I’ve only read the first book in the Outlander series, but I loved it. It became an instant favorite. When I found out that they are filming a TV series adaptation of the books, I felt like I needed a re-read. So, I recently listened to the audiobook again. I’m holding off on continuing the series until after I’m done with school this semester since it will be a major time commitment. Still, I wanted more; that’s why I bought the graphic novel version of Outlander, told from Murtagh and Jamie’s sides of the story. It was so wonderful to be back in this world again.
In The Exile, we get Jamie’s side of the story, and sometimes Murtagh’s as well. After everything Jamie’s been through, he feels like he barely has anything to live for. He’s undecided about where he wants to go next. When his uncle, Dougal, comes upon him on the road, his path is shifted in the direction of Castle Leoch and the clan MacKenzie. His future seems bleak (and possible very short) until he meets Claire.
I’ll admit that the characters don’t really look the way I always envisioned them. I don’t usually let that kind of thing bother me, but I really wasn’t feeling Jamie in this book. Everyone else was close enough to spot on that I didn’t mind. What’s nice about this graphic novel is that it’s not just a retelling. I learned a lot about some of the supporting characters that always seemed so mysterious in Outlander, like Geillis and Murtagh. I didn’t totally understand all of it, honestly. I think there may be some plot points that crop up in later books in the series that are addressed in this graphic novel. I’ll have to go back to it once I’ve caught up on the series. The cohesion was off a bit because there were a handful of pages that were bound in the wrong place. I’m not sure if that happened with all of the copies or just the one I got. It’s a little disconcerting though. All in all, I was just excited to see some visual representation of a book that I truly cherish. It’s going to be so great to it all in action when the show when it comes out this summer.
If you’re an Outlander fan, you’ll appreciate this graphic novel. Otherwise, you need to go read this series!