Lord John And The Brotherhood Of The Blade

Lord John And The Brotherhood Of The Blade

Large Print - 2007
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In her much-anticipated new novel, the New York Times bestselling author of the Outlander saga brings back one of her most compelling characters: Lord John Grey- soldier, gentleman, and no mean hand with a blade. Here Diana Gabaldon brilliantly weaves together the strands of Lord John' s secret and public lives- a shattering family mystery, a love affair with potentially disastrous consequences, and a war that stretches from the Old World to the New. . . . In 1758, in the heart of the Seven Years' War, Britain fights by the side of Prussia in the Rhineland. For Lord John and his titled brother Hal, the battlefield will be a welcome respite from the torturous mystery that burns poisonously in their family' s history. Seventeen years earlier, Lord John' s late father, the Duke of Pardloe, was found dead, a pistol in his hand and accusations of his role as a Jacobite agent staining forever a family' s honor. Now unlaid ghosts from the past are stirring. Lord John' s brother has mysteriously received a page of their late father' s missing diary. Someone is taunting the Grey family with secrets from the grave, but Hal, with secrets of his own, refuses to pursue the matter and orders his brother to do likewise. Frustrated, John turns to a man who has been both his prisoner and his confessor: the Scottish Jacobite James Fraser. Fraser can tell many secrets- and withhold many others. But war, a forbidden affair, and Fraser' s own secrets will complicate Lord John' s quest. Until James Fraser yields the missing piece of an astounding puzzle- and Lord John, caught between his courage and his conscience, mustdecide whether his family' s honor is worth his life.
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., 2007.
ISBN: 9781602850675
1602850674
Characteristics: 607 p. (large print) ; 23 cm.

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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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