Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade

Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade

Book - 2007
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From the exquisitely talented and award-winning author of the Outlander Saga come two additions to the oeuvre, both featuring Lord John Grey. This dashing character first appeared in Gabaldon's blockbuster, Voyager, and readers cheered him on in the New York Times bestselling Lord John and the Private Matter. Diana Gabaldon takes readers back to eighteenth-century Britain as Lord John Grey pursues a deadly family secret as well as a clandestine love affair, set against the background of the Seven Years War. Seventeen years earlier, Grey's father, the Duke of Pardloe, shot himself, days before he was to be accused of being a Jacobite traitor. By raising a regiment to fight at Culloden, Grey's elder brother has succeeded in redeeming the family name, aided by Grey, now a major in that regiment. But now, on the eve of the regiment's move to Germany, comes a mysterious threat that throws the matter of the Duke's death into stark new question, and brings the Grey brothers into fresh conflict with the past and each other. From barracks and parade grounds to the battlefields of Prussia and the stony fells of the Lake District, Lord John's struggle to find the truth leads him through danger and passion, ever deeper, toward the answer to the question at the centre of his soul-what is it that is most important to a man? Love, loyalty, family name? Self-respect, or honesty? Surviving both the battle of Krefeld and a searing personal betrayal, he returns to the Lake District to find the man who may hold the key to his quest: a Jacobite prisoner named Jamie Fraser. Here, Grey finds his truth and faces a final choice: between honour and life itself.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, 2007.
ISBN: 9780385660969
Branch Call Number: GAB
Characteristics: xi, 494 p.

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DorisWaggoner
Oct 06, 2015

Jamie Fraser's role in this book is minor. Clearly he's important to Sir John, but the reason isn't adequately explained. I did read the first in this series, and I still wouldn't have understood without having already read the Outlander books. I thought this was supposed to be a series in its own right? That said, I loved the implicit humor, and pathos, in Sir John and his brother Hal working so hard to protect their mother when she's so obviously capable of protecting not only herself but them. I'm reading "The Outlandish Companion" and Gabaldon makes very clear that weak women bore her. Bennedicta's definitely not a weak woman, and neither is her neice Olivia.

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nplante
Apr 05, 2015

to ZenSojourner - for someone who is not a fan of Gabaldon - you certainly have read a lot of her books?

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ZenSojourner
May 21, 2014

NOT SF/F. By the author of the "Outlander" series. Apparently having mined that line for all its worth (actually far far MORE than it was worth) she has apparently branched out into new areas of romance-noveldom - which still does not make THIS series SF/F either. I am SO tired of coming across stuff like this under SF/F and unwittingly (*shudder*) taking it home, only to find myself with a volume full of tripe. Seriously. The library needs to stop classifying romance novels as SF/F just because they involve time travel, zombies, witches, vampires, or werewolves.

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ZenSojourner
May 21, 2014

NOT SF/F. By the author of the "Outlander" series. Apparently having mined that line for all its worth (actually far far MORE than it was worth) she has apparently branched out into new areas of romance-noveldom - which still does not make THIS series SF/F either. I am SO tired of coming across stuff like this under SF/F and unwittingly (*shudder*) taking it home, only to find myself with a volume full of tripe. Seriously. The library needs to stop classifying romance novels as SF/F just because they involve time travel, zombies, witches, vampires, or werewolves.

AuntJane Aug 25, 2012

This is the story of Lord John as he tries to solve his father's murder and restore his family's honor - with a side dish of homosexual romance.

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ryner
Jul 07, 2008

I eagerly look forward to any of Diana Gabaldon's new works as her prose is so vivid and meticulously detailed. Lord John, a soldier who began as a peripheral character in her Outlander series, is now getting a full-fledged story of his own as he endeavors to solve the mystery of his father's death. Complicating matters somewhat are the imminent marriage of his mother and the arrival of his new step-brother, in whom Lord John finds a kindred spirit, in more ways than one.

I wished to enjoy this book more than I did, but in the end I had to admit that even Gabaldon's way with words couldn't make up for the lack of energy and excitement surrounding Lord John's detective work. His soldiering and personal affairs, on the other hand, were the more intriguing aspects of the book.

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