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Written in My Own Heart's Blood
Book information

Diana Gabaldon

Publication date(s)

June 10, 2014

Published by

Delacorte Press



Preceded by

An Echo in the Bone

Followed by

Book Nine

See also

A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows

Chapter Guide

Written in My Own Heart's Blood is the eighth novel in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.


The story concerns the story arcs of multiple characters from the previous novel, An Echo in the Bone.

In June of 1778, the world turns upside-down. The British army withdraws from Philadelphia, George Washington prepares to move from Valley Forge in pursuit, and Jamie Fraser comes back from the dead to discover that his best friend has married Jamie’s wife. The ninth Earl of Ellesmere discovers to his horror that he is, in fact, the illegitimate son of the newly-resurrected Jamie Fraser (a rebel and a Scottish criminal!) and Jamie’s nephew Ian Murray discovers that his newfound cousin has an eye for Ian’s Quaker betrothed.

Meanwhile, Claire Fraser deals with an asthmatic duke, Benedict Arnold, and the fear that one of her husbands may have murdered the other. And in the 20th century, Jamie and Claire’s daughter, Brianna, is thinking that things are probably easier in the 18th century: her son has been kidnapped, her husband has disappeared into the past, and she’s facing a vicious criminal with nothing but a stapler in her hand. Fortunately, her daughter has a miniature cricket bat and her mother’s pragmatism.


  • In June 1778, Claire is 61½ and Jamie is 57. By the end of the novel in June 1779, Claire is 62½ and Jamie is 58.
  • By the end of the novel, Brianna is 32½, Roger is about 41, Jem is 9, and Mandy is 3.

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  • Point of view guide – A chapter-by-chapter breakdown of character points of view. Includes dates for chapters when noted.

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  • Claire's Ancestors

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    • The Outlandish Companion also goes a bit in to her family tree, but I wouldn't go through to that until you get through The Books, just ...
    • Thanks very much for the replies. I'm now on Book 5 so I don't think it will be long till I can treat myself to The Outlandish Companion! :-)

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