." At last, from sheer exhaustion, I grew calm enough to look up and say, "But you can't believe me." He smiled down at me. His mouth trembled slightly, but he smiled."Ye'll no tell me what I canna do, Sassenach." He paused a moment. ... A long time later, he spoke."All right. Tell me now." I told him. Told him everything, haltingly but coherently. I felt numb from exhaustion, but content, like a rabbit that has outrun a fox, and found temporary shelter under a log. It isn't sanctuary, but at least it is respite. And I told him about Frank."Frank," he said softly. "Then he isna dead, after all." "He isn't born." I felt another small wave of hysteria break against my ribs, but managed to keep myself under control. "Neither am I." He stroked and patted me back into silence, making his small murmuring Gaelic sounds."When I took ye from Randall at Fort William," he said suddenly, "you were trying to get back. Back to the stones. And ... Frank. That's why ye left the grove." "Yes." "And I beat you for it." His voice was soft with regret."You couldn't know. I couldn't tell you." I was beginning to feel very drowsy indeed."No, I dinna suppose ye could." He pulled the plaid closer around me, tucking it gently around my shoulders. "Do ye sleep now, mo duinne. No one shall harm ye; I'm here." I burrowed into the warm curve of his shoulder, letting my tired mind fall through the layers of oblivion. I forced myself to the surface long enough to ask, "Do you really believe me, Jamie?" He sighed, and smiled ruefully down at me."Aye, I believe ye, Sassenach. But it would ha' been a good deal easier if you'd only been a witch."

Editorial Reviews

"Absorbing and heartwarming...lavishly evokes the land and lore of Scotland." Publishers Weekly"Stunning!" Los Angeles Daily News"It is a large canvas that Gabaldon paints, filled with strong passions and derring-do. Strong willed and sensual, Claire is an engaging modern heroine plopped down in a simpler, more primitive time.... Great fun...marvelous and fantastic adventures, romance, sex...perfect escape reading!" San Francisco Chronicle