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An Echo In The Bone

by Diana Gabaldon

Doubleday Canada | May 24, 2011 | Mass Market Paperbound

An Echo In The Bone is rated 3.561 out of 5 by 41.
A new Outlander novel — the seventh — from #1 National Bestselling author Diana Gabaldon.

Readers have been waiting with bated breath for the seventh volume in bestselling author Diana Gabaldon’s epic Outlander saga — a masterpiece of historical fiction featuring Jamie and Claire, from one of the genre’s most popular and beloved authors.

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.


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Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 1184 pages, 6.87 × 4.2 × 1.87 in

Published: May 24, 2011

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 1400025672

ISBN - 13: 9781400025671

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cliffhangers I adore this series, and especially Jamie Fraser. This book had so many cliffhangers I don't know where to begin and I don't want to give anything away. Suffice to say, it was an excellent addition to the series and a must-read. The beginning was great and the ending was beyond outstanding (and nerve-racking, and upsetting, infuriating, and joyous). The middle of the book and the storyline surrounding William's time in the army was a bit tedious and really dragged. But pressing through made it all verra worthwhile. I have finally caught up to the series and have less than 4 weeks to wait for book #8. I don't know how Outlander fans have waited years for this next instalment, but I'm ready to pre-order asap.
Date published: 2014-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It!!! This is an awesome book. I've read it before and just had to own it. I can't wait until I own the rest of the series.
Date published: 2013-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Re-Read Really Helped Me Increase My Rating Reviewed at Another Look Book Reviews First thing I said to myself after finishing my first re-read of An Echo in the Bone is, 'what was I thinking?!?!' The reason for my self reprimand was because the first time I read this amazing book, I was not pleased. I was not pleased at all. In fact I rated An Echo in the Bone low. Now after just finishing it for a second time and then plugging my Kindle into the wall for a full recharge, I am stunned by my first Goodreads review and I'm about ready to kick my butt and replace with this one. Admittedly Echo in the Bone is not my favourite of the series but it is still well deserving of my highest rating possible. I found Echo in the Bone not as emotionally charged or as angsty as the other books in this stellar series.....that is until you get to the end. There are so many cliffhangers dangling from the end of this book that I hope Diana Gabaldon gets so tired of hearing about fans needing the next book pronto that she never leaves a cliffhanger of this magnitude again. I yi yi yi! What Echo in the Bone does deliver is a close factual account of what life would have been like for the soldiers/militia/army and citizens during the American Revolution war. I walk away with a deep appreciation of the what the people on both sides of the war experienced. The amount of research that went into Echo in the Bone is staggering. There are numerous story lines within Echo in the Bone and it is easily followed and paced perfectly. I immensely enjoyed reading each and every one. The Roger and Bree story line was well set and planned. I loved that they emotionally struggled a bit when they have returned to Lallybroch. It is a reasonable assumption that they'd have to learn to discover their place and concur the "what's next?" dilemma. Other than the obvious cliffhangers left with the family, I find I am extremely curious and Mandy and her connection with Jem. Small children have an odd way of trying to explain their feelings but I think there is something special with Mandy and Jem. Perhaps it is the seed that was planted way back in Voyager regarding a certain Fraser Prophesy? Regardless, I am desperate to be caught up on the numerous cliffhangers left with the readers. Young Ian and Rachel's story line brings me delight. I want nothing more than to have Ian come to terms with himself. Even though Friend Rachel is peaceful Quaker, she is a spitfire and I adore her. I very much want to read how they manage on. William. Oh what a way to end the book! I felt I was in utter anticipation the entire book just waiting for a big moment. It was like a fire bomb when that moment came. When is that next book again? The biggest story line that threw me for a complete loop was Jamie, Claire and Lord John. Not to reveal any spoilers but I must say, even the second time through Echo in the Bone, I was astonished. I usually don't like to read spoilers of the next book but I must admit, I shall now go forth to see if I can find any tidbits about the next book to hopefully get some more clues about how it all works out.
Date published: 2012-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gabaldon continues the Saga For those who have read the rest of the books in the Outlander series this latest one continues to provide rich characters and paint the times depicted in realistic, rich and enticing colours!
Date published: 2011-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from another great addition! Diana Gabaldon has absolutely done it again. I have now read the entire series two times and loved it even more the second time around. The characters are briliantly written and the story is breathtaking. Throughout the series, I have laughed, cried, screamed, thown the book at the wall, mourned and dreamed about the story. Yes, this book leaves you on several cliffhangers, and I personally cannot wait for book No. 8 in order to find out what happens to all my favorite characters.
Date published: 2010-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Continuation of a Great Historical Fiction Series This is the seventh book in the Outlander series, consisting of historical adventure laced with romance and time travel, one which I had eagerly awaited and was not disappointed as the stories within unfolded. Each time I pick up any book of the series it is like seeing old friends after a long absence to catch up on past news. There were several secondary characters to make their reappearance: Lord John Grey (whom I particularly enjoy reading about despite his predilections); Ian Murray (Jamie’s nephew) and his wolf-dog, Rollo; Fergus Fraser (Jamie’s adopted son from France); William Ellesmere (Ransom) (Jamie’s illegitimate son and stepson of Lord John Grey); Harold Grey (Lord John’s brother); Archie Bug; Jem and Mandy MacKenzie (children of Brianna and Roger MacKenzie); Jenny Fraser Murray (Jamie’s sister) and her husband Ian Murray; Laoghaire Fraser and her daughters (Jamie’s ex-wife—complicated with a history); and William Buccleigh MacKenzie. Several new delightful characters were introduced: Denzell Hunter, a physician, and his sister, Rachel, Quakers; Henry Grey (Harold Grey’s son); and not so delightful, Robert Cameron, Historical figures Joseph Brant (Thayendanegea), Benedict Arnold, Benjamin Franklin,and Major John André made brief appearances. Jamie Fraser, Jacobite, laird and 18th century Scotsman, has decided his participation in the American rebellion for independence is best suited with his printing press, and with Claire returns to Scotland to get it. Their journey is fraught with pirates, privateers, sidelined to assist the American rebels at Fort Ticonderaga before continuing across the Atlantic to Edinburgh. There are love triangles, battle scenes, vengeance, comeuppance, reconciliation, deceptions, surgical procedures, visits to Quebec City, secrets, conspiracies, confessions, betrayal, greed, and surprise marriages between unlikely partners. The thoroughly researched historical medical descriptions and in-depth look into the early days of the Colonies with their desire for independence from British rule have kept me well entertained. Ms Gabaldon has provided several cliffhangers plus a particularly excellent twist at the end to keep readers anxiously awaiting the next in the series. There are multiple POVs meshed in with the numerous subplots, but were relatively easy to keep up with. This is a book that could be read on its own as hints from the past are included as explanations throughout. Many of the preceding books are not true stand alone books. I had begun with the third book, Voyageur, on the recommendation from a friend to read the passages about sailing, and once I was finished it I went out and bought the first book. I haven’t looked back since.
Date published: 2010-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it all her books in this series is fantastic
Date published: 2010-04-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Extremely disappointing I couldn't wait for this book to come out and was so disappointed. It was a chore to finish it. There are too many stories happening within the story. It was so confusing. There is a lot of jumping around between plot lines. Just when you get the jist of what's going on, something else is thrown in there. just way too much happening. I'd like to return and get my money back.
Date published: 2010-04-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Long winded I am a big fan of the outlander series so you can imagine how excited I was when I picked up An echo in the bone. I couldn't wait to buy it and start reading it and I tell you this book took me FOREVER to finish. I don't know what it was with this book that I didn't like; it was just too long with too many details . I only started getting into it after 200 pages in. It took forever for the action to start. But because I am a fan of the series I was patient of course since I have invested interest in the characters and the story and I did enjoy it but not as much as I did with the other 6 books. I even saw a woman on the train who approached me while I was reading the book and said: " I love the series I read all six books but I am having a hard time getting into this one so I put it aside and started reading something else" I told her that it did take me a while to get into it. Also the ending I felt it was left with too many loose ends, I understand that Diana wants to write the 8th book but come on, at least tie some of those loose ends! All in all I think loyal fans will read it because you have to have read the previous six books to enjoy this one.
Date published: 2010-02-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very dissappointing I have read every book in this series and I found this one to prattle on , about endless dribble. Of the 814 pages the book did not start to get somewhat interesting till 472 page . Then there was very little of Jamie's ususal banter and way too much about William Yawn . It had little to no suspense and I frequently found my self skimming this book. It ususally take me a week to read Diana's book's this one took me several months .
Date published: 2010-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! The storey sucked me in! Claire and Jamie carry on with life now that Brianna and Roger are back to their time. They are all trying to figure out the direction of their lives now. Jamie and Claire are headed to Scotland to pick up Jamie’s printing press, while Brianna and Roger are trying to fit back into the world in 1980. No one’s path is easy. I can understand how some people did not like this as much as the rest. This book goes from Claire, Jamie, Roger and Brianna as the main focal point to add Lord John and William. The later two being a little dry in the beginning. Have faith that it does weave an excellent tail in the end. The cliffhanger ending is killing me. There were so many people left in the balance I will be worried and pondering the outcome till the next book. Unlike most people who want the books to remain just about Claire and Jamie, I like that we see more of the secondary characters. The other storey lines are about the people that Claire and Jamie care about most and who directly affect the couple.
Date published: 2010-01-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing I love the Outlander series but DG is getting more long-winded with every novel. This book was supposed to be the final installment for Jaimie and Clare, yet once again, Diana has left readers hanging for the next 3 or 4 years in order to get an actual ending to the story (if that!). Her first book, Outlander, was a complete story in and of itself, the shortest and the most popular -- why can't she do the same thing with her other books? It would seem to me that once an author has created a great formula, she should continue to follow that formula. I'm getting tired of reading for hours only to come to an unsatisfactory ending where I must wait for another book to complete the story line. I don't know if I'll buy the next book -- I'm getting tired of being disappointed with the hanging endings and long-winded details.
Date published: 2010-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Amazing book, the whole series is fantastic! You know there is going to be another one! I can't wait to find out when it's coming out ... a Must read !!!
Date published: 2010-01-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from ADVANCE COPY & CASH GRAB SHAME! It's amazing how much leeway you will allow an author, if you feel loyal and have invested your time and money in their books over many years: typos, inconsistencies, implausible story lines etc. That said, I think as others do that Diana Gabaldon is running out of steam, and has decided to please her publisher, with the revenue that entails, instead of caring about her fans and readers. The time frame between books is getting longer, making it difficult to resume the story. I had to go back and read the last chapter of Breath... to understand the beginning of Echo.. Time and time again she leaves the reader hanging, in her lastest installment. According to her explanations on another site; YES, Archie Bug is dead. How hard would it have been to state that "Arch is dead", after William shot his pistol in the printing shop storefront room. Diana Gabaldon's attitude and reply to that, is that the outcome was obvious.... what? in a series where nothing is predictable, and where characters come and go unexpectedly? I also feel that the Lord John storyline was redundant and irritating, discussing his previous battles for instance, namely the Quebec one with Wolfe. Oh! but wait, Diana is publishing another book about that very topic...(coincidence?) in the other series. I feel manipulated and very disapointed with this author. I understand that publishing houses want to make as much money as possible, when they have a bestselling author to market. The longer they wait, the more hardcovers they sell, that the anticipation is so great, readers will jump in with their cash and high expectations. But there are limits to how much readers will allow themselves to be used, you can see the beginning of a backlash now, especially in the USA. Life being what it is, who knows if Gabaldon will be able to publish the last installment of this series in 3 or 4 years. It would not be the first time. It's happened with other authors, where at the end of a span of 20 years, they were not able to complete their series, for whatever reason. In the meantime we can console ourselves with her other series and projects in the works for 2010, 2011 and 2012. Right? NO, the next Gabaldon book I might buy will be a greatly reduced 2nd hand paperback... Lisa-Marie, Alberta
Date published: 2009-12-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from An Echo of the Bone a big disappointment. You wait for a new book to come out and this one was a mess from start to finish. The ending left one hanging more than any other book and I for one am not sure if a next book would be written that I would buy it. At present I think not. This book was fragmented with far too many new characters that if left out would have given more room for the main characters. At the end, they left every main character hanging and not together. I am still in shock at this betrayal from the author. My ending: Clair and Jamie when they come back to Scotland, stay in Scotland. Separated from Brianna and Rodger and grandchildren by 200 years. Clair and Jamie would decided to go through the stones and reunite with Brianna and Rodger and the grandchildren. End of Story, no more books for Diana Gabaldon has lost her edge and style in this book.
Date published: 2009-11-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Slightly disappointing I started this book with great expectations. I love the other six books in the series, and was really excited about book seven. I was very disappointed. The first issue I have is with the various time periods. Obviously Bree and Roger are in the present, so you'd expect some jumping between the past (with Claire and Jamie) and the present, but the beginning of the book does a lot of jumping between time periods in the past, too, which got very confusing. Also, there seemed to be too many points of view. The story was told from Claire's perspective, Jamie, Ian, William (Jamie's son), Lord John, Bree and Roger. This also created a somewhat confusing and hard to follow story line (or, more precisely, lines) at times. There were some memorable and poignant parts to the story, too, but it just wasn't as good as I'd hoped.
Date published: 2009-11-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hmm... Unlike many of Gabaldon's works, I found this book extremely difficult to get into - the story and characters were, for the first half of the book, disjointed and awkward to say the least. While I did enjoy and engage with the second half, I found myself completely mystified at the end of the story - it simply did not end well: too many questions unanswered (in preparation for her next "novel", likely?) - too many loose ends. If you are looking for a complete story, this is not it - certainly not a stand alone like many of the others in the series.
Date published: 2009-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was an absolutely great book! Diana Gabaldon has done it again! What a saga! Should be made into a movie or a series. But how would you get all the nuances of a book into that? Loved it!
Date published: 2009-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good! I can only guess that there will be another book because there were so many BIG cliff hangers. Four story lines: Claire & Jamie, Brianna & Roger, Ian (Jamie's nephew) & William (Jamie's son). I think it was chapter 100, or somewhere around there...six kleenex chapter. Was looking for more of Jamie & Claire, but as always, excellent writing. Got totally sucked in once more and couldn't stop thinking about the book for days and days after being finished. Good thing my other books were lent out because I would have picked up Outlander and started at the beginning again. Thanks so much Diana Gabaldon! I'll be first on the list to buy the next in the series.
Date published: 2009-11-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pales in Comparison to the rest of the series As a huge fan of Gabaldon's Outlander series I was a bit dissapointed with the lated addition to the series "An Echo in the Bone". I do love her writing but I almost feel as though she should have left the series finish with "Ashes in the Snow". In the latest Outlander novel we encounter Bree and Roger who have returned to the 21st century through the stones and have established themselves in the old Lallybroch household. Back in 1777 Scotland Jamie and Claire Fraser have been forced out of their house as a result of it being burned to the ground in the fire. To avoid being swept up in the tide of the revolution they decide to return to Scotland for a spell. Running adjacent to their story is the stories of Lord John Grey and his stepson William, who is also the illegitimate son of Jamie. Although Gabaldon employs her considerable talents in making her characters come alive the plot line drags and doesnt spark with the same intensity of her previous novels. The ending of the novel was inconclusive implying there will be another novel to finish off the story of this 814 page novel. After getting through eight-hundred and fourteen pages it was quite disapointing for there not to be any conclusion whatsever. I actually flipped through the remaining pages of Author's notes and Author Biography looking for the end of the story. I love Gabaldon's book and I will buy this next novel but if you are not really a huge fan of hers to begin with I don't reccommend purchasing this book. If you liked Ashes in the Snow you are not missing anything new by not reading the latest addition to the series. You may be better off thinking the story ends with the conclusion of Ashes in the Snow. I definetly feel I would have been.
Date published: 2009-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gabaldon doesn't disappoint! I have been eagerly waiting this book since finishing the last one in the series. The novel started a little slow as the reader was reunited with the characters, and got used to Gabaldon's method of switching between the various characters. But Gabaldon didn't disappoint. She picked up the action, adventure, romance, drama, and suspense that readers have come to expect from her. The last quarter was especially hard for me to put down. I love the addition of Lord John to the regular cast. His time with Clarie was very "entertaining" (for lack of a better word) to read. As someone else mentioned, his last scene with Jamie was excellent. I had always liked John, but this novel made me love him too. Gabaldon answered many questions that were raised in previous story lines, but left some big cliffhangers leaving readers desperately wanting more. (I'm dying to know what happens!) My family laughed at the gasps and sighs that I let out while reading. To me, Gabaldon proved once again why she is one of my favorite authors.Hopefully she can finish the next book in less than the three years I had to wait for this one. [I so wish I had been well enough to go to her book signing. Maybe the 5th try (whenever she returns to Ottawa or Toronto) will be the charm for me to finally meet her.]
Date published: 2009-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Reading She is a great author who knows how to write and gives us a wonderful story.
Date published: 2009-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I didn't know that this wasn't the last book!! Outlander( the first book in this series) is my favourite novel. I have enjoyed the rest of the series, but none of the books are quite as good as the first one in my opinion. However, I did enjoy Echo very much. I couldn't put it down! I thought though, that this one was the last one and so I kept staying up late and reading and reading to see what happened, and towards the last quarter of the book I began to be a bit worried that Ms.Gabaldon would tie it all up too quickly....... instead I finished it at 2am one night and let out a huge sigh that I'm now going to have to wait a few years before I find out what happens!!!! I really hope she's a fast writer!
Date published: 2009-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it!! This book was awesome. I could just picture everything as I read the book. I am so looking forward to the next book, but not looking forward to the end of this series. Keep up the great work Diana!!
Date published: 2009-10-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Let down. I devoured Outlander - and raced through the rest of the books. This one was such a let down. It was like she was writing this book to promote the Lord John series, throwing a little Jamie and Claire in here and there to keep fans reading. I wish Gabaldon would stop writing like she is paid per word! Galbadon created beautiful characters (Jamie, Claire, Fergus, Brianna, Roger, Jenny, Ian, Jemm and Mandy), and there was glimpses of her old brilliance in the book, but on the whole - a let down!
Date published: 2009-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hubby did not read this - his wife did OMG! This was my second favorite after Outlanders! John plays a major role towards the end and William meets Dad and realizes it. Leaves you "hanging" at the end as to what will happen next. Can hardly wait until the next novel - 3 years hence? :(
Date published: 2009-10-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from also on the fence I have read all the books and was disapointed with most of the book.I think there was way too much John and too much historical facts without the characters being involved..I really thought there would be more brianna and Jamie and Claire an Ian andjamies son william.Maybe next time.
Date published: 2009-10-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the series but this was frustrating I have read all the books in this series with great delight and actually reread them just before this arrived so I would have all the characters in sequence. Diana Galbadon mixes in more story lines in this one using characters from the previous books and introducing new ones. She makes Lord John Grey a central character and since he has always been fascinating and the centre of his own books, this is a smart choice. Ian is fleshed out much more as is William.The scope of this book is ambitious. Lots of description of the American Revolution, (more than I ever knew) but that is also in keeping with the other books. Mainly I was really enjoying this latest, but....then it just stops. We are left with several cliff hangers that are inexcusable. I actually expected a notice, saying "Tune in next season to learn if .....(I won't spoil it for anyone but we have several characters left in peril.) The author makes the point it takes her five years to write one book. I imagine many loyal readers may not make it five more years to learn if Johnny gets out of the well. Did Galbadon write a 1600 page book and then slice it in half? As a very loyal reader I felt manipulated and I rather resent it. On the other hand, a lot of stuff happens in the 828 pages of this book and most of it is great fun. And both Jamie and Claire survive and soldier on! I rated it a four, but a three might be more accurate, except..even though it ended several blocks short of a destination, .I did enjoy the ride.
Date published: 2009-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love love love love it! Jamie and Claire fans will be excited to see them back. I couldn't put the book down for the time it took to read it. I can't wait for the next in the series, I hope Diana Gabaldon writes about Jamie and Claire forever.
Date published: 2009-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It just gets better and better! I have followed this story since the very first book; if I had one complaint it would be in how long it is between installments! Can't wait to see what happens next! Read this book in 1 week!
Date published: 2009-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Yet Diana Gabaldon's latest book in the Jamie and Claire saga is her best yet. The book follows 4 story lines, Jamie & Claire, Young Ian (who is no longer young and almost as much a man as Jamie), Roger & Brianna (who you will recall have returned to our time) and Jamie's son William, also grown into a fine young man. Their stories twine and merge, following events of the American Revolution, their lives and loves. Lord John is also prominent and is a terrific addition to the regular cast. The final scene between Lord John and Jamie is one of my favourites of the entire series, I'll say no more. I finished 'Echo' is a day and a half, and am now well into my second,slightly slower, reading; the book is a must for fans and a good read for anyone, although reading the first six books is recommended. This book, more than any others in the series, ends with a climax that will leave fans (it certainly left me) torn between joy that there absolutely will be another book and angst about how long will it take to come out. Hurry, Diana.
Date published: 2009-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 Great book. I hope that she is going to write another. I just love the way the book flows. Can not wait to see what Claire and Jamie get up to in the next book
Date published: 2009-10-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Admired but not Loved I've read all the books, but felt let down just as some other reviewers did. The main problem, I think, is that Diana Gabaldon doesn't want to kill Jamie and Claire and therefore each book covers lesser periods of time that are filled with increasingly tedious detail. Some of the elements were great - I liked the story of Ian and Rachel and cared about them, and I enjoyed the time spent in Scotland by Jamie and Claire. I wish I could feel more towards Roger and his struggles, but I just don't. I was hoping that William would be the one to go to the future, or at least a more important and sympathetic character. Any way, I admire the detail and care that goes into these books, but I wish I had cared more about all of the characters and storylines. Even so, I will be buying the next book as soon as it comes out.
Date published: 2009-10-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A bit of a let down I agree with what others have said: too much detail about history and medical stuff and not enough about relationships and the people in the stories. There were too many separate story lines happening simultaneously and I'd just be getting in to one storyline when it would switch to another one. Everything at the end is a cliffhanger, too. It makes me wonder if Diana or the editor knew this one wasn't as good as the others and left a lot of loose ends to make sure people would buy the next one for closure. Overall, I was disappointed.
Date published: 2009-10-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I expected more... Like most fans, I had great expectations for this eagerly awaited book. I has interesting plot lines, to be sure, but many seemed to be writen and fleshed out without the depth of her earlier books. It felt like it was skimming the surface, and didn't really connect for me. There also seemed to be some evidence of incosistancy, perhaps because Dianas writes in chunks. The story did not flow as seamlessly, with detail discrepancies that should have been caught either by the author herself, or her editor. No evidence when Brianna had the "what we are" conversation with John that is alluded to later in the book. Claire welcomes John to her bedchamber, but wakes up in his? Small examples of what I believe is the haste of joining the bits together... the overlooked details. It was a good read, just not up to quality of which we know she is capable. I'll read the next when it comes out, but won't be waiting with baited breath this time.
Date published: 2009-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I absolutely adored it. I just finished this book a few days ago and have been on the fence too but, after some heavy contemplation, I finally chose a side to come down on.... and boy I came down hard. Sure there are a few things that were shockingly different in this book than the others. And sure some of the characters do things that we don't understand and cannot comprehend and we are therefore appalled by their behaviours. And, yes, there are characters that we don’t know very well and the focus is not just on Claire and Jamie anymore (Hello? That’s been happening since Voyageur). But seriously, who wants to read the exact same story over and over again anyway? Ok, so this book was not what we were expecting and the only closure you will get to anybody's story literally rips your heart out but the writing is poetic and inspiring. All four of the storylines are unique and charming and heart-wrenchingly beautiful. And that’s the stuff that keeps us reading well past our bedtimes and has us dreaming about the characters when we finally do put the book down to go to sleep. The thing I love most about this series is that with every new book, we meet new people to fall in love with and the storyline becomes richer and deeper and more exotic. The best way I can describe it is that I think the more Diana writes, the more she learns to colour outside of the lines. All I can say is this: I spent the weekend catching up on two weeks of lost sleep, feeling slightly homesick for people that don't really exist but feel like family and my heart is sore just from the experience. How often does that happen? My best advice to anyone who is thinking about reading this book is to just sit back, keep your mind open and let the author tell you a story. Oh, and make sure you let her start from the beginning.
Date published: 2009-10-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not so great.... I found this latest book in the Outlander Series to be very disappointing. There were too many different character stories going on at the same time and in different times. Claire and Jaimie, Ian, William, Lord John Grey in 1776 and the Bree and Roger in 1980. The first Outlander books were amazing because of the amount of passion and energy in Claire and Jamie's relationship. All of that was missing. There was far too much detail about historical events and Claire's medical surgeries and not enough passionate, sexy scenes between any of the characters. The ending was horrible, leaving readers hanging in suspense, not knowing if Roger went back in time or not and if Jemmy was found. So now we have to wait another three years to find out? Why not just finish that story line? I was left dangling and I was not pleased. Rather than finishing this book with a sigh and a lusty heart toward Jamie, I was frustrated and disappointed. I am not sure I will bother reading the next book.
Date published: 2009-10-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I don't know what to say I'm really on the fence with this one.i don't know what to think. i'm not a huge fan of lord john and felt that we really didn't need his side story. i didn't have to really read them in order to understand what was happening(but i did anyway) i loved the fact that diana flashed forward to brianna and roger because i was wondering about them when i put my last outlander book down. i just finished the book yesterday and i have to say that the ending is a little wierd, it left me for the first time saying to myself that i wont be getting anymore of her books. im a HUGE outlander fan but this book i don't know.it ruined it for me
Date published: 2009-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The end of a long wait. I must admit I had been counting down the days for this release for some time. Pretty much 1 min after closing the last one for the first time. I had read the other reviews before I had the money to buy the book. I was surprised that it seems some people did not enjoy the book. I am happily reading it and very much enjoying it. The only real difference it the chapters in Lord Johns and Williams point of view, I think it expands the world more and I did read all of Lord Johns exploits, so I have no problem hearing his voice again. I rather enjoy it actually. Diana's writing has matured even more so, along with her characters. Diana herself is a master at setting a scene, she takes into account everything so that you can envision it in your mind. I recommend this to anyone, especially those who have followed the series. I also have made a vow I'll try to keep, No more excerpts for me, I do say this after every book tho. I wish to send out a thanks to Diana herself, Thank you for the gift of this world.
Date published: 2009-09-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from On the fence... Definitely on the fence with this book. Although it was nice to have some fresh "Jamie and Claire" reading material I would say this storyline just doesn't measure up to previous books. I have been awaiting this book for over a year and have been rereading the series to prepare for it. I followed the excerpts provided by the author and waited with baited breath for the book release, which did happen early by the way. It was actually released on the 19th instead of the 22nd. The book seems to be a lot of filler and small circumstances that never really lead anywhere and in some cases leave you with more questions than answers. Each of the previous books have a main theme or storyline that Gabaldon weaves amazingly well but this story seems to be almost a bunch of jumbled story lines thrown together with no real idea of where it is going. The author's previous works are so amazingly well done that although this is a decent book it falls far from my expectations. The reason I say this includes the fact that there are quite a few smaller characters that take up quite a bit in the book. It seems to lose focus at times and there are also occasional parts that actually remind me of a harlequin romance novel......and Diana Gabaldon's works have always been much above this. Sometimes it is as though the characters have a completely different sense about them. The Outlander series is written so amazingly well that I found myself saying 'Jamie/Claire, etc. wouldn't do that.....". These books have given such a wonderful presentation of the storyline that you feel as though you are a part of the story. They are vivid and descriptive and memorable. Unfortunately 'An Echo in the Bone' is not. As for a brief book summary, it follows Jamie and Claire as they struggle to return to Scotland for Jamie's printing press, Ian's struggle with where he belongs and who he really is, Lord John has a large role in this book and we also see more characters from his series of books including his extended family and friends, William is followed through his experiences in the battles of the American Revolution, Fergus and Marsali's move to Philadelphia, and Brianna, Roger and family are readjusting to life in the 1900's when they run into problems of their own. Smaller characters also seen are Lagohaire, Jenny, Ian Sr and extended family, Emily, Tom Christie, Arch and Murdina Bug, Simon Fraser, Hamish MacKenzie, and William Buckleigh MacKenzie to name a few. New characters are introduced as Quakers Denny and Rachel Hunter. I can only hope the next book (because there should be one...) will be better!
Date published: 2009-09-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Well.... Like every other devoted ‘Outlander’ fan out there, I ran to Chapters, money in hand, ready to devour the latest installment in the series. … I wish someone would have told me what I am about to tell you. If you are any kind of fan of Outlander/ Jamie and Claire fan, do yourself a favor and DO NOT read this book. Unfortunately, Diana Gabaldon has reached into her dirtiest bag of tricks, not that you could not see it coming a mile away, just that you could not actually believe she would stoop so low. After long chapters of reading about the flora and fauna of 1770’s America, you are hugely cheated in the end. Warning – it will leave you feeling incredulous, incensed, slightly nauseated and as though you would rather go back in time yourself, just so you do not have to read this nonsense and return to loving the series the way you did before. Perhaps the worst part is the beloved characters that we as fans have come to know so well after how many thousands of pages of books suddenly turn, and, seemingly forget who they are and act completely out of character. It is, I am afraid, something that Mrs. Gabaldon may not be able to recover from.
Date published: 2009-09-22

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An Echo In The Bone

An Echo In The Bone

by Diana Gabaldon

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 1184 pages, 6.87 × 4.2 × 1.87 in

Published: May 24, 2011

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1400025672

ISBN - 13: 9781400025671

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1Sometimes They’re Really DeadWilmington, colony of North CarolinaJuly 1776The pirate’s head had disappeared. William heard the speculations from a group of idlers on the quay nearby, wondering whether it would be seen again.“Na, him be gone for good,” said a ragged man of mixed blood, shaking his head. “De ally-gator don’ take him, de water will.”A backwoodsman shifted his tobacco and spat into the water in disagreement. “No, he’s good for another day– two, maybe. Them gristly bits what holds the head on, they dry out in the sun. Tighten up like iron. Seen it many a time with deer carcasses.”William saw Mrs. MacKenzie glance quickly at the harbor, then away. She looked pale, he thought, and maneuvered himself slightly so as to block her view of the men and the brown flood of high tide, though since it was high, the corpse tied to its stake was naturally not visible. The stake was, though– a stark reminder of the price of crime. The pirate had been staked to drown on the mudflats several days before, the persistence of his decaying corpse an ongoing topic of public conversation.“Jem!” Mr. MacKenzie called sharply, and lunged past William in pursuit of his son. The little boy, red-haired like his mother, had wandered away to listen to the men’s talk, and was now leaning perilously out over the water, clinging to a bollard in an attempt to see the dead pirate.Mr. MacKenzie snatched the boy by the collar, pulled him in, and swept him up in his arms, though the boy struggled, cra
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From the Publisher

A new Outlander novel — the seventh — from #1 National Bestselling author Diana Gabaldon.

Readers have been waiting with bated breath for the seventh volume in bestselling author Diana Gabaldon’s epic Outlander saga — a masterpiece of historical fiction featuring Jamie and Claire, from one of the genre’s most popular and beloved authors.

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.


From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Diana Gabaldon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular Outlander novels, as well as the related Lord John Grey books, one work of nonfiction, and the Outlander graphic novel The Exile. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for An Echo in the Bone:
"A grand adventure written across a canvas that probes the heart, weighs the soul and measures the human spirit across ten generations" CNN

Praise for Diana Gabaldon:
“Riveting. Gabaldon has a true storyteller’s voice.” The Globe and Mail