Outlander is the legendary planned ten-book series by Diana Gabaldon. The Outlander book series incorporates historical fiction, fantasy, sci-fi, and romance in a perfect balance. It has also been adapted into a TV series which airs on the Starz channel. With Outlander Book 10 creeping up on us, it’s time to take a look at what we might expect from the finale of this decades-long adventure!
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- About the Series
- Where We Left Off
- What can we Expect from Outlander Book 10
- What to Read While Waiting for Outlander Book 10
- Outlander Book 10 Release Date
- Frequently Asked Questions
About the Series
If you’re out of the loop, Outlander is a series of historical fantasy novels by bestselling author Diana Gabaldon. The series focuses on 20th century British nurse (Claire) who time travels to 18th century Scotland and falls into an epic romance with warrior Jamie Fraser. With well over 25 million of these books being sold, it’s safe to say that Outlander has become somewhat of a household name.
The book has been such a big deal, in fact, on April 2022 author Gabaldon received the Great Scot award. This award is honored by the National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA for the promotion and influence of Scottish travel and tourism. (She seemed thrilled about it!)
The book series has been so popular that in 2014, streaming service Starz adapted it for TV. Eight years later, the show is still going strong with a total of 75 episodes to date. This allowed a huge new demographic to enjoy the storyline of Claire and Jamie and gave the fandom of the book series a huge rejuvenation.
The Outlander series has went on to win many awards, such as the People’s Choice Awards, BAFTA Scotland awards, Scottish Gaelic Awards and many Saturn Awards. Outlander has been nominated once again in the Saturn Awards for Best Action-Thriller Television Series; Best Actor; Best Actress; And Best Supporting Actress (all within a Network or Cable Television Series).
Where We Left Off
Warning! This will contain spoilers for Go Tell The Bees That I am Gone!!
We left off with Young William Ransom still coming to terms with the discovery of his true father’s identity. Lord John Grey also has his own reconciliations to make and plenty of dangers to meet on his son’s behalf – and his own.
The danger that Brianna and Roger fleed in the twentieth century might catch up to them. Sometimes they question whether risking the perils of the 1700s was the safer choice for their family, considering the disease, starvation, and the impending war.
All the while the Revolutionary War creeps ever closer to Fraser’s Ridge. Now that the family is back together again, Jamie and Claire have more to worry about and more at stake now than ever.
What Can We Expect from Outlander Book 10
Gabaldon has revealed that the Outlander story will come to its conclusion in 1800.
“I think the Outlander books will end in 1800. If this tells you anything, more power to you, And yes, the last book will have a happy ending, though I confidently expect it to leave the readers in floods of tears, anyway.”Diana Gabaldon, FAQ
Well, that’s reassuring… ?
Many people have alluded that the series finale may take some inspiration from an old Irish folklore story, Deirdre of the Sorrows, in which the story of lust and love and bloodshed came to its conclusion in the region of Ulster, Ireland, where Deirdre was so overwhelmed with grief at the sight of her lover’s dead body that she died instantly of a broken heart.
It’s too easy to picture Claire and Jamie drifting off together on a grassy knoll, together in death as they had been in life. Not a sad ending, per say, but definitely one which will make us bawl our eyes out – which is exactly what Gabaldon is hinting at!
Many fans also fawned at the thought of Brianna and Roger travelling back to the future to raise their kids together. The readers may feel a stronger connection to the novel if this were the case, as though their kids may be running around on the playground amongst us. But Gabaldon has made the rebuttal very clear.
Also, for those who have been ruminating on the burning question ‘Whose ghost did Claire see on her honeymoon?’
Gabaldon has confirmed that it was, in fact, Jamie! As for the logistics behind that, the author reassured the fans that our questions will have their rightful answers in the last book.
What to Read While Waiting for Outlander Book 10
We’re assuming that if you’re here, you’ve torn through all of the Outlander books. (If you haven’t, then go do it! Immediately!)
Many fans haven’t yet read the Outlander short story collection, Seven Stones to Stand or Fall.
Among the seven spellbinding pieces there is “The Custom of the Army,” which begins with Lord John Grey being shocked by an electric eel and ends at the Battle of Quebec.
Then comes “The Space Between,” where it is revealed that the Comte St. Germain is not dead, Master Raymond appears, and a widowed young wine dealer escorts a would-be novice to a convent in Paris.
In “A Plague of Zombies,” Lord John unexpectedly becomes military governor of Jamaica when the original governor is gnawed by what probably wasn’t a giant rat.
“A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows” is the moving story of Roger MacKenzie’s parents during World War II.
In “Virgins,” Jamie Fraser, aged nineteen, and Ian Murray, aged twenty, become mercenaries in France, no matter that neither has yet bedded a lass or killed a man. But they’re trying. . . .
“A Fugitive Green” is the story of Lord John’s elder brother, Hal, and a seventeen-year-old rare book dealer with a sideline in theft, forgery, and blackmail.
And finally, in “Besieged,” Lord John learns that his mother is in Havana—and that the British Navy is on their way to lay siege to the city.
Filling in mesmerizing chapters in the lives of characters readers have followed over the course of thousands of pages, Gabaldon’s genius is on full display throughout this must-have collection.
Otherwise, check out some of these atmospheric Scottish novels!
The Winter Sea – Susanna Kearsley
This is a dual timeline story about the invading Jacobites in 1708 that takes place at Slains Castle. A writer from the present decides to write a story about her ancestor from this time frame and begins to live the experience herself.
The Vanished Days – Susanna Kearsley
The Vanished Days is set between 2 timelines, 1707 and 1684. Lily makes a claim of marriage to a deceased soldier looking for her pay, but without proof of her marriage, Adam needs to investigate if he claim could be real.
Wild Wood – Posie Graeme-Evans
After getting knocked in the head Jesse, normally right handed, is able to draw with her left hand a place she’s never been to in her life.
Her neurologist has been to the sweeping keep, he lived there for years, and so he decides to bring her home with him on holiday to investigate.
Meanwhile, in the dual timeline of 14th century Scotland, Bayard is investigating a mystery of his own.
The Devil and the Heiress – Harper St. George
Violet Crenshaw, looking to escape and arranged marriage to an odious man, looks to the Earl of Leigh to help her escape to Scotland. But the Earl has a different plan with the bubbly lady he wishes to call his own.
The Cafe by the Sea – Jenny Colgan
Years ago, Flora fled the quiet Scottish island where she grew up — and she hasn’t looked back. What would she have done on Mure? It’s a place where everyone has known her all her life, where no one will let her forget the past. In bright, bustling London, she can be anonymous, ambitious… and hopelessly in love with her boss.
Outlander Book 10 Release Date
This may come to a great disappointment to many, but don’t expect Outlander Book 10 to suddenly appear on shelves anytime soon. Most of the previous books had a gap of 5 years between them. Moreover, it took a damaging 7 years for Go Tell The Bees That I Am Gone to make its way into our hands. This, according to the author, was due to a lot of press and promotion for the series.
Considering how popular Outlander has become (in part thanks to the Starz series), Gabaldon is very busy. She only has around an hour a day to herself, which she spends brainstorming and writing for the Outlander series.
One small morsel of good news: this means we’ll likely have at least two more seasons of the TV series while we wait!
We know that she has a prequel novel focusing on Jamie’s parents Brian and Ellen and potentially a Master Raymond book in the works. It may be the case we’ll get some smaller novels or novellas before the epic finale to this lifetime of a series!
We can be optimistic and say to anticipate a 2027 release. However, don’t be too surprised if we creep closer to the turn of the decade!
Frequently Asked Questions
Will there be an Outlander Book 10?
There will! Enjoy a little excerpt shared from Gabaldon herself.
Will there be an 11th Outlander book?
It’s very unlikely. Author Gabaldon has stated several times that Outlander Book 10 will be the final. That doesn’t mean we may not get other books set in the Outlander books. As we’ve mentioned above, we may expect some spin-offs!
Is book 10 the last Outlander book?
Yes, as said above, it will likely be the last book of the main series.
Outlander books in order
There are (currently) nine books in the Outlander series and they are as follows:
- Dragonfly In Amber
- Drums Of Autumn
- The Fiery Cross
- A Breath of Snow and Ashes
- An Echo In The Bone
- Written In My Own Heart’s Blood
- Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone