Book Review: An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon

GreenTeaLady reviews Diana Gabaldon's An Echo in the Bone historical fiction novel from the Outlander series.Diana Gabaldon’s newest book in the Outlander series was published in 2009. After a very long waiting list at the library, I finally got my hands on it last week.

Since this is the latest of a (to date) seven book series, I shan’t reveal any of the plot. Suffice it to say that it is a love story wrapped in historical fiction with a dash of mystery sprinkled on top and served on a gleaming platter of eloquent writing. If you are interested in reading her books, it’s absolutely necessary to begin at the beginning with Outlander. I’ve pretty much read everything Diana Gabaldon has written and wish I could clone her so she could put out more books in rapid succession.

Ms. Gabaldon has found a niche in the 18th century. Well, actually, volleying between the 18th century and the 20th century. You see, Claire (the female lead in Outlander) has some genetic propensity to time travel through standing stones and henges. She discovered it quite accidentally, I assure you, and this has led to an amazingly complex tapestry of characters and events woven through time. We begin in Scotland, move to France, back to Scotland, travel through the Atlantic Ocean and several islands therein, and move through Revolutionary War America. Make sure you have a valid passport before reading. *smile*

In these seven books she’s spanned about 32 years of her characters’ lives. Oh, and such lives they have! Ms. Gabaldon barely gives me room to relax between calamities. I have to force myself to put the book down well before I actually intend to sleep or I’d not stop reading. I’ve occasionally found myself physically breathless as the characters work their way out of all the trouble the author throws at them. If I couldn’t tell that Ms. Gabaldon truly loves her characters in the writing, I’d suspect she hated them for all the dangerous circumstances she thrusts them into for the sake of suspense and plot development.

I greatly enjoyed this latest book in the series and have the highest regard for Diana Gabaldon’s wonderful brain. I can only imagine she has a huge chart the size of her study wall with all the characters involved since she continually harkens back to people we’ve not heard of for three books and plops them perfectly back into the running plot.

Also, I’d like to make an additional recommendation for the audio book versions read by Davina Porter. She is absolutely brilliant and I’ve lost count of how many different accents, pitches, and languages she acts. Every one of the main characters is distinguishable as she reads.

Please let me know what you think of them. They are amazing and I’m sure you’ll enjoy them.

Breathe deeply,
Laugh with abandon,
Love wholly,
Eat well.

MiLady Carol
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