An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Don't get me wrong, I liked this book. I liked it very much, in fact. But, it is hard to read (or rate) this book without comparing it to the others in the series. In that comparison, this book rates three stars for me. There were pages where my eyes glazed over at the intense minutiae of Revolutionary War time historical accuracy. Partly, not my cup of tea. Partly, give it a break already, will ya? I get it. You're accurate. Wonderful. I don't care what was on that guy's buttons.
The "Story" seemed to move along much more slowly than usual too. It seemed compressed, even though a lot happened in that small amount of time. The "present day" part of the story was interesting, but I really just wanted them to do something. Anything. Brianna's job seemed like a vehicle to get treachery moving again. RogerMac....well, his adjustment was interesting, but not much more than that. Jem and Mandy....you get the picture.
It was nice seeing people I never thought to see again in these books (without giving spoilers, of course) and my favorite characters (Ian, John Grey) did not disappoint. But, something in this book was just off. Maybe it was the excessive detail about a time and place I care little about. I will say that the process of reading this book made me want to go back and read favorite parts from the previous books. I don't anticipate having the same feeling about this one when the next book comes out.
Speaking of the next book.....
Cliffhangers...... there was definite cliffhanger fail in this book. When you KNOW the next book is going to be years in the making, why would you leave so many cliffhangers?!
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