Thursday, December 16, 2010

An Echo in the Bone (Outlander #7) by Diana Gabaldon

An Echo in the Bone (Outlander, #7)Title: An Echo in the Bone
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Series: 7th in Outlander
Pages: 820
Published: September 2009 by Delacorte
ISBN: 9780385342452
Source: Personal Copy 

Description: 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 British Army — across the barrel of a gun. Fraser’s time-travelling wife, Claire, also knows a couple of things: that the Americans will win, but that the ultimate price of victory is a mystery. What she does believe is that the price won’t include Jamie’s life or happiness — not if she has anything to say. Claire’s grown daughter Brianna, and her husband, Roger, watch the unfolding of Brianna’s parents’ history — a past that may be sneaking up behind their own family.

 I Give This ...

It's really hard to give a review of the 7th book in the series.  Especially a series as epic as this.  It was my personal goal of 2010 to finish reading the current books in the Outlander series.  I did it!

I'm having to remind myself constantly Jamie and Claire aren't the young and feisty characters we meet in the first book.  While I'm ok with that, sometimes I feel like they need reminding if that makes sense lol.  But, it's good that the characters still feel the same no matter what their age.  I still love them and their adventures.

I admit, I was a little bored with this novel for the first half.  I'm sensing a pattern here.  The first half is all about the details and preparing the stage for what's to come.  I could have done without the narratives from Lord John and William.  I think I actually skimmed these parts unless they were interacting with the main characters.  I'm not sure on Roger and Brianna.  I don't feel like the belong in their own time.  Although I did find it interesting how Jamie and Claire left them letters in hopes that they would get them in their own time.  The whole idea of it is maddening really.  

I'm enjoying Jamie and Claire's involvement in the war.  He seems like such a natural part of history that I feel like I should have read about him in school.  I also love how real events and people are included in the story (such as Benedict Arnold).   I think my favorite is Ian.  He's a character I've really grown to love and I hope he's finally finding some peace and love.  I was surprised at the ending.  None of the other books left with such a cliff hanger.  I'm hoping the next one doesn't take to long to come out!


  1. Even though I decided to wait until the series is finished to reread the first six books and then continue with this one, I am still dying to know about this cliffhanger people keep mentioning! And you know, I agree that the narratives about Lord John and William were a bit tiresome. I felt like I should have read the Lord John books to know what was going on, even though I don't want to. Sigh....guess we have to wait a few more years...

  2. OMG the cliffhanger was brutal. It wasn't expecting it at all.

    I never made the connection with her other series that it was the same Lord John. Pretty sure I won't be reading those.

    I read somewhere that she's hoping to have book 8 out in 2012. I wonder if that will be the last one?


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