That wave of salty water lapping at your toes? It’s the happy tears of millions of Outlander fans, knowing that their long wait is finally coming to an end!
The 8th book in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, Written In My Own Heart’s Blood, was released in 2014. And it’s been a long, long, loooooooong seven years since then.
A few weeks ago, Herself shared on Facebook that she’d finished writing #9:
And now… ta da!… it’s official:
Go Tell The Bees That I Am Gone will be released November 23, 2021.
Yes, that’s this year! Seven months from now! Two days before Thanksgiving! (Apologies in advance for ignoring my family all the long weekend while I’m reading.)
Here’s the announcement via Entertainment Weekly: https://ew.com/books/outlander-go-tell-the-bees-that-i-am-gone-release-date-cover-reveal/?fbclid=IwAR1aINP6YpyC347cmumRv2WBu4zwD95EMyN0CBpZn4oU-U2a_eI-Y22Aoi8
According to the Amazon preorder page (here), the book will be 832 pages.
And for those who want to know, here’s the official synopsis:
The author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Outlander series returns with the newest novel in the epic tale.
The past may seem the safest place to be . . . but it is the most dangerous time to be alive. . . .
Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall were torn apart by the Jacobite Rising in 1743, and it took them twenty years to find each other again. Now the American Revolution threatens to do the same.
It is 1779 and Claire and Jamie are at last reunited with their daughter, Brianna, her husband, Roger, and their children on Fraser’s Ridge. Having the family together is a dream the Frasers had thought impossible.
Yet even in the North Carolina backcountry, the effects of war are being felt. Tensions in the Colonies are great and local feelings run hot enough to boil Hell’s tea-kettle. Jamie knows loyalties among his tenants are split and it won’t be long until 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 still coming to terms with the discovery of his true father’s identity—and thus his own—and Lord John Grey has reconciliations to make, and dangers to meet . . . on his son’s behalf, and his own.
Meanwhile, the Revolutionary War creeps ever closer to Fraser’s Ridge. And with the family finally together, Jamie and Claire have more at stake than ever before.
Are people excited? Well… the release was announced two days ago, and here are the sales stats from Amazon:
As for me, I’ve placed my preorder, I’m smiling insanely at random moments, and I’m gearing up for a MOBY (Written In My Own Heart’s Blood) re-read.
Yet another reason to feel like 2021 is really looking up!
19 thoughts on “Outlander joy: Book #9 has a release date!”
One day I am going to read this series, Lisa. I know you are excited!
Thanks! I hope you give it a try!
I really need to read this series! I do have book one on my tbr!!
Ooh, read it!!! It’s hard to not get completely sucked into it. 🙂
I, like you, had my preorder in about 10 seconds after I saw the announcement on fb. Thanksgiving week seems like an appropriate time for a family reunion!
You’re so right about the family reunion piece of it — I hadn’t even thought of it!
this series looks interesting! lovely post ❤
Thank you! I love these books so much. 🙂
This is great news. I am also going to have to re-read MOBY. I am currently on Dragonfly so I have plenty of Claire and Jamie in my future!
Over at Outlander Book Club, we’re going to be started a group re-read of MOBY in May (5 chapters per week), to finish right before the new book comes out!
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Ah nothing beats the excitement of knowing a new addition to a series is coming. I need to read this series still!
Yes! I hope you give it a try!
I am stupidly excited about this and have already preordered!!!
Same!!! This is so exciting, and I’m already thinking about how I’m going to arrange my Thanksgiving week so I can read as much as I want to!
I am so excited at this happy news!
This is amazing news, especially since the wait was so long!
YES! There’s supposed to be one more book after this to finish the series — I hope it’s not another 7 year wait!