Review: Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

First of all, I finished this book two days ago, but I haven’t had a chance to write a review, because mom life. Also, migraines. Luckily, my boys let me sleep last night, so I’m feeling much better.

Second, this book begins the major differences between the novels and the show, so if you think you know Outlander from the Starz series, think again.

Finally, this is the third book in a series, so if you haven’t read the first two, this will contain spoilers.

Ok, with that out of the way, I adore Diana Gabaldon’s writing. She can tell me about history I’m otherwise not interested in for the rest of my life. I eat up the descriptions of life on an 18th century ship. Plagues? Love ’em! It is appalling how much I enjoy minute details about things I would normally find boring or gross in her writing. Throw in Jamie Fraser, and I’m definitely sold.

I thought I’d hate how everything that could possibly go wrong for this couple does. It’s a bit unbelievable. But I don’t. I just keep pulling for them, no matter what. I hear that later in the series, things get crazy, so we’ll see if eventually I tap out, but for right now, I’m all in.

Generally, I’m a fan of the character development of both Jamie and Claire. I was afraid it would feel like they were exactly the same couple they’d been twenty years before, but that’s not the case. Diligent care went into determining who they would be as people when they met again, and how that reconnection would be awkward and amazing.

In the spoiler-y realm, I want to know if Brianna ever actually meets her father, not just through the loa. I want to know what happens to Willie. I have to keep reading because there are still so many questions. But I’m also still genuinely enjoying the journey.

If you’ve enjoyed the Outlander series so far, there’s nothing in Voyager to put you off it. I’m taking a break from the series to read a couple more print books, and then I’ll be back to Drums of Autumn.

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