My short review of this great long awesome fantastic book!
(If you haven’t guessed, I give it a 5 out of 5!)
Wow! I was one of those who caught up with the show and then decided I had to read the book. I’m so glad I did. My friend has been trying to talk me into it for the past year or so and I was always like “meh, sounds ok. I don’t know”. I wish I had read it sooner! I got lucky and found a steal on Facebook Marketplace. A lady was selling the first four books in the series in hardcover for only $20 so I jumped on it! The show seems like it was pretty true to the books, though of course the books go deeper and have great bits that they could not fit into the show. I did read that a lot of people do not like reading the rape scene (which is understandable) and they don’t like that there’s so much sex in the books, but I think the author did a great job with both. She handled it all delicately and was not overly explicit in anything. Most of the sex scenes end before she ever describes them having sex and leaves it up to the imagination of the reader, which I like. The TV series rape scenes were WAY worse than reading them in the book. I saw the show and I felt wrecked. I read the book and was like “that’s terrible”, but didn’t feel queasy from it. Resetting the hand was the only part in the book that actually made me feel sick to my stomach, but that’s because Gabaldon is such a great descriptive author and I’m a chicken (haha). As a writer myself, it amazes me the amount of detail Galbadon has put into her books. It’s no wonder they take years to write and publish. The books are so long in themselves, but all the historical little details really make it outstanding and I have to wonder how she researched all these teeny tiny things most would not even think to get right when writing a story. It’s impressive and a great motivation for me to dig deeper and better in my own writing. I finished the first book last night and immediately opened the second book and kept on reading, that’s how fantastic it is. It’s not just a historical fantasy, which had never been my type of book but thanks to this series it just might become my favorite genre. It’s a great love story, one of the greatest I’ve ever read about actually. It’s a generational story for genealogy lovers, like me! It’s a Scottish story, which has been a fascination of mine for years now (which is why I’m now surprised it took me so long to read the series!) It’s a time travel story (which has now inspired me to try my hand at it). It’s a tragedy because of all the exceptionally horrifying things the characters deal with throughout. It’s an uplifting story because love always wins out. It’s a witch story. It’s a mother’s story. It’s so many different things that you simply cannot place it into one specific category. I recommend it highly and to everyone!