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

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In her now classic novel Outlander, Diana Gabaldon told the story of Claire Randall, an English ex-combat nurse who walks through a stone circle in the Scottish Highlands in 1946, and disappears . . . into 1743. The story unfolded from there in seven bestselling novels, and CNN has called it “a grand adventure written on a canvas that probes the heart, weighs the soul and measures ...

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Overview

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

In her now classic novel Outlander, Diana Gabaldon told the story of Claire Randall, an English ex-combat nurse who walks through a stone circle in the Scottish Highlands in 1946, and disappears . . . into 1743. The story unfolded from there in seven bestselling novels, and CNN has called it “a grand adventure written on a canvas that probes the heart, weighs the soul and measures the human spirit across [centuries].” Now the story continues in Written in My Own Heart’s Blood.
 
1778: France declares war on Great Britain, the British army leaves Philadelphia, and George Washington’s troops leave Valley Forge in pursuit. At this moment, Jamie Fraser returns from a presumed watery grave to discover that his best friend has married his wife, his illegitimate son has discovered (to his horror) who his father really is, and his beloved nephew, Ian, wants to marry a Quaker. Meanwhile, Jamie’s wife, Claire, and his sister, Jenny, are busy picking up the pieces.
 
The Frasers can only be thankful that their daughter Brianna and her family are safe in twentieth-century Scotland. Or not. In fact, Brianna is  searching for her own son, who was kidnapped by a man determined to learn her family’s secrets. Her husband, Roger, has ventured into the past in search of the missing boy . . . never suspecting that the object of his quest has not left the present. Now, with Roger out of the way, the kidnapper can focus on his true target: Brianna herself.
 
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood is the brilliant next chapter in a masterpiece of the imagination unlike any other.

Praise for Written in My Own Heart’s Blood
 
“[Written in My Own Heart’s Blood] features all the passion and swashbuckling that fans of this historical fantasy series have come to expect.”People
 
“With her Outlander series, Gabaldon . . . successfully [juggles] a sizable and captivating cast of characters; developing thrilling plotlines that borrow equally from adventure, history, and romance; and meticulously integrating a wealth of fascinating period details into the story without slowing down the pace. The result is a sprawling and enthralling saga that is guaranteed to keep readers up long past their bedtimes.”Booklist (starred review)

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“[Written in My Own Heart’s Blood] features all the passion and swashbuckling that fans of this historical fantasy series have come to expect.”People
 
“With her Outlander series, [Diana] Gabaldon . . . successfully [juggles] a sizable and captivating cast of characters; developing thrilling plotlines that borrow equally from adventure, history, and romance; and meticulously integrating a wealth of fascinating period details into the story without slowing down the pace. The result is a sprawling and enthralling saga that is guaranteed to keep readers up long past their bedtimes.”Booklist (starred review)
Kirkus Reviews
2014-06-05
Of haggis, gigged frogs and succubi: Continuing her Outlander series, Gabaldon (An Echo in the Bone, 2009, etc.) again pushes the boundaries of genre fiction.Sensitive readers new to the series will want to know that Gabaldon’s leads are fond of dropping f-bombs, sometimes even in the clinical sense: “Damn you, neither one of us was making love to the other—we were both fuckingyou!" They’ll also want to know that, as those characters cross time and space, they’re given to the basest treacheries as well as the profoundest loyalties, which may help explain the preceding quotation. The action now takes place across the water in revolutionary America, where Jamie Fraser, one-time Jacobite rebel, now commands 10 companies of Continental militia, when, he worriedly notes, “he’d never led a band of more than fifty.” Lord John, his old Brit friend and sometime bugaboo, figures in the mischief, of course. There are twists aplenty, one of them Jamie’s Lazarus-like return from the great beyond to find—well, different domestic arrangements. Meanwhile, his child, having long since learned that it’s possible to enter “a time vortex with a gemstone” and come out safely in other eras, now has good reason to want to be not in the 20th century but back in the 18th, where, if things are just as complicated, she at least has trustworthy kin. Confused yet? With willingly suspended disbelief, it all makes sense in the end. Gabaldon’s themes are decidedly grown-up, as the in-joking chapter titles (“Frottage,” “Frannie’s Frenulum”) suggest, but the basic premise is a dash of juvenile fantasy, a jigger of historical fact and heaping helpings of counterfactuals. If you’re a Gabaldon fan, the Scottish dialect, laid on with a spade, and all those naughty asides will be a familiar pleasure. If not—well, this overly long book isn’t likely to make converts, at least not without several thousand pages of catch-up to figure out who’s who, who’s doing what, who’s doing whom, and why.Gabaldon works a successful formula, with few surprises but plenty of devices. And yes, there’s room for a sequel—or 10.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385344432
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/10/2014
  • Series: Outlander Series , #8
  • Pages: 848
  • Sales rank: 371
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Diana  Gabaldon

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 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; one work of nonfiction, The Outlandish Companion; and the Outlander graphic novel The Exile. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband.

Biography

To millions of fans, Diana Gabaldon is the creator of a complex, original, and utterly compelling amalgam of 18th-century romantic adventure and 20th-century science fiction. To the publishing industry, she's a grassroots-marketing phenomenon. And to would-be writers everywhere who worry that they don't have the time or expertise to do what they love, Gabaldon is nothing short of an inspiration.

Gabaldon wrote her first novel while juggling the demands of motherhood and career: in between her job as an ecology professor, she also had a part-time gig writing freelance software reviews. Gabaldon had never written fiction before, and didn't intend to publish this first novel, which she decided to call Outlander. This, she decided, would be her "practice novel". Worried that she might not be able to pull a plot and characters out of thin air, she settled on a historical novel because "it's easier to look things up than to make them up entirely."

The impulse to set her novel in 18th-century Scotland didn't stem -- as some fans have assumed—from a desire to explore her own familial roots (in fact, Gabaldon isn't even Scottish). Rather, it came from watching an episode of the British sci-fi series Dr. Who and becoming smitten with a handsome time traveler in a kilt. A time-travel element crept into Gabaldon's own book only after she realized her wisecracking female lead couldn't have come from anywhere but the 20th century. The resulting love affair between an intelligent, mature, sexually experienced woman and a charismatic, brave, virginal young man turned the conventions of historical romance upside-down.

Gabaldon has said her books were hard to market at first because they were impossible to categorize neatly. Were they historical romances? Sci-fi adventure stories? Literary fiction? Whatever their genre (Gabaldon eventually proffered the term "historical fantasias"), they eventually found their audience, and it turned out to be a staggeringly huge one.

Even before the publication of Outlander, Gabaldon had an online community of friends who'd read excerpts and were waiting eagerly for more. (In fact, her cohorts at the CompuServe Literary Forum helped hook her up with an agent.) Once the book was released, word kept spreading, both on the Internet and off, and Gabaldon kept writing sequels. (When her fourth book, "Drums of Autumn," was released, it debuted at No. 1 on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list, and her publisher, Delacorte, raced to add more copies to their initial print run of 155,000.)

With her books consistently topping the bestseller lists, it's apparent that Gabaldon's appeal lies partly in her ability to bulldoze the formulaic conventions of popular fiction. Salon writer Gavin McNett noted approvingly, "She simply doesn't pay attention to genre or precedent, and doesn't seem to care that identifying with Claire puts women in the role of the mysterious stranger, with Jamie -- no wimp in any regard -- as the romantic 'heroine."'

In between Outlander novels, Gabaldon also writes historical mysteries featuring Lord John Grey, a popular, if minor, character from the series, and is working on a contemporary mystery series. Meanwhile, the author's formidable fan base keeps growing, as evidenced by the expanding list of Gabaldon chat rooms, mailing lists, fan clubs and web sites -- some of them complete with fetching photos of red-haired lads in kilts.

Good To Know

Outlander may have been Gabaldon's first novel, but she was already a published writer. Her credits included scholarly articles, political speeches, radio ads, computer manuals and Walt Disney comic books.

Gabaldon gets 30 to 40 e-mails a day from her fans, who often meet online to discuss her work. "I got one letter from a woman who had been studying my book jacket photos (with a magnifying glass, evidently), who demanded to know why there was a hole in my pants," wrote Gabaldon on her web site. "This strikes me as a highly metaphysical question, which I am not equipped to answer, but which will doubtless entertain some chat-groups for quite a long time."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Diana Jean Gabaldon (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      Flagstaff, Arizona
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 11, 1952
    2. Place of Birth:
      Flagstaff, Arizona
    1. Education:
      B.S., Northern Arizona University, 1973; M.S., Scripps Oceanographic Institute; Ph.D., Northern Arizona University, 1979
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2014

    Written in Blood

    Come on! You people grousing about the delayed publication CANNOT be serious!!!
    Have you never had to wait for anything before, I know this
    Is the age of instant gratification, but you all cannot imagine how grievously spoiled and stupid you sound! After all Diana Gabaldon has given us with her writing her many books, can you not begrateful, shut up and be patient?
    I especially love the "I don't care anymore I want my money back" comment - And I bet if you weren't allowed to bat first, you took your ball and went home too, huh?
    Ridiculous!!!

    118 out of 159 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Oh, come on!

    Diana posted weeks before the first publishing date that this would be delayed so it was only a surprise if you weren't paying attention. No one forced anyone to buy it 6 months ahead of time. We are ALL waiting- some more patiently than others!

    73 out of 104 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2014

    Waiting

    All of you that are complaining about the delay on this book have forgotten one important thing ... Jamie Fraser is worth the wait.

    53 out of 70 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    another 6 months!!!

    Went online today hoping to finally get to read it. Another 6 months!!! I'm outraged, love the series but Diana needs to get herself in gear and get on with it. I thought paying for a book 6 months before publishing was bad enough but then to get to the promised December 10th day and find I have to wait for another 6 months is nuts. I am not happy, almost to the point that I don't give a damn what happed anymore. I want my money back!

    49 out of 217 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    The action begins, of course, where the previous installment, Ec

    The action begins, of course, where the previous installment, Echo in the Bone ended with Jamie, who was thought dead, returning to Philadelphia only to find Claire married to Lord John, while in 20th century Scotland Brianna's and Roger's son Jem has been kidnapped. Thinking his son lost in the past, Roger once again risks another journey through the stones to find him. However unlike Echo in the Bone which I thought rather disjointed and plodding, this latest installment returns to the bold adventure and high spirits of the best novels in the series. I found Roger's return to 18th century Lallybroch especially inventive. There he sees his home as it was before the battle at Culloden and encounters ancestors he has only met in Fraser and MacKenzie family trees. I also found Written in My Own Heart's Blood much easier to follow than Echo in the Bone. Though the plot is as complicated as any Outlander novel and the characters as numerous, Galbaldon divides the narrative in such a way that it took me only moments to determine the where, when, and who in each chapter of the storyline. And these storylines tie together at the end of the novel in a way I thought quite natural and touching, but also allows Galbaldon the opportunity to continue the series if she chooses to do so--a choice I hope she makes, since there is nothing for me quite like the sweeping romance and spirited adventure of the Outlander series.I enjoy this series because it is the perfect mix of history and excitement. The story takes place in 1778, when the British army is withdrawing from Philadelphia. While there is plenty of drama in that alone, the story focuses more on the people around the war. Jamie Fraser discovers that his best friend has married his wife. Claire is dealing with Benedict Arnold first had while trying to figure out if one of her husbands was murdered.I loved the Outlander series and read all the books up to this point. There was such a long space between the last one and this peek into what is coming that some of the threads of info got foggy for me. I had a bit of trouble following some of the new characters and wish the author had a page listing who all the characters are which would make it much easier. That said, I and still excited to read the good coming next. 

    48 out of 50 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2014

    Anything Diana writes is worth the wait. This book included. P

    Anything Diana writes is worth the wait. This book included. Please do NOT lower the books rating with your childish rants.. Wait until you have received and read it and then give an honest opinion.

    33 out of 42 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    JUNE 10 2014

    FRAUD FRAUD FRAUD this was supposed to be shipped YESTERDAY!!!!!!!!

    27 out of 189 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2014

    With all of the historical research it takes for Ms. Gabaldon to

    With all of the historical research it takes for Ms. Gabaldon to write just one of these books I believe each person who has a complaint really needs to shut up. Really? Are you serious? Ms. Gabaldon doesn't control the publication company and if there is something wrong with the book (the type, the cover, anything) and it was pushed out to the public anyway, then you'd be complaining about the poor quality of the book. Shut up. Grow up. Wait. Oh, and shut up!

    25 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2014

    New wait time

    I don't mind waiting. That's a lie. Yes I do. This is almost as bad as waiting on the supposed last book in the Wheel of Time series by robert jordan. Although, since he died, I guess he had a really good reason to miss publication date. Please don't push date back any more. My nerves can't take it.

    19 out of 107 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2014

    Jaime and Claire are maturing as a couple as they age and circum

    Jaime and Claire are maturing as a couple as they age and circumstances (in this case the Revolutionary War, Claire's wound ) dictate
    yet that undying  and transcending love still shimmers between them which is what makes women swoon and continue to read the
    series.  This book just leaves the reader wanting more.  How much longer do Jaime and Claire have together?  I really like the character
    development of Ian and Rachel as they navigate their world and choices they have to make.  However, what really interests me is the
    relationship between William and his two fathers.  This book doesn't deal with that relationship, I so hope the next one does.  Then there
    is  Bree and Roger and their family as they have to cope with family, time travel and the modern world.  I want so badly for Jaime to have
     his children in his life.  Jem is so much like his grandda that I ache for that very special relationship.  Jem seems to have combined both 
    experiences of living in the past and the present to make him such interesting character.   I finished the book in two days and am ready
    for the next one.  Hurry Up Diana! 

    18 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2014

    Gabaldon at her best!

    It doesn't let you down!!!

    14 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2014

    Well Worth The Wait

    Wow just finished this part in the Fraser lives and found it near perfect. It is easily as readable as the first book, which while I enjoyed the others they were at times difficult to get to the finish. Jamie and Claire lives continue on with the rich love they share for each other and their kin. As well the political intrigue and battles, both small scale and large that accompany them. Bree, Roger, Jem and Mandy have more their fair share of difficulties too and I really would have liked to see more of them. Lord John and his family make their presence felt. A neat trick in the middle of the Revolutionary War. One comment this book dosen't stand alone at all. Read the others first.

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2014

    It was probably the worst book of the series

    It fell flat. It was felt like a book written to end the series. The meat was not there. I was very disappointed in the book. If another book is ever written in this series I'll be amazed.

    It is a sadly done wrap up of a phenomenal series.

    Very disappointed

    11 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2014

    Ah, it is so good to be back with Jamie and Claire again.  Hands

    Ah, it is so good to be back with Jamie and Claire again.  Hands down my favorite literary couple of all time.  Diana is a masterful storyteller, as usual, and I can't put the book down. 

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2014

    Absolutely the most beautifully written and plotted series I've

    Absolutely the most beautifully written and plotted series I've ever been lucky enough to read...and then there's JAMMF. <3

    9 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2014

    Diana does it again!

    Diana does it again!

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2014

    Decidedly below par. It was a distinct case of deja vu all over

    Decidedly below par. It was a distinct case of deja vu all over again. At some point, successful authors do not feel the need for
    editors to work on their books. This book needs pruning. 

    I also find it hard to believe that Claire did not get the entire history of the American Revolution from her daughter. At least the
    major battles. 

    And a few historical errors. Women generally did not use leather ties in their stays and did not knot
    the ties. There was no such thing as tea bricks anywhere in the British colonies.

    8 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2014

    Conundrum

    How did the MacKenzie family get from 1738 Scotland to 1778 North Carolina? To me, this is a big hole in the plotline. Sure wish Gabaldon had included an explanation of this phenomenen--unless, of course, she's planning yet another book.

    7 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2014

    I HATED TO FINISH this wonderful book!  It took me a little whil

    I HATED TO FINISH this wonderful book!  It took me a little while to fall into the flow-- but, lots & lots of pages to become involved.  Think I will have to go back and reread the previous books again! :-).     Will patiently (LOL) wait for the next book!  Learned a lot of historical information, medical wisdom and lovedthe ending...... or beginning??

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2014

    It's June 10th

    Where is it?

    6 out of 44 people found this review helpful.

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