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It is June , and the world seems to be turning upside down The British Army is withdrawing from Philadelphia, with George Washington in pursuit, and for the first time, it looks as if the rebels might actually win But for Claire Fraser and her family, there are even tumultuous revolutions that have to be accommodatedHer former husband, Jamie, has returned from the dead, demanding to know why in his absence she married his best friend, Lord John Grey Lord John s son, the ninth Earl of Ellesmere, is no less shocked to discover that his real father is actually the newly resurrected Jamie Fraser, and Jamie s nephew Ian Murray discovers that his new found cousin has an eye for the woman who has just agreed to marry himAnd while Claire is terrified that one of her husbands may be about to murder the other, in the th century her descendants face even desperate turns of events Her daughter Brianna is trying to protect her son from a vicious criminal with murder on his mind, while her husband Roger has disappeared into the past


10 thoughts on “Written in My Own Heart's Blood

  1. Denise Denise says:

    Hmmmm All over the map Plot twists long and meandering, even unnecessary Character development and there are so many characters slow Unbalanced scenes with some being entirely too drawn out and tedious, and others too quick, too short, too unprecedented and not firmly enough tethered to the main plot if there even was a main plot.The last couple of books in the Outlander series have seemedunfocused to me, and this one is no exception Fun to read, but certainly not as gripping or Hmmmm All over the map Plot twists long and meandering, even unnecessary Character development and there are so many characters slow Unbalanced scenes with some being entirely too drawn out and tedious, and others too quick, too short, too unprecedented and not firmly enough tethered to the main plot if there even was a main plot.The last couple of books in the Outlander series have seemedunfocused to me, and this one is no exception Fun to read, but certainly not as gripping or as rewarding a read as the earlier books Lots happens, but I keep waiting for the real arc of the book to reveal itself There are plenty of little moments in the last four books that I would hate to have missed, but I am kind of left thinking I d really have preferred the series to have ended on a strong note instead of this rambling progression that doesn t seem to have an end in sight I can t quite leave it there because I like Diana Gabaldon, and think she brilliantly wove together the ultimate historic fantasy romantic adventure story when she created this series I will even venture to say that perhaps, for me, setting these last few books primarily in America was detrimental to my enjoyment as it s not a period that truly engages me I am sure there will be at least onebook, and am equally sure I will buy it, and I m also very much looking forward to seeing Outlander brought to life by Starz later this summer But when it comes to re reading about Jamie and Claire, I am pretty content to stick to the original trilogy that I love well


  2. Jill Jill says:

    5 stars After FOUR years EIGHT months and NINETEEN days.The Adventure continuesPlease Note This review contains NO SPOILERS for Written in My Own Heart s Blood but may for previous books in the seriesThe Standing Stones at Craigh na DunIt s 1778, Philadelphia and Jamie Fraser has just returned from the dead Only to find his beloved wife, Claire remarried to his friend, Lord John Grey In another time Scotland, 1980 Roger MacKenzie is desperate to find his son, Jem and is prepar 5 stars After FOUR years EIGHT months and NINETEEN days.The Adventure continuesPlease Note This review contains NO SPOILERS for Written in My Own Heart s Blood but may for previous books in the seriesThe Standing Stones at Craigh na DunIt s 1778, Philadelphia and Jamie Fraser has just returned from the dead Only to find his beloved wife, Claire remarried to his friend, Lord John Grey In another time Scotland, 1980 Roger MacKenzie is desperate to find his son, Jem and is preparing to go back through the standing stonesI didna mean to lose my own heart s blood as well For you are dearer to me even than home and family, love Jenny to Ian, OutlanderI do not know if the wound is mortal, but Claire I do feel my heart s blood leave me, when I look at you Jamie to Claire, Dragonfly in Amberseeking to know me again past skin and breath, to know me to the blood and bone, to the heart that beat beneath.Claire, Written in My Own Heart s Blood Written in My Own Heart s Blood takes up almost exactly where the story left off in book 7 An Echo in the Bone. According to Diana Gabaldon s website, the octothorpe on the front cover symbolizes the eight major characters whose stories are told in WiMOHB Jamie, Claire, Roger, Bree and Jem and Mandy , Ian, William, John But there is a huge cast of secondary characters that all get some page time I can t recall any important character from the previous book who wasn t mentioned, albeit briefly There is joy, sadness and some major surprises and twists and turns And importantly,The King of Men still reignsI have loved others, and I do love many, Sassenach but you alone hold all my heart, whole in your hands, he said softly And you know that James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie FraserAs usual, some answers are given, some threads tied off But as usualquestions and plotlines are left dangling tantalisingly for the next instalment We meet a lot of historical figures, including George Washington and Benedict Arnold The Battle of MonmouthUsually, most readers including me enjoy the Jamie and Claire parts the best But one of the big surprises here is that I found the Roger and William Buccleigh parts the most riveting, as well as the Bree parts LallybrochWith action, adventure, battles, romance, and wounds and injuries aplenty enough to fill a small medical journal this is yet another absolutely captivating read from a master story teller This book ends on such a beautiful note.Fraser s Ridge, North CarolinaAlso included in this book is a very interesting An Outlander Family Tree And Ms Gabaldon has also cleverly inserted the names mentioned once or twice of the actors playing Jamie and Claire into the text When Diana Gabaldon has been asked if she can recommend any series similar to her Outlander books, with barely concealed smugness and pride and who can blame her has replied there are no books series out there like Outlander. And she s right For me this series comes as close to perfect as possible, with a blend of history, romance, action, adventure and family saga, a near perfect weave of fact and fiction With mature, intelligent prose, historical facts and details, believable characterisations and dialogue, gripping story telling and touches of humour, the Outlander series makes compulsive reading.For fans and longtime readers of the series, Written in My Own Heart s Blood is not to be missed For readers who were disappointed in An Echo in the Bone and who may be hesitant to read this one after some of the events in the previous book, I think this one is really worth reading Absolutely, without a doubt for me the best of the series since OutlanderSteam 2.5


  3. Joanne Joanne says:

    Spoiler free review I first want to say that the Outlander series has been in my heart and soul since around 1999 When I began the series, my children were toddlers I have crayon marks in my original Outlander paperback One is now in college and my younger is going to be a senior in high school They have watched me live and breathe these books, as well as celebrated with me when I actually met the author in person a few years ago I am beyond ecstatic over the STARZ television series beginn Spoiler free review I first want to say that the Outlander series has been in my heart and soul since around 1999 When I began the series, my children were toddlers I have crayon marks in my original Outlander paperback One is now in college and my younger is going to be a senior in high school They have watched me live and breathe these books, as well as celebrated with me when I actually met the author in person a few years ago I am beyond ecstatic over the STARZ television series beginning this August, and will likely arrange my life around those showtimes Having said all that, and I know I am in the very, very small minority here , I m ready to wrap up this series For me, it s losing it s magic grip on me, and that makes me very sad No question, Diana continues to enthrall me with her amazing time travel twists and turns, and when one orof the beloved characters are in peril, I m truly on the edge of my seat But, like Echo, so much of the story just seemed like filler Diana is bound and determined to have her readers experience the Revolution, so unless you enjoy military camp life and all the mind numbing details of the Continental army moving from point A to point B, this very large portion of the book dragged on forever So much of Book 8 didn t really move the plot FORWARD, which is frustrating I felt inundated with medical and military details, and not nearly enough of the heart and soul of her books Roger and Bree carried the weight of the story and had the most compelling plot lines Of course, there were brief moments of Gabaldon magic, such as a breathtaking and wonderful ending for a change , but not nearly enough to make me want to read this book again


  4. Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin says:

    I finally finished them all until she puts out the next book, which I need right now There were a couple deaths that meant something to me One it was a normal mourning but the other was so horrible it broke my heart Don t worry, I m not going to tell anyone It took so long for Claire and Jamie to get back to each other I was going to scream And then Claire has to explain everything that happened with Lord Grey and it was so sad I felt sorry for them both Jamie ends up in another battle bu I finally finished them all until she puts out the next book, which I need right now There were a couple deaths that meant something to me One it was a normal mourning but the other was so horrible it broke my heart Don t worry, I m not going to tell anyone It took so long for Claire and Jamie to get back to each other I was going to scream And then Claire has to explain everything that happened with Lord Grey and it was so sad I felt sorry for them both Jamie ends up in another battle but luckily he doesn t have to fight William for reasons There arebabies born The kids are growing up and it s been a joy to read about it through out this journey Although, some of them growing up and having sex were to be skipped over Just no There are some things happening with Bree, Roger and the kids in the real world time Little Mandy is so much bigger and talking But something happens with the kids that ends up taking Roger away and leaving Bree to fend for herself and the kids I loved that pretty much the whole group were together Ian has someone and Rollo likes them And I have to give some space for ole Clarence the mule He was a mule to be reckoned with He would bite you if he didn t like you He bit one man clear to the bone, but that man was not a good man and he had stolen Clarence from the gang I loved how Germain, Fergus and Claire took up for Clarence and got him back Clarence was happy too As you know with these books, there are a lot of things going on because the books are so big There is too much information to give in a review and most of it was just normal stuff Then they finally get back to where they belong and something happens that makes me cry with happiness because I do believe it s what I think it is I can t wait for that next book MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List


  5. Heather K (dentist in my spare time) Heather K (dentist in my spare time) says:

    Part of Audible s 5.95 sale until 3 6 16 Don t miss getting the audiobook for a steal Of course I loved it Did you have any doubt I mean, it s Diana mad skillz Gabaldon and it s an OUTLANDER book Could it be anything less than magical If you are on the 8th book in the series, it is already assumed that you are a rabid Outlander fan There is no other explanation as to why one would read over 8,000 pages So if you are a fan of the first 7 books Part of Audible s 5.95 sale until 3 6 16 Don t miss getting the audiobook for a steal Of course I loved it Did you have any doubt I mean, it s Diana mad skillz Gabaldon and it s an OUTLANDER book Could it be anything less than magical If you are on the 8th book in the series, it is already assumed that you are a rabid Outlander fan There is no other explanation as to why one would read over 8,000 pages So if you are a fan of the first 7 books, you will love this one It is classic Outlander Romance Adventure Action Historydreamy sigh When I finished my re read of An Echo in the Bone, I was all like And I didn t For 24 hours.And it was WORTH IT There are a ton of twists and turns in this one I think it has the most POV shifts and is the most segmented of the previous books It follows Jamie, Claire, Lord John, Ian, Briana, Rodger, and William individually, giving each of their POVs However, Gabaldon s impeccable writing skills and awesome editing made it feel effortless and not at all confusing It was a breathtaking book, to be honest I also got quite a lesson in American history The book was extremely rich in facts and felt extremely well researched And, from a dentist s perspective, I thought the dental parts were pretty spot on I adored all of the medical scenes I swear, I read these books as much from a doctor s perspective as from an average reader s, and I m never disappointed My only complaint is that we have to wait another 3 4 years for the next in the series Diana, I ll be first in line for a copy


  6. Lacy Lacy says:

    Please do not expect any work from me until I have finished this book I will be taking a break from all forms of human interaction from the time I get it until it is finished We have got to get little Timmy out of the welluh, I mean little Jemmy out of the tunnel.Update sigh I finished it This was a good one.


  7. Ferdy Ferdy says:

    SpoilersThe worst Outlander book so far, which is saying a lot since the last few have been less than impressive If all the Claire Jamie William Ian Rachel John parts had been cut out and just Roger Bree Jem s chapters remained then I would have rated this four stars I never would have thought I d like Roger Bree over Jamie Claire, but they were my favourite characters in this one, probably because they had such an engaging plot especially when compared to the rest of the characters For most SpoilersThe worst Outlander book so far, which is saying a lot since the last few have been less than impressive If all the Claire Jamie William Ian Rachel John parts had been cut out and just Roger Bree Jem s chapters remained then I would have rated this four stars I never would have thought I d like Roger Bree over Jamie Claire, but they were my favourite characters in this one, probably because they had such an engaging plot especially when compared to the rest of the characters For most of the book I was hoping Claire, Jamie and co would just drop dead because they were that snooze worthy Alas, they didn t.Random thoughts The two things I liked The Roger Bree Jem story was engrossing and Henri Christian s death was done quite well although I would have preferred one of the core characters dying instead of a minor one Random thing I hated The coincidences, all the bloody coincidences Characters just so happened to bump into each other whenever they were in danger or in need I could excuse it the first couple of times it happened but when it kept occurring over and over it got ridiculous and made me want to punch things The plot What plot There was only one proper arc and that was Jem going missing kidnapped and his parents trying to find him The rest of the story consisted of silly romances Ian Rachel, Dottie Denzel, William Jane and Claire the gang being thrown into the American Revolutionary war in various contrived and far fetched ways You d think war would be exciting and make for thrilling reading but it was the exact opposite the war parts were made up of a lot of walking, lots of waiting around, and random soldiers generals popping in and out to make things confusing, it was the same repetitive cycle over and over And the things that should have been interesting near death, fighting were written in a dragged out, muddled, dry way I just didn t care What would have beenengrossing to me was if Jamie Claire just sat around drinking cups of tea and sharing thoughts stories with each other It would have made for farfun reading than the dull, slow paced, pointless back and forth with the war I HATED Jamie He was a huge hypocrite, after all the shit he put Claire through with his secret wife, step kids, bastard son, and his constant lying hiding things he had no right to get angry with her or think about beating her because of what happened with John.Ugh, he s always managed to wriggle his way out of the many crappy things he s done, everyone just forgives him, and he ends up practically being worshipped by most of the people he comes in to contact with Whereas Claire has to beg Jamie for forgiveness and spend time winning back his trust and whatnot The double standards was so irritating For once I d like Jamie to be held accountable for something without him charming his way out of it with pretty speeches William was a brat and a self pitying, whiny manslut He had a life filled with nothing but happiness and comfort, and he had loving parents grandparents Lord John loved him like his own and gave him so much yet William still managed to act hard done by and tortured he d never experienced any true hardships, anytime he did go through something difficult it was only because he bought it on himself So his whole ooh I m so tortured and have been through so much pain just made me roll my eyes If I could go into any book and viciously kill a character, it would definitely be him.What was the point of his character All he s ever done in the series is sulk and whine I couldn t stand him or Ian when they d both happily slept with prostitutes, they knew those girls were only prostitutes because they had no other choice So for them to happily sex them up made me sick It pissed me off evenwhen all the other main characters acted like Ian and William were oh so honourable and good No, they were both sick irredeemable fucks William judging Jane for killing Harkness was laughable It was okay for him to kill and defend for his life and country but it wasn t okay for Jane to kill a pervert who was going to have sex with her eleven year old sister In my eyes Jane hadreason to kill than William, she did it out of love and protection for her sister whereas William just did it for glory, self preservation and ego He had no fucking right to look down on Jane.His general superiority when it came to herthan grated on me She was a prostitute but only because she was forced into it as she had no protection or money, it was the only way she and her sister could survive Yet William thought very little of her, the only reason he helped her was because he fancied her Him and Ian were both scum who greedily paid for sex with teen girls who had no other choice, there was nothing decent or redeemable about them.And how many times did loser William fall for someone His feelings were so fickle, he d have feelings for any attractive girl he came in contact with I feel sorry for his future wife knowing she s just another in a long line of girls he s fallen for.It seemed like the only point of Jane s character was to make William seem oh so tragic and tortured yea, it didn t work on me, he ll always be a pointless sick fuck of a brat I knew Jane would end up dead, any female character that s not whiter than white always does I would have liked for once to have a female character with a messed up past to actually get some happiness instead of being killed off Of course, do goody Mary Sues like Rachel and Claire always survive But female characters like Jane who have suffered and been forced to do questionable things always end up dead or evil Ugh, I would have much rather read about Jane than Rachel Claire One thing rubbish about the series were the main characters always finding themselves in danger and bother but none of it was tense or exciting as it was obvious the MCs would be safe no matter what situation they were put in Claire, Jamie, John Ian, William, Rachel, Bree, John, Roger, Jem will never be killed off so putting them in life threatening situations seemed pointless It just made me sigh in boredom since I already knew they were going to be a okay Bree and Roger not locking their doors was beyond daft Why would they be so trustworthy after everything they d been through It was a thick thing to do, especially when they had letters diaries which contained sensitive information That was the only really frustrating thing about them I wasn t a fan of Bree and Roger initially but they really grew on me in this one Compared to Jamie and Claire they seemed normal and flawed in a real way Whereas Jamie and Claire separately and together seemed false, thus I no longer believed in their characters It was weird how Bree hardly ever thought of Frank when he was the one who raised her, spent the most time with her, and loved her as his own he was a great dad to her but she d all but forgotten him Of course, she didn t stop banging on about saint bloody Jamie and his never ending awesomeness Ugh.I found it weird how Bree took after Jamie in mannerisms, thinking, and temperament yet she had nothing of Frank even though he was her beloved dad for the first two decades of her life and wasof a parent to her than Claire was Apparently nurture doesn t matter, in Frank s case anyhow Whereas Jamie s non biological children somehow adopted all his traits Basically, Jamie s nurture and nature win out over anyone else s nature and nurture Ridiculous.I found it unbelievable that both Jamie s children took after him in mannerisms personality even though he hadn t raised either and both had other loving parents guardians His kids mothers seemed to contribute nothing either, William Bree s looks and personality were all Jamie s, they had very, very little of their mothers It was daft how EVERYONE took after him in some way regardless of whether he was blood related to them or if he d raised them Whilst the other biological foster adopted parents managed to pass on NOTHING to their children Superhero Jamie was the only one allowed to pass on traits genetics to anyone One thing I found irritating was in the last book when Claire thought Jamie was dead she was seriously thinking about killing herself because she couldn t live without him Yet in this one when Claire was at death s door, Jamie said he wouldn t kill himself if she died because he had other things to live for So yea, another case of a heroine not being able to live without her man and having nothing without him, whilst the hero can live without his woman and has plenty going for him outside of her Ugh, the double standards and sexism were killing me Was Ian wearing his first wife s armlet to his wedding to Rachel meant to be some weird gesture to show he was over her It was obvious that he still loved Emily and would always love her, the only reason they split was because they couldn t have children, if they d been able to he wouldn t have looked twice at Rachel Rachel was just second choice So yea, I didn t believe in their supposed meant to be love when it was clear that Ian still loved Emily and would always love her and was only with Rachel because he couldn t have his first wife It was annoying how Ian kept calling himself a mohawk, he was Scottish born and raised, he wasn t a mohawk Sure, he was married to one and was in her tribe for a while but that ended years ago He shouldn t be calling himself a mohawk or an Indian and claiming their heritage as his own Ian and Rachel s marriage relationship was an unrealistic Mills Boons esque fantasy Their basic principles and beliefs differed vastly, Rachel didn t believe in violence and killing even in self defence yet Ian killed loads and was very violent It was implausible and nonsensical that Rachel could magically overlook Ian s murdering violent ways just because she loved him A couple like that wouldn t last when they had such different morals, I didn t appreciate the ridiculousness of them being able to have a successful marriage Ian and Rachel s sexy times and just any time they spent together was cringey Like Rachel wanting to watch Ian piss, it was revolting I actually found Buck kissing his mum almost shagging her less distasteful than Ian Rachel s sex life Also, Rachel finding Ian pissing and farting oh so fascinating and adorable was ludicrous She really was the worst kind of unrealistic Mary Sue How did Roger Bree and the kids manage to travel a few decades ahead at the end I thought they could only travel approximately two centuries back and forth, not decades That was the established rule, I hope that rule hasn t suddenly changed to fit the story line I guess, Roger Bree could have gone back to their own time, flown to America, and then used the stones there to jump back to Claire Jamie s current timeline location But it s always been said that much time jumping would cause serious health problems Also, where the hell was Buck He never went back to his wife and kid, so what happened to him Claire and her many medical miracles made me scoff She always managed to save everyone when she didn t have the proper equipment medicine lighting knowledge or good enough eyesight I could understand her managing to solve simple cases or getting lucky but no way would she be able to solve save all those complex cases and near death patients I m so sick of every character being in awe of Jamie Their reverence of him made him come across as an unlikeable speshul little snowflake Gary Stu How did Frank s letter to Bree end up in Lollybroch He couldn t possibly have known she d end up living there I hope it s explained at some point It was the same repetitive rubbish when it came to the main story the insipid war, the non stop walking, the manufactured separation between characters, the cheesy romances, and the contrived and far fetched situations Where were the twists and turns Where was the intrigue and suspense Where was the organic genuine drama Jamie and Claire s sex life hadn t changed since their twenties even though they were in their sixties and or were seriously injured Yea, right What was with all the forgiveness and pathetic excuses for various rapists There was this underlying tone that rape survivors should pity their rapists and forgive them everything Ugh, it was fucked up Just how many times is Claire going to lose her medical equipment and worldly possessions It happens in every bloody book What the hell was a Scottish noise There s no such thing, noise is noise On the whole I didn t enjoy Written in My Own Heart s Blood Most of the POV characters had dragged out, pointless story lines which only made theminsufferable then they already were The only reason I got through all of it was because of Roger, Bree and their absorbing story Unfortunately, since they were reunited with Jamie Claire at the end, they ll probably be swept away in their dull story lines in the next book I m hoping that won t be the case though


  8. Mashara Mashara says:

    I ve finished the book I must say, after almost 15 years of reading this books, Diana was just about to lose me I don t know exactly what it was that I started finding so annoying in book 4 to 7 Probably the amount of characters and their incredibly boring adventures Come on, Willie s in the Great Dismal s threatens Frodo and Sam s journey through Mordor, as the Boriest Shit Ever, rivalled only maybe by Roger search for life s meaning, which I can only understand as Diana Gabaldon s critique I ve finished the book I must say, after almost 15 years of reading this books, Diana was just about to lose me I don t know exactly what it was that I started finding so annoying in book 4 to 7 Probably the amount of characters and their incredibly boring adventures Come on, Willie s in the Great Dismal s threatens Frodo and Sam s journey through Mordor, as the Boriest Shit Ever, rivalled only maybe by Roger search for life s meaning, which I can only understand as Diana Gabaldon s critique at the modern man in it s incapacity to Make Their Fucking Minds Up Maybe I just didn t find Geillis as interesting in Jamaica, maybe there was something still not enterilly clicking between Jamie and Claire, and the tension between them caused by Brianna and Roger was exhausting, As it should be, Diana Gabaldon has never been know to pull punches.What ever it was, it was with a sort of dread I opened this book to wonder what will be the focus, since I surely couldn t take a single pageof Willie being a twat.Alas, it paid off.There s authors out there that are plot driven, this usually means they use the characters to tell the argumental arch they want to communicate, despite their own characterizations many times I don t much believe anybody has ever explained the concept of a plot to Diana Gabaldon, and I do not mean this as a bad thing She follows the characters where ever they take her and us and makes no apology for it I used to think she had a mean streak and liked to finish books on a cliffhanger, now I mostly think she just cuts them off at the 800 page mark and starts another book But this time, I feel waiting another four years, is going to be much harder than it has been the last decade.OLDER NOTES I really really like Claire and is the only reason I will be trying this one after the last one made me want to throw the book out the window in frustration and scream No nononononnono Nooooo when I realised that was the last page and there was nothing .02 01 2013 I think is high time for an update Apparently the book should be coming out Fall Spring for me, so that must be September, right RIGHT the description is out and it s sounding good already If somebody would have asked me back when I was 18 years old that I d be so excited 14 years later it s not THAT long ago, move on, nothing to see here to see the daughter of the two characters that kept me awake one night I would have laughed for an hour But here I am, and I want to see Brianna again so bad.So, here are some excerpts, because man do I love to spoil me something fierce least, we are in the same publication year, it cannot bethan 11 months.Edit 10 06 2013 Sooooo we have a release date March 25, 2014


  9. Kate Kate says:

    An extra star out of loyalty.but this was a sprawling historical novel that sprawled too far a kitchen sink book, and not in a good way A huge number of plotlines that didn t seem to serve any narrative purpose, too much time spent with annoying characters, WAY too much surgical detail, and timelines that even for THIS series are totally confusing Clearly Diana Gabaldon loves her work and the research it entails which is part of the reason I find her books so enjoyable , but her editor An extra star out of loyalty.but this was a sprawling historical novel that sprawled too far a kitchen sink book, and not in a good way A huge number of plotlines that didn t seem to serve any narrative purpose, too much time spent with annoying characters, WAY too much surgical detail, and timelines that even for THIS series are totally confusing Clearly Diana Gabaldon loves her work and the research it entails which is part of the reason I find her books so enjoyable , but her editor should have taken a firmer hand here In a recent blog post she mentioned being at work on Book 9, so maybe that accounts for some of the irresolution But if this was meant to be a placeholder, it should easily have been 200 pages shorter The interesting Big Questions the characters raise about time travel get lost in the shuffle Sorry to say, it was a disappointment


  10. Misfit Misfit says:

    Here we go with the review, as I prepare to commit Outlander heresy as much as I loved this series well, Echo not so much , and as happy as I was to readabout Jamie and Claire, et al the negatives far outweigh the pluses Written in my Own Heart s Blood picks up right where Echo in the Bone left off Those who have read that book know what events those are don t need a rehash, and those who haven t read it don t need to know what those events are There are two main storylines in this Here we go with the review, as I prepare to commit Outlander heresy as much as I loved this series well, Echo not so much , and as happy as I was to readabout Jamie and Claire, et al the negatives far outweigh the pluses Written in my Own Heart s Blood picks up right where Echo in the Bone left off Those who have read that book know what events those are don t need a rehash, and those who haven t read it don t need to know what those events are There are two main storylines in this book, 1 Jamie Claire Lord John William and all their friends and family traipsing around New England with the Continental Army and 2 Roger and Bree and their efforts to find young Jemmie.The parts I loved Roger and Bree Almost unputdownable and I loved the twists and turns on the bad boys chasing the family and the twists on the time travel loved where Roger ended up can t wait to hear how that all ended The parts I didn t love Jamie and Claire going at it like a pair of rabbits at their age was just too much didn t advance the storylines at all In camp, out of camp, on the ground heck, Jamie threw his back out big time and he still could rise to the task Such stamina Then there s the traipsing around the countryside with the army camps Move here Move there Move to another camp and yawn Not much happened until someone got shot or something and we neededdetails of Claire s skill at doctoring Which is all well and good and has been interesting over the length of the series, but I don t know what happened this time, perhaps the editor got lost looking for the restroom Two of these in particular were way TMI in detail and really embarrassing conditions that I didn t care to read about, especially at an early hour of the morning Nor did these two medical incidents advance the story in any way It s almost like Ms Gabaldon wants to test how much her fans will tolerate before they step back out of the poo Perhaps I ve changed and grown since the time I read and loved the first six books Dunno rantComplaints aside, I did like the finish thank goodness not a huge cliffhanger and I am looking forward to getting the rest of the story in another four or five years