Mini-Review: The Scottish Prisoner


  • Author: Diana Gabaldon
  • ISBN: 9780385337526

I purchased this book from a used bookstore after I had read the first three books of the “Outlander” series and knew that I wanted all of the related books.

The Scottish Prisoner combines Lord John’s and Jamie Fraser’s timelines more so than any of the other books from either series.  It also tells part of Jamie’s life that isn’t in the “Outlander” books.  Chronologically, the story’s events fall between Voyager and Drums of Autumn.

I’ve been told countless times that I need or should read the “Lord John” books, but I’ve never had any interest in them.  If the series always featured Jamie, then I would read them with the same love I have for all things “Outlander”, but otherwise, I’ll pass, thank you.  However, since The Scottish Prisoner does have Jamie in it, I was glad to pay money to buy the book.  The story is exactly what you can expect from Diana Gabaldon.  I loved it and got through it quickly.  There were several nights when I stayed up later than I should have just to keep reading, and if there is any test to determine the quality of a book, that would be it.  So, if you’ve read the “Outlander” series, at least up to Drums of Autumn, this book is well worth your time.

#COYER Scavenger Hunt #39: Read a book with no living thing on the cover.


0 thoughts on “Mini-Review: The Scottish Prisoner

  1. I can’t remember if I told you, but I bought the whole Outlander series when it was on sale for the Kindle. Two bucks for 7000+ pages. I’m invigorated and terrified!

    1. The Boyfriend told me he was tempted to get that bundle during the deal, but I’ve already read over half of the books, and I have all of them except the 1st one (I checked it out from the library but never bought my own copy.)
      I think that deal is great for anyone who hasn’t read the books yet because after reading the 1st book you’ll want to immediately start the 2nd. However, if, for some crazy reason, it’s not your cup of tea, then you didn’t spend any more money than you would have for just one book.

    1. Yeah, I like Lord John when he occasionally shows up in the Outlander books, mostly because of his friendship with Jaime, but I think he’s too stuffy and “proper” to be the main character. Also, I’m not really interested in English history unless it’s about the Tudors or Stewarts specifically, or it’s in relation to Scotland.

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