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An Echo in the Bone: A Novel (Outlander) Mass Market Paperback – May 24, 2011
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“All you’ve come to expect from Gabaldon . . . adventure, history, romance, fantasy.”—The Arizona Republic
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 a collection of Outlander fiction, Seven Stones to Stand or Fall; 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; two works of nonfiction, The Outlandish Companion, Volumes 1 and 2; the Outlander graphic novel, The Exile; and The Official Outlander Coloring Book. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband.
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It's even better that there is now a STARZ TV series that so far has covered the first couple books in the series.
The only books I could say rank up there with the great enjoyment I receive from this series would be Ken Follett's two-book series "Pillars of the Earth."
I have not yet read the Lord John series, but hope to start on it later this year. As for the Outlander series, I admit, I've re-read the first four or five of the series periodically just because I enjoy Jamie and Claire so much. I've come to feel the same about other characters, Brianna, Roger, Jenny, Ian (Jenny's spouse)' Ian (one of Jenny and Ian's sons), Fergus, Marsali, William, and Lord John, in much the same way.
These books are far better read in order; otherwise you will be missing so much of the previous background that the current happenings won't make sense in the grand scheme of things.
Highly recommend any book by Diane Gabaldon; she's a winner!!!!
While Claire and Jamie are still the main characters, they share more of the literary stage this time, especially with Lord John Grey and his (really Jamie's) son, William. The American Revolution is heating up, and it is through William, a British Redcoat, that we learn about it. (Benjamin Franklin and Benedict Arnold are also in the cast of characters!) Ian, accompanied by the ever-faithful Rollo, finds love—but it's complicated (of course).
Jamie and Claire set off for Scotland so Jamie can retrieve his printing press, and this quickly becomes an adventurous and circuitous journey. Meanwhile, Roger and Brianna (and their children Jem and Mandy) are safely ensconced in 1980 Scotland, living in the renovated Lallybroch.
Time travel requires readers to suspend their sense of reality and embrace their imagination. If you can do that—and not everyone can—then start reading. This is a delightful adventure that will at times leave you breathless and at other times smiling in sheer delight.
NOTE: The series absolutely, positively must be read in order. Start with "Outlander" and carve out a lot of time. These books are loooooong. And so worth it!