Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon

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******** OKAY, MASSIVE WARNING! This is the 8th book in the Outlander series. THERE WILL BE SPOILERS FOR THE PREVIOUS BOOKS. GO AWAY AND READ THE REST OF THE SERIES BEFORE CONTINUING ON. ********

 

 

 

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Happy 4th of July everybody! Today seemed like the perfect day to get this review up. Written in My Own Heart’s Blood (or MOBY, as it has been known) is finally here, and I finally read it! It took me a while to finish my re-reads of the previous books (though FYI, Audible and e-books helped a lot with me speeding through the last couple.) So, at the end of An Echo in the Bone Jamie was back, William just realized who his daddy is, John Grey tells Jamie about his ahhh… “situation” with Claire, and Rachel and Ian profess their affections for each other. In the present time, Roger heads to the past to rescue Jem, who it turned out was NOT in the past. MOBY picks right up where it left off and we follow the characters through the middle of the Revolutionary War.

Clearly, I can’t really talk about anything that happens in the book, because that would spoil everything. So instead I’ll just let you know my general thoughts on it, I guess. The beginning was slow. Considering that the seventh book ended with everything in such a tizzy, this was kind of surprising, but it took about 150 pages or so to really pick up. But once it did, things HAPPENED and there were so many gasp-worthy moments and I was hooked.

Some major events take place, of course, but for some reason this book doesn’t seem to have a main theme like a lot of the other books do. The others all have some major focus or major events or turning points that they’re based on. Maybe it’s because this one is kind of all over the place due to the war and the several storylines going on, or maybe I just need to re-read it a few more times to really catch what the central theme or events of this one is.

I don’t really like William. There, I said it. He’ll probably grow a lot as a character and I’ll end of liking him more, but he’s just too whiny for me right now. I used to dislike Brianna too, but she’s grown on me (especially in this book). I love Young Ian, and I’m glad that I like Rachel.

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. I’m really hoping that Diana releases some cool stuff  in that time though – I would LOVE to see a Brian & Ellen prequel, a book about Raymond, a book just about Young Ian, or the second Outlandish Companion. And of course I suppose that if I was itching for Outlander enough I could watch the new Starz show… but we’ll see. More likely, I’ll probably just re-read all of them again in another year or so 🙂

 

Sarah Says: 5 stars

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One comment

  1. I am so with you on William. What is it with the Fraser children being so annoying in their youth? Bree used to bug me but now I love her. Ian though, he’s fabulous and clearly takes after the Murrays :).

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