Written in My Own Heart's Blood (Outlander, #8)
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Written in My Own Heart's Blood (Outlander #8)

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WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD is the eighth novel in the world-famous OUTLANDER series. In June of 1778, the world turns upside-down. The British army withdraws from Philadelphia, George Washington prepares to move from Valley Forge in pursuit, and Jamie Fraser comes back from the dead to discover that his best friend has married Jamie’s wife. The ninth Earl of Ellesmere...more
Hardcover, 825 pages
Published June 10th 2014 by Delacorte Press (first published June 5th 2014)
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Jill


***5 stars***

After FOUR years EIGHT months and NINETEEN days....The Adventure continues

Please Note: This review contains NO SPOILERS for Written in My Own Heart's Blood but may for previous books in the series

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The Standing Stones at Craigh na Dun

It'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...more
Shelley
Jun 10, 2014 Shelley marked it as to-read
It's June 10th! It's June 10th! Happy reading my friends!
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Dear Book 8, I think about you every day. When will we be together???? DG is not even sure about Fall 2013!

Update: March 25, 2014 June 10, 2014; I'll wait as long as it takes baby!!!
Denise
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 seemed more unfocused to me, and this one is no exception. Fun to read, but certainly not as gripping or...more
Lacy
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 well...uh, I mean little Jemmy out of the tunnel.

Update: *sigh* I finished it! This was a good one.
Sara
Jun 10, 2013 Sara marked it as to-read
Shelves: get
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 more.

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 ba...more
Joanne
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...more
HJ
Jun 11, 2014 HJ rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: wishlist
Okay, I'll be honest. It really is more of a 5 star read, but I am getting a bit disappointed with the abrupt and incomplete endings (most notably, the last book and this one). Especially when I KNOW it will be freaking 5 more years before the next one comes out. What if I die before then? Or Dianna Gabaldon dies before then? I need to have a real ending!

Only semi-gripe I have is that the time travel element in this one is very prevalent, and a little on the far-fetched side.

Otherwise, I loved b...more
✽ Sharon is an emotional book junkie ✽
4.5 ★'s

Written in My Own Heart's Blood is essentially broken up into two parts. One dealing with Roger and Bree and the other with Jamie, Claire and the rest of the family.

Wow! Another fun filled adventure with all the characters we've come to know and love. I swear when I'm reading it, it's almost as if I'm one of their relatives, helping do the laundry or taking care of one of them but definitely NOT helping Claire with any of her surgeries!

The last book left us hanging...literally and it was...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*****MY COPY HAS ARRIVED!*****

If any of my Goodreads friends spoil this book before I finish my series re-read...

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Leea
Jul 07, 2014 Leea is currently reading it


Love the cover, March 25th 2014
Phrynne
Probably one of the best books of the series - the author has got her mojo back and has produced a book worthy of the ones she used to write at the beginning of the series! This time she has not left us with huge cliffhangers but instead has given us a delightful ending. It made me cry happy tears and I had to read it twice it was so nice. I have to admit there is an inordinate amount of sexual activity and a surplus of information about bodily functions but I guess it fits with the way of life...more
Bεε
Update 8 July 2014:

**NO SPOILERS but may contain spoilers of earlier books in the series**

It's taken me some time to absorb this story. You know how a story just sticks to you for days, like peanut butter on the roof of your mouth or more dryer socks to your mind and you peel back the layers of characters and detail and you get sparks and snaps and you rabbit trail in your brain and off you go in thought and end up writing a review with the longest run-on sentence on the planet this side of the...more
Karla

5 Glorious Stars, then 5 more and then another 5!! Without question, the best book in this amazing series and I don’t even know how that’s possible, since the entire series as a whole is SUPERB! Would I want to wait 4 years+ for the next installment?? ABSOLUTELY NOT...but this was worth every second that ticked on the clock until it was released!! Diana Gabaldon poured her heart along with some of her own blood into this book!!

**Spoiler free review**

There is heartache in this book, but it will...more
Shannon Beck
I can not wait for this book to come out Diana Gabaldon is by far my favorite and her books are the best.
HeatherJay
Jun 09, 2014 HeatherJay marked it as to-read
IT'S HERE, IT'S ON MY KINDLE.........Fuuuuuuuuuckkk Meeeeeeee!
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Misfit
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 read more about 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...more
Bette BookAddict
Jun 17, 2014 Bette BookAddict rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Hist Fict/Fantasy readers
Recommended to Bette BookAddict by: myself

In this eighth instalment and penultimate book of the Outlander series, we are treated to the great rollicking, rip-snorting ride we've come to expect from Diana Gabaldon. It's a step aboard and hang on to your hat experience that lifts you from the humdrum of normal life and takes you deep within the Fraser experience. As well as all the normal cast of characters, we have George Washington, Benedict Arnold and Charles Lee as the battle of the US Revoltuionary War heats up. Gabaldon has cleverly...more
Kate
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...more
Tammy
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, I've finished the book! They are not supposed to end! I savored this book, reading it super slow because it deserves it. These books have so much information, so many sub-plots, so many characters, event after event that it is easy to miss some small detail that could be important later if you aren't paying attention. It deserved a slow, deliberate read and that is what I gave it. I would read a few chapters, set the book down, review in my head what I read, think about it some...more
Lorena
The word that sums up this book for me is "impatience." I was impatient for the nearly 5 years it took between the last book and this one, with so many cliffhangers to fret over from that previous volume. But then, when I got into WIMOHB, I found myself impatient with the story as a whole. Instead of devouring it as quickly as possible, I found myself willingly putting it down and going to do mundane household chores, the kind you avoid and procrastinate over for months, just because I was too i...more
Jenny Busby

Finished June 17, 2014

I was torn about how I felt when I finished this book. I read a few comments on facebook on how others were so happy in some parts and crying in others. ( I didn't read spoilers nor will I put spoilers here either.) I didn't feel any of that. I simply was not pulled into the story emotionally. Which is a shame.

I liked the book generally. The content was there and I adore Gabaldon's writing style - just enough to the imagination. There was enough action to keep me not puttin...more
Cora
Jun 11, 2014 Cora is currently reading it
If the world doesn't end in December. I gotta read this. I am totally invested in Jamie & Claire's story
Lisa
"In the light of eternity, time casts no shadow."
I was completely enthralled from the very first line of the prologue (and seriously, no one writes an opening thought better than Diana Gabaldon) and the beautiful family tree inside the front cover. It's not an exaggeration to say I jumped for joy when first hugging the book :)

There were the usual multiple POVs, plots and subplots; tons of background and back stories needed to fill out the secondary characters; and chance meetings with historica...more
Shannon
EPIC!!

"I 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."


I have loved ye since I saw you, Sassenach,"
he said very quietly, holding my eyes with his own, bloodshot and lined with tiredness but very blue. "I will love ye forever. It doesa matter if ye sleep with the whole English army- well, no," he corrected himself, "it would matter, but I wouldna stop me love you."

Diana Gabaldon does not disappoint with...more
Rebecca
To me, the Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldon, is akin to being a smoker. You are one, or you aren't. There is no in between. I know people who hate her books, and I know people who love them, but nary a reader who is so-so about her books.

Thus, I start this review stating that I am, in fact, a huge fan of her books. Diana mixes romance, history, mystery, adventure, and weaves it together with her masterful writing until you can smell the smoke in the air and feel the humidity of summer on your...more
The Window Seat
After a five year wait, it has finally come. The next chapter in the Outlander series... And with this chapter, I think it is time for me to hang up my "Outlander" hat and bid adieu to these characters.

Jamie and Claire Fraser have been through a lot in the years that they have been together. Falling in love soon after an arranged marriage, Jamie and Claire seem a perfect couple. They love each other very much. But fate - the very thing that brought Claire from the future to the past - stepped in...more
Hildy (The Book Boss)
SPOILERS BELOW! I CANNA WRITE THIS WITHOUT SPOILERS! I have too much to say.

I am so not worthy to write this review. Diana Gabaldon's writing is just so beautifully descriptive, her characters are so compelling, her plotlines so interwoven, that anything I say is going to seem dumb in comparison. I'm just a reader who has loved every single one of the books in the Outlander series, until now.

I liked this and there were parts that I LOVED but I rarely got to those moments where I couldn't put t...more
Jennifer Lane
Love This Long-Winded Series!

Nobody writes like Diana Gabaldon. Complex, explosive characters. Bemusement. Social graces. Gory realism. Painstaking research (and detail). Breadth of topic. Gorgeous metaphors. Wry humor.

I believe I've read every book in this series, including the Lord John spinoffs (excluding The Outlandish Companion), and I often feel the same way upon finishing: deep love for Jamie, and slight frustration with the author's choices.

*SPOILERS for earlier books in the series ahead...more
Carol
5 GREAT BIG STARS! Gabaldon continues to bring the 18th century and its character's (both historic and fiction) to life in this 8th book of the Outlander series with action-packed battles that include George Washington no less and appearances by Charles Lee and Benedict Arnold plus be prepared to shed a tear or two for a couple of heartbreaking scenes.

If I had one criticism, it would be that it took too long for my liking to get to Jamie and Claire in the outset of the book, and I would have lik

...more
Cyndee
So I am reviewing the evil "Pre Publication Excerpt"
OH MY GOSH!!!! I love Jamie!
Jenny is amazing how she deals with Claire. Claire, John, Jamie and everyone else around them are going through so many emotions. And little Germain! Love him! "Have ye got a bit of trouble started again, Grand-mere?" Oh how that summed up the way the whole last book ended and this one starts.
Seven chapters is just torture! I need more! So glad Outlander isn't a drug. I would need serious rehab, but not want it!
"John...more
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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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“…but Sassenach—I am the true home of your heart, and I know that.”

He lifted my hands to his mouth and kissed my upturned palms, one and then the other, his breath warm and his beard-stubble soft on my fingers.

“I 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.”
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