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Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone: A Novel (Outlander Book 9) Kindle Edition
War leaves nobody alone. Neither the past, the present, nor the future offers true safety, and the only refuge is what you can protect: your family, your friends, your home.
Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall were torn apart by the Jacobite Rising in 1746, and it took them twenty years of loss and heartbreak to find each other again. Now it’s 1779, and Claire and Jamie are finally reunited with their daughter, Brianna, her husband, Roger, and their children, and are rebuilding their home on Fraser’s Ridge—a fortress that may shelter them against the winds of war as well as weather.
But tensions in the Colonies are great: Battles rage from New York to Georgia and, even in the mountains of the backcountry, feelings run hot enough to boil Hell’s teakettle. Jamie knows that loyalties among his tenants are split and it won’t be long before the war is on his doorstep.
Brianna and Roger have their own worry: that the dangers that provoked their escape from the twentieth 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 coming to terms with the mysteries of his identity, his future, and the family he’s never known. His erstwhile father, Lord John Grey, has reconciliations to make and dangers to meet on his son’s behalf and on his own, and far to the north, Young Ian Murray fights his own battle between past and future, and the two women he’s loved.
Meanwhile, the Revolutionary War creeps ever closer to Fraser’s Ridge. Jamie sharpens his sword, while Claire whets her surgeon’s blade: It is a time for steel.
About the Author
She says that the Outlander series started by accident- 'I decided to write a novel for practice in order to learn what it took to write a novel, and to decide whether I really wanted to do it for real. I did - and here we all are trying to decide what to call books that nobody can describe, but that fortunately most people seem to enjoy.'
And enjoy them they do - in their millions, all over the world. Published in 42 countries and 38 languages, in 2014 the Outlander novels were made into an acclaimed TV series starring Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser and Caitriona Balfe as Claire. The series has now been renewed for a fifth and sixth season.
Diana lives with her husband and dogs in Scottsdale, Arizona. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
"Vast and sweeping . . . so intricately plotted and peopled that one is amazed [Diana Gabaldon] could conceive and write it in only seven years. Despite its scope, many of the finest moments are small ones, especially those that depict Claire and Jamie's enduring love."--The Washington Post--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B0925QSHRM
- Publisher : Doubleday Canada (23 November 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 16338 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 960 pages
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I loved that Roger and Brianna have returned to the Ridge bringing a healthy Mandy. I also loved that Brianna finally got to meet her brother William, who could have a whole new series just on him.
All in all this book was wonderful. I read countless books on my Kindle but this series is the ONLY one I buy in hard copy. I have to read them in book form and savour the goodness of the authors work.
Apparently book 10 is the last one and will take years to finish, so I guess I just keep re-reading all 9 again!
I have watched the TV series however the books are much better, and the characters in my head are way better🥰🥰
Thank you Diana Gabaldon for giving me 21 years of reading joy👍👍
I stayed up most of the night reading the last 10% of the book, because of course I couldn't stop, and discovering that this book ends where it did literally made me shout "No!" because it's going to feel like a life time before book 10 appears.
I believe I came across a few continuation errors between this book and the 8 that proceeded it, but none of which make any difference to the enjoyment of the story.
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I'm surprised and quite disappointed by this entry.
I have come to love the wild round of kidnappings, shipwrecks, witchcraft trials, betrayals, gunshot wounds, and good intentions leading to life-threatening outcomes that swirl around Claire and Jaime.
Time travel, action, drama, snappy dialogue, rich historical detail, war, sardonic humor, a grand romance- these books have been packed with crazy, juicy goodness.
This book is a complete anomaly. It reads flat and feels phoned-in. Almost nothing happens in the first 2/3, which consists mainly of sentimental musings on daily life and child-rearing.
The narrative is annoyingly diffused as we follow 6-8 different groups wandering around on side quests and- well- musing about the nature of family and child-rearing.
The last 1/3 has a little action that feels forced and almost apologetic.
I read this series because I love Claire and Jaime, Brianna and Roger (well, Brianna anyways), Fergus, Young Ian, Jenny, Lord John, William, etc.
That has been quite enough people to follow in the past- but in this one, for some reason, Gabaldon dilutes the storyline even further by dragging in random minor characters from previous novels, who are dusted off and given waaaay too much space.
Why are they given almost as much "screen time" as Claire and Jaime? No one is reading this series because we care about what eventually happens to a character that was in a novel two books ago for 4 pages.
Adding insult to injury is that I get the sense we're actually supposed to care about some of the pretty annoying ones, such as Amaranth, Frances, Agnes, and Elspeth. They're not real villains, just unlikeable, poorly written, and not compelling.
I am extremely surprised this bland, tedious novel came from Diana Gabaldon's pen, but there does seem to be a pattern. Authors whose books become popular TV shows or movies take time off, advising or producing or whatever, and for some reason the next book is usually terrible or simply never appears.
J.K. Rowling, Kerry Fisher, George R.R. Martin, Patrick Rothfuss, et. al.
I'm glad they get the recognition and the coins, but it's a real pity for the fans. We deserved better after such a long wait.
Jamie and Claire's family story....No. Saw much less of them, and more of many inconsequential new characters.
Just bits and pieces of unfinished thoughts strung together with no outcomes ever arrived at. They just fizzled out and you never know what happens...
I kept waiting for the ending from MOBY's cliffhanger to resolve itself with William and Jamie developing a relationship. I kept waiting.... and waiting, 900 pages. But we were left with another William Cliffhanger!
If it weren't so much time between books it wouldn't be so bad. But 7 years + how many ever it is till next book. So maybe 14 years to wait on double cliffhanger..........
Since I am 70 years old I could very well never read the last book. Guess her target audience is young people.
I loved the other books but sorry to say this one just missed the mark and was a terrible disappointment.