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Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade (Lord John Grey #2)
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 a...more
This is the kind of book I want to write, the kind of book I wish there was a whole lot more of. It's basically slash fanfic for her Outlander series, I gather, and it seems that whichever you read first, you prefer. (And oddly, the bits that involve Jamie Fraser are my ...more
I like Lord John a great deal, but I don't like Lord John books very much. Partly this is just a book/reader mismatch. I don't enjoy mysteries, so I'm reading these particular mysteries for the character stuff and the historical-milieu stuff, which is like someone who doesn't like romance reading romantic-suspe ...more
Anyway, Lord John, a minor character in ...more
1st Problem: We get to know his older brother much better here -- at the expense of camera time usually spent on his funny and insightful sidekicks Col. Harry Quarry and valet Tom. I didn't care for the focus on petulant sibling issues. I prefer Lord John in a light ...more
The plot mixes an important "whodunit" as well as insight into John's personal life as a man and a soldier. The pacing and story were spot on and refreshing after the near 1000 pages of meandering in ABOSAS.
I've always been fond of the character of Lord John -- even when he's painted as the bad guy. But this book t ...more
I think this is definitely the best of the Lord John books so far. I'm really delighted to see a mainstream bestseller write a vividly sexual queer romance. Heaven knows we've seen Lord John show enough repressed desire, but it's lovely to see him with a lover and in more explicit detail than I expected.
The mystery plot was a bit more convoluted than I considered necessary, especially since I'd completely forgotten who the villain was by the time he arrived at the end -- ...more
"Ave!" they cry.
ETA, 2/24/15: Brotherhood of the Blade was just as excellent the second time around. Great mystery, charm, wit and snark from the entire Grey family, sadness, and drama. This is a wonderful series that I recommend to historical fiction readers and (certain) fans of the Outlander series. If you can, listen to the audio version. Jeff Woodman is a treasure.
I so love this series. You get action, my ...more
This "love affair" is Lord John's relationship with his soon-to-be ...more
This time Grey doesn't have to solve some criminal mystery but the mystery of his father death. And besides doing his best to understand why his father did allegedly committed suicide and was a Jacobite and rumors made him also be an sodomite, he meets once again his half brother Percy Wainwright and now the Outlander series readers can find out why he is very reserved and untrustworthy toward him ...more
** 4 stars**
"Dead is dead, Major," he said quietly. "It is not a romantic notion. And whatever my own feelings in the matter, my family would not prefer my death to my dishonor. While there is anyone alive with a claim upon my protection, my life is not my own."
It'a hard to pinpoint why I enjoy this series so much although I miss Jamie and Claire terrible. The thing is, John truly is such a fascinating character, that give us an unique view of the military life and of a life of a gay man in th ...more
This particular novel shuttles back and forth between the mystery of his fathers murder 15 years ago and his new step ...more
While this is an enjoyable installment that gives us further background into John's family and personal history, something was missing for me. I didn't feel the same attachment to the characters and there were very few scenes that left me with 'the feelings' that Diana usually conveys through her writing. There were a few lighthearted moments - John's cousin ...more
The story alternates between Lord John's ...more
Lord John is a very compelling character to read (and yes, the snippets of Jamie were absolutely wonderful, though very bittersweet)
Already started the next book, can't seem to stop.
I think Gabaldon must be channeling Grey, straight from Georgian England, because his voice is so authentic. Gabaldon's trademark historical detail is laced throughout, including an absolutely amazing scene involving leeches. [Incidentally, if you're a writer, I recommend you read this scene carefully. It's brilliantly done.] Here's an excerpt:
... Hal replied, bending over the table to peer at ...more
I've always liked Lord John and I liked that his romantic life was in the spotlight in this story but unfortunately there were too many particulars about the love interest and their relationship that just didn't lay well. The mystery portion of the story was a bit on the ridiculous side ...more
Lord John has a romantic fling in this one, but it was hard to enjoy it when I was so worried about him getting caught. This book vividly portrays 18th century homophobia, and indeed the mystery is concerned with a suspected Jacobite "Sodomite" plot that may have something to do with the ...more
The plot d ...more
Something else that keeps striking me about all of Gabaldon's books (surprising me every time) is to realize in t ...more
Other than that an easy and enjoyable read.
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