Have you a fan of Outlander? If you’ve fallen in love with the TV show and book series and want more Jamie and Claire, this is the book list for you, outlining all of the Outlander books in order so you don’t miss a thing!
While you may know about the nine “big” Outlander books, you’ll want to read all of the Outlander subset novels and novellas as well and in the correct order.
Dive into this popular book series for a taste of adventure, romance, history and time travel. You won’t regret it.
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Diana Gabaldon has been dazzling readers for years since she first published Outlander in 1991 and the series is still going strong.
I admit that I was late to the party, only starting the Outlander book series once the TV show was released, but I was quick to binge-read the entire series and the subset books once I was hooked.
I couldn’t get enough of Jamie and Claire Fraser and their entire family and it will be a sad day once the tenth and final book of the Outlander series is released. But I think we have a few years before that time comes!
Whether you’re an avid Outlander fan or just new to the series, I’ve got you covered with this list of the Outlander books in order so you don’t miss a single character or adventure.
Currently, there are 9 “big books” as Gabaldon calls them, as she currently writes the tenth and final book.
In addition to these big books, she has written several novels and novellas featuring side characters from the Outlander series that you can enjoy as well.
Outlander TV Series
Fans of the series were delighted to see the premiere of Outlander, the TV show, on Starz in 2014.
Under the eye of Ronald D. Moore with Diana Gabaldon as a consultant, this enthralling story came to life on the small screen.
Diana herself even had a cameo on the show in season one, episode four.
As of 2022, Outlander has released 6 seasons covering the storylines of the first six Outlander books.
Season 7 will soon be in the works with an anticipated late 2022/early 2023 release date.
If I can offer one suggestion – definitely read the books before watching the show.
The show is INCREDIBLE and captures everything that I love about this story and its characters but Gabaldon’s writing is unlike any other with her historical details and you are definitely going to want to enjoy each and every page.
But these books aren’t for the faint of heart. They are HUGE books, with Written in My Own Hearts Blood clocking in at 842 pages! Yet they are worth it. SO worth it!
Lord John Books: More to the Outlander Story
If you take the plunge and dive into the Outlander books, then trust me when I say you’re going to get hooked and want to read EVERYTHING there is related to Outlander.
Lord John is one of my (and other readers’) favorite characters in this story and he has starred in novels and novellas of his own.
David Berry stars as Lord John on the Outlander TV show and he is perfection. There is speculation (and hope!) that a Lord John spin-off TV series is in the works which would be incredible. If so, there’s no time like the present to read all of the Lord John books in order.
The Lord John books are a subset of the Outlander series focused on the beloved character.
Diana was invited to write a short story for a British anthology and decided to write a story about Lord John, hence Lord John and the Hell-Fire Club was born.
Since that story, she has gone on to write 8 more novels and novellas about John Grey.
The time period of the Lord John books falls during the same period of time covered in the big book, Voyager, when Jamie Fraser was in prison at Helwater.
If I haven’t yet convinced you to read the Outlander books, I’m not sure what will, but if I have then below you will find the list of how to read the Outlander series in order, how to read all the Lord John books in order, followed by all of the Outlander books with summaries.
Plus, I include related Outlander books and what’s still to come in the series!
This is one of my favorite historical romance series to read and I have read EVERY BOOK. I cannot wait for you to dive in and read them all as well. Time to get started!
(I’ve stuck with the original book covers for the “big books” instead of the TV series covers, just FYI)
Outlander Books in Order (the “Big Books”):
- Dragonfly in Ember
- Drums of Autumn
- The Fiery Cross
- A Breath of Snow and Ashes
- An Echo in the Bone
- Written in my Own Hearts Blood
- Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone
Lord John Books in Order:
- Lord John and the Hellfire Club
- Lord John and the Private Matter
- Lord John and the Succubus
- Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade
- Lord John and the Haunted Soldier
- The Custom of the Army
- The Scottish Prisoner
- A Plague of Zombies
Entire Outlander Series in Order:
- Virgins (novella)
- The Exile (graphic novel)
- Outlander (big book)
- Dragonfly in Ember (big book)
- A Fugitive Green (novella)
- Voyager (big book)
- Lord John and the Hellfire Club (short story)
- Lord John and the Private Matter (novel)
- Lord John and the Succubus (novella)
- Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade (novel)
- Lord John and the Haunted Soldier (novella)
- The Custom of the Army (novella)
- The Scottish Prisoner (novel)
- A Plague of Zombies (novella)
- Besieged (novella)
- Drums of Autumn (big book)
- The Fiery Cross (big book)
- A Breath of Snow and Ashes (big book)
- An Echo in the Bone (big book)
- Written in my Own Hearts Blood (big book)
- A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows (short story)
- The Space Between (novella)
- Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone (big book)
More Outlander Books:
- Seven Stones to Stand or Fall
- The Outlandish Companion
- The Outlandish Companion Volume Two
- The Official Outlander Coloring Book
- Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook
- Outlander Kitchen: To the New World and Back Again: The Second Official Outlander Companion Cookbook
New Outlander Books in the Works & Coming Soon:
These are the books Diana Gabaldon has said are in the works and what she plans to write.
- Big Book 10 – the final Outlander big book
- Prequel about Jamie’s parents
- Master Raymond’s book
Outlander Books: Goodreads Choice Awards
- Written in My Own Heart’s Blood: 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards Winner for Best Romance
- An Echo in the Bone: 2009 Goodreads Choice Awards Winner for Best Romance
All Outlander Books in Order with Publisher Summaries:
Mourning the loss of his father and being gravely injured at the hands of the English, Jamie Fraser finds himself running with a band of mercenaries in the French countryside, where he reconnects with his old friend Ian Murray.
Both are nursing wounds; both have good reason to stay out of Scotland, and both are still virgins.
But Jamie’s love life becomes infinitely more complicated—and dangerous—when fate brings the young men into the service of Dr. Hasdi, a Jewish gentleman who hires them to escort two priceless treasures to Paris.
One is an old Torah; the other is the doctor’s beautiful granddaughter, Rebekah, destined for an arranged marriage.
Both Jamie and Ian are instantly drawn to the bride-to-be—but they might be more cautious if they had any idea who they’re truly dealing with.
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 son, there’s a 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.
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.
Claire clearly has something to hide, and he comes to realize she is torn between two choices—a life with him, and whatever it is that draws her thoughts so often elsewhere.
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Big Book One
Scottish Highlands, 1945. Claire Randall, a former British combat nurse, is reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles.
Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding clans in the year of Our Lord, 1743.
Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of a world that threatens her life, and may shatter her heart. Marooned amid danger, passion, and violence, Claire learns her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior.
What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.
Big Book Two
For twenty years, Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to the mysteries of Scotland’s mist-shrouded Highlands.
Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as shocking as the events that gave it birth: the secret of an ancient circle of standing stones, the secret of a love that transcends centuries, and the truth of a man named Jamie Fraser—a Highland warrior whose gallantry once drew the young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his.
Claire’s spellbinding journey continues through the intrigue-ridden French court and the menace of Jacobite plots, to the Highlands of Scotland, in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves.
Minnie Rennie and her father operate a family business dealing in rare books and letters—with a sideline in forgery, blackmail, and burglary.
After traveling from Paris to London for work, with a secret mission to find the mother she never knew, Minnie’s clandestine meeting with a client is interrupted when she crosses paths by chance with Harold Grey, Earl of Melton
An outcast from society, Hal is beset by troubles. Not only is he grieving the loss of his wife, Esmé, and their unborn child, he’s still in shock over the revelations of her infidelity.
Minnie and Hal are immediately drawn to one another, but when her client asks her to steal potentially incriminating letters between Esmé and her lover that Hal still has in his possession, she finds herself swayed by fascination and empathy for a man she barely knows.
Big Book Three
Two decades before, she had traveled back in time and into the arms of a gallant eighteenth-century Scot named Jamie Fraser.
Then she returned to her own century to bear his child, believing him lost in the tragic battle of Culloden. Yet his memory has never lessened its hold on her and her body still cries out for him in her dreams.
Then Claire discovers that Jamie survived. Torn between returning to him and staying with their daughter in her own era, Claire must choose her destiny.
And as time and space come full circle, she must find the courage to face the passion and the pain awaiting her and the daring voyage into the dark unknown that can reunite—or forever doom—her timeless love.
Lord John glimpses a stranger in the doorway of a gentleman’s club—and is stirred by a desperate entreaty to meet with him in private.
It is an impulse that will lead Lord John into a maze of political treachery and a dangerous, debauched underground society.
The year is 1757. On a clear morning in mid-June, Lord John Grey emerges from London’s Beefsteak Club, his mind in turmoil.
A nobleman and a high-ranking officer in His Majesty’s army, Grey has just witnessed something shocking.
But his efforts to avoid a scandal that might destroy his family are interrupted by something still more urgent: The Crown appoints him to investigate the brutal ending of a comrade-in-arms who may have been a traitor.
Obliged to pursue two inquiries at once, Major Grey finds himself ensnared in a web of treachery and betrayal that touches every stratum of English society—and threatens all he holds dear.
English soldiers fighting in Prussia are rattled by a lethal creature that appears at night.
Called to investigate, Lord John soon realizes that among the spirits that haunt men, none frighten more than the specters conjured by the heart.
It’s been seventeen years since Lord John’s father, the Duke of Pardloe, was found with a pistol in his hand and accusations of his role as a Jacobite agent staining forever a family’s honor.
Now Lord John’s brother has mysteriously received a page of their late father’s missing diary—and John is convinced that someone is taunting the Grey family with secrets from the grave.
So he turns to the only man he can trust: the Scottish Jacobite James Fraser.
But a forbidden affair, and Fraser’s own secrets will complicate Lord John’s quest—until James Fraser yields the missing piece of an astounding puzzle and Lord John must decide whether his family’s honor is worth his life.
Lord John is thrust into the baffling case of an exploding battlefield cannon that ultimately forces him to confront his own ghosts—and the shattering prospect that a traitor is among the ranks of His Majesty’s armed forces.
London, 1759. After a high society electric-eel party leads to a duel that ends badly, Lord John Grey feels the need to lie low for a while.
Conveniently, before starting his new commission in His Majesty’s army, Lord John receives an urgent summons.
An old friend from the military, Charlie Carruthers, is facing court-martial in Canada, and has called upon Lord John to serve as his character witness.
Grey voyages to the New World—a land rife with savages (many of them on his own side) and cleft by fighting—where he soon finds that he must defend not only his friend’s life but his own.
London, 1760. For Jamie Fraser, paroled prisoner, life is coming apart at the seams.
In the remote Lake District, where he’s close enough to the son he cannot claim as his own, Jamie’s quiet existence is interrupted first by dreams of his lost wife, then by the appearance of an erstwhile comrade still fighting to rally the Irish.
But Jamie has sworn off politics and fighting. Until Lord John Grey shows up with a summons that will take him away from everything he loves—again.
Lord John is in possession of explosive documents that expose a damning case of corruption against a British officer
Soon Lord John and Jamie are unwilling companions on the road to Ireland, a country whose dark castles hold dreadful secrets, and whose bogs hide the bones of those lost.
Lord John Grey, a lieutenant-colonel in His Majesty’s army, arrives in Jamaica with orders to quash a slave rebellion brewing in the mountains.
But a more serious threat lies close at hand. The governor of the island is being menaced by zombies, according to a servant.
Lord John has no idea what a zombie is, but it doesn’t sound good.
Between execution in the governor’s mansion and plantations burning in the mountains, Lord John will need the wisdom of serpents and the luck of the devil to keep the island from exploding.
Set in 1762 in Jamaica and Havana. Lord John, about to leave his post as temporary military governor of Jamaica, learns that his mother is in Havana, Cuba.
Which would be fine, save that the British Navy is on its way to lay siege to the city.
Attended by his valet, Tom Byrd, an ex-zombie named Rodrigo, and Rodrigo’s wife, Azeel, Lord John sets out to rescue the erstwhile Dowager Duchess of Pardloe before the warships arrive.
Big Book Four
Claire Randall has gone to find Jamie Fraser, the man she loved more than life, and has left half her heart behind with their daughter, Brianna.
Claire gave up Jamie to save Brianna, and now Bree has sent her mother back to the mysterious Scottish warrior who was willing to give his life to save them both.
But a chilling discovery in the pages of history suggests that Jamie and Claire’s story doesn’t have a happy ending.
Brianna dares a terrifying leap into the unknown in search of her mother and the father she has never met, risking her own future to try to change history and to save their lives.
But as Brianna plunges into an uncharted wilderness, a heartbreaking encounter may strand her forever in the past or root her in the place she should be, where her heart and soul belong.
Big Book Five
The year is 1771, and the Revolution is coming. Jamie Fraser’s wife tells him so. Little as he wishes to, he must believe it, for hers is a gift of dreadful prophecy—a time-traveler’s certain knowledge.
Her unique view of the future has brought him both danger and deliverance in the past; her knowledge of the oncoming revolution is a flickering torch that may light his way through the perilous years ahead—or ignite a conflagration that will leave their lives in ashes.
Big Book Six
The year is 1772, and on the eve of the American Revolution, the long fuse of rebellion has already been lit.
With chaos brewing, the governor calls upon Jamie Fraser to unite the backcountry and safeguard the colony for King and Crown.
But from his wife Jamie knows that three years hence the shot heard round the world will be fired, and the result will be independence.
And there is also the matter of a tiny clipping from The Wilmington Gazette, dated 1776, which reports Jamie’s passing, along with his kin. For once, he hopes, his time-traveling family may be wrong about the future.
Big Book Seven
Jamie Fraser is already certain that the Americans will win the rebellion, but he has no wish to face his illegitimate son—a young lieutenant in the British army—across the battlefield.
Claire Randall knows that the Americans will win, too, but not what the ultimate price may be. That price won’t include Jamie’s life or his happiness, though—not if she has anything to say about it.
Meanwhile, in the relative safety of the twentieth century, Jamie and Claire’s daughter, Brianna, and her husband, Roger MacKenzie, have resettled in a historic Scottish home where Brianna’s parents’ story comes to life through Claire’s letters.
Big Book Eight
1778: Jamie Fraser returns from a presumed watery grave to discover that his best friend has married his wife, his illegitimate son has discovered who his father really is, and his beloved nephew, Ian, wants to marry a Quaker.
Meanwhile, Jamie’s wife, Claire Randall, and his sister, Jenny, are busy picking up the pieces.
The Frasers can only be thankful that their daughter Brianna and her family are safe in twentieth-century Scotland. Or not.
In fact, Brianna is searching for her own son, who was kidnapped by a man determined to learn her family’s secrets. Her husband, Roger, has ventured into the past in search of the missing boy, leaving his wife the true target of the kidnapper.
What really happened to Roger MacKenzie Wakefield’s parents?
Orphaned during World War II, Roger believed that his mother was lost to him during the London Blitz, and that his father, an RAF pilot, was lost in combat.
But in An Echo in the Bone, Roger discovers that this may not be the whole story. Now, in A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows, readers learn the truth.
Joan MacKimmie is on her way to Paris to take up her vocation as a nun.
Yet her decision is less a matter of faith than fear, for Joan is plagued by mysterious voices that speak of the future, and by visions that mark those about to meet their fate.
The sanctuary of the nunnery promises respite from these unwanted visitations or so she prays. Her chaperone is Michael Murray, a young widower who, though he still mourns the loss of his wife, finds himself powerfully drawn to his charge.
But when the time-traveling Comte St. Germain learns of Joan’s presence in Paris, and of her link to Claire Fraser, Murray is drawn into a battle whose stakes are not merely the life but the very soul of the Scotswoman who, without even trying, has won his heart.
Big Book Nine
Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall were torn apart by the Jacobite Rising in 1746, and it took them twenty years of loss and heartbreak to find each other again.
Now it’s 1779, and Claire and Jamie are finally reunited with their daughter, Brianna, her husband, Roger, and their children, and are rebuilding their home on Fraser’s Ridge.
But tensions in the Colonies are great and Jamie knows that loyalties among his tenants are split.
Brianna and Roger have their own worry: that the dangers that provoked their escape from the twentieth century might catch up to them.
Not so far away, young William Ransom is coming to terms with the mysteries of his identity, his future, and the family he’s never known.
His erstwhile father, Lord John Grey, has reconciliations to make and dangers to meet on his son’s behalf and on his own, and far to the north, Young Ian Murray fights his own battle between past and future, and the two women he’s loved.
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This is a compilation of seven novellas and short stories including:
The Custom of the Army, The Space Between, A Plague of Zombies, A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows, Virgins, A Fugitive Green, and Besieged.
In this beautifully illustrated compendium of all things Outlandish, Gabaldon covers the first four novels of the main series, including:
- full synopses of Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, and Drums of Autumn
- a complete listing of the characters (fictional and historical) in the first four novels in the series, as well as family trees and genealogical notes
- a comprehensive glossary and pronunciation guide to Gaelic terms and usage
- The Gabaldon Theory of Time Travel, explained
- frequently asked questions to the author and her (sometimes surprising) answers
- an annotated bibliography
- essays about medicine and magic in the eighteenth century, researching historical fiction, creating characters, and more
- professionally cast horoscopes for Jamie and Claire
- the making of the TV series: how we got there from here, and what happened next (including “My Brief Career as a TV Actor”)
- behind-the-scenes photos from the Outlander TV series set
Written with Gabaldon’s signature wit and intelligence, this compendium is bursting with generous commentary and juicy insider details, including
- a complete chronology of the series thus far
- full synopses of The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, An Echo in the Bone, and Written in My Own Heart’s Blood
- recaps of the Lord John Grey novels: Lord John and the Private Matter, Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade, Lord John and the Hand of Devils, and The Scottish Prisoner
- a who’s who of the cast of Outlander characters, cross-referenced by book
- detailed maps and floor plans
- a bibliographic guide to research sources
- essays on subjects as wide-ranging as Outlandish controversies regarding sex and violence, the unique responsibilities of a writer of historical fiction, and Gabaldon’s writing process
- a guided tour of the clothes, food, and music of the eighteenth century
- a Scottish glossary and pronunciation guide
- personal photos from the author taken on the set of the Starz Outlander series
From the lush green of the Scottish Highlands to the military red of a British soldier’s coat or the vibrant hues of a tartan kilt, the colorful world of Claire Beauchamp Randall and Jamie Fraser is now yours to explore.
Featuring gorgeous natural landscapes, detailed drawings of Claire’s medicinal herbs, depictions of the books’ most beloved scenes and characters, and intricately rendered clothing, weapons, and armor straight out of eighteenth-century Scotland, this official color book contains forty-five illustrations.
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Claire Beauchamp Randall’s incredible journey from postwar Britain to eighteenth-century Scotland and France is a feast for all five senses, and taste is no exception.
From Claire’s first lonely bowl of porridge at Castle Leoch to the decadent roast beef served after her hasty wedding to Highland warrior Jamie Fraser, from gypsy stew and jam tarts to fried chicken and buttermilk drop biscuits, there are enough mouth-watering meals along the way to whet the appetite of even the most demanding palate.
Featuring more than one hundred recipes, Outlander Kitchen retells Claire and Jamie’s incredible story through the flavors of the Scottish Highlands, the French Revolution, and beyond.
Yet amateur chefs need not fear: These doable, delectable recipes have been updated for today’s modern kitchens.
Outlander Kitchen: To the New World and Back Again: The Second Official Outlander Companion Cookbook
by Theresa Carle-Sanders
With the discovery of a New World comes an expansion of culinary possibilities.
The later novels in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series and the Lord John Grey series have Jamie, Claire, Lord John, and friends embark on their revolutionary adventures across the Atlantic and back again—and with their voyages come hundreds of new mouthwatering flavors to entice the taste buds of even the most discerning palates.
Professional chef and founder of Outlander Kitchen, Theresa Carle-Sanders returns with another hallmark cookbook—one that dexterously adapts traditional recipes for hungry, modern appetites.
Interpreted with a spirit of generous humor and joyous adventure, the recipes herein are a mixture of authentic old-world recipes from Scottish settlers, new-world adaptations inspired by the cuisine of indigenous peoples, and humorously delicious character-inspired dishes—all created to satisfy your hunger and insatiable craving for everything Outlander, and with the modern kitchen in mind.
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