A Literary Masterpiece
I have been an avid reader since childhood and I've read hundreds upon hundreds of great books but none have come close to capturing my imagination and my heart as much as Diana Gabaldon's Outlander Book. When I first picked up a copy of Cross Stitch several years ago I was expecting a historical romance but I was soon catapulted into the world of the heroine, one Claire Randall, and carried along on a whirlwind adventure.
There are currently seven books in the Outlander series: Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes and An Echo In The Bone. The settings of these stories go from the Scottish Highlands, King Louis of France's Court, the Culloden battlefield and the American war of Independence.
Diana Gabaldon has also written a number of other stories about Lord John Grey who is a secondary character from the main books and although they have a slightly more masculine feel to them they are fantastic stories.
Synopsis Of Outlander
Trying to summarise a set of seven very long and complex books is quite difficult without inadvertantly giving away spoilers. As a huge fan of Diana Gabaldon's work I would feel unhappy if I didn't let the reader experience the interwoven and complex stories themselves. I am theref0re, only going to discuss the first of the stories, Outlander.
The book begins with a feisty nurse Claire Randall visiting Inverness with Frank, her historian husband during the aftermath of the second world war. Life is just beginning to return to normal and the two are trying to reconnect after being separated for such a long time. A trip to a stone circle sees the world she knows collide with what she thinks is impossible. Her mind cannot comprehend what is happening when she finds herself in the center of a skirmish between the Clan McKenzies and a group of English dragoons. The year is 1743!
Unsurprisingly both the English Dragoons and the Scots are suspicious of her identity and the fact that she is apparently wearing only her undergarments. The Dragoon captain bears an uncanny resemblence to her husband and she realised that he is in fact Jonathan Randall, Franks ancestor. Instead of finding a safe haven it seems that Jonathan Randalls nickname of Black Jack was well deserved. Both sides believe her to be a spy and the Scots proceed to take her to Castle Leoch were she is a virtual prisioner and is unable to return to the stone circle and her real life.
Her decision to return home is agrivated even more when Black Jack Randall wants her for questioning and the only way to avoid his clutches is to become married to a Scot. Jamie Fraser is a young outlawed highlander and has a history with Black Jack Randall. She finds herself torn between her loyalty to Frank and her sense of self preservation. Her relationship with Jamie is a good one, he is an honourable man and she knows that he will protect her. Eventually, what began as a marriage of necessity becomes something more and they create a bond so strong and passionate that nothing can tear them apart. Not even two centuries ...
The amazing saga known as the Outlander Series continues the story of these two characters, their families and their friends. Diana Gabaldon has an amazing ability to portray the passion, drama and the violence of the eighteenth century in a way which brings the characters and places to life. Her exceptional writing ability makes these the most memorable books I have ever read.