Monday, February 17, 2014

Review ~ The Exile

The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel (Outlander 1.5)

by Dianna Gabaldon 
illustrated by Hoang Nguyen
published by Del Ray 
genre: Adult, Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Historical

Summary (Goodreads): 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.

My Thoughts: This was a difficult one for me. I love this series/book and have really been enjoying graphic novels of late. This is story takes part during the first part of Outlander but is told from Jamie and Murtagn's POV.
I was expecting something different from this story. Even though it was told from different POVs it was really just a rehash of the story we've already read. I didn't feel like I learned anything new, if there were some new points it didn't jump out at me.
The other side is the illustrations. I loved the fact that this was full color throughout but that was mainly it. The biggest problem for me was Jamie. I don't know how to describe it other than his character drawing just seemed very vague to me. For being the main character in this story he never seemed very defined. Claire was distinct where Jamie just looked like the rest of the men, a little taller and with red hair. It may be a case of having a definite picture in your head and knowing the artist is never going to get it just right.
Overall, this just fell a little short for me. It didn't feel there was anything new and while the drawings overall were well done the actual characters did not work for me.

Rating: 3.5

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