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Publisher's Summary

Number one New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon returns with the newest novel in the epic Outlander series.

The past may seem the safest place to be...but it is the most dangerous time to be alive....

Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall were torn apart by the Jacobite Rising in 1746, and it took them 20 years to find each other again. Now the American Revolution threatens to do the same.

It is 1779, and Claire and Jamie are at last reunited with their daughter, Brianna, her husband, Roger, and their children on Fraser’s Ridge. Having the family together is a dream the Frasers had thought impossible.

Yet, even in the North Carolina backcountry, the effects of war are being felt. Tensions in the Colonies are great, and local feelings run hot enough to boil Hell’s teakettle. Jamie knows loyalties among his tenants are split, and it won’t be long until the war is on his doorstep.

Brianna and Roger have their own worry: that the dangers that provoked their escape from the 20th century might catch up to them. Sometimes, they question whether risking the perils of the 1700s - among them disease, starvation, and an impending war - was indeed the safer choice for their family.

Not so far away, young William Ransom is still coming to terms with the discovery of his true father’s identity - and thus his own - and Lord John Grey has reconciliations to make, and dangers to meet...on his son’s behalf and his own.

Meanwhile, the Revolutionary War creeps ever closer to Fraser’s Ridge. And with the family finally together, Jamie and Claire have more at stake than ever before.  

©2021 Diana Gabaldon (P)2021 Recorded Books

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Go tell the bees I am gone

Fantastic narrating by Davina Porter as in all the Outlander books. This a continuation from the previous books and the storyline refers back to the events in those books. New events and catastrophies occur which had me in tears and laughing. I have listened to all of Diana Gabaldon books and can't wait until another comes out.

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Best.Ever! Totally engaging

I do appreciate Diana Gabaldon’s writing. The stories, the characters, the creation of the environment and historical context. As a Quaker and someone who has recently been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, I especially enjoyed some of the details. Although I’ve read the series 6-7 times, this is the first as an audiobook, so I also appreciated the reader.

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Home again

There are series that envelope you like a warm blanket and make you feel like you have come home. This is how I feel with each of Diana Gabaldon's books.

All of the characters feel like family to me and this long awaited book made me feel like I had been away from home for a long time. it was so good to be back.

Davina Porter is the perfect narrator for this series and helps you to visualize and feel emotionally what the writer is trying to convey.

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Similar to previous in series

I have enjoyed the whole series. This book is more of the same , interesting, but no suspense which we have come to expect. The narrator is excellent.

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God I love Davina Porter

I want to take a minute and applaud Ms Davina Porter. For 9 books, her voice has captivated me even when the plot has not. I had high expectations for a book that has been in the works for 7 years but because I'm a sucker, I'll be back for the next one. I do have to say, it is coming time that the series ends. Hopefully, Ms Gabaldon can get the ending right for Claire, Jamie and for the love of God, Lord John. But pleeeeeease Ms Gabaldon: use your "Jesus H Roosevelt Christ"'s sparringly; I wanted to throat punch Claire every bloody time she said it. And what the hell is the Scottish noise and why do we keep getting these little nibblets of text in every book, we've been with you for 9 books now, stop talking to us like it's the first time we read a book in this series. *Shakes to clear her head*

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  • DM
  • 2021-12-01

Excited for this book! Worth the read.

Gaboldon, exposes multiple twists that will make you re-read the whole series (big books, novellas and short stories) again! Please write quickly.

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Another great story!

Another great Outlander novel by Diana Gabaldon and fantastic performance by Davina Porter. There’s twists and turns aplenty, with an ending that’s left me excited for the next book!!

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Diana never disappoints

I was right back into the lives of Jamie and Claire as though no time had passed. This book was well worth the wait. The usual fantastic immersive experience she has always delivered. And Davina Porter just can’t be improved upon. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Can’t wait for book 10.

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Really?

I waited seven years for that?!? I have been with this series since 1991 and read all the large novels and the spin offs. Except for the Lord John books, this is the first one I have been throughly disappointed with. Too much time spent recapping others in the series (we are diehards, we reread them ALL before the release) and what is up with inconsistencies? Diana Gabaldon’s books have always been meticulously researched and written, yet this book (because yes, I did reread the whole series again before beginning this one) had one mistake after another. From wrong ages of characters to the storyline being inaccurate. Where were the editors on this? Why didn’t they capture these mistakes?
It was ho-hum and didn’t really do much to capture my attention, I kept waiting for it to get better. So many questions left unanswered from previous books, to leave with a cliff hanger that unfortunately will be at least four years (or more) in answering.

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I want more!

We waited so long for this story. I loved every word of it. And now we have to wait again. But I’m so thrilled there will be another one. Davina Porter is the perfect narrator. Diana, you never let us down. Love. Love. Love.

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  • Judy
  • 2021-11-29

We waited 7 years for this?..

After the ridiculously long wait, I expected better than this…. The storyline was lukewarm at best. The narration was pretty good, considering the 7 year gap, but, how hard is it to listen to what you’ve already done so you can make sure it matches this time around? Several characters were not the same in the beginning….Brianna, Mandy, Lord John, etc., but started to sound a little bit more like the previous books once she got further in. And now, after how many books, everyone is suddenly pronouncing Germain’s name the French way, adding to the feeling of incongruity.
This book just didn’t feel the same as the others…. It felt choppy and disjointed. Scenarios were introduced, then dropped or forgotten, which didn’t make a lot of sense. And time after time, Diana has blamed the slow progress of the book on her “historical research”, but there really wasn’t that much reference to historical events. I think she, like George RR Martin before her, was just too caught up in the tv show to bother with the book.
And the mistakes…..this always bugs me…how can an author not remember her own characters? Let me help you Diana…. Ian is “Wolf’s brother”, not “ He who walks with wolves” 🙄, and the last time Claire saw Joseph (Ulysses) was not at River Run, but at her own house when he accompanied Jocasta and Duncan on their way through to Canada….
Lots of loose ends, which is to be expected, since we all know there is one more book coming, however, are Davina Porter and I going to live long enough to be able to read it? I think the fan base is going to fall off dramatically if we’re forced to wait another 7 years for the conclusion. After reading this installment, it’s probably not even worth it. I mean, does anybody even care anymore if we get the last Game of Thrones book?

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  • Eirin Mikalsen Orum
  • 2021-11-27

Not as good as expected

Having loved every single book in the series, I did not foresee the turn this book would take. Unfortunately, it seems as if Diana Gabaldon has had some kind of religious awakening, and it oozes out of half the chapters of this book. God this, the Bible that, and saints and all kinds of religious paraphernalia to boot.

As someone who is rather anti-religious, I was willing to suffer through some of this for a good story or three, and getting closer to the characters. Unfortunately, that was not what I found. The stories closely resembled ones in earlier books, and the only real character development was William taking a tiny step towards adult responsibilities.

I never anticipated being so disappointed in this book, and feel that some of it must be my fault. But surely the editors could have cut down somewhat on the repetitions and asked for more character development?

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  • Maria
  • 2021-11-28

Not the best of the series

I was happy to revisit this lovely characters. For me the best part is alway Jaime and Claire interaction. I also loved Bree and Willie chapters, but I was disappointed in the story overall. No character growth, abandoned plot lines, forced scenarios and ridiculous coincidences. The story was all over the place.

I really wanted to love it. I am going to re-read the book in a few days to see if my opinion changes, but for now just I am just underwhelmed.

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  • Victoria E. Young
  • 2021-11-27

Not my favorite of the series.

I love the characters, but feel this book holds waaay too many flashbacks/recaps and explanations of thoughts - there really isn't as much plot to it as previous books, yet it is insanely long! 2/3 of it could have been cut and it would've been much more enjoyable for me and had me looking forward to the last book in the series. This left me wishing this had been the last one.

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  • Lauri C
  • 2021-11-30

Very disappointing

I agree with the reader Eirin from Norway, there is way too much emphasis on religion. If I had wanted to read a religious based book I would have. Instead, a time-travel/love story that is supposed to be historical fiction is steeped in Catholic and Protestant religion - and is extremely prejudiced about anyone not practicing some form of Christianity. It was also written in a very choppy form with regurgitated stories, little plot development and too much time spent on miscellaneous characters. As a huge fan of the Outlander book series and television series, I am hugely disappointed in this phoned-in, 9th installment that is part catechism, part re-telling of the prior wonderful 8 books. I would not recommend this book to anyone and will tell my family and friends they can feel free to take a pass on this one.

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  • Meaghan Bynum
  • 2021-11-25

It ends on a cliffhanger.

I have just finished this book. I really loved it, but I wasn’t surprised by that. If anyone wants to know. I read this book at speeds varying from 2.6% speed and 3.1 speed. Divina Porter is a fantastic narrator as always. I love that the story picked up up where book 8 ended. I also love that we got to see characters from some of the older books and see their stories wrap up. I will warn everyone though it does in on a cliffhanger. That was hard, but I can always wait for book 10.
What I love about this series is that the characters remain consistent and interesting. Well done Diana and Davina! I thoroughly enjoyed it and am excited for book 10. It was worth the almost 7.5 year wait.
PS, for those of you who are curious, I finished the book in 17 hours and 12 minutes.

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  • Kitty .
  • 2021-11-28

Recap of all the other books!

If you are a fan, you will be disappointed. Anything new could have been covered in a couple of hours. Then some of the stories seemed rushed, I don't get it! The rest were flashbacks, and explanation of when this and that. I waited for such a long time for this and planned and scheduled myself for this book. I'm dissatisfied, nothing like all the other books, Perhaps the next one wont take as long and it wont be filled with the past.

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  • Diana E. Williams
  • 2021-12-01

Disappointed

This was the first book of the Outlander series that has left me disappointed. I have waited, re-read, and re-listened to the first 8 books in preparation for this book. It was full of repetition, very little character development and several mistakes made by Diana about her character's history.
This felt like I was reading numerous, incomplete stories with side characters I didn't care to hear about.
There were also so many story lines that seemed to have just gotten lost in the book. I did not know there was going to be a 10th book so I was so disappointed in so many things left unfinished and an major cliffhanger.
There were times in this book I had to force myself to not fast forward through sections. I hope Diana goes back to her previous storytelling in the next book, told for her faithful readers, not written to catch up all the television series newcomers. I hope I can try to read this book again and like it more, otherwise I can't see me caring to wait for the next 7 years for book 10. And that makes me sad.

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  • God's Muggle
  • 2021-12-01

Not as cohesive as the other books

The story feels rushed. To many new situations and characters that were not resolved or dealt with, and old characters almost ignored. Dottie and Denny, barely mentioned. Agnes baby and marriage ignored. Bree's pregnancy was barely mentioned before she had the baby. This book felt like is was ghost-written by someone who didn't fully grasp all the storyines.

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  • Linzertart
  • 2021-12-01

Well, that was a let down.

I feel like we waited so long for this book that maybe I really had too high of expectations? That's what I'm trying to tell myself to make it better because, otherwise, I feel like she just phoned it in.

I like that characters are being explored individually a bit more, but this got way off focus and felt like a Lord John book was woven in for added content sake.

Could someone tell me what the title has to do with anything, other than the bees she kept? Nothing really happened that we didn't already see coming, for the most part.

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