Series: Outlander #0.5
on April 8th 2016
FINAL DECISION: An enjoyable little vignette, this story gives some background for events of the series readers know but haven’t seen before. It is an interesting view of Jamie before he appears in OUTLANDER.
THE STORY: In this prequel to OUTLANDER, a young Jamie Fraiser is in France recovering from injuries from the English and mourning the death of his father. In France, Jamie runs into a friend, Ian Murray. Both virgins, their status becomes complicated when they are hired to escort a doctor’s grand-daughter to her arranged marriage in Paris.
OPINION: Like so many of the Outlander books, this novella has something to say about culture clashes, sexuality and politics along with human relationships. I enjoyed this look into Jamie’s life in France after his whipping by Randall and the death of is father. Gabaldon has managed to depict two young men who are working out their views about sex in an especially interesting way. I thought the story was funny and intriguing.
For fans of the series, it is worth reading just to get another story about Jamie.
WORTH MENTIONING: This novella was previously published in the DANGEROUS WOMEN anthology.
CONNECTED BOOKS: VIRGINS is a prequel to OUTLANDER. While it takes place prior to OUTLANDER, I think it is better to read that book first.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4 stars.