Book Review: An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon

Title: An Echo in the Bone
Series: Outlander #7
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Published: 09/22/2009
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre(s): Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Romance


In this new epic of imagination, time travel, and adventure, Diana Gabaldon continues the riveting story begun in Outlander.

Jamie Fraser is an eighteenth-century Highlander, an ex-Jacobite traitor, and a reluctant rebel in the American Revolution. His wife, Claire Randall Fraser, is a surgeon—from the twentieth century. What she knows of the future compels him to fight. What she doesn’t know may kill them both.

With one foot in America and one foot in Scotland, Jamie and Claire’s adventure spans the Revolution, from sea battles to printshops, as their paths cross with historical figures from Benjamin Franklin to Benedict Arnold.

Meanwhile, in the relative safety of the twentieth century, their daughter, Brianna, and her husband experience the unfolding drama of the Revolutionary War through Claire’s letters. But the letters can’t warn them of the threat that’s rising out of the past to overshadow their family.


Although not as amazing to me as the previous book, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, An Echo in the Bone is nonetheless historically dramatic, heart-wrenching, and romantic. The unsettling and suspenseful ending has me wanting to read the excerpts and quotes shared by Diana Gabaldon from Book Eight.

What a journey!


Luxembourg said…
Each of the books in the Outlander series causes havoc in my life because I can't put them down until I am done reading the whole book. Unfortunately, this book did not follow suite, taking me several weeks to read as it was completely disappointing and boring. Talk about choppy chapters, way too many characters that weren't developed and history that droned on and on with information that I learned back in elementary school. Where was the passion of the characters from the previous books and why were Jamie and Claire given only minor roles? This book was an introduction to sell her new Lord Grey book coming out in 2010 - come on! What about the inconsistencies from the previous books - I kept going back to them to make sure I hadn't forgotten a story. Jamie on the ocean not having seasickness; Claire sleeping with Lord Grey - get real; and taking ¾ of the book to get them to Scotland and then only spending a few pages on that part of the story. Who wrote this book and better yet, who edited it.