Reader Review: As always, Diana Gabaldon delivers an excellent read. Her plot is interesting and her characters are a puzzle waiting to be unwrapped. Lord John, introduced to us in her Voyager series, is the main character in this novel and readers will come to enjoy the kindness with which Gabaldon draws him. We follow Lord John as he attempts to unravel a mystery of epic proportions and save the day, as only the best heroes are able. Far from being over romantic or stylised, however, the story is engaging and the minutai of Lord John's life propels the reader forward with him as he attempts to solve a mystery, reinstate his family's honour and provide exemplary service to His Majesty's Army. A pacy read, with the usual depth that we have come to expect from Gabaldon.
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, must decide whether his family’s honor is worth his life.
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|Release Date: 08-28-2007|
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Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade
All in the Family
London, January 1758 The Society for Appreciation of the English Beefsteak, A Gentlemen’s Club
To the best of Lord John Grey’s knowledge, stepmothers as depicted in fiction tended to be venal, evil, cunning, homicidal, and occasionally cannibalistic. Stepfathers, by contrast, seemed negligible, if not completely innocuous.
“Squire Allworthy, do you think?” he said to his brother. “Or Claudius?”
Hal stood restlessly twirling the club’s terrestrial globe, looking elegant, urbane, and thoroughly indigestible. He left off performing this activity, and gave Grey a look of incomprehension.
“Stepfathers,” Grey explained. “There seem remarkably few of them among the pages of novels, by contrast to the maternal variety. I merely wondered where Mother’s new acquisition might fall, along the spectrum of character.”
Hal’s nostrils flared. His own reading tended to be confined to Tacitus and the more detailed Greek and Roman
histories of military endeavor. The practice of reading novels he regarded as a form of moral weakness; forgivable, and in fact, quite understandable in their mother, who was, after all, a woman. That his younger brother should share in this vice was somewhat less acceptable.
However, he merely said, “Claudius? From Hamlet? Surely not, John, unless you happen to know something about Mother that I do not.”
Grey was reasonably sure that he knew a number of things about their mother that Hal did not, but this was neither the time nor place to mention them.
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As always, Diana Gabaldon delivers an excellent re
February 4, 2009
Reviewer: A reader from Canberra, Australia
As always, Diana Gabaldon delivers an excellent read. Her plot is interesting and her characters are a puzzle waiting to be unwrapped. Lord John, introduced to us in her Voyager series, is the main character in this novel and readers will come to enjoy the kindness with which Gabaldon draws him. We follow Lord John as he attempts to unravel a mystery of epic proportions and save the day, as only the best heroes are able. Far from being over romantic or stylised, however, the story is engaging and the minutai of Lord John's life propels the reader forward with him as he attempts to solve a mystery, reinstate his family's honour and provide exemplary service to His Majesty's Army. A pacy read, with the usual depth that we have come to expect from Gabaldon.
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