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

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

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


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
“Another breakneck, rip-roaring, oh-so-addictive page-turner from Gabaldon . . . Take a deep breath, jump aboard, and enjoy the ride.”Library Journal

“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)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781449825362
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Series: Outlander
Pages: 38

About the Author

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; two works of nonfiction, The Outlandish Companion, Volumes 1 and 2; the Outlander graphic novel The Exile; and The Official Outlander Coloring Book. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband.


Flagstaff, Arizona

Date of Birth:

January 11, 1952

Place of Birth:

Flagstaff, Arizona


B.S., Northern Arizona University, 1973; M.S., Scripps Oceanographic Institute; Ph.D., Northern Arizona University, 1979

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Written in My Own Heart's Blood: A Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 696 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!
LovetoReadRomance More than 1 year ago
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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All of you that are complaining about the delay on this book have forgotten one important thing ... Jamie Fraser is worth the wait.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It doesn't let you down!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
LbrryGrl More than 1 year ago
Absolutely the most beautifully written and plotted series I've ever been lucky enough to read...and then there's JAMMF. <3
Sceron More than 1 year ago
Diana does it again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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??
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very disappointed in Written in My Own Heart's Blood. The storyline has become too disjointed and although previous books in the series were somewhat believable and therefore enjoyable, this book went beyond believable. In particular, Roger meeting his father, Buck involved with his mother and my least favorite, William. William just bumbles around while a major battle is taking place. Too unrealistic. To me, I think this series should have ended with this book by tying all lose ends together. It would have made for a much more interesting read.
landersonz More than 1 year ago
I'm a die-hard Diana fan, but I was disappointed in this book. It's still better than 92% of all books, but felt there was too many words and not enough of the action we all want to see (eg, going to find Roger's dad and Buck and his Mom were not things I cared about). I, and other readers (I think). are interested in the families' doings. I was disappointed enough that I had re re-read the two prior books to get my hit of Diana.
bd More than 1 year ago
I have been a great fan of this series in the past. Unfortunately, the whole project seems to have lost momentum for me. I'm not even halfway finished with this installment, and my greatest entertainment so far has been to count the number of times the author uses the word, "knuckle" (14 times by page 161, by my count). She uses it when almost any other hand-related term (finger, wrist, fingertip, or simply "hand") would be more appropriate. This has actually bugged me since book 1, but at this point it's become a real sore point with me (I mean, after all, it's NOT that common a word to be used so often, and there are so many other words that would fit better). But as I said, it's been my greatest entertainment for sure in this most recent book. Sorry, at this point I just feel like Jamie is a bit of a brute and Claire an enabler, and at the midpoint now I've twice put the book down and picked up something else. The only thing that really keeps me returning is my desire to know how many more times I'll see the word, "knuckle."
nannooksnook More than 1 year ago
Was expecting a much greater read... Way too much re-hashing of the previous books, too many things dropped into thin air... Had enough of Gellis a long long time ago... no surprises, and not enough closure with other characters. I am, however, very glad Adso hung in there. Maybe so much was left hanging for a new spin-off series?
iamabby More than 1 year ago
Thank goodness, Gabaldon wrapped up the story lines. No cliff hanger this time. There are still characters to explore but on the whole very satisfying. Jamie and Claire still dominate. The author's writing is so down to earth and realistic when she deals with the two main characters that it is an absolute delight to read. Their dialogue with one another is wonderful. What a pleasure to read a book that is well written. At least this time I am not annoyed that I must wait two years for the next book. I will look forward to it with pleasure having thoroughly enjoyed #8.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
vegaskj2 More than 1 year ago
Like all the other Outlander fans, I hated having to wait for the book. Unlike some others, I don't think that effects the literary rating I give it. I enjoyed this installment, enjoyed Gabaldon's dry sense of humor that comes through even in the chapter titles. I did feel like maybe the author felt rushed for this one as things didn't quite seem to tie together as well as they have in the past. (How did Brianna and Roger get to Fraser's Ridge in the right timezone? What was the point of the subplot with Jerry MacKenzie? Or that horribly uncomfortable thing with Buck and his birth mother?) With that said, I will wait patiently for the next one (there has to be a next one...what is up with William? And Ben's "wife?" And is Fergus a French aristocrat or not?) I would recommend the book and the series to anyone looking for a good read that keeps you involved.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was definately worth the wait. Who couldnt be captivated by Jamie and Claires story. It really draws you in. Right when your sighing and oohing over the impact of their love for one another, you find yourself biting your nails over a predicament theyve found themselves in. Apparently I was misinformed from an article I read, because it stated that this was the last in the series.........but it obviously is not. While I am absolutely thrilled.......I'm already giddy with anticipation for the next one. And I know the books require so much time because they contain so much information........but I so wish i could be Diana's fly on the wall and get the inside scoop.
PoohBearNE More than 1 year ago
AWESOME!!! Jamie and Claire have enthralled me for years. My only hope is this is not the end of their adventures, or Bree and Roger Mac or Young Ian. I need these people in my life, they are like my family and friends!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a long time fan of this series. Jamie and Claire have become family. Book seven an echo in the bone was difficult to get through and I thought maybe Gabaldon had lost her passion for this story, but she came back swingin with Written in my own hearts blood! This book more than made up for the last. I was so happy at the end, but so sad to wait for the next book. If you are like me and were disciuraged with the last book, take the plunge and purchase this. Gabaldon is back.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to finally get to continue the story, took my time.... spoiler alert, spent the whole book saying hurry up and get brianna and family back to claire and jamie. Not dissapointed, but now I am going to have to wait IMPATIENTLY(sorry Diana) for the next one. LOVED IT!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much that I read it slowly because I didn't want it to end.