Jamie Fraser is an eighteenth-century Highlander, an ex-Jacobite traitor, and a reluctant in the American Revolution. His wife, Claire Randall Fraser, is a surgeon – from the twentieth century. What she knows of the future compels him to fight. What she doesn’t know may kill them both.
With one foot in America and one foot in Scotland, Jamie and Claire’s adventure spans the Revolution, from sea battles to print shops, as their paths cross with historical figures from Benjamin Franklin to Benedict Arnold.
Meanwhile, in the relative safety of the twentieth century, their daughter Brianna and her husband experience the unfolding drama of the Revolutionary War through Claire’s letters. But the letters can’t warn them of the threat that’s rising out of the past to overshadow their family.
As per usual where all things Outlander are concerned, I loved this. It’s always nice to feel like I’m at home with a book. However, I do have a few points of criticism. The uneven chapter/plot distribution is one of the first things I noticed. I know Claire and Jamie are the main characters who started the whole thing, but I would have liked to spend more time in the twentieth century with Brianna and Roger. I guess I got so used to family playing such a big part in the story that when it didn’t, it was jarring. That’s not saying that I didn’t enjoy how Claire, Jamie, and the rest of the family were intertwined. I was just looking for more of it.
My other main point of contention is that Diana Gabaldon killed one of my favorite characters. Seriously. I was tearing up. And that’s saying something, because books don’t usually elicit that reaction from me. Any fictional death is sad, but it takes a special character to do that to me.
It also had plot twists that I didn’t see coming. It’ll be interesting to see how things play out later in the series. I didn’t think the storyline as it was could become any more complicated, but it did. I can’t wait to see what comes next. I have a feeling it’s going to be epic.