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Review: The Exile Graphic Novel

by Diana Gabaldon, Illustrated by Hoang Nguyen
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” Tha gaol agam ort agus bithidh gu brath.”
(“I love you. I always will.”) 
- Chapter 6

 Title: The Exile
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Published by: Ballantine Boos
Book: sort of 0.5 – 1.5 Outlander
Genre: Adult/ Graphic Novel
Found: Part of a seroes
Rating: 2.5 Voodoos

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.


I love different points of view so I thought I’d like this story more. I think a high percentage of it was to do with the art style. I’m not a fan honestly. I rarely am of graphic novels and yet, every single time this seems to surprise me. This fits in before Outlander and takes you half to most of the way through the book. There is little insight onto Jamie’s side of things however, as he’s apparently remembering things differently to Claire.

There was some new information that was pretty interesting, but Claire really needed to get control of her cleavage! Also, she somehow managed to be wearing bright, modern style dresses, which was confusing.



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