The year is 1772, and on the eve of the American Revolution, the long fuse of rebellion has already been lit. Men lie dead in the streets of Boston, and in the backwoods of North Carolina, isolated cabins burn in the forest.
With chaos brewing, the governor calls upon Jamie Fraser to unite the backcountry and safeguard the colony for King and Crown. But from his wife Jamie knows that three years hence the shot heard round the world will be fired, and the result will be independence — with those loyal to the King either dead or in exile. And there is also the matter of a tiny clipping from The Wilmington Gazette, dated 1776, which reports Jamie’s death, along with his kin. For once, he hopes, his time-traveling family may be wrong about the future.
Miss Riki’s Review:
First of all, yes- I know these books are long. And could there be some editing that might bring them down to a more reasonable size? Probably. However- Diana Gabaldon’s writing is so damned good that I can’t complain about a few long winded passages here and there. Her power of description is captivating and with every sentence I am transported to the New World where the revolution has just begun.
Some of my favorite parts of the Outlander series are when we see Claire in her element- healing the people of her community, and we get a ton of that in this book. There’s plenty of gore and injury to keep her busy, and with the discovery of ether, the plot thickens. Not only in the healing aspect, but for a major plot twist as well. (Don’t worry- no spoilers here!)
Jamie and Claire are everything in this book, with the same smoldering love affair that captivated readers in the first few books. I love seeing them grow old together and their affection for one another never wanes. It’s beautiful.
I’ve also grown to adore Roger and Brianna, and their love story becomes equally as captivating in this novel. We see more of them together and their chemistry on the page is undeniable.
Yes, the books are long. Yes, it is a commitment to read 1500 pages. But- it’s worth it. The payoff in the end of this book is absolutely worth every page. I’m eagerly moving on to the next book!