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3.93  ·  Rating details ·  13,745 ratings  ·  876 reviews
A young Jamie Fraser learns what it really means to become a man in this Outlander prequel novella. Featuring all the trademark suspense, adventure, and history of Diana Gabaldon’s #1 bestselling novels and the Starz original series, Virgins is now available for the first time as a standalone ebook.
Mourning the death of his father and gravely injured at the hands of the
Kindle Edition, 86 pages
Published April 8th 2016 by Dell (first published December 3rd 2013)
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Tracy The author, Diana Gabaldon, has a list of recommended order on her website - I have been a huge Outlander fan for nearly 20 years and would recommend …moreThe author, Diana Gabaldon, has a list of recommended order on her website - I have been a huge Outlander fan for nearly 20 years and would recommend you read them in the order she suggests; everything will make more sense in her order. I read a lot and recommend books to people - but not too many books, they have to be really special for me to feel worthy of recommendation. I not only recommend the Outlander - but I collect copies as I find them (i.e. used books stores, thrift stores, garage sales) but I never give anyone *just* the first book. I always give people the first 2 books - because I think it is the second book (Dragonfly in Amber) that hooks you to the series. Diana is not a mean author, she doesn't really leave cliffhangers that force you to purchase the next book to find out what happens. And, if she does leave a cliff hanger, you can nearly always find out what happened on her website before the next book comes out. I appreciate an author who appreciates me - and no one does it better. So if you *do* start the series, please read at least two books - you won't be sorry!(less)
Missy I just got the hardcover in the mail a few days ago, the story itself is 126 pages, the rest is a note from the Author and the first few chapters of '…moreI just got the hardcover in the mail a few days ago, the story itself is 126 pages, the rest is a note from the Author and the first few chapters of 'Outlander'(less)

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Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: damsels in distress who like blue stilton
Shelves: two-stars-books
2 "a wee bit charming, a middling amount of cringing and eye-rolling and a whole lot of CHEEZ" stars !!!

Second Most Fun Review Written in 2018 Award

For a good number of years I had considered reading Outlander. A romance, an adventure and men in kilts ! Nice ! Yes I was warned by my gal pals who love this series to stay away !

So I perused and I found this little prequel and at 86 pages I could get a little taste and see if I wanted to take this much loved series further. Welll.....

I think I
Cathrine ☯️
Oct 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: group-challenge
A quick and fun novella to get Outlander fans through extreme periods of droughtlander.
Without prior book/character experience I don't think it would hold much interest for newbies.
Also, Jamie apart from Claire is not as compelling as their adventures together.
Pour yourself some scotch or “claret” and enjoy in one sitting, but beware of Claire-hangover.
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it

A tale of two virgins....

Jamie (aka Diego) and Ian (aka Juan) are the titular virgins.

The story begins in October, 1740 near Bordeaux, France. Jamie has just arrived from Scotland, delivered by Murtagh, instructing him to stay and not return to Scotland. To earn their way, Jamie and Ian work as mercenaries, protecting and delivering goods and people safely to destinations for payment.

Diana Gabaldon has done a great job of the characterisations of Jamie and Ian as young men. Interesting to note
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
Short little story featuring Jamie and Ian. It gave a little bit of perspective on events that happened before Outlander.
Lisa Wolf
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'd read this novella when it was first released as part of the Dangerous Women anthology, but now it's available as a stand-alone ebook and audiobook. I listened to the audio this time around, and it was wonderful. Narrator Allan Scott-Douglas does an amazing job with the narration and the voices, and it was a pleasure to listen to.

In terms of plot, this is a terrific tale of young Jamie Fraser and his best friend Ian Murray during their time as mercenaries in France, a few years before the eve
April (Aprilius Maximus)
[in chronological order of events according to the author's website]

*.) Virgins ★★★.5
1.) Outlander ★★★★★
2.) Dragonfly in Amber ★★★★.5
*.) A Fugitive Green [ON TBR]
3.) Voyager ★★★★
*.) Lord John and the Hellfire Club [ON TBR]
*.) Lord John and the Private Matter [ON TBR]
*.) Lord John and the Succubus [ON TBR]
*.) Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade [ON TBR]
*.) Lord John and the Haunted Soldier [ON TBR]
*.) The Custom of the Army [ON TBR]
*.) The Scottish Prisoner [ON TBR]
*.) A Plague of Zombies
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So, after reading book one but before reading book two, I thought it might ease my heart to read a tale about young!Jamie when he was still just a teenager (nineteen, I believe). Freshly escaped from his brutal fate at the flogging post and banned from his homeland of Lallybroch, Jamie and his best pal Ian wander around in France with a group of bawdy, rapacious mercenaries. They end up coming into the acquaintance of a Jewish doctor na
Jul 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Virgins is a prequel novella in the popular Outlander series by American author, Diana Gabaldon. It is October, 1740, and as a wanted man in Scotland, young Jamie Fraser goes to France to join a band of mercenaries that includes his good friend, Ian Murray. Jamie’s knowledge of Hebrew has them included in an assignment to take a young Jewish woman from her home in Bordeaux to her prospective husband in Paris. But the trip does not go according to plan, and Jamie sees the young, innocent-looking ...more
Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)
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"The Virgins" felt short-story in length to me, though I think it’s actually classified as a novella. I read it in less than an hour though, so…maybe I just read fast? The hardcover addition available from The Book Depository is 256 pages…which I don’t understand since my e-book version was only 86 pages! HUGE difference there and I feel slightly cheated, but it doesn’t seem that there’s actually a difference in content. HOW.

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I was so hap
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A prequel novella to Outlander, the story opens in 1740 with Jamie joining a band of mercenaries in France with his friend Ian Murray. He survived the vicious flogging by Black Jack Randall and the death of his father. Warned to stay away from his homeland he is ripe for an adventure.
Trouble finds young Jamie without effort. And as usual it comes in the form of a beautiful young woman. Both virgins, Ian and Jamie speculate and dip their toes in the pool of sexuality. And not surprising, events
This is a pleasant enough novella about Jamie and Ian before the events of Outlander. Jamie has recently been flogged and shipped off to France by Murtagh and told not to return to Scotland and Ian still has his leg. Jamie is one of my favourite fictional characters EVER so I had to pick this up, and I love Ian too. Jamie didn't quite have the same magic he does in the big books but it wasn't completely gone and I did enjoy the little insights to their beliefs and their relationships and them ju ...more
Apr 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
I have been perfectly happy with the fantasy element in the Outlander books I've read so far. Even the little sketch of Claire meeting Nessie did not made me raise my brows in the least. I just found it amusing.

Voyager was peppered with highly improbable events too readily explained as coincidence that still did not bothered me too much, and I managed rather easily to put my misgivings away to the point that they certainly did not interfere with my enjoyment of the book as a whole too much, so
Gail - Slitty
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
Pre-Claire Jamie isn't nearly as colorful as post-Claire Jamie

This novella picked up after Jamie's stay at Wentworth prison and the death of his father. He is recovering from the floggings by Black Jack Randall, and cannot return to his home, so he joins his pal Ian for an adventure. This novella was filled with historical information about
Jewish practices and history during the 18th century, but the journey itself was drab and very gray to me. Pre-Claire Jamie is not nearly as interesting and
James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser, where have you been this whole time?

Wilja Wiedenhöft
Just boring.
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Ok as a kindle edition for 0,99 €. If I had paid 11 € for the book I would have been angry. It's nice for Janie-and-Claire-fans, of course, but I wouldn't even call it a novella and it's not terribly good. I can't really recommend it. ...more
Kathy (My Nook Books and More)
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
A quick story to satisfy my Jamie obsession during droughtlander. This short story made me love Jamie and Ian more.
Virgins is only a short novella so I'm going to keep my review pretty short too. Set before Jamie and Claire meet this story sees Jamie travel to France to meet up with his best friend Ian. Jamie is recovering from serious injuries and can't return home for his own safety so he joins the mercenary band that Ian has been working alongside.

I don't really want to say much more than that so you'll just have to read the story for yourself if you're interested. I did really like the friendship between
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Quick novella with lots of Jewish characters. Some tough scenes. More to come.
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars Was excited to be getting some back story to Jamie and Ian's lives, but very disappointed when I got halfway through the book and it was finished - the second half of the book was just the first chapters of my much-loved Cross Stitch (Outlander). Not enough character development, not enough story, not happy. ...more
May 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
I was very excited to read this book as I love the Outlander series and cannot wait for the next book. I was extremely disappointed in this short story. The story seemed very random and did not have much of a point. I found myself distracted while reading which is unusual with this author.
One can never get enough of Jamie Fraser. There will never be enough books of him.

I will always buy and get whatever related to Jamie Fraser or the Outlander series. I'm just addicted and extremely LOYAL <3

In this book or prequel novella we get to know what happened to Jamie after he was flogged by Jack Randall and how did spend his life in Paris fleeing from his home town and seeking an adventure with his friend Ian Murray.

"Jamie gave an irritable twitch, then stiffened as he felt one of the ra
It . . has Jamie in it.
So . . . five stars. :-)
Rebecca McPhedran
Finished the year off with this little novella.
Not as impressive as her other more in-depth works, but it was nice read read a little Jamie and Ian adventure. Reading this makes me excited to get back into the Outlander series. I still have to read Drums of Autumn and The Fiery Cross.

Here's to another year of good reads!!
Amy Norris
This was just OK for me. It’s nice to be in the Outlander world but the story itself was pretty average.
Gina Whitlock
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I decided to read the Outlander series. This novella is a prequel to the series. I would really rate this 3.5 but decided to round it up to 4. I don't like a lot of heaving bosoms and romance, but I don't want to judge the entire series on this book alone. ...more
I liked the relationship between the beginning and the end
And the association of novella events with the other novels in Outlander series
I like to always read about Jamie's past
Mar 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
This novella prequel to "Outlander" takes place in the early 1740s, when Jamie Fraser and Ian Murray are serving as mercenaries in France. This is not Gabeldon's best writing. The narrative strengths are ephemeral, dealing with Jamie's grief over his father's death and passing moments of connection with Ian. Jamie fails to be the the robust driving force Claire's character is, and which carries the main series. The narration replies heavily on the man characters' trite obsession with their own v ...more
Esme Stevenson
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Diana Gabaldon's talent with her characters is a commendation to her skill as a writer. This story is set before Cross Stitch (Or Outlander as it is more commonly known as these days), and follows a young Jamie and Ian in France. It was fascinating to see Jamie so young and, dare I say it, naive. The development of her characters throughout her novels are simply amazing and a large reason why I love these books as much as I do. I will never tired of reading these stories. ...more
Stephanie Bain
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
It was so nice to get into the world pre claire and see ian and jamie be well ian and jamie :)
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Diana Jean Gabaldon Watkins grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona and is of Mexican-American and English descent. She has earned three degrees: a B.S. in Zoology, a M.S. in Marine Biology, and a Ph.D in Ecology.

She currently lives in Scottsdale, Arizona .

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