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 Contents

  1. Reading Order
  2. You'll LOVE the Outlander Series if...
  3. You'll hate the Outlander Series if...
  4. Series Overview
  5. Books In Order Opinion
  6. What the Critics Say (negative and positive)
  7. Little-Known Facts About Diana Gabaldon's Outlander Series

Reading Order

This is the recommended reading order for Diana Gabaldon's outlander series of novels, followed by a summary and review of the series.

1.

Outlander 

(Released 1991) (press comments)
Amazon (1621 ratings)
Barnes & Noble (732 ratings)                             
Available from: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Audible  

2.

Dragonfly in Amber

(Released 1992) (press comments)
Amazon (301 ratings)
Barnes & Noble (257 ratings)
Available from: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Audible

3.

Voyager

(Released 1994) (press comments)
Amazon (218 ratings)
Barnes & Noble (260 ratings)
Available from: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Audible

4.

Drums of Autumn

(Released 1997) (press comments)
Amazon (330 ratings)
Barnes & Noble (197 ratings)
Available from: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Audible

5.

The Fiery Cross

(Released 2001) (press comments)
Amazon (652 ratings)
Barnes & Noble (248 ratings)
Available from: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

6.

A Breath of Snow and Ashes

(Released 2005) (press comments)
Amazon (347 ratings)
Barnes & Noble (224 ratings)
Available from: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

7.

An Echo in the Bone

(Released 2009) (press comments)
Amazon (519 ratings)
Barnes & Noble (453 ratings)
Available from: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Audible

The first title ("Outlander") was originally known as "Cross Stitch" in the UK. The American publisher thought it sounded a little too much like embroidery. Outlander became the new title in the UK and the rest of the world. 

Happy Face You'll LOVE the Outlander Series if...

  • You like a swashbuckling yarn with well-drawn characters, lots of adventure and a good romance.
  • You like historical fiction
  • You like discovering new environments (different parts of the world in the 1700's and 1900's)
  • You like stories with a strong, likeable female lead.

Sad Face You'll hate the Outlander Series if...

  • You're expecting it to have a lot of sci-fi/fantasy elements. Despite the time travel and a little "magic", the fantasy elements are very light. This series could still satisfy your hunger for discovering  a different world as the protagonist visits interesting times and places.
  • You can't tolerate a book with harrowing violent or adult content, even if it's relevant to the plot/characterization.
  • You're extremely particular about historical accuracy. There are a few minor inaccuracies the Outlander series but nothing serious.

Series Overview

The series follows the adventures of Claire Randall, a 1940's English nurse who accidentally time travels two hundred years into the past. Stranded in Jacobite Scotland - a time  filled with superstition and inequality for women, Claire faces all manner of conflict and intrigue. She meets and falls in love with Jamie Fraser, an intelligent, courageous, redheaded scot with a complicated past. The trouble is, she's already married in 1945.

The series centres on the romance and adventures of Claire and Jamie  in  eighteenth and twentieth  century Scotland, France, The West Indies, America and England.

The story doesn't fall neatly into any genre. It has magical/fantasy elements, but they're very light. There's a Romance, but it's far from stereotypical. There's lots of historical detail but there's also time-travel to and from the near present.  

Can You Read The Series Out Of Order?

You can but you'll enjoy the series so much more if you read it in the intended order. In the words of Diana Gabaldon, "Each book is engineered to be read on its own as an independent novel... it's better if they [readers]start at the beginning because they [the stories] do interweave with each other.."

Genre's

-Historical, Romance, Time Travel, Mystery, Fantasy

Books In Order Editor's Opinion

I adored this series and spent a silly amount of time driving around looking for the second book as soon as I'd finished the first. I just couldn't wait as long as it would have taken to be delivered by post. Claire's strength and occasional feistiness made her very likeable. Jamie was equally likeable and, according to female friends, loveable.

My only slight niggle was that the story seemed a marginally too long in a few places. However, it stayed absorbing and was very-definitely worth it. Diana Gabaldon does a great job immersing us in 1700's Scottish life and filling the experience with adventure and mystery.  Can't wait for the eighth instalment.

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