17 February, 2014

Book Review: The Exile

From Goodreads: Diana Gabaldon’s brilliant storytelling has captivated millions of readers in her bestselling and award-winning Outlander saga. Now, in her first-ever graphic novel, Gabaldon gives readers a fresh look at the events of the original Outlander: Jamie Fraser’s side of the story, gorgeously rendered by artist Hoang Nguyen.
After too long an absence, Jamie Fraser is coming home to Scotland—but not without great trepidation. Though his beloved godfather, Murtagh, promised Jamie’s late parents he’d watch over their brash son, making good on that vow will be no easy task. There’s already a fat bounty on the young exile’s head, courtesy of Captain Black Jack Randall, the sadistic British officer who’s crossed paths—and swords—with Jamie in the past. And in the court of the mighty MacKenzie clan, Jamie is a pawn in the power struggle between his uncles: aging chieftain Colum, who demands his nephew’s loyalty—or his life—and Dougal, war chieftain of Clan MacKenzie, who’d sooner see Jamie put to the sword than anointed Colum’s heir.
And then there is Claire Randall—mysterious, beautiful, and strong-willed, who appears in Jamie’s life to stir his  compassion . . . and arouse his desire.
But even as Jamie’s heart draws him to Claire, Murtagh is certain she’s been sent by the Old Ones, and Captain Randall accuses her of being a spy. Claire clearly has something to hide, though Jamie can’t believe she could pose him any danger. Still, he knows she is torn between two choices—a life with him, and whatever it is that draws her thoughts so often elsewhere.
Step into the captivating, passionate, and suspenseful world of The Exile, and experience the storytelling magic of Diana Gabaldon as never before.


Thoughts: Unfortunately I think this graphic novel is a perfect case of just because you are highly successful author, it doesn't mean you should be able to do what you want.
I'm only relatively new to graphic novels, but I think I have been spoilt with what I have read. Even having read the Outlander (published as Cross Stitch in Australia)series, I found this difficult to follow. 
The male characters tended to blend into one and as many other reviewers noticed, Claire's boobs seem to have a life of their own, growing and shrinking from page to page.
In the end, unless you are a huge fan, don't bother and even then, prepare to be disappointed.

 

1 comment:

  1. My main thing with this was the fact that there was a whole new character introduced! It had been a while since I had read the book and it was dirving me crazy trying to think of who this character was.

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