Fans were thrilled to learn that Diana Gabaldon completed her ninth book in the Outlander series, Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone. And now, along with a confirmed publishing date, the author revealed details about the Fraser family’s story to come.
Diana Gabaldon finished writing ‘Outlander’ book 9 in March
Gabaldon’s eighth Outlander book, Written In My Own Heart’s Blood, was released in 2014. And since then, fans have patiently been waiting for the next installment.
Luckily, in March 2021, Gabaldon announced that she finished Book 9 of the series. And in a tweet, she shared her excitement with fans on Twitter, writing, “YES! BEES is FINISHED!!”
YES! BEES is FINISHED!! (No, I have no idea when the pub date is–the publisher decides that.) pic.twitter.com/aSPvYvWSx9
— Diana Gabaldon (@Writer_DG) March 27, 2021
The author then took to her website to explain the publishing process to eager fans. “I’ve finished writing Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone, as of March 27, 2021!” she wrote. “Now this new book enters the publication process, outlined below, which will likely take months (a guesstimate only).”
“Please keep in mind that I do not set the publication date, the day when you can buy the book at a bookstore,” Gabaldon added. “That date will be decided by my publishers.”
The new ‘Outlander’ book will be available in Fall 2021
Luckily for Outlander fans, Gabaldon’s literary Droughtlander won’t last much longer. On her website, the author revealed that Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone will be available in Fall 2021 at most major bookstores and retailers.
“I’m honestly and truly THRILLED to announce that We. Have. A. PUB DATE!! for BEES!” she wrote. “It’s November 23, 2021, in the U.S.A. and the U.K.!”
Yes, they will. For/from the US, you can order signed copies from the Poisoned Pen, my local independent bookstore – https://t.co/iDrH6yZG2d Or in the UK, you can get a signed copy from Waterstones: https://t.co/eOFUEJZEdi https://t.co/frkggoOzOx pic.twitter.com/4DXCaGNkOR
— Diana Gabaldon (@Writer_DG) April 15, 2021
-The novel is available for pre-order at select retailers.
Diana Gabaldon reveals exciting plot details about Jamie and Claire
Outlander Book 8, Written In My Own Heart’s Blood, ended with the entire Fraser clan back in the colonies in the 1700s. And in Go Tell the Bees That I’m Gone, Gabaldon teases that the family might feel safe in the past, but they’ll be living through “the most dangerous time to be alive.”
“Even in the North Carolina backcountry, the effects of war are being felt,” the author’s website reveals. “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.”
— Outlander (@Outlander_STARZ) February 5, 2021
Gabaldon also notes that Brianna and Roger may inadvertently bring their future problems back into this timeline. “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,” she adds.
And then there is the growing concern of Jamie’s son, William. He now knows his true lineage, and Gabaldon teases that Lord John Grey will have to make reconciliations on William’s behalf.
“Meanwhile, the Revolutionary War creeps ever closer to Fraser’s Ridge,” the author concludes. “And with the family finally together, Jamie and Claire have more at stake than ever before.”