Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon
A Novel (Outlander)

77%

24 Critic Reviews

As usual, Diana Gabaldon puts out another winner and unfortunately readers around the world will have to wait years for the next installment. Fortunately, we will all have the Starz series beginning on August 9th to tide us over until next we meet Jamie and Claire Fraser in the ninth book of this remarkable series.
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Synopsis

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY BOOKLIST

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)


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About Diana Gabaldon

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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), and An Echo in the Bone—as well as the Lord John Grey novels 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.
 
Published June 10, 2014 by Delacorte Press. 842 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Written in My Own Heart's Blood
All: 24 | Positive: 20 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Below average
on Jun 05 2014

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...

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Dear Author

Good
Reviewed by Jennie on Jan 10 2015

By their very nature, and because the book is so long, some parts are going to be more interesting than others. But overall I thought Written in My Own Heart’s Blood was an excellent entry in the series...

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All About Romance

Good
Reviewed by Mary Skelton on Jun 23 2014

As usual, Diana Gabaldon puts out another winner and unfortunately readers around the world will have to wait years for the next installment. Fortunately, we will all have the Starz series beginning on August 9th to tide us over until next we meet Jamie and Claire Fraser in the ninth book of this remarkable series.

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Amy Gwiazdowski on Jun 13 2014

Eight books later, Jamie and Claire still ring very true for me. The two are still in love, having a lot of sex, arguing about the little things, and finding ways not to get shot at. All I have to say is to jump in. It’s a fun ride.

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Historical Novel Society

Good
on Dec 12 2014

Gabaldon’s world has become expansive, yet it still thrills and engages. Written in My Own Heart’s Blood is a solid novel that is highly recommended.

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The Coast

Good
Reviewed by Stephanie Jones on Jun 20 2014

To read Gabaldon is to not only savour a story well told but to receive an entertaining lecture in matters of history and science; no other popular writer is likely to address such diverse matters as castrametation...the particular dangers that might befall the infant of a heavily drunk woman, or the Golden Hour...

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Vox Magazine

Good
Reviewed by Mitch Sawyer on Jun 12 2014

With each new installment of the Outlander saga, Gabaldon’s novels have grown to explore elements of historical fiction, political drama and fantasy. But the series remains, at its core, an ambitious tale of romance. Gabaldon’s prose is delicate enough to convey the tender moments yet robust enough to drive the action and drama.

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Seacoastonline

Good
Reviewed by Laura Dolce on Jul 10 2014

At a hefty 848 pages, you might need to hire a Sherpa to schlep it to the beach for you, but I promise, you won't be bored.

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That's What She Read

Below average
Reviewed by Michelle on Aug 15 2014

I am thoroughly disappointed that Ms. Gabaldon is extending the series by yet one more book. There is little to no original stories anymore, and long-time readers will find no surprises in Written in My Own Heart’s Blood.

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Book Loons

Above average
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson on Dec 12 2014

Written in My Own Heart's Blood carries on the series' winning formula - engagingly high spirited, romantic characters (though with many more to track than in earlier episodes) moving back and forth in time and interacting with pivotal historical events.

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Fyrefly's Book Blog

Good
on Nov 12 2014

...this installment will be a welcome return. But if you’ve read all of the other books already, then you don’t need me to tell you that.

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Reading Reality

Excellent
Reviewed by Marlene Harris on Jul 22 2014

...was the perfect book to read on a 5-hour flight. I didn’t finish the 800+ pages, but I was enthralled every step of the way, both mine and Claire’s.

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Beth Fish Reads

Good
Reviewed by Beth F on Jul 10 2014

...you'll love this installment in the Outlander series. But you already know that because I'm sure you've already read the book! Great characters, hot sex, a historical setting, and a little time travel add up to some of the best escape reading around.

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She Reads Novels

Below average
Reviewed by Helen on Jul 17 2014

I don’t want to sound completely negative, because the good parts of Written in My Own Heart’s Blood are very good, but overall I thought the book lacked focus and because there are so many different storylines all running parallel with each other, it was inevitable that I would struggle to care about them all...

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Alpha Reader

Good
on Jun 10 2014

...there was a lot resting on the release of MOBY, and I’m happy to say that Diana Gabaldon delivers ten-fold with this, the eighth book in a series that doesn’t appear to be wrapping up anytime soon.

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Sarah Says Read

Excellent
Reviewed by Sarah on Dec 12 2014

Some really fantastic things took place in MOBY, and of course the end made me already craving the next one, which probably won’t be out for another 4 years or so.

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Laura's Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Laura on Jul 31 2014

Overall, I loved the novel. I could just keep reading Gabaldon’s novels forever and am always sad when they end. They contain so much detail on the people, places, historical figures and events of the story. There is adventure, romance, and life. I love them.

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Good Book Fairy

Good
on Dec 12 2014

Finally, with my book in hand, I became a self-proclaimed recluse so that I could finish this book before I left for my summer vacation. The anticipation matched the experience and once again I was left breathless and emotional as to the fates of these characters.

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At Home With Books

Above average
Reviewed by Alyce on Sep 23 2014

My favorite part of this installment was the unexpected trip in time that two characters take, and the surprises that awaited the readers in regard to the people that they met. It was a special treat for me as a long-time reader of the series...

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Lowcountry Book Lover

Excellent
on Sep 08 2014

...while you try to read slowly so that you can savor everything, you will get through these 814 pages faster than you expect.

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Beth's Book-Nook Blog

Good
Reviewed by Beth Nolan on Oct 15 2014

Now if you know me, you know I have a “problem” shall we say, with Brianna. I can’t stand her “I’m perfect. I’m intelligent. I’m beautiful. Everyone desires me. I’m Brianna.” personality. I found her much more likable in this installment.

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https://fyreflybooks.wordpress.com

Good
on Nov 12 2014

So, all in all, I really enjoyed this book. It took me quite a while to read it (sorry, everyone after me on the wait list at the library, for keeping it a week past the due date!), but I so much enjoy sharing these character’s lives that it’s worth reading slowly enough to savor.

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https://bookworm2bookworm.wordpress.com

Good
Reviewed by Melanie on Jun 16 2014

The characters, relationships as well as the plots are many and complex as they are in real life. The resolutions, as in life, are either resolved or postponed. To some, this may not appeal. We live in the age of instant gratification and reality shows, so a book with deep, honest and prolific writing may be a bit too much to take.

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http://www.thebookdorks.com

Below average
Reviewed by shelleybean1 on Dec 31 2014

So, this is the series that wrecked my Goodreads goal for the year (by like 20 books, but whatever). AND, it was so not worth it. I mean, don’t get me wrong, overall, I think I liked the series as a whole, but I just spent 8 months of my life on these 8 books, and they’re only…sort of…good.

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