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An Echo in the Bone (Outlander #7)

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The Seventh Outlander novel from #1 National Bestselling author Diana Gabaldon.

Jamie Fraser, erstwhile Jacobite and reluctant rebel, knows three things about the American rebellion: the Americans will win, unlikely as that seems in 1778; being on the winning side is no guarantee of survival; and he’d rather die than face his illegitimate son — a young lieutenant in the Bri...more
Hardcover, UK, 848 pages
Published January 21st 2010 by Orion (first published September 22nd 2009)
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Holly
TOP TEN REASONS WHY THE OUTLANDER SERIES IS BETTER THAN THE TWILIGHT SERIES

10. Heroine is not complimented on how delicious her blood smells. Instead, she is told that her ass looks like two ripe melons. Just what every woman wants.

9. When the hero has to rescue the heroine, he doesn't merely have to run at lightning speed across the parking lot. He actually has to travel halfway across the world, kill a few dozen villains, and blow up a few buildings.

8. But that doesn't matter because just as o...more
Foxfire780 Reeves
I am a devout DG/Outlander fan, so of course I read Echo in the Bone as fast as I could get my mitts on it...and it left me sorely disappointed!
I actually skipped pages! She said that there were four story lines (hence the four points on the Caltrop on the cover) and I was excited at first. But when I got into the story, I got bored with the overlong passages about William and John's intrigues. Where were Jamie and Claire?? (And why the hell can't they manage a sea voyage without trouble??) I ac...more
Jamie
The five stars are an expression of my Outlander fangirl enthusiasm, since I'm incapable of objectively judging the quality of these books. I'd probably have given five stars to anything that wasn't a huge disappointment. Which this wasn't, of course; I thought it was quite good.

The first couple hundred pages are admittedly a little slow. We get a lot of POV from Lord John and 19-yr-old William, and there is some crossover from the LJ spin-off series, which I think may be confusing for people wh...more
Verity
DG’s still a PHENOMENAL writer, her talent has never been in question, but I do question her sanity after reading the last word of this hefty 814-page HC. These are just my random thoughts & somewhat-friendly reminders to myself as future reference, in case I need to refresh my poor memory. This is 1 helluva busy book, jammed w/ innumerable constantly-shifting plots & POVs but the resulting end wasn’t a thrilling ride as the previous ones. I really hope to hell this was simply a failed e...more
Jacqie
So I love Diana Gabaldon. I wish she would write faster than one new book every four years in the Outlander series, but whatcha gonna do. So Of course I've been waiting with bated breath for this one.
Writing: still draws you into the characters' lives. They are so human, so loving, so flawed yet continuously striving.
Characters: this book has four main plots (yes, four). We get Jamie and Claire, but we also get Ian (who I like to read about), Roger and Brianna (who I found annoying earlier in t...more
Mo

”God, your arse looks fine, wi’ the wet linen of your shift clinging to it, it goes all transparent, and I can see the weight of your buttocks, like great smooth round melons ..."



I sort of wondered when I started this book if I was going into Outlander overload and that I might tire of it seeing as I have read 6 of the books in the space of 2 months or so.


No, this book was wonderful, for the most part. I must admit there were some parts with Lord John and William that my eyes sort of glazed ove...more
LJ
First Sentence: The pirate's head had disappeared.

In this 7th book to the Outlander series, Jamie, Claire and Ian are leaving the Ridge headed for Scotland to take Ian back to his family and bring Jamie's printing press back to the Colonies. Roger and Brianna have returned to the present and have settled at Lallybroch, but they've not completely left the past behind. William is anxious to prove himself in battle and Lord John is dealing with his family, both in England and in Pennsylvania.

I was...more
Amanda
I find myself now thankful that there's only one book left in this series. While I don't regret the time spent on Echo and will certainly read the Outlander conclusion when it's available in 4? years, I'm ready to let this series go.

Historical detail was as always fascinating and the characters are still for the most part engaging and moving, but this volume interweaved way too many story lines and ended up feeling disjointed. Add in a few plot "twists" which are starting to feel cliched and ove...more
Emily
I am an Outlander series fan. Yes I am. I love Jamie (to an embarrasing extent), Claire and the whole cast of random modern and 18th C. characters that fill the many, many pages of Gabaldon's books. While not fine literature, I can always count on her great storytelling to completely draw me into her world over and over again (to the detriment of my normal life, and my husband's chagrin).

That said, while I did enjoy this book there were a number of things about the writing that bothered me:
1. Th...more
Vicki
I read the first six all in a row, and then waited several months for the seventh to come out. So it's no real surprise that it took me a while to get into this one, and that I didn't remember all of the characters referenced throughout. But I will say that I got the impression Gabaldon was writing this book with more than her Outlander readers in mind; the focus on Lord John and his espionage career smacked of crossover. Which I didn't really love, but I can respect her making a play to get mor...more
Lynn
After several thousand pages of build-up, the Revolutionary War is finally here — and with it, the excitement of the early Outlander novels returns. No offense to the residents of Fraser's Ridge, but it's a lot more fun to see Jamie and Claire interacting with Benedict Arnold than Hiram Crombie. They may be older and wiser than they were back in the Dragonfly in Amber and Voyager days, but this book has more in common with those two novels than it does with the last few that preceded it. I can't...more
✽ Sharon is an emotional book junkie ✽
4.5 ★'s

There's really no way to do a review without spoilers so I'm just going to write down some thoughts.

Wow...I really can't believe I'm finally at this point - being all caught up with the Outlander books. I've always heard how everyone loves them but the sheer size of them is just scary! However, they are definitely an adventure not to be missed.

I decided to let myself kick back and enjoy them and enjoy them I did. What a treat! I loved getting to know all these characters...loving some of...more
Jenny
Sept. 30, 2009, after my first read: I'm still chewing on this. Not quite sure what to rate it yet. I loved the majority of the book, but I just finished today, and the ending has left me disgruntled. It feels like I have a bad copy that someone snatched the last 100 pages out of.

April 4, 2014, after my reread in preparation for the next book's release: I just finished a reread of this (on audiobook, read by the fabulous Davina Porter), and I don't know if it's because my I already knew the terr...more
Jane
Update January 2014: Finished the audiobook, completing my mammoth challenge of listening to all the Outlander books (which took most of 2013). This has really helped me keep track of the characters and thus enjoy the story more, and I've warmed a bit to Brianna (still wouldn't want to live with her) and definitely to Roger, whom I now rather like and feel sorry for because he's living with Brianna. Davina Porter continues to be an excellent narrator, although why she's given Percy such a stagey...more
Misfit
Echo picks up where A Breath of Snow and Ashes left off as Claire and Jamie Fraser and Jamie's nephew Ian leave life at Fraser's Ridge behind them, head for Scotland to pick up Jamie's printing press and return to America. Of course this _is_ Jamie and Claire we're talking about so there is no smooth sailing and the *road* to Scotland is mired with many side-trips and detours as well. Roger and Bree have returned to the present and settled into life at Lallybroch, although they're also in for a...more
Jill


I wondered what sort of man - or woman, perhaps? - had lain here, leaving no more than an echo of their bones, so much more fragile than the enduring rocks that sheltered them.

Buddy read with my friend, Negine

Last book of my re-read of the Outlander series before.... Written in My Own Heart's Blood
Claudia B
And this is it for me and the Outlander series.

There is a section in the Outlandish Companion where Diana talks about authors who do so much research and then make their readers "pay" for it. Meaning, if the author read about it, she's going to put it in the book, regardless of how much it contributes to the actual story.

I think that Diana is now doing the same. I've been a loyal fan of hers since I first read Outlander, but I'm done. I can't deal with an endless series where just because she's...more
The Library Lady
Diana Gabaldon needs to finish this series. In fact, she needed to finish it in this book:

If she is so crazy about Lord John, keep writing those books about him. Personally, he bores me, and I skipped over those sections. I'm not that into William either, even if he IS Jamie's son.

How many times can Claire and Jamie run into pirates and take over a ship? She's done this before in Voyager. And there's lots of other material that repeats or echoes stuff in previous, better books.

There are too many...more
Kimberly B.
I should start off with a giant disclaimer that I am blinded by all things Outlander. Even an Outlander book with some problems is a 5 star book for me. The characters that I know and love more than make up for any qualms I have with the storyline. I don't think I have ever read a book with bigger cliffhangers than this one. A lot of criticisms I have read regarding the book center around the fact that so many different plot lines are left completely unresolved. I have to say it doesn't really b...more
Tara Lynn
A completely devoted Outlander fan, I've been reading the excerpts wherever I can find them. I can't wait for the published novel.


Update: The good news, and the (not so bad depending on how you want to look at it news) I got the novel a day early! Turns out that the bookstore in Penn station was selling them. WOOT! At which I had to turn it over as contraband to Jackie. She and I both know me too well to think that I'm going to get ANY studying done for my very first Anatomy exam of the semeste...more
Heather McCubbin
I was disappointed and miss the old Jamie and Claire! Sorry, Diana, but the characters are tired, there are many new characters I found hard to keep track of, and the few that reappeared seem to come back suddenly then leave just as quickly, all so that loose end could be tied up.

I found myself asking: "Who is ___ again? " upon the first chapter and I totally skimmed through any of Lord Grey's appearances. I didn't like his standalone books and felt she was trying to insert him into the "Outlan...more
Lisa
LOVED Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber and Voyager, but this book was *Simply Horrible*. Plodding, too much description of certain events that are of zero importance to the overall plot (usually medical), the rehash of old themes and introduction of new, just plain ridiculous ones made this almost painful to read. Thank goodness I took it out from the library and didn't waste my money or shelf space on it.

Obviously I am quite disappointed in this latest installment of Jamie and Claire, because the...more
Wicked Incognito Now
(will cross-post to goodreads and amazon)

Hmmmm.....I've been trying to sort out my feelings about this book since I finished it last night. I really am confused and feel somewhat betrayed I guess. As a devout fan of this series, I feel that Gabaldon is just stringing her fans along with no real respect for them, and it irritates me.

1. Obviously I love this series. No one gets to the 7th book in a series, each book being between 500-800 pages long, and each book being published 3-4 years apart, w...more
Karen
5 STARS!!!!! EPIC SERIES!!!! And still more to come!!!!

What a ride this has been!!!! It has taken me half a year, yes 6 months to get through this fabulous series. I embarked on my quest of audio books back in July of 2013, and I have finally reached the end of my journey... so far, as there will be another book out in the series later this year. AND.... a TV mini-series on STARZ© airing in March 2014!!!!!!

Words can not express my love for this series, and my devotion to the author. They will a...more
Kate
I was mortified when the bookstore employee told me to check out the "romance" section for this book. She promised it wouldn't disappoint. It didn't. I read the entire series.
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
OMG! I hated the ending and I want the next book now!
Tonya
Holy hell! Amazing. I have the book hangover to end all book hangovers. Will write more after I absorb....

1 day later...
I was nervous going into this book because I knew some things about it. Mainly that there is a LOT going on in this book. I was worried that I wouldn’t be as invested in some stuff and would be anxiously waiting for the stuff I did care about. I’m not going to rehash the plot here. Suffice it to say that it’s awesome and I shouldn’t have worried because Diana Gabaldon is a geni...more
Deb
Nov 16, 2009 Deb rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Historical fiction readers, Diana Gabaldon Deserves the Nobel Prize fans
I had a lot of hope when I started Echo in the Bone, I really and truly did. Perhaps this one, #7 in what's beginning to be an endless series, would not be filled with: 1.) Descriptions of Jamie's red hair and long, straight nose. 2.) Claire saving the 18th Century from plague at the most and germs at the least. 3.)The constant use of "tang" (as in flavor not as in the drink of astronauts)and "ginger" (or gingerly). 4.)Adverbs, or the same adverbs ad nauseum. 5.)Floggings 6.)Rape 7.) Various dog...more
Nancy
Going to give this five stars--I have to, as a long-time fan, and because the things I generally love about Diana Gabaldon's books are all present here, in spades: intricate plotting, rich and complex characters, an intriguing premise, and deliciously informed and humorous writing. If this were the first Gabaldon book I ever read, I'd be thrilled with all of the above.

It's the 7th book in the series, however, so there is the compulsion to compare it to previous books. It's neither better nor wor...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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