Outlander, Books 1-8

An uncompleted 10 book series

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Summer Reading

Hello to all! I’ve been remiss in my blogging but I have a good excuse. This summer I decided to finish reading the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon. A lengthy eight books with a ninth book being released in November 2021! Also, after I read each book I’m watching the series which is now available on Netflix and Starz. I love this first book so much. I don’t know how long it took Gabaldon to write these books because she puts so much into them and each one is epic. I’m curious to see how it all pans out. 

I’m so engrossed in everything Scotland and I love Claire and Jamie. Please note, this series has a lot of triggers and my only criticism is that they should be duly noted. The books and the TV series are both very graphic.

All the books are lengthy running around 800-1000 pages and rich in historical and scenic details. Also, Gabaldon has several spin-offs and companion books about the series creating an enormous epic read.

I will probably read more pages and words this year than ever before given the girth of these novels, however, Goodreads tracks number of books read so I may not make my yearly goal of 100 books. Drats!

I will update this page after each book and TV season has been watched.

Note: I found a great fandom site: https://outlander.fandom.com/wiki/Outlander_(novel)#Plot

Book 1, Outlander, Publisher’s Blurb:


Scottish Highlands, 1945. Claire Randall, a former British combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding clans in the year of Our Lord 1743.

Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of a world that threatens her life, and may shatter her heart. Marooned amid danger, passion, and violence, Claire learns her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.

This eBook includes the full text of the novel plus the following additional content:
• An excerpt from Diana Gabaldon’s Dragonfly in Amber, the second novel in the Outlander series 
• An interview with Diana Gabaldon 
• An Outlander reader’s guide
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Title: Outlander ASIN ‏ : ‎ B000FC2L1O
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Dell; 1st edition (October 26, 2004)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
File size : ‎ 4956 KB
X-Ray : ‎ Enabled
Word Wise : ‎ Enabled
Print length ‏ : ‎ 642 pages
Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled Best Sellers Rank:  #56 in Time Travel Romance; #83 in Historical Scottish Fiction Literary Awards : RITA Award by Romance Writers of America for Best Romance of 1991 & nominee for Best First Book & nominee for Single Title Historical Romance (1992)Puddly Award for Romance (2001) Customer Reviews: 4.8 out of 5 stars   
Read my Goodreads Review of Book # 1
Season 1, now on Netflix

Book 2, Dragonfly in Amber, Plot Summary:


In 1968, Claire Randall brings her daughter Brianna to Scotland on holiday, and introduces her to the young historian Roger Wakefield, for whom Claire has a few research requests concerning the Jacobite Rising of 1745. Roger’s curiosity grows as he begins to sense that Claire is hiding something from him and from her daughter, until finally she begins to tell her extraordinary story of finding herself transported two hundred years into the past. Claire recounts the time she spent with Jamie Fraser, the Scottish Highlander she married and fell in love with, their intrigues in Paris and Prince Charles‘ inner circle during the Rising, and their struggle to alter the disastrous course of history in Scotland.
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Title: Dragonfly in Amber
Series: Outlander #2 ASIN ‏ : ‎ B000FC2L28
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Dell; Anniversary edition (October 26, 2004)
Publication date ‏ : ‎ March 8th 2016 by Bantam (first published July 1st 1992)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
File size ‏ : ‎ 4863 KB
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754 pages
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Best Sellers Rank:
#10 in Time Travel Romance, #14 in Historical Scottish Fiction, #21 in Time Travel Romances Literary Awards: RITA Award by Romance Writers of America Nominee for Best Romance of the Year & Futuristic/Fantasy/Paranormal Romance (1993)
Read my Goodreads review of Book #2
Season 2, now on Netflix

Book 3, Voyager, Plot Summary:


The year is 1968, and Claire has just discovered, with the help of Roger Wakefield, that her husband Jamie Fraser may not have died at the Battle of Culloden, an assumption she has held for twenty years. As Claire, her daughter Brianna, and Roger track Jamie through the historical record, Claire is torn between her duty as a mother and her desire to return to Jamie. For his part, Jamie finds himself not well pleased that the British refused to kill him after the failed Rising, and must instead find his own way forward, his wife gone and his country devastated by war and famine. After twenty years apart, Claire casts herself through the mysterious stone circle once more and travels back to the 18th century to find Jamie, unsure of exactly what or who she will find when she does.
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Published August 15th 2017 by Bantam (first published December 1st 1993) Title: Voyager Series Outlander #3 ASIN ‏ : ‎ B000FC2L1E
Language ‏ : ‎ English
File size ‏ : ‎ 6229 KB
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Print length ‏ : ‎ 882 pages
Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
Best Sellers Rank: #15 in Time Travel Romance, #18 in Historical Scottish Fiction, #26 in Time Travel Romances

Season 3, now on Netflix
Read my review of Voyager on Goodreads

Book 4, Drums of Autumn, Plot Summary:


Claire Fraser, reunited with her husband Jamie, face a new life in the American colonies after being shipwrecked on the Georgia coastline. Meanwhile Brianna Randall, safely ensconced in the 20th century and now essentially orphaned by her mother’s departure to the past, struggles to accept her loss and satisfy her curiosity about a father she has never met, only to discover a tragic piece of “history” that threatens her parents’ happiness in the 18th century. This discovery sends Brianna back through time on a mission to save her parents, and Roger Wakefield, the young Oxford historian captivated both by Claire’s impossible story and Brianna’s engaging presence, feels compelled to go after her through the stones.
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Season 4, now on Netflix
Published: October 26th 2004 by Dell (first published December 30th 1996) Title: Drums of Autumn Series: Outlander #4, ASIN ‏ : ‎ B000FC2L1Y
Language ‏ : ‎ English
File size ‏ : ‎ 5058 KB
Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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Print length ‏ : ‎ 1088 pages
Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
Best Sellers Rank: #17 in Time Travel Romance, #25 in Historical Scottish Fiction, #27 in Historical Fantasy Fiction Literary Awards: All About Romance (AAR) Annual Reader Poll for Favorite “Other” Romance & Honorable Mention for Favorite Couple (1998)
Read my review of Drums of Autumn on Goodreads

Book 5, The Fiery Cross, Plot Summary:

1771: the Colony of North Carolina stands in an uneasy balance, with the rich, colonial aristocracy on one side and the struggling pioneers of the backcountry on the other.

Between them stands Jamie Fraser, a man of honour, a man of worth. Exiled from his beloved Scotland, he is at last possessed of the land he has longed for. By his side his extraordinary wife, Claire, a woman out of time and out of place, blessed with the uneasy gift of the knowledge of what is to come.

In the past, that knowledge has brought both danger and deliverance to Jamie and Claire. Now it could be a flickering torch that will light their way through the perilous years ahead – or might ignite a conflagration that will leave their lives in ashes.
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Published: August 30th 2005 by Dell (first published November 6th 2001)
Title: The Fiery Cross
Language
: English
Series: Outlander #5
ASIN: B000FBFMB6
Language: English
File size: 5458 KB
Text-to-Speech: Enabled
Enhanced typesetting: Enabled
X-Ray: Enabled
Word Wise: Enabled
Print length: 1456 pages
Lending: Not Enabled
Best Sellers Rank (Kindle Store): #22 in Time Travel Romance, #33 in Time Travel Romances, #38 in Historical Scottish Fiction
Outlander Season 5 on STARZ
Read my review of The Fiery Cross on Goodreads

Book 6, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, Plot Summary:

The book follows 20th-century doctor Claire Fraser and her 18th-century husband, Jamie Fraser, as they face the politics and turmoil of the forthcoming American Revolution. The preceding novel, The Fiery Cross, concluded with political unrest in the colonies beginning to boil over while the Frasers try to live peacefully on their isolated homestead. Claire’s skill as a healer on Fraser’s Ridge brings suspicions of witchcraft and murder upon her, while Jamie faces conflicting loyalties – one to the oath he swore to the British crown after the Jacobite Rising, and one to his hope for the American independence his daughter Brianna and son-in-law Roger have assured him of.
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Published: August 29th 2006 by Delta (first published September 27th 2005)
Title: A Breath of Snow and Ashes
Language: English
Series: Outlander #6
ASIN: B000FCKEF4
File size: 643 KB
Text-to-Speech: Enabled
Enhanced typesetting:
Enabled
X-Ray: Enabled
Word Wise: Enabled
Print length: 992 pages
Lending: Not Enabled
Best Sellers Rank (Kindle Store): #18 in Time Travel Romance, #26 in Historical Scottish Fiction, #29 in Time Travel Romances
Literary Awards: All About Romance (AAR) Annual Reader Poll for Most-Hanky Read (tie) & Best American Historical/Frontier Romance (2006)The Quill Award for Science fiction/fantasy/horror
All About Romance (AAR) Annual Reader Poll for Most-Hanky Read (tie) & Best American Historical/Frontier Romance (2006)
The Quill Award for Science fiction/fantasy/horror (2006)Corine Internationaler Buchpreis for Weltbild Leserpreis (2006)
Read my review of A Breath of Snow and Ashes on Goodreads

Book 7, An Echo in the Bone Plot Summary:

Jamie Fraser, former Jacobite and reluctant rebel, is already certain of three things about the American rebellion: The Americans will win, fighting on the side of victory is no guarantee of survival, and he’d rather die than have to face his illegitimate son—a young lieutenant in the British army—across the barrel of a gun.

Claire Randall knows that the Americans will win, too, but not what the ultimate price may be. That price won’t include Jamie’s life or his happiness, though—not if she has anything to say about it.

Meanwhile, in the relative safety of the twentieth century, Jamie and Claire’s daughter, Brianna, and her husband, Roger MacKenzie, have resettled in a historic Scottish home where, across a chasm of two centuries, the unfolding drama of Brianna’s parents’ story comes to life through Claire’s letters. The fragile pages reveal Claire’s love for battle-scarred Jamie Fraser and their flight from North Carolina to the high seas, where they encounter privateers and ocean battles—as Brianna and Roger search for clues not only to Claire’s fate but to their own. Because the future of the MacKenzie family in the Highlands is mysteriously, irrevocably, and intimately entwined with life and death in war-torn colonial America.

With stunning cameos of historical characters from Benedict Arnold to Benjamin Franklin, An Echo in the Bone is a soaring masterpiece of imagination, insight, character, and adventure—a novel that echoes in the mind long after the last page is turned.
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Kindle Edition: 849 pages
Published: September 22nd 2009 by Delacorte Press
Title: An Echo in the Bone
ASIN: B002L6HE46
Language: English
Series: Outlander #7
Literary Awards: DABWAHA Romance Tournament for Best Novel with Romantic Elements/Crossover (2010)Goodreads Choice Award for Romance (2009)
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  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
Read my review of An Echo in the Bone on Goodreads

Book 8, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood Plot Summary:

1778: France declares war on Great Britain, the British army leaves Philadelphia, and George Washington’s troops leave Valley Forge in pursuit. At this moment, Jamie Fraser returns from a presumed watery grave to discover that his best friend has married his wife, his illegitimate son has discovered (to his horror) who his father really is, and his beloved nephew, Ian, wants to marry a Quaker. Meanwhile, Jamie’s wife, Claire Randall, and his sister, Jenny, are busy picking up the pieces.
 
The Frasers can only be thankful that their daughter Brianna and her family are safe in twentieth-century Scotland. Or not. In fact, Brianna is searching for her own son, who was kidnapped by a man determined to learn her family’s secrets. Her husband, Roger, has ventured into the past in search of the missing boy . . . never suspecting that the object of his quest has not left the present. Now, with Roger out of the way, the kidnapper can focus on his true target: Brianna herself.

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Kindle Edition, 842 pages
Published June 10th 2014 by Delacorte Press
Title Written in My Own Heart’s Blood
ASIN B00C8S9W0G
Language English
Series Outlander #8
Literary Awards Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award (RT Award) for Historical Fiction (2014), Goodreads Choice Award for Romance (2014)

File size ‏ : ‎ 8029 KB
Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
Best Sellers Rank in Kindle Store

Read my review of Written in My Own Heart’s Blood on Goodreads

Book 9 is set to release November of 2021!

For More Info see Diana’s Bio

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