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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The seventh book in Diana Gabaldon’s acclaimed Outlander saga, the basis for the Starz original series. Don’t miss the new Outlander novel, Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone, available November 23!

“All you’ve come to expect from Gabaldon . . . adventure, history, romance, fantasy.”—The Arizona Republic

 
Jamie Fraser, former Jacobite and reluctant rebel, is already certain of three things about the American rebellion: The Americans will win, fighting on the side of victory is no guarantee of survival, and he’d rather die than have to face his illegitimate son—a young lieutenant in the British army—across the barrel of a gun.

Claire Randall knows that the Americans will win, too, but not what the ultimate price may be. That price won’t include Jamie’s life or his happiness, though—not if she has anything to say about it.

Meanwhile, in the relative safety of the twentieth century, Jamie and Claire’s daughter, Brianna, and her husband, Roger MacKenzie, have resettled in a historic Scottish home where, across a chasm of two centuries, the unfolding drama of Brianna’s parents’ story comes to life through Claire’s letters. The fragile pages reveal Claire’s love for battle-scarred Jamie Fraser and their flight from North Carolina to the high seas, where they encounter privateers and ocean battles—as Brianna and Roger search for clues not only to Claire’s fate but to their own. Because the future of the MacKenzie family in the Highlands is mysteriously, irrevocably, and intimately entwined with life and death in war-torn colonial America.

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“All you’ve come to expect from Gabaldon . . . adventure, history, romance, fantasy.”
The Arizona Republic

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, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, and Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone—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; a collection of novellas, Seven Stones to Stand or Fall; three works of nonfiction, “I Give You My Body . . .” and 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.

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Chapter One



Sometimes They’re Really Dead

Wilmington, colony of North Carolina

July 1776


The 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, craning back toward the swampish harbor.

“I want to see the wallygator eat the pirate, Daddy!”

The idlers laughed, and even MacKenzie smiled a little, though the smile disappeared when he glanced at his wife. He was at her side in an instant, one hand beneath her elbow.

“I think we must be going,” MacKenzie said, shifting his son’s weight in order better to support his wife, whose distress was apparent. “Lieutenant Ransom—Lord Ellesmere, I mean”—he corrected with an apologetic smile at William—“will have other engagements, I’m sure.”

This was true; William was engaged to meet his father for supper. Still, his father had arranged to meet him at the tavern just across the quay; there was no risk of missing him. William said as much, and urged them to stay, for he was enjoying their company—Mrs. MacKenzie’s, particularly—but she smiled regretfully, though her color was better, and patted the capped head of the baby in her arms.

“No, we do have to be going.” She glanced at her son, still struggling to get down, and William saw her eyes flicker toward the harbor and the stark pole that stood above the flood. She resolutely looked away, fixing her eyes upon William’s face instead. “The baby’s waking up; she’ll be wanting food. It was so lovely to meet you, though. I wish we might talk longer.” She said this with the greatest sincerity, and touched his arm lightly, giving him a pleasant sensation in the pit of the stomach.

The idlers were now placing wagers on the reappearance of the drowned pirate, though by the looks of things, none of them had two groats to rub together.

“Two to one he’s still there when the tide goes out.”

“Five to one the body’s still there, but the head’s gone. I don’t care what you say about the gristly bits, Lem, that there head was just a-hangin’ by a thread when this last tide come in. Next un’ll take it, sure.”

Hoping to drown this conversation out, William embarked on an elaborate farewell, going so far as to kiss Mrs. MacKenzie’s hand with his best court manner—and, seized by inspiration, kissed the baby girl’s hand, too, making them all laugh. Mr. MacKenzie gave him rather an odd look, but didn’t seem offended, and shook his hand in a most republican manner—playing out the joke by setting down his son and making the little boy shake hands as well.

“Have you kilt anybody?” the boy inquired with interest, looking at William’s dress sword.

“No, not yet,” William replied, smiling.

“My grandsire’s kilt two dozen men!”

“Jemmy!” Both parents spoke at once, and the little boy’s shoulders went up around his ears.

“Well, he has!”

“I’m sure he is a bold and bloody man, your grandsire,” William assured the little boy gravely. “The King always has need of such men.”

“My grandda says the King can kiss his arse,” the boy replied matter- of-factly.

“JEMMY!”

Mr. MacKenzie clapped a hand over his outspoken offspring’s mouth.

“You know your grandda didn’t say that!” Mrs. MacKenzie said. The little boy nodded agreeably, and his father removed the muffling hand.

“No. Grannie did, though.”

“Well, that’s somewhat more likely,” Mr. MacKenzie murmured, obviously trying not to laugh. “But we still don’t say things like that to soldiers—they work for the King.”

“Oh,” said Jemmy, clearly losing interest. “Is the tide going out now?” he asked hopefully, craning his neck toward the harbor once more.

“No,” Mr. MacKenzie said firmly. “Not for hours. You’ll be in bed.”

Mrs. MacKenzie smiled at William in apology, her cheeks charmingly flushed with embarrassment, and the family took its leave with some haste, leaving William struggling between laughter and dismay.

“Oy, Ransom!”

He turned at his name, to find Harry Dobson and Colin Osborn, two second lieutenants from his regiment, evidently escaped from duty and eager to sample the fleshpots of Wilmington—such as they were.

“Who’s that?” Dobson looked after the departing group, interested.

“A Mr. and Mrs. MacKenzie. Friends of my father’s.”

“Oh, married, is she?” Dobson sucked in his cheeks, still watching the woman. “Well, make it a bit harder, I suppose, but what’s life without a challenge?”

“Challenge?” William gave his diminutive friend a jaundiced look. “Her husband’s roughly three times your size, if you hadn’t noticed.”

Osborn laughed, going red in the face.

“She’s twice his size! She’d crush you, Dobby.”

“And what makes you think I mean to be on the bottom?” Dobson inquired with dignity. Osborn hooted.

“What’s this obsession of yours with giantesses?” William demanded. He glanced at the little family, now nearly out of sight at the end of the street. “That woman’s nearly as tall as I am!”

“Oh, rub it in, why don’t you?” Osborn, who was taller than Dobson’s five feet, but still a head shorter than William, aimed a mock kick at his knee. William dodged it and cuffed Osborn, who ducked and shoved him into Dobson.

“Gennelmen!” The menacing cockney tones of Sergeant Cutter brought them up sharp. They might outrank the sergeant, but not one of them would have the nerve to point this out. The entire battalion went in fear of Sergeant Cutter, who was older than God and approximately Dobson’s height, but who contained within his diminutive physique the sheer fury of a full-sized volcano on the boil.

“Sergeant!” Lieutenant William Ransom, Earl of Ellesmere and senior of the group, drew himself up straight, chin pressed back into his stock. Osborn and Dobson hastily followed his lead, quaking in their boots.

Cutter strode back and forth in front of them, in the manner of a stalking leopard. You could just see the lashing tail and the preliminary licking of chops, William thought. Waiting for the bite was almost worse than getting it in the arse.

“And where’s your troops, then?” Cutter snarled. “Sirs?”

Osborn and Dobson at once began sputtering explanations, but Lieutenant Ransom—for once—walked on the side of the angels.

“My men are guarding the Governor’s Palace, under Lieutenant Colson. I’m given leave, Sergeant, to dine with my father,” he said respectfully. “By Sir Peter.”

Sir Peter Packer’s was a name to conjure with, and Cutter abated in mid-spew. Rather to William’s surprise, though, it wasn’t Sir Peter’s name that had produced this reaction.

“Your father?” Cutter said, squinting. “That’s Lord John Grey, is it?”

“Er . . . yes,” William replied cautiously. “Do you . . . know him?”

Before Cutter could reply, the door of a nearby tavern opened, and William’s father came out. William smiled in delight at this timely appearance, but quickly erased the smile as the sergeant’s gimlet gaze fixed on him.

“Don’t you be a-grinnin’ at me like an ’airy hape,” the sergeant began, in dangerous tones, but was interrupted by Lord John’s clapping him familiarly on the shoulder—something none of the three young lieutenants would have done if offered significant money.

“Cutter!” Lord John said, smiling warmly. “I heard those dulcet tones and said to myself, why damn me if it isn’t Sergeant Aloysius Cutter! There can’t be another man alive who sounds so much like a bulldog that’s swallowed a cat and lived to tell about it.”

“Aloysius?” Dobson mouthed at William, but William merely grunted briefly in response, unable to shrug, as his father had now turned his attention in his direction.

“William,” he said, with a cordial nod. “How very punctual you are. My apologies for being so late; I was detained.” Before William could say anything or introduce the others, though, Lord John had embarked upon a lengthy reminiscence with Sergeant Cutter, reliving high old times on the Plains of Abraham with General Wolfe.

This allowed the three young officers to relax slightly, which, in Dobson’s case, meant a return to his earlier train of thought.

“You said that red-haired poppet’s a friend of your father’s?” he whispered to William. “Find out from him where she’s staying, eh?”

“Idiot,” hissed Osborn. “She isn’t even pretty! She’s long-nosed as—as —as Willie!”

“Didn’t see as high as her face,” Dobson said, smirking. “Her tits were right at eye-level, though, and those . . .”

“Ass!”

“Shh!” Osborn stamped on Dobson’s foot to shut him up as Lord John turned back to the young men.

“Will you introduce me to your friends, William?” Lord John inquired politely. Rather red in the face—he had reason to know that his father had acute hearing, despite his artillery experiences—William did so, and Osborn and Dobson both bowed, looking rather awed. They hadn’t realized who his father was, and William was at once proud that they were impressed, and mildly dismayed that they’d discovered Lord John’s identity—it would be all over the battalion before supper tomorrow. Not that Sir Peter didn’t know, of course, but—

He gathered his wits, realizing that his father was taking leave for them both, and returned Sergeant Cutter’s salute, hastily but in good form, before hurrying after his father, leaving Dobby and Osborn to their fate.

“I saw you speaking to Mr. and Mrs. MacKenzie,” Lord John said casually. “I trust they are well?” He glanced down the quay, but the MacKenzies had long since disappeared from view.

“Seemed so,” Willie said. He was not going to ask where they stayed, but the impression the young woman had made on him lingered. He couldn’t say if she was pretty or not; her eyes had struck him, though —a wonderful deep blue with long auburn lashes, and fixed on him with a flattering intensity that had warmed the cockles of his heart. Grotesquely tall, of course, but—what was he thinking? The woman was married—with children! And red-haired, to boot.

“You’ve—er—known them long?” he asked, thinking of the startlingly perverse political sentiments that evidently flourished in the family.

“Quite some time. She is the daughter of one of my oldest friends, Mr. James Fraser. Do you recall him, by chance?”

William frowned, not placing the name—his father had thousands of friends, how should he . . .

“Oh!” he said. “Not an English friend, you don’t mean. Was it not a Mr. Fraser that we visited in the mountains, that time when you fell sick of the—of the measle?” The bottom of his stomach dropped a little, remembering the sheer terror of that time. He had traveled through the mountains in a daze of misery; his mother had died only a month before. Then Lord John had caught the measle, and William had been sure that his father was about to die likewise, leaving him completely alone in the wilderness. There hadn’t been room for anything in his mind but fear and grief, and he retained only a jumble of confused impressions from the visit. He had some dim recollection that Mr. Fraser had taken him fishing and been kind to him.

“Yes,” his father said, with a sidelong smile. “I’m touched, Willie. I should have thought you might recall that visit more because of your own misadventure than mine.”

“Mis—” Memory rushed over him, succeeded by a flood of heat, hotter than the humid summer air. “Thanks very much! I’d managed to expunge that from my memory, until you mentioned it!”

His father was laughing, and making no attempt to hide it. In fact, he was convulsed.

“I’m sorry, Willie,” he said, gasping and wiping his eyes with a corner of his handkerchief. “I can’t help it; it was the most—the most —oh, God, I’ll never forget what you looked like when we pulled you out of that privy!”

“You know it was an accident,” William said stiffly. His cheeks burned with remembered mortification. At least Fraser’s daughter hadn’t been present to witness his humiliation at the time.

“Yes, of course. But—” His father pressed the handkerchief to his mouth, his shoulders shaking silently.

“Feel free to stop cackling at any point,” William said coldly. “Where the devil are we going, anyway?” They’d reached the end of the quay, and his father was leading them—still snorting like a grampus— into one of the quiet, tree-lined streets, away from the taverns and inns near the harbor.

“We’re dining with a Captain Richardson,” his father said, controlling himself with an obvious effort. He coughed, blew his nose, and put away the handkerchief. “At the house of a Mr. Bell.”

Mr. Bell’s house was whitewashed, neat, and prosperous, without being ostentatious. Captain Richardson gave much the same sort of impression: of middle age, well-groomed and well-tailored, but without any notable style, and with a face you couldn’t pick out of a crowd two minutes after seeing it.

The two Misses Bell made a much stronger impression, particularly the younger, Miriam, who had honey-colored curls peeping out of her cap, and big, round eyes that remained fixed on William throughout dinner. She was seated too far away for him to be able to converse with her directly, but he fancied that the language of the eyes was sufficient to indicate to her that the fascination was mutual, and if an opportunity for more personal communication should offer later . . . ? A smile, and a demure lowering of honey-colored lashes, followed by a quick glance toward a door that stood open to the side porch, for air. He smiled back.

“Do you think so, William?” his father said, loudly enough to indicate that it was the second time of asking.

“Oh, certainly. Um . . . think what?” he asked, since it was after all Papa, and not his commander. His father gave him the look that meant he would have rolled his eyes had they not been in public, but replied patiently.

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Susan
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I love Outlander and the previous books...but this?
Reviewed in the United States on December 2, 2019
I love Outlander and the previous books...but this? What a mess! I truly don''t CARE about Willie''s whining and complaints. There''s far too much of him in this book as well as too much of Lord John. Lord John has clearly spoiled the little brat and as a supposed soldier,... See more
I love Outlander and the previous books...but this? What a mess! I truly don''t CARE about Willie''s whining and complaints. There''s far too much of him in this book as well as too much of Lord John. Lord John has clearly spoiled the little brat and as a supposed soldier, he''s truly a lost cause. I see NOTHING of his blood father in anything he does. How many times will he get lost? How many times will we hear of his nightmares and fears? Truly, I''m going to just skip ahead and any section that has anything to do with him? I''ll skip it. UPDATE: On my second read of this book, I chose to simply skip anything that had William in it (unless of course, it had Jamie and Claire and Ian). It is a much better read if I do that. MUCH.

My theory? She''s trying to do a portion of the story in many locales in the US, to satisfy fans. I mean, to end up at Ft. Ticonderoga from N Carolina, on the way to Scotland? And once again, healing a disagreeable fellow who in turn ends up being a fan of Claire''s? It''s starting to repeat on itself.

For shame, Ms. Gabaldon.

Edit: I''ve since gotten almost to the end of the book and upped the rating. I still feel that there is a lot of inane ''filler'' where small, meaningless stories take up a lot of meaningless pages. Maybe she had a minimum number of pages required. ANYWAY, once they got away from the mind-numbing battlefield stuff, and back to Jamie and Claire and Ian in Scotland and then in Philadelphia, it picked up a lot.
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pebbles
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Intense and satisfying. Have number eight ready for when you finish this number seven in the series.
Reviewed in the United States on April 3, 2018
Diana Gabaldon continues to enthrall her fans with this the seventh of eight novels (can''t wait for number nine to be completed!). As much as I enjoyed Claire and Jamie''s life and adventures in Scotland, there is something very compelling about them having new experiences... See more
Diana Gabaldon continues to enthrall her fans with this the seventh of eight novels (can''t wait for number nine to be completed!). As much as I enjoyed Claire and Jamie''s life and adventures in Scotland, there is something very compelling about them having new experiences in a raw and war torn America. I love that their family (not just blood) is expanding and the extended family is maturing and becoming an important part of the story in their own right.
I will not go into great detail because you have most likely read her other six novels you know you are staring into a dramatic abyss that will suck you down and hold you until the end of the book and beyond. I am re-reading the series for the third time and it still captivated me just as it did the first time. I have lost a lot of sleep working my way through these books, just as I did the first time, often falling asleep with the book on my lap. Good thing I''m retired now and can sleep in. I think they get even better with re-reading-like a good story told by your grandfather that you love hearing again and again. Plus, the older you get when you read them, the more life experience you have to illuminate what Claire and Jamie are going through as they get older and their love more embroidered.
If you are reading the series for the first time, be sure and have the eighth book at hand when you get close to finishing this one. I actually delayed reading number eight this time as long as I could stand because I knew it still be a long time before number nine would be published. We''ll just have to be patient. Perfection takes time and hard work. Thanks again to Diana Gabaldon for creating this world for us Outlanders to explore and treasure.
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Bravermen622
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Lord and Lady John? Whaaaat?
Reviewed in the United States on November 10, 2019
This was perhaps one of the most entertaining books in the series I''ve read. It felt like several books within one. All the different storylines coming together enter changing like a soap opera lol I never write reviews but I felt like it with this book. I was literally... See more
This was perhaps one of the most entertaining books in the series I''ve read. It felt like several books within one. All the different storylines coming together enter changing like a soap opera lol I never write reviews but I felt like it with this book. I was literally sad when I finished it but felt even more excited to start the next one. I started reading this series last December when I first tuned in to watch the Starz version season 4. I had no idea what this Outlander thing was all about... So I decided to buy the first book and start from the beginning. I''m a fan of historical fiction books but I kinda surprised myself that I didn''t just go back and watch the past seasons to catch from sheer laziness...I finally did...but only after I finished the first three books. I''m one of those I like the books better than the movie people so I didn''t want to alter my imagination with watching the series before reading the books. But I have to admit although both are somewhat different (books being more light hearted with that comedic element characteristic style of writing Diana possesses and not so dreary or somewhat slow or boring the tv series in my opinion can be ...at times) both have great value and I feel the writers of the series did an excellent job with such full volume content each book holds bringing to screen this amazing story by Ms. Gabaldon.
I''ve read every book in order including all the filler stories/books about Lord John and younger Jamie. All great.
I can''t wait to pair up my imagination with season 5. One thing about the tv series is the cast. All beautiful and talented and seemingly nice and genuine of character. Great casting. The first season was excellent watching ... but I still enjoyed reading the book. Also, I may be the only one out there thinking this but I somewhat feel that most of these cable network shows are somewhat pornagraphic in nature and tend to cheapen or detract from the great storyline . Reading about such things is better in my opinion because the writing skill of the author is such that it doesn''t feel so graphic? I don''t know... I think these networks feel that they must include such gratuitous sex scenes to keep everybody''s attention or for ratings or something but come on... we''re not that depraved are we? Lol just saying...
These books are amazingly historically correct great story line tactfully written with a tastefully described love affair between two souls from different times.
I have had the best year taking time out of a somewhat busy schedule to commit to reading all of these books and just wanted to share that with you.
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Lauren
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Why??? (spoilers)
Reviewed in the United States on June 11, 2020
First off, I am completely obsessed with the Outlander series and when Season 5 wrapped, I started with the books. I enjoy them very much, BUT i get so annoyed with her writing sometimes. DG will spend COUNTLESS pages describing the most mundane of things, but when there... See more
First off, I am completely obsessed with the Outlander series and when Season 5 wrapped, I started with the books. I enjoy them very much, BUT i get so annoyed with her writing sometimes. DG will spend COUNTLESS pages describing the most mundane of things, but when there is an interesting and tender moment and conversations between Claire and Jamie (what I''m actually reading and looking for), it''s cut off and barely any time spent on it. This happens in the other books as well....except the 1st one maybe. Claire leaves Jamie in Scotland and DG didn''t even write a goodbye between them. It just skips to Claire on a boat...which made it even worse when Jamie "dies" coming back to her. This book also jumps around so much, it''s hard to keep track. I found myself skipping so much of the Lord John and William parts. Also, WHY WHY WHY would Claire sleep with Lord John right after Jamie "dies"??!!! Omg...it made me so mad because it is so out of character that she would get drunk and sleep with him and be all casual about it the next day. I get why she married him...but not sleep with him! Her "grieving" felt rushed too. I just can''t buy that the love of her life is dead...the man she gave up everything for...and her "grief" is barely touched on...especially after the 100s and 100s of pages of war and inconsequential characters. I thought it was bad when Jamie kept talking about Laoghiere and then having to go see her and talk to her, but Claire and LJG takes the cake! I''m waiting on book 8, and wonder how Jamie will take the news. Hopefully, it won''t be glossed over like Jamie''s death.
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Danielle
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I love outlander I have ready the books for three years ...
Reviewed in the United States on June 26, 2017
I love outlander I have ready the books for three years now. And I love the TV series. Now some of the books are hard to get through. In my opinion 2 and 5 were the hardest. But this one I think makes the list. No spoiling intended but it takes about 700 pages for the... See more
I love outlander I have ready the books for three years now. And I love the TV series. Now some of the books are hard to get through. In my opinion 2 and 5 were the hardest. But this one I think makes the list. No spoiling intended but it takes about 700 pages for the actual plot to kick in. (The plot that was describe on the back of the book) going in I thought this book would be all about what they described. But it isn''t. It flips back and forth between too many characters. I like john Greg and Willie just fine but I dont really care all to much about what happens to them on a daily basis. I wanted more Claire and Jamie. And heck even more roger and Brianna. I dont really like their romance but I would have liked it more than reading about Willie traveling through a swamp...

I only read this one so I could see what the next one was about. I had even put this one down for a few months. (Not quite as long as when I had put the 5th one down for a year)

I really hope the next one was worth it.
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Carolyn Hill
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HALF-WAY THROUGH AND NOT LOVING IT.
Reviewed in the United States on September 19, 2016
I''m half way through the book. I have loved all of Diana''s previous Outlander series books. But this one has got me stumped. Instead of her usual crisp, entertaining writing style, half of the chapters are long, long letters written from one person to another. It feels the... See more
I''m half way through the book. I have loved all of Diana''s previous Outlander series books. But this one has got me stumped. Instead of her usual crisp, entertaining writing style, half of the chapters are long, long letters written from one person to another. It feels the only reason they are there is to cram the history of the war down our throats, so, I guess she can come back later and feed in the setting with real writing. I''ve put it down twice and keep coming back because I''ve loved ALL of the other books. Hoping it comes together.
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Snowfox
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Still Hooked on the Outlander Series
Reviewed in the United States on October 11, 2018
It seems like all of the characters presented in the previous 6 books are a part of your life now, and this is the continuation and breathtaking progress of the battle for independence in the Colonies of early America all at the same time. I am reading the book out loud... See more
It seems like all of the characters presented in the previous 6 books are a part of your life now, and this is the continuation and breathtaking progress of the battle for independence in the Colonies of early America all at the same time. I am reading the book out loud with my husband so that we are immersed in the progress of the characters. They alternately thrill and infuriate! - terribly human, and fallible characters abound, who are none the less larger than life. I admire the medical skills of the protagonist Claire Fraser, who is dealing with attempting to perform in her role as a doctor and surgeon in the 1770''s - having been transported through time backwards from the 1940''s where she was a field army nurse and then goes on to become a surgeon. The details of her pharmacopea are wonderful, with the herbal solutions of the day. She deals with a lack of anesthetics, germ theory, and basic hygiene at every turn. Diana Gabaldan also has an amazing ability to describe how everything would look, feel, and smell - the experience of reading her work is quite visceral, and compelling. I''m hooked!
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Love2Read
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Absolutely love this series!
Reviewed in the United States on October 21, 2016
It is always interesting to read reviews and see the difference in opinion; that''s what''s so fun about reading them. I have to respectfully disagree with some of the reviews because I thought this book was absolutely fantastic. There was so much going on in this book and... See more
It is always interesting to read reviews and see the difference in opinion; that''s what''s so fun about reading them. I have to respectfully disagree with some of the reviews because I thought this book was absolutely fantastic. There was so much going on in this book and so many characters to keep track of, it became quite a feat to keep up. There were times when my mouth actually dropped open while reading because I was shocked.

I do have to agree with reviewers that were a bit peeved about the loose ends. If I would have read this book before Book 8 was published, I would have been upset also. Since that was not the case, I just transitioned into the next one without an issue. Talk about cliff hangers though. Wow.

There isn''t much more that can be said about this series. I''m so glad that I took the time to delve into this series because it is one that will not be easy to forget.
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Janice Clark
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I''m losing the plot slightly.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 3, 2018
I have spent many many hours reading these huge tomes over the past 2 years and will probably read the next 2 but it''s all getting a bit ridiculous. My 3 stars are generous. Anyone who has stuck with the series from The Fiery Cross onwards deserves a medal for perseverance...See more
I have spent many many hours reading these huge tomes over the past 2 years and will probably read the next 2 but it''s all getting a bit ridiculous. My 3 stars are generous. Anyone who has stuck with the series from The Fiery Cross onwards deserves a medal for perseverance . The books have become overlong and convoluted. Something was lost when Jamie and Claire left Scotland as I find all the American Revolution stuff very boring. The best part of this book is when they briefly go back to Scotland and revisit old haunts and characters. The rest is a long trawl through too many long forgotten threads and characters that reach no conclusion. After spending most of the book devoting pages and pages to battles, Lord John, Ian , Willie and a whole load of other guff the writer seems to remember her two main characters and throws in a plot where Claire thinks Jamie dead and is forced to marry Lord John for protection only for Jamie to return a month later. This story line is unnecessary and covered in so few pages it seems like an afterthought chucked in just to involve them a bit more. Why is this bit rushed when other plots go on for ever? It seems an irrelevant tangent to go off on and not in keeping with Claires character at all. And then the book just ends. Clearly to be continued but with so many plot threads hanging I was looking for a few more chapters and thinking "Is that it?" I hope the upcoming tv series 4, 5 and 6 find a way to adjust it and condense it into something more interesting. I fear the next 2 books will be much of the same. I''ll still read them. I have the perseverance.
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Diabolical
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 4, 2019
First of all, if you''re reading this and you''ve only read as far as book 3 (Voyager) then do yourself a favour and stop there. Don''t pick up another one of these books, just pretend that Diana''s editor had the nerve to tell her to quit and that was that. As it is, this...See more
First of all, if you''re reading this and you''ve only read as far as book 3 (Voyager) then do yourself a favour and stop there. Don''t pick up another one of these books, just pretend that Diana''s editor had the nerve to tell her to quit and that was that. As it is, this novel is another in a string of barely believable, contrived, overlong, turgid reads. There is a phenomenal amount of pointless detail and minutia that could have been cut with no detriment to the plot, such as it is. The actions of the main characters are often inconsistent with their previous behaviour and demonstrated personality, such that you begin to think that it''s a series about body-swappers rather than time travel. And then of course you have the now familiar desperately reaching plots that reek of a lack of imagination and a sheer disrespect for the integrity of the story and the intelligence of the reader. For my sins, I''ve foolishly started reading the next book and within 80 pages I''m wishing I hadn''t bothered. It actually gets worse, quite farcical in fact. So don''t make my mistake, stop after Voyager and remember the first few stories for the quality works that they are. I''ve heard in recent interviews that DG doesn''t care about what her readers think. If you''ve read this book, you''ll realise that already,
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gets a bit boring, drawn out
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 7, 2019
sorry to say, but books, as the series goes along, get quite tedious and boring with many characters, which are not needed. The only parts I still enjoy are the ones with Claire, her character is the strongest. I must admit I do skip through many parts now, as really not...See more
sorry to say, but books, as the series goes along, get quite tedious and boring with many characters, which are not needed. The only parts I still enjoy are the ones with Claire, her character is the strongest. I must admit I do skip through many parts now, as really not interested in them going here and there and everywhere, repetitive and I found when it came to BIG scenes and important events those were quickly skipped through rather than centering on them. The same feeling I had when I first started reading the books and it was the print shop scene that really didn''t do it for me unfortunately. That effect of BIG events doesn''t come through. The writing is wonderful don''t get me wrong, as always, and I learn a lot from Diana, but stories get boring as it continues. I sort of feel I need to finish the books just to find out what the end is going to be.
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Kaiserin
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It is a long book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 7, 2020
The main reasons why I have not given up on the book is that it is a bit of escapism and I am still curious enough to find out where the plot is going. However, there’s little character development but lots of very detailed explanation of historic events/conflicts and...See more
The main reasons why I have not given up on the book is that it is a bit of escapism and I am still curious enough to find out where the plot is going. However, there’s little character development but lots of very detailed explanation of historic events/conflicts and medical procedures. So it’s often a slow read that makes me fall asleep very easily. Also, the language doesn’t seem to reach my heart at all which is strange as I tend to get emotionally involved in my characters when reading. I can’t find much beauty in the language - it’s all about the plot really. Well, I’ll finish it and I look forward to the characters coming alive on screen but I wouldn’t buy more books by this author.
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A. V. Scott
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Gripping storyline
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 29, 2017
The storyline for this book is gripping from start to finish and the characters stand out as real people. I had great difficulty putting it down. The only quibble I had was that Diana writes that the task ahead was similar to, "Jeremiah being sent to Nineveh". It...See more
The storyline for this book is gripping from start to finish and the characters stand out as real people. I had great difficulty putting it down. The only quibble I had was that Diana writes that the task ahead was similar to, "Jeremiah being sent to Nineveh". It wasn''t Jeremiah who was sent to Nineveh, it was Jonah!
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