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Addicted to Outlander? 11 Books to Read During the Long Wait for Season Two

Caitlin Kleinschmidt is part of the sales team at Workman Publishing. She has previously held positions at Viking/Riverhead, Simon & Schuster, Oxford University Press, and Macmillan. A Navy brat, she lived on both coasts and credits the Dear America series for her lifelong love of history. She has a special place in her heart for narrative nonfiction, as well as books about Eastern Europe and ballet.

Outlander has wrapped up its phenomenally addictive first season and seriously, this show has everything—political intrigue and sword fights, Scottish accents and kilts, time travel and witches, and, most importantly, the steamiest romance on the small screen. Neophytes should check out the Diana Gabaldon series, but if the number of books gives you pause (the length makes the Game of Thrones series look digestible), there are plenty of other ways to get that Outlander experience. Whether you’re into period dramas, fantastical worlds, or an impossible romance that transcends time, here are the books to ease your Outlander separation anxiety.


A Discovery of Witches
by Deborah Harkness

Diana Bishop, a young scholar and a descendent of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript deep in Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld that kicks off this riveting and magical trilogy.

A Discovery of Witches
Deborah Harkness

Diana Bishop, a young scholar and a descendent of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript deep in Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld that kicks off this riveting and magical trilogy.

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The Mists of Avalon
by Marion Zimmer Bradley

This beloved series explores the magic and mythology of King Arthur’s Britain. Told from the perspective of the female characters who are usually marginalized in Arthurian legend, it is sure to appeal to readers who love Outlander’s feminist contribution to the fantasy genre.

The Mists of Avalon
Marion Zimmer Bradley

This beloved series explores the magic and mythology of King Arthur’s Britain. Told from the perspective of the female characters who are usually marginalized in Arthurian legend, it is sure to appeal to readers who love Outlander’s feminist contribution to the fantasy genre.

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The Daughter of Time
by Josephine Tey
Re-creating one of history’s most famous—and vicious—crimes, The Daughter of Time investigates who really killed the Princes in the Tower and reveals the usurpers lying in wait behind the British throne.
The Daughter of Time
Josephine Tey

Re-creating one of history’s most famous—and vicious—crimes, THE DAUGHTER OF TIME investigates who really killed Richard III’s nephews, the Princes in the Tower, and reveals the usurpers lying in wait behind the British throne.

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Into the Wilderness
by Sara Donati

Weaving a tapestry of adventure and romance, this historical romance has been enthusiastically embraced by Outlander fans. Set in the emerging America of the 1790s, this novel even features a cameo appearance by Outlander protagonist Claire Fraser.

Into the Wilderness
Sara Donati

Weaving a tapestry of adventure and romance, this historical romance has been enthusiastically embraced by Outlander fans. Set in the emerging America of the 1790s, this novel even features a cameo appearance by Outlander protagonist Claire Fraser.

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Veil of Time
by Claire R. McDougall

The captivating tale of two Scotlands—one modern and one ancient—and the woman who parts the veil between them, Veil of Time has all of the elements that makes Outlander so memorable.

Veil of Time
Claire R. McDougall

The captivating tale of two Scotlands—one modern and one ancient—and the woman who parts the veil between them, Veil of Time has all of the elements that makes Outlander so memorable.

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Kushiel’s Dart
by Jacqueline Carey

Set in a fantastical—but recognizable—version of medieval Europe, this massive tale of cunning poets, deadly courtiers, heroic traitors, and deeply laid conspiracies is about the death of the old age, and the birth of a new.

Kushiel’s Dart
Jacqueline Carey

Set in a fantastical—but recognizable—version of medieval Europe, this massive tale of cunning poets, deadly courtiers, heroic traitors, and deeply laid conspiracies is about the death of the old age, and the birth of a new.

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A Game of Thrones
by George R. R. Martin

This is high fantasy at its bloodiest, morally complicated finest, and is the inspiration for another brilliant television adaptation to obsess over.

A Game of Thrones
George R. R. Martin

This is high fantasy at its bloodiest, morally complicated finest, and is the inspiration for another brilliant television adaptation to obsess over.

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The Time Traveler’s Wife
by Audrey Niffenegger
An untraditional love story of a dashing, adventuresome librarian who unpredictably travels through time and a woman whose life takes a natural course. Their passionate affair captures them in an impossibly romantic trap that endures across time and tests the strength of fate.
The Time Traveler’s Wife
Audrey Niffenegger

“I love you, always. Time is nothing.”
A dazzling novel in the most untraditional fashion, this is the remarkable story of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who travels involuntarily through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. Henry and Clare’s passionate love affair endures across a sea of time and captures the two lovers in an impossibly romantic trap, and it is Audrey Niffenegger’s cinematic storytelling that makes the novel’s unconventional chronology so vibrantly triumphant.

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The Bronze Horseman
by Paullina Simons

Set against the tragic backdrop of the Siege of Leningrad, this sweeping saga of love and war has found a strong following among Outlander fans. As starvation, desperation, and fear grip the city, an impossible love threatens to expose a dangerous and devastating secret.

The Bronze Horseman
Paullina Simons

Set against the tragic backdrop of the Siege of Leningrad, this sweeping saga of love and war has found a strong following among Outlander fans. As starvation, desperation, and fear grip the city, an impossible love threatens to expose a dangerous and devastating secret.

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The Queen of the Tearling
by Erika Johansen

Magic, adventure, mystery, and romance combine in this epic debut in which a young princess must reclaim her dead mother’s throne, learn to be a ruler, and defeat the Red Queen, a powerful and malevolent sorceress determined to destroy her.

The Queen of the Tearling
Erika Johansen

Magic, adventure, mystery, and romance combine in this epic debut in which a young princess must reclaim her dead mother’s throne, learn to be a ruler, and defeat the Red Queen, a powerful and malevolent sorceress determined to destroy her.

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Mrs. Poe
by Lynn Cullen
Historical. Romantic. Gothic. Inspired by literature’s most haunting love triangle, if the time travel in "Outlander" leaves you cold, this novel checks off all the boxes.
Mrs. Poe
Lynn Cullen

Lynn Cullen had me from the first paragraph.

“When given bad news, most women of my station can afford to slump onto their divans, their china cups slipping from their fingers to the carpet, their hair falling prettily from its pins, their 14 starched petticoats compacting with a plush crunch. I am not one of them.”

Read Juliette Fay’s review here.

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