Eighth volume of the series Outlander, Written with the Blood of My Own Heart plays with readers' emotions and is not afraid to show strong events.
***Attention! Do not continue reading if you have not read the first volumes of the series, it may contain Spoilers. ***
In Echoes of the Future, Diana Gabaldon changed the way he writes the saga, increasing the focus on characters that were already important, but little explored, from this volume on, they started to have chapters narrated exclusively by their adventures. William and Lord John Gray have their lives described when they are separated from the main nucleus, while Briana and Roger also undergo new narratives since they are separated from Jamie and Claire, since they went to the future in 1980.
This format remains in Written with the Blood of My Own Heart, which starts religiously from where its predecessor ended. Dealing with the events of Jamie's false death and Roger back to the past to rescue Jemmy, the book starts in the middle of the action, only resolving what has already been proposed previously.
Amid the battles, readers follow moments of tension around the entire Fraser family, which in this volume suffers almost equally from heavy events. Between deaths, injuries, sick people, shots, fires, separations and reunions, the author takes fans to suffer together with the characters, writing each moment in a way so cruelly descriptive, that it touches those who are reading.
Now with more intimate characters, the feeling of immersion becomes greater, it is not just the main couple and their loved ones that cause a lump in the throat when something bad is about to happen, but all the households that circulate the family, in all the times.
Without dropping the action, the book manages to hold from beginning to end, but leaves a little to be desired in relation to the huge problem of Briana and Roger. Few chapters narrate the couple's adventure to meet again, resolving this question a little quickly, which does not seem to explain exactly how it all happened, but the outcome of this volume suggests that this will be explored in detail in future publications.
Full of strong events and sad moments, Written with the Blood of My Own Heart it does just the title and leaves a huge hook to provoke the anxiety of the fans who already wait for the final volumes of the saga.
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