A Historical Time-Travel Romance
It's hard to find time to read in today's turbulent information craze, where young people are watching a Youtube video one minute and watching a Netflix show the next. Where thoughts and emotions are spoon fed to the audience, and where the lowest common denominator usually wins out. So when you do find the time to sit down with a novel, you want it to be a enjoyable experience, in which hopefully you can find something to take away from.
Not too say that this novel is serious food for thought, but that doesn't mean you have to turn off your brain while reading it. It offers a plethora of historical insight into those times: from the way people lived day to day to the political landscape of the time.
Outlander is the story of Claire Randall, a nurse in 1945 Britain, who while on vacation with her husband in the Scottish highlands, stumbles upon a circle of stones which when touched, act as a time portal;sending her back to 1743.
The first thing Claire comes across is a skirmish between Scottish highlanders and some English "red-coats", and she mistakes the battle for a film production, and people doing reenactments of historical events. She quickly finds out that is not the case, and to her complete bafflement and terror, she runs across the six times removed grandfather of her husband in the present. Oh, and by the way, he is a real charmer. He nearly rapes her before she is saved by one of the Highlanders who whisk her off to meet their leader.
Outlander is a huge novel, the paperback I read was over 800 pages, making it somewhat of a laborious go of it in spots. I found myself rushing through paragraphs to find out what happens, which is a good and a bad thing. It doesn't disappoint so much as it is somewhat anti-climactic, if you are looking for battle scenes and fighting more than the love story side, which almost gets to a cliche, "romance-novel" steaminess which should be left to that type of novel. If you are looking for the next Game Of Thrones you will be left wanting more. Although it is an entertaining read with plenty of interesting historical tidbits to revel in.
With the sudden Song Of Ice And Fire craze it isn't surprising that a series like this would get picked up for a TV series, which is actually how I came across the story in the first place. I didn't watch the show but saw it advertised and seemed as if it was trying to cash in on the medieval setting type show, and I am sure we will see many Game Of Thrones imitators in the future, whether it be in fantasy novels or television.
Although it gets a tad bit tedious at points, all in all this novel is great, and I would recommend to any lovers of fantasy or historical fiction, heck, even romance fans for that matter. Just a well researched piece of fiction. I will be continuing on to Dragonfly In Amber to follow Claire's adventures in time.
3.5 out of 5 stars