AN ECHO IN THE BONE
Since Outlander readers have become invested in the lives of Jamie Fraser and his wife, Claire, these are not simply fictional characters. They have come alive through Gabaldon's incredible storytelling. The eagerly awaited seventh volume offers fans a sweeping tale filled with breathtaking adventure and rich and accurate historical details. But it is the powerful human relationships that transcend time and space that move Gabaldon's work out of the ordinary. This is nothing short of a masterpiece.
The American Revolution is in full swing as Jamie and his time-traveling wife, Claire Randall, their nephew Ian, along with British Lord John Grey and his soldier son William, are caught up in several defining moments in history. The story moves from North Carolina to Philadelphia, Fort Ticonderoga, Canada, Scotland, England and France. And there's adventure on the high seas, fighting in bloody wilderness battles and overcoming hardships of the times. Only Claire knows the outcome of the war, but she never knows how the Frasers will fare or what personal prices they will pay.
Meanwhile, their daughter Brianna, her husband Roger and their children face another kind of struggle: readjusting to life in the 20th century while connecting to her parents through a cache of letters. Surprises arise as a connection to the modern-day Mackenzies and the past surfaces with the appearance of another time traveler and very modern evil. (DELACORTE, Oct., 813 pp., $30.00)