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@Read Book Ç Written in My Own Heart's Blood ⛏ It is June , and the world seems to be turning upside down The British Army is withdrawing from Philadelphia, with George Washington in pursuit, and for the first time, it looks as if the rebels might actually win But for Claire Fraser and her family, there are even tumultuous revolutions that have to be accommodatedHer former husband, Jamie, has returned from the dead, demanding to know why in his absence she married his best friend, Lord John Grey Lord John s son, the ninth Earl of Ellesmere, is no less shocked to discover that his real father is actually the newly resurrected Jamie Fraser, and Jamie s nephew Ian Murray discovers that his new found cousin has an eye for the woman who has just agreed to marry himAnd while Claire is terrified that one of her husbands may be about to murder the other, in the th century her descendants face even desperate turns of events Her daughter Brianna is trying to protect her son from a vicious criminal with murder on his mind, while her husband Roger has disappeared into the past 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 readabout 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 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 readabout 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 book, 1 Jamie Claire Lord John William and all their friends and family traipsing around New England with the Continental Army and 2 Roger and Bree and their efforts to find young Jemmie.The parts I loved Roger and Bree Almost unputdownable and I loved the twists and turns on the bad boys chasing the family and the twists on the time travel loved where Roger ended up can t wait to hear how that all ended The parts I didn t love Jamie and Claire going at it like a pair of rabbits at their age was just too much didn t advance the storylines at all In camp, out of camp, on the ground heck, Jamie threw his back out big time and he still could rise to the task Such stamina Then there s the traipsing around the countryside with the army camps Move here Move there Move to another camp and yawn Not much happened until someone got shot or something and we neededdetails of Claire s skill at doctoring Which is all well and good and has been interesting over the length of the series, but I don t know what happened this time, perhaps the editor got lost looking for the restroom Two of these in particular were way TMI in detail and really embarrassing conditions that I didn t care to read about, especially at an early hour of the morning Nor did these two medical incidents advance the story in any way It s almost like Ms Gabaldon wants to test how much her fans will tolerate before they step back out of the poo Perhaps I ve changed and grown since the time I read and loved the first six books Dunno rantComplaints aside, I did like the finish thank goodness not a huge cliffhanger and I am looking forward to getting the rest of the story in another four or five years 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 seemedunfocused to me, and this one is no exception Fun to read, but certainly not as gripping or 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 seemedunfocused to me, and this one is no exception Fun to read, but certainly not as gripping or as rewarding a read as the earlier books Lots happens, but I keep waiting for the real arc of the book to reveal itself There are plenty of little moments in the last four books that I would hate to have missed, but I am kind of left thinking I d really have preferred the series to have ended on a strong note instead of this rambling progression that doesn t seem to have an end in sight I can t quite leave it there because I like Diana Gabaldon, and think she brilliantly wove together the ultimate historic fantasy romantic adventure story when she created this series I will even venture to say that perhaps, for me, setting these last few books primarily in America was detrimental to my enjoyment as it s not a period that truly engages me I am sure there will be at least onebook, and am equally sure I will buy it, and I m also very much looking forward to seeing Outlander brought to life by Starz later this summer But when it comes to re reading about Jamie and Claire, I am pretty content to stick to the original trilogy that I love well 5 stars After FOUR years EIGHT months and NINETEEN days.The Adventure continuesPlease Note This review contains NO SPOILERS for Written in My Own Heart s Blood but may for previous books in the seriesThe Standing Stones at Craigh na DunIt 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 prepar 5 stars After FOUR years EIGHT months and NINETEEN days.The Adventure continuesPlease Note This review contains NO SPOILERS for Written in My Own Heart s Blood but may for previous books in the seriesThe Standing Stones at Craigh na DunIt 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 to go back through the standing stonesI didna mean to lose my own heart s blood as well For you are dearer to me even than home and family, love Jenny to Ian, OutlanderI do not know if the wound is mortal, but Claire I do feel my heart s blood leave me, when I look at you Jamie to Claire, Dragonfly in Amberseeking to know me again past skin and breath, to know me to the blood and bone, to the heart that beat beneath.Claire, Written in My Own Heart s Blood Written in My Own Heart s Blood takes up almost exactly where the story left off in book 7 An Echo in the Bone According to Diana Gabaldon s website, the octothorpe on the front cover symbolizes the eight major characters whose stories are told in WiMOHB Jamie, Claire, Roger, Bree and Jem and Mandy , Ian, William, John But there is a huge cast of secondary characters that all get some page time I can t recall any important character from the previous book who wasn t mentioned, albeit briefly There is joy, sadness and some major surprises and twists and turns And importantly,The King of Men still reignsI 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 James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie FraserAs usual, some answers are given, some threads tied off But as usualquestions and plotlines are left dangling tantalisingly for the next instalment We meet a lot of historical figures, including George Washington and Benedict Arnold The Battle of MonmouthUsually, most readers including me enjoy the Jamie and Claire parts the best But one of the big surprises here is that I found the Roger and William Buccleigh parts the most riveting, as well as the Bree parts LallybrochWith action, adventure, battles, romance, and wounds and injuries aplenty enough to fill a small medical journal this is yet another absolutely captivating read from a master story teller This book ends on such a beautiful note.Fraser s Ridge, North CarolinaAlso included in this book is a very interesting An Outlander Family Tree And Ms Gabaldon has also cleverly inserted the names mentioned once or twice of the actors playing Jamie and Claire into the text When Diana Gabaldon has been asked if she can recommend any series similar to her Outlander books, with barely concealed smugness and pride and who can blame her has replied there are no books series out there like Outlander And she s right For me this series comes as close to perfect as possible, with a blend of history, romance, action, adventure and family saga, a near perfect weave of fact and fiction With mature, intelligent prose, historical facts and details, believable characterisations and dialogue, gripping story telling and touches of humour, the Outlander series makes compulsive reading.For fans and longtime readers of the series, Written in My Own Heart s Blood is not to be missed For readers who were disappointed in An Echo in the Bone and who may be hesitant to read this one after some of the events in the previous book, I think this one is really worth reading Absolutely, without a doubt for me the best of the series since OutlanderSteam 2.5 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 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 beginning this August, and will likely arrange my life around those showtimes Having said all that, and I know I am in the very, very small minority here , I m ready to wrap up this series For me, it s losing it s magic grip on me, and that makes me very sad No question, Diana continues to enthrall me with her amazing time travel twists and turns, and when one orof the beloved characters are in peril, I m truly on the edge of my seat But, like Echo, so much of the story just seemed like filler Diana is bound and determined to have her readers experience the Revolution, so unless you enjoy military camp life and all the mind numbing details of the Continental army moving from point A to point B, this very large portion of the book dragged on forever So much of Book 8 didn t really move the plot FORWARD, which is frustrating I felt inundated with medical and military details, and not nearly enough of the heart and soul of her books Roger and Bree carried the weight of the story and had the most compelling plot lines Of course, there were brief moments of Gabaldon magic, such as a breathtaking and wonderful ending for a change , but not nearly enough to make me want to read this book again