I have been reading the Outlander series since May of last year, spacing the books out as I have had time to devote to the tale. Drums of Autumn is without a doubt my favorite of the Outlander series, thus far. I know a lot of people complain about how long these books are and how scenes could easily be cut out, but I love the depth and length of these books. I’ll admit, when I first started reading this particular book, 1070 pages seemed quite daunting. Especially while the story took a bit to get going in my opinion, or maybe it’s simply that I didn’t care for the political schmoozing within the storyline. However, once we were able to dive into Brianna’s perspective, I was hooked. This series is so ridiculously epic. I love being with the characters for as long as we are with this series. I am so attached to them at this point, they feel like real people to me–friends. In the days since I’ve finished reading, I’ve been missing the characters and wondering what is going to happen to them next. I love being able to read about their daily lives- even the things that may seem slightly mundane, because it makes them more realistic. Diana Gabaldon reminded me why I love long books, and books in a series. Being able to read from the perspective of Claire, Brianna, Roger, and Jamie made this book fly by for me. I constantly was wondering where the story was going to go. My favorite part of this book was the connection between past and present. This aspect greatly appeals to me, as someone who enjoys history and the humanity behind it.
Let’s just say, when a book is over 1000 pages and the reader is still left wanting more, it is miraculous. Diana Gabaldon is a genius. I can’t imagine the time it took her to research and write these books. She has devoted nearly 30 years to this series, and from what I hear she is still plugging away. What an amazing fruit of her labor. I can’t wait to see where the series continues to take readers.
If you haven’t jumped back in time with Claire and Jamie, it is a must. I would rather read these books than watch the show any day. To keep from giving too much away to prospective readers, I’ll stop here. I needed to quickly rave about this excellent novel.
If you have read the series, which book is your favorite? No spoilers, please!