An Echo in the Bone (Outlander) Paperback – 30 Sep 2010
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A rich and pacey novel (WOMAN'S OWN)
an enjoyable read that will teach you a great deal about 18th century history (CATHOLIC HERALD)
The triumphant seventh novel in the bestselling phenomenon that is the Outlander series.See all Product Description
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Fast paced, it switches a lot between viewpoints of different characters and sometimes you have read a couple of paragraphs before realising that the action has moved to a different location and who is talking. I really liked that aspect of it. The whole book was incredibly entertaining and will re-unite you with just about everyone you love in the series.
For the first time we have extensive sections about Jamie's son William and especially towards the end of the book he becomes more fully integrated into the storyline. Lord John, too, is back and whilst everyone will understand his storyline, those that have read the Lord John books will have the perk of picking up on some cross referencing to events in those. Some events involving those two will leave you gob smacked, promise. One section is appropriately named 'A series of short, sharp shocks'.
After finishing the previous book in the series, I had been concerned that maybe this book would mainly consist of us getting told events through the letters found in the wooden box. I am glad to say that whilst yes, they do appear, they are only a small part of it and we mainly see 'live action'. Talking of letters, the only part I found a little boring were a couple of letters written by William to his step-father, mainly because details of military campaigns are not a favourite topic of mine.
We do get to hear a lot more from Brianna, Roger and the kids, something I think most readers were very much hoping for.Read more ›
The story seemed very disjointed with "additional characters" entering but not being given enough page space to become real, and others, like Lord John (who has his own series, which is written more recently) getting far too much space. Though even this would have been ok, if his story actually made sense - not wanting to spoil it for all you who haven't read the book, but what was he doing - maybe I dozed off and missed the one paragraph of text which explained his part in the book.
Cliffhangers - well I feel a little abused, I have all the other books and would happily have bought the next one, I didn't need to feel that I had to because this was only half a book. It ended and I honestly went looking for the rest of it, as it just didn't seem finished, did the publishers split what should be a fantastic book into two?
For the sake of the series, I would say keep reading, but as a book on it's own, well I doubt it would convince anyone to read the others.
There were a few good things in the book - first, I always love reading Jamie's clever witicisms. He'll always be the epitomy of a handsome, rugged, witty, sexy, sexual, loyal Scotsman :) I also love Claire and her intelligence, her ability to take charge, her loyalty, and her ability to keep things together (both literally and emotionally).Read more ›
I accept that fiction, by defnition, is frequently unbelievable and tends to rely on coincidence, heroes, villains etc in ways that real life doesn't, and that's fine up to a point. I think Diana reached that point about 3 books ago; this one definitely went way too far and required the suspension of far too much disbelief. I'm disappointed because I was such an avid fan in my twenties and went on and on about these novels to everyone, trying to persuade them to read them. Like most fans, I was in it for the long haul because I genuinely cared about the characters (fancied Jamie, envied Claire for being so witty / clever / loyal / near-perfect, relished all the kidnap scenes that required heroic derring-do; die hard fans know what I mean) but I gave up caring some two thousand pages ago. This novel doesn't add to the overall story, as far as I'm concerned. I can't help thinking Diana knows she's onto a good thing and can do what she likes with the plot and characters because her fans will stay faithful no matter what.Read more ›
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what can I say I love all the outlander books brilliant read and now have the dvd,s to watch ....amazingPublished 6 days ago by Mrs. Donna L. Collins
The author's characters are spellbinding. She weaves their story lines in brilliance. A definite must read for lovers of history and the history of these lovers.Published 14 days ago by Mrs. C. L. Richards
You go seamlessly from book to book in the series and they are all as good as each other . Amazing series/Published 14 days ago by Sandy Weeks-Wilson
Fantastic Author she certainly has Scottish/English history sorted!Published 14 days ago by Sallypally
I try and read something more modern between each of her novels. For me, whilst I appreciate the research that has been carried out, there are times when she spends too much time... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Miss N.L. SHELDON
Best writer ever. You actually feel you are there in the book with all the characters.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer