It took 18 months but the Droughtlander is finally over!!! If you don’t know what I am talking about, run to your television, turn on Starz, and binge-watch the first two seasons of Outlander. This TV series is based on the books written by Diana Gabaldon. Each season is one book in the series. For all of us Outlander fans, I think we can agree that the Starz series is perfectly cast. But, I get ahead of myself. First, the book.
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As you all know… we love Outlander! Book three of the Outlander series, Voyager, is one of my favorite in the series. Granted, I have only read the first four novels in this epic series (so far). However, this novel is a close second behind the original. I mean, you really cannot beat Outlander book 1. Voyager is a long book and SOOO much happens. The story focuses on Jamie and Claire’s life apart for 20 years and how they eventually come back together. The book moves from Scotland to Jamaica and America. They face trials that put their relationship in jeopardy. After all, what’s a good love story without some turbulence?
Season three of the Starz series picks up where we left off last season. Jaime is fighting on the field of Culloden. He is finally able to confront and kill his nemesis, Black Jack Randall. While he plans to die on the field, he is not successful and he is eventually transported home to Lallybroch. Meanwhile, Claire is now a pregnant 1940’s housewife in Boston. I realize on a cognitive level that the series has to start where season two left off. But on an emotional level, this first episode was highly unsatisfying. It was well done and moved the plot along but, it left a feeling of “that’s it?” when it was done.
Kirsten and I had an Outlander party to prepare for the big event. We made fish and chips and cranachan (an alcoholic, Scotish dessert), drank Scotch and ate shortbread cookies. If you follow us on Instagram, then you know how we felt about this episode. I compared it to walking through a desert to an oasis only to find out its a mirage. There was so much focus on the battle of Culloden and its immediate aftermath. The episode definitely had a different underlying tone than the other episodes in the series. We were surprised that we did not see Roger and Brianna. Also, the series seemed to have a different format than the book. I guess we will see how they cram all 900 pages into 13 episodes.
Did you see Voyager episode 1? What did you think?Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
Published by Doubleday Canada on December 17th 2010
Genres: Fiction, Historical
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From the author of the breathtaking bestsellers Outlander and Dragonfly in Amber, the extraordinary saga continues.
Their passionate encounter happened long ago by whatever measurement Claire Randall took. Two decades before, she had traveled back in time and into the arms of a gallant eighteenth-century Scot named Jamie Fraser. Then she returned to her own century to bear his child, believing him dead in the tragic battle of Culloden. Yet his memory has never lessened its hold on her... and her body still cries out for him in her dreams.
Then Claire discovers that Jamie survived. Torn between returning to him and staying with their daughter in her own era, Claire must choose her destiny. And as time and space come full circle, she must find the courage to face the passion and pain awaiting her...the deadly intrigues raging in a divided Scotland... and the daring voyage into the dark unknown that can reunite—or forever doom—her timeless love.
From the Trade Paperback edition.