Outlander (Outlander Series #1) (Starz Tie-in Edition)

Outlander (Outlander Series #1) (Starz Tie-in Edition)

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by Diana Gabaldon

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Unrivaled storytelling . . . unforgettable characters . . . rich historical detail . . . these are the hallmarks of Diana Gabaldon’s work. Her New York Times bestselling Outlander novels have earned the praise of critics and captured millions of fans. Here is the story that started it all,

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Unrivaled storytelling . . . unforgettable characters . . . rich historical detail . . . these are the hallmarks of Diana Gabaldon’s work. Her New York Times bestselling Outlander novels have earned the praise of critics and captured millions of fans. Here is the story that started it all, introducing two remarkable characters, Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser, in a spellbinding novel of passion and history that combines exhilarating adventure with a love story for the ages.
The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is 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 stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743.
Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life . . . and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire . . . and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
“Marvelously entertaining . . . a page-turner of the highest order.”—Chattanooga Times Free Press

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“Marvelously entertaining . . . a page-turner of the highest order.”Chattanooga Times Free Press

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Random House Publishing Group
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Outlander Series, #1
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Jamie made a fire in a sheltered spot, and sat down next to it. The rain had eased to a faint drizzle that misted the air and spangled my eyelashes with rainbows when I looked at the flames.

He sat staring into the fire for a long time. Finally he looked up at me, hands clasped around his knees.

"I said before that I'd not ask ye things ye had no wish to tell me. And I'd not ask ye now; but I must know, for your safety as well as mine." He paused, hesitating.

"Claire, if you've never been honest wi' me, be so now, for I must know the truth. Claire, are ye a witch?"

I gaped at him. "A witch? You—you can really ask that?" I thought he must be joking. He wasn't.

He took me by the shoulders and gripped me hard, staring into my eyes as though willing me to answer him.

"I must ask it, Claire! And you must tell me!"

"And if I were?" I asked through dry lips. "If you had thought I were a witch? Would you still have fought for me?"

"I would have gone to the stake with you!" he said violently. "And to hell beyond, if I must. But may the Lord Jesus have mercy on my soul and on yours, tell me the truth!"

The strain of it all caught up with me. I tore myself out of his grasp and ran across the clearing. Not far, only to the edge of the trees; I could not bear the exposure of the open space. I clutched a tree; put my arms around it and dug my fingers hard into the bark, pressed my face to it and shrieked with hysterical laughter.

Jamie's face, white and shocked, loomed up on the other side of the tree. With the dim realization that what I was doing must sound unnervingly like cackling, I made a terrific effort and stopped. Panting, I stared at him for a moment.

"Yes," I said, backing away, still heaving with gasps of unhinged laughter. "Yes, I am a witch! To you, I must be. I've never had smallpox, but I can walk through a room full of dying men and never catch it. I can nurse the sick and breathe their air and touch their bodies, and the sickness can't touch me. I can't catch cholera, either, or lockjaw, or the morbid sore throat. And you must think it's an enchantment, because you've never heard of vaccine, and there's no other way you can explain it."

"The things I know—" I stopped backing away and stood still, breathing heavily, trying to control myself. "I know about Jonathan Randall because I was told about him. I know when he was born and when he'll die, I know about what he's done and what he'll do, I know about Sandringham because ... because Frank told me. He knew about Randall because he ... he ... oh, God!" I felt as though I might be sick, and closed my eyes to shut out the spinning stars overhead.

"And Colum ... he thinks I'm a witch, because I know Hamish isn't his own son. I know ... he can't sire children. But he thought I knew who Hamish's father is ... I thought maybe it was you, but then I knew it couldn't be, and..." I was talking faster and faster, trying to keep the vertigo at bay with the sound of my own voice.

"Everything I've ever told you about myself was true," I said, nodding madly as though to reassure myself. "Everything. I haven't any people, I haven't any history, because I haven't happened yet.

"Do you know when I was born?" I asked, looking up. I knew my hair was wild and my eyes staring, and I didn't care. "On the twentieth of October, in the Year of Our Lord nineteen hundred and eighteen. Do you hear me?" I demanded, for he was blinking at me unmoving, as though paying no attention to a word I said. "I said nineteen eighteen! Nearly two hundred years from now! Do you hear?"

I was shouting now, and he nodded slowly.

"I hear," he said softly.

"Yes, you hear!" I blazed. "And you think I'm raving mad. Don't you? Admit it! That's what you think. You have to think so, there isn't any other way you can explain me to yourself. You can't believe me, you can't dare to. Oh, Jamie..." I felt my face start to crumple. All this time spent hiding the truth, realizing that I could never tell anyone, and now I realized that I could tell Jamie, my beloved husband, the man I trusted beyond all others, and he wouldn't—he couldn't believe me either.

"It was the rocks—the fairy hill. The standing stones. Merlin's stones. That's where I came through." I was gasping, half-sobbing, becoming less coherent by the second. "Once upon a time, but it's really two hundred years. It's always two hundred years, in the stories. ... But in the stories, the people always get back. I couldn't get back." I turned away, staggering, grasping for support. I sank down on a rock, shoulders slumped, and put my head in my hands. There was a long silence in the wood. It went on long enough for the small night birds to recover their courage and start their noises once again, calling to each other with a thin, high zeek! as they hawked for the last insects of the summer.

I looked up at last, thinking that perhaps he had simply risen and left me, overcome by my revelations. He was still there, though, still sitting, hands braced on his knees, head bowed as though in thought.

The hairs on his arms shone stiff as copper wires in the firelight, though, and I realized that they stood erect, like the bristles on a dog. He was afraid of me.

"Jamie," I said, feeling my heart break with absolute loneliness. "Oh, Jamie."

I sat down and curled myself into a ball, trying to roll myself around the core of my pain. Nothing mattered any longer, and I sobbed my heart out.

His hands on my shoulders raised me, enough to see his face. Through the haze of tears, I saw the look he wore in battle, of struggle that had passed the point of strain and become calm certainty.

"I believe you," he said firmly. "I dinna understand it a bit—not yet—but I believe you. Claire, I believe you! Listen to me! There's the truth between us, you and I, and whatever ye tell me, I shall believe it." He gave me a gentle shake.

"It doesna matter what it is. You've told me. That's enough for now. Be still, mo duinne. Lay your head and rest. You'll tell me the rest of it later. And I'll believe you."

I was still sobbing, unable to grasp what he was telling me. I struggled, trying to pull away, but he gathered me up and held me tightly against himself, pushing my head into the folds of his plaid, and repeating over and over again, "I believe you."

At last, from sheer exhaustion, I grew calm enough to look up and say, "But you can't believe me."

He smiled down at me. His mouth trembled slightly, but he smiled.

"Ye'll no tell me what I canna do, Sassenach." He paused a moment. ... A long time later, he spoke.

"All right. Tell me now."

I told him. Told him everything, haltingly but coherently. I felt numb from exhaustion, but content, like a rabbit that has outrun a fox, and found temporary shelter under a log. It isn't sanctuary, but at least it is respite. And I told him about Frank.

"Frank," he said softly. "Then he isna dead, after all."

"He isn't born." I felt another small wave of hysteria break against my ribs, but managed to keep myself under control. "Neither am I."

He stroked and patted me back into silence, making his small murmuring Gaelic sounds.

"When I took ye from Randall at Fort William," he said suddenly, "you were trying to get back. Back to the stones. And ... Frank. That's why ye left the grove."


"And I beat you for it." His voice was soft with regret.

"You couldn't know. I couldn't tell you." I was beginning to feel very drowsy indeed.

"No, I dinna suppose ye could." He pulled the plaid closer around me, tucking it gently around my shoulders. "Do ye sleep now, mo duinne. No one shall harm ye; I'm here."

I burrowed into the warm curve of his shoulder, letting my tired mind fall through the layers of oblivion. I forced myself to the surface long enough to ask, "Do you really believe me, Jamie?"

He sighed, and smiled ruefully down at me.

"Aye, I believe ye, Sassenach. But it would ha' been a good deal easier if you'd only been a witch."

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Outlander (Outlander Series #1) (Starz Tie-in Edition) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Dragonfairy2000 More than 1 year ago
I was working at Waldenbooks when this series came out and we were having a problem trying to figure out where to place it in the store . . Romance . . Science Fiction . . Fiction? So I read the book and fell in love with the series. Yes. It is a Romance which is where we ultimately shelved the series. But I still remember taking women over to the Romance section from the Science Fiction/Fantasy section to show them this book. You see, most Sci-Fi/Fantasy readers wouldn't be caught dead with a Romance. My only complaint is that Ms. Gabaldon doesn't write fast enough! I am constantly checking the "Soon to be Released" looking for my next fix and counting the days until it shows up on my Nook. Her books are the only ones I ever Pre-order so I can have it as soon as possible. So, even if you aren't into Romance but like Historical Fiction with perhaps a little Science Fiction thrown in on the side . . take a chance and read this series. I can pretty much guarantee you will join the ranks of readers eagerly awaiting the next installment in the lives of Claire and Jamie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book for a gift back in 1998 and it has been my favorite series ever since. Historical fiction is my favorite genre and the characters are so alive and real, none of my daughters have read it yet, but they know about Jaime and Claire. I refer to them as though they are flesh and blood people. I am an avid reader and this series is so detailed and vivid, it is more like an experience than just a good read. I had for many years hoped that this would become a movie, but since the Game of Thrones series I changed my mind and was wishing for a cable series instead. I am thrilled that Diana and the Starz series actors are going to be at Comic Con this week! I am most anxious for the show to begin!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After finding out that this book was going to become a series on STARZ, I decided to read it. I found that it was rather slow starting, but did improve as the story continued. I found myself not liking Claire until a little more than halfway through the book. Jamie was the more caring of the couple and he was ready to give his life for Claire. She cared for him but was stubborn and usually refused to do what he told her to do (that was one reason why she'd refuse---modern women differ so much from those 200 years before), which put them in danger time and time again. I had read so many positive reviews about Outlander and maybe that was why I was somewhat disappointed in the story as I read it---reviews were better than what I found the book to be. I don't regret having read it, but wasn't totally thrilled. But just remember, this is just MY opinion...you may like it a lot!! Anything by Diana Gabaldon and K S Michaels is going to be a big hit in my book shelf.
StoryseekerLS More than 1 year ago
Absolutely love the Outlander series and it all starts with this book 1.  Best book I've ever read in my 60 years.  Diana is brilliant and pulls the reader in as if you are experiencing every adventure.  You care deeply what happens to the characters and can't get enough.  I have lost track of how many copies of Outlander I've purchased and give away.  Read it, you won't be sorry.!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To use an overused word - amazing! Gabaldon pulls you into the story and you don't want it to end! I thoroughly love this series and have started over from the beginning several times when a new book came out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series of books. Great writing! They are full of history, fiction, sci-fi, action, and romance. The book is only the beginning of an adventure that makes me feel an abundance of emotions. There is humor and sadness. I laugh and cry. Make sure you have the next book in the series ready to go. You won't want to wait to continue the journey. I'm waiting for #9 in the series to be published. Can't wait to   dive back into Jamie and Claire's lives. So glad Startz made the T.V. series that introduced me to Diana's Outlander world.   
knobren More than 1 year ago
Trigger Warning! I decided to read the book after watching, and getting hooked on, the first half of season one of the Starz TV show.  I enjoyed the book up through that point, as well.  The TV show has been pretty close to the book, which doesn't always happen, but the author seems to be very involved in the production.  Since I saw the show before I read the book, I didn't have any notions of the actors not resembling my imagination of the characters. One big difference for the better, I think, is that the show doesn't have the actors jumping in bed every five minutes.  However, the book does take a very dark turn soon after the point in which the mid-season break occurred in the show.  There is graphic rape and torture, both physically and psychologically, with sadistic sexual intent.  I found this very difficult to read, and I even had a nightmare one night, while reading it.  And, as the book is told from Claire's point-of-view and she isn't the primary victim, the events are not told all at once, but incrementally, so you can't just gloss over that part; it keeps coming back to haunt our two main characters.  I have also read the second book, and we continue to learn more specifics of the horror there, as well.  This is more realism than I generally reading about.  The reader is really forced onto an emotional roller-coaster ride.  I felt drained by the end. I can't say too much without giving spoilers, but this book is also unusual in other ways.  For example, the sexy man isn't always the one saving the day.  Also, he is younger than the heroine.  There is also time travel involved, but it seems to be a sci-fi phenomenon, not magical fantasy.  The historical elements of both the 1940s and the 1760s seem to have been well-researched and provide fascinating aspects of the story in terms of culture, beliefs, medicine, politics, daily life, justice, priorities, honor, etc.
Katrink More than 1 year ago
I'll admit that I got bored with this book about halfway through and didn't finish it. Although I was willing to go along with the storyline that she fell through some standing stones and went back 200 years, I found it a little unbelievable that she cheerfully took up life two centuries before she was born without a hitch. Within a few weeks she was madly in love and married to another character. I love reading history, but I didn't really glean anything about the history of Scotland except the most rudimentary facts that anyone knows.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As wonderful as the Starz film has been, the book turns out to be an exiting page turner. Gabaldon's descriptions are the very best writing. Her details are the core of what makes the scenes really live. The accents, vocabulary and Gaelic phrases create fantastic authenticity, It is truly a wonderful read. It is also a good suggestion for readers to continue with the rest of the Outlander series, which are all page turners!
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pixie3 More than 1 year ago
I could read these books over and over again.I get a little bit more out of them each time.
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This book is definately for readers who love series books. I picked it up cause I don't have STARZ and the previews were interesting. I read the book in a week and devoured the next one just as fast. Give it a try, I bet you will love it too.
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She is a very exceptional author and I recommend her Outlander Series to everyone who is interested in Historical information on Scotland and the American revolution.  I have purchased all of the outlander books and look forward to seeing more in the future......   
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FloridaTripletMom More than 1 year ago
I read this book twice when I was on bed rest for my triplets. I eventually read most of the books in the series. I always knew it would be a terrific story on the screen. Thank goodness someone realized it. BTW - I named one of my daughters Claire!
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This is a wonderful series and is easy to get lost in! If you want a reading escape, this is a good one!
JuJu6 More than 1 year ago
I have read and re-read most of the Outlander series and thoroughly enjoyed them every time. Even went so far as to visit Scotland and looked for the stones. It was as if you were going through the journey with the characters.