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Product Details

  • Series: Outlander
  • Hardcover: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press; First Edition edition (June 10, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385344430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385344432
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.6 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,697 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“[Written in My Own Heart’s Blood] features all the passion and swashbuckling that fans of this historical fantasy series have come to expect.”People
 
“With her Outlander series, [Diana] Gabaldon . . . successfully [juggles] a sizable and captivating cast of characters; developing thrilling plotlines that borrow equally from adventure, history, and romance; and meticulously integrating a wealth of fascinating period details into the story without slowing down the pace. The result is a sprawling and enthralling saga that is guaranteed to keep readers up long past their bedtimes.”Booklist (starred review)

About the Author

Diana Gabaldon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular Outlander novels—Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes (for which she won a Quill Award and the Corine International Book Prize), An Echo in the Bone, and Written in My Own Heart’s Blood—as well as the related Lord John Grey books Lord John and the Private Matter, Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade, Lord John and the Hand of Devils, and The Scottish Prisoner; one work of nonfiction, The Outlandish Companion; and the Outlander graphic novel The Exile. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband.

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Diana Gabaldon is the New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular Outlander novels-Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, and A Breath of Snow and Ashes (for which she won a Quill Award and the Corine International Book Prize)-and one work of nonfiction, The Outlandish Companion, as well as the bestselling series featuring Lord John Grey, a character she introduced in Voyager. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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I loved the ending, how it wasn't a cliffhanger but still left some unanswered questions which will be answered in the next book.
Deanna Haddrill
A fan since the first book, I read each one knowing I should savor each page as it will be a long time before the next one, but I just can't put them down!
Amy
The historical details are very interesting, the the characters continue to develop, and the many story lines weave beautifully.
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442 of 477 people found the following review helpful By Dee18 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 10, 2014
Format: Hardcover
**** I received an advance review copy of the book from the publisher ****
*** No MOBY Spoilers. I promise. But there are spoilers of other books in the Outlander series! ***

When we left these characters after `An Echo in the Bone', way back in 2009 (and 1980, and 1778, respectively) the Fraser clan were spread far and wide and swimming in various levels of hot water.

Believing Jamie to be dead and lost at sea, along with his sister Jenny, Claire married Lord John Grey after rumblings in the British Army had her targeted for arrest on account of being a spy. Not, in fact, being dead and lost Jamie returned to find Claire at Lord John's house in Philadelphia where he was at once confronted with the fact that his wife was married to his dear friend, and his son William (Ninth Earl of Ellesmere) was confronted with the world's worst kept secret - that he is in fact the illegitimate son of James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser - a rebel Highlander.

Elsewhere in 1778 - young Ian, Jamie's turned-Mohawk nephew was laying his heart at the feet of Quaker woman, Rachel Hunter, and making plans to wed her.

Meanwhile, in 1980, Claire and Jamie's time-travelling daughter Brianna was in her own pickle. Confronted by her colleague Rob Cameron, who claimed to have kidnapped her son Jem and taken him through the Craigh na Dun stone circle (to when?) Brianna's husband, Roger, went after his son unknowingly leaving Brianna and daughter Mandy in the clutches of Rob Cameron and unknown accomplices whose scheme for buried treasure is coming to a fore.

Jem, meanwhile, was trying to remain calm inside the deep, dark hydroelectric tunnel where Cameron had stashed him.

Are we all caught up then?
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205 of 225 people found the following review helpful By Theresa H Brandt on June 21, 2014
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I'm torn. There are parts of "Written in My Own Heart's Blood" that are equal to some of the best I've ever read, but then there are some elements that I came to feel were self-indulgent vanities on the part of the author. About half-way through I had the sudden thought that this series needs to come to an end and soon.

All of the praise for Ms. Galbadon's writing is well deserved as this book is all that we have come to expect from her. She is able to establish setting and character better than pretty much any author I've ever read with the possible exception of Stephen King. I feel like I know Jamie and Claire as well as I know members of my own family. The author's powers of description are excellent and her ability to create tension are outstanding.

The story contains all the familiar, well-loved characters, adds several new ones and continues smoothly connected to the one that came before it in Echo in the Bone. We find out the fate of Bree, Roger, and Jem in the modern times as well as seeing Jamie and Claire through some of the early and bitter battles of the American Revolution. Lord John and William also get a fair amount of play in this novel. Truth be told, I found Lord John's story and struggles in this novel thoroughly engrossing almost more so than that of many of the other characters. However, I must confess that William's bellyaching and moaning about his paternity wore out its welcome well before it ended and his and Jamie's collaboration on a problem near the end of the novel stretched my credulity a bit.

So, what then is the problem that has me so torn on how to rate this novel? As in each novel, the author mentions in "Written" the time it takes to do the research that results in 4-5 years between the publication of each book.
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178 of 200 people found the following review helpful By Ellen on June 17, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I won't recap the plot, as many others have already done so. I discovered the Outlander series about three years ago and was very fortunate in that 7 of the books had already been written and I could plow through them one after another. And then I re-read them. And re-read them. And listened to them on audio. And then re-read my favorite parts. You get the idea: I was obsessed.

PLEASE NOTE: there are a couple of details below which might be spoilers

I did NOT like Echo in the Bone. I really didn't understand it, to be honest. I was eager to read Written in my Own... because I missed these characters, but maybe too much time has elapsed and I've gotten over my obsession (hence the "too late" part of my comment title.) I am very willing to assume that my lack of love for this book is based - at least in part - on my waning obsession.

Having said that, this book just feels like it drones on and on and on (hence the "too much".) It also feels like a series of choppy scenes at times. It swings from Jamie and Claire to Dottie and Denzell to William and the two girls under his protection and back to Germaine and so on. Three pages and I can almost hear the director calling "cut!" Other parts of the book go on and on (particularly the Battle of Monmouth.)

Also, some story threads are beginning to repeat themselves. Another print shop goes up in flames? Okay. Another young woman has a discussion with Claire about what marital sex will be like and how to prevent pregnancy? Okay.

Other parts of the story just seemed ludicrous. Why would Buck have any kind of relations with a woman he knew to be his mother, even if SHE did not know? Gross. And where did Buck "go" in time, once he'd decided it was better he travel than Roger?
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