Lord John And The Hand Of Devils (Lord John Grey, #0.5, #1.5, #2.5)
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Lord John And The Hand Of Devils (Lord John Grey 0.5, 1.5, 2.5)

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Diana Gabaldon, the New York Times bestselling author of Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade and the wildly popular Outlander novels, delivers three tales of war, intrigue, and espionage that feature one of her most popular characters: Lord John Grey. In the heart of the eighteenth century, here are haunted soldiers . . . lusty princesses . . . ghostly apparitions ....more
Hardcover, 302 pages
Published November 27th 2007 by Delacorte Press (first published January 1st 2006)
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Tatiana
May 10, 2010 Tatiana rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Diana Gabaldon's Lord John series
This collection of 3 stories (one short story and 2 novellas) is a must-have for all Lord John fans. It took me some time to figure out how these stories should be placed in relation to the 2 Lord John novels, so here is the order to save you trouble:

Lord John and the Hellfire Club (short story)
Lord John and the Private Matter (novel)
Lord John and the Succubus (novella)
Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade (novel)
Lord John and the Haunted Soldier (novella)
The Custom of the Country (nov...more
Christine (AR)
A collection of three novellas.

The first, Lord John and the Hellfire Club, I'd already read as part of one of the other Lord John books. I wasn't too impressed then, and upon re-reading it's still just meh. However, as it's the first Lord John story, it's worth reading.

The second, Lord John and the Succubus, comes between the two Lord John novels and explains his relationship with Namtzen. It was okay as a mystery, but I wish I'd read it before the novel it precedes.

The third, Lord John and the...more
Bette BookAddict
Apr 04, 2014 Bette BookAddict rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Bette BookAddict by: GR
Shelves: short-stories


I rarely read short stories so my rating probably reflects my impatience at the brevity of these tales. I've just finished Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2) and picked up this Lord Grey book while waiting for Voyager (Outlander #3) to be available at my library. Gabaldon tantalisingly drops the name 'Jamie Fraser' in each of the three stories and that itself was enough to keep me reading.

Hellfire Club: After an acquaintance is murdered, an event whch John Grey witnesses, he finds himself inexpl...more
Jane
Where I got the book: B&N clearance rack.

Do you have to be a Lord John Grey fan to read this book? I think not. Or not even, possibly, a fan of Gabaldon's Outlander series, although if you're not there will be one or two references to red hair that might confuse you. This collection of three stories (one short, one long-short-story length and one novella) is a decent introduction to Lord John and to Gabaldon's 18th century.

I've said a lot of what I think about the Lord John books in my revie...more
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 3.25* of five

Gabaldon's writing is of the kind I call "serviceable" but her characters either make you swoon, pant, sweat and holler, or they leave you completely cold. I fall on the non-hollerin' end of category A. I like these people, Lord John especially having a claim on me because he's a shirt-lifter (or Warmbruder, depending on where we are geographically).

This book is a collection of three novellas that Gabaldon wrote about the good Major Lord John Grey. One was written for this...more
Candice
John Grey is one of my favorite fictional characters ever, so to say I have mixed feelings about the Lord John series is a bit of an understatement. I love reading about Grey's life when he isn't with Jamie and Claire (the main characters from the Outlander series where Grey is a secondary character). But I'm completely thrown by the stories themselves. They're set up as mysteries, which is fine, but the cast seems to number thousands, and by the time we get to the point where the mystery is sol...more
Gaijinmama
#11 Lord John and the Hand of Devils by Diana Gabaldon


Lord John and the Hand of Devils by Diana Gabaldon


This collection of one longish short story (11,000 words) and two novellas (about 100 pages each) stars one of my favorite secondary characters from Gabaldon's Outlander
series. I'm madly in love with her romantic hero,Jamie Fraser, but lifelong Hag that I am,
I would ***LOVE** to sit down and have a nice pot of Earl Grey with Lord John, preferably with liberal amounts of brandy splashed in for...more
♥ Sarah ♥
Lord John and the Hellfire Club (3 stars)
(Lord John Grey, #0.5)
Read September 16, 2013
Since we first met him I've always liked Lord John. But I wasn't sure if I would read his spin-off series just because what I love most about Outlander is Jamie and Claire. But, I decided to go ahead and read these before continuing because I've heard that books six (A Breath of Snow and Ashes) and beyond are better if you've read them.

So anyways, this was a fun story I thought. Lord John finds himself thrown i...more
Joana

# Lord John and the Succubus (#1.5)

First of all I love the tittle of this novella. A succubus? Wooo, what are you up too, my dear John?

While is stationed in Germany, among the Hanoverian regiment led by Stephen Von Namtzen, Lord John is set in the midst of a mystery that it's spreading the fear among the troops. A "nigh hag" is coming to men at night, to suck their seed and their lives, a succubus.
Now, John doesn't believe in superstitions, but between the dangers of the french and Austrian armi...more
Ish Healy
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Genre: Novella, Historical, Mystery
Rating: A

Once again I’m going to start off a review of a Lord John story by referencing the first Lord John story, "Lord John and the HellfireClub." My critique there was that because of the brevity of the work some of the plot was lost due to all the details that Gabaldon includes in her writing. This issue is remedied in "Lord John and the Succubus". Part of this remedy is because of the increased length, while still being a novella it i...more
Karen
Ah another Lord John book. In all honesty, I am only reading these so that I can understand the crossover in Echo in the Bone (and I am expecting more crossover in Written in My Heart's Own Bloody next year).

I finished this book last week, and already I am struggling to remember the stories. They are bland, especially when compared to the exciting main story of Jamie and Claire. The mystery never really grabs me, and I find that the plots become so convoluted that I can't keep people straight;...more
Robin
This book is a short story and two novellas that should be read in chronological context because there are frequent references to characters and events that happen to Lord John in Gabaldon's Outlander series where the character first appears, and in the full-length novels about Lord John. A major element of Lord John, the ways he is written and the various challenges he must negotiate, deal with his sexuality, which was confusing in the first story, but became clearer in the final two tales. For...more
Alana
Lord John and the Hands of Devils is a collection that contains three Lord John mysteries... one simply called a short story and the other two meriting the designation "novella" from the author. Prior to starting the Lord John novels, I should have done a bit of research, as the first of these stories comes before the first novel in chronological order... similarly, the second story comes before the second novel and then the third story finishes things up. Reading them out of order doesn't neces...more
Brittany
As good as the other Lord Johns, and just as good as any of them for a Gabaldon-fix between here and Echo in the Bone.

I like Lord John a lot. He sounds like a great guy to hang around with, probably someone you want on your side in a crisis, and things certainly seem to happen around him. His stories are written with Gabaldon's trademark wit and drama. But, somehow, these books don't sing the way Outlander does. I read them waiting for the next Outlander book, and I feel like she writes them in...more
Antonia
i thoroughly enjoyed it. being not a big fan of overly long novels, this was ideal. a longish short story and two novellas. john grey is an interesting character and for a change the stories had enough substance and structure to keep me from criticising it like the most recent lord john novel (The Scottish Prisoner: A Novel).
it's a bit odd though that the point of time of these stories is between novels respectively and thus you either have to read a story and then a novel and then get back to...more
Jamie
I'd give 3.5 stars, if I could. The new story, "Lord John and the Haunted Soldier", is better than the first two which I have already read in other collections. I've decided that while I like reading about Grey himself and I enjoy the other characters in this series, the mysteries are too dry for me. I find at the end that I don't much care "whodunnit" or why.

I'm looking forward to the next book, though: Lord John and the Scottish Prisoner. That's what I really want to read about. How did Lord J...more
Reem_s_145509
Lord John and the hand of devils by Diana Gabaldon

This book has 3 separate stories. I read the last story that called lord john and the haunted soldier. Generally I love obscurity stories and enjoy read them. This story is not that much interesting. It has many events, which make me lost while I’m reading and require from me to read again to have clear idea about it. The story is tending to the police story kind. Grey was the main character in the story and he was fight against evil.
On the other...more
Erin
" Lord John and the Hand of Devils" is a collection of three novellas that DG has written over the past few years.

In "Lord John and the Hellfire Club", Lord John is returning to England after the closure of Ardsmuir. Through a chance meeting with his predecessor of aforementioned prison, Harry Quarry, Lord John decides to investigate the rather sudden murder of Quarry's cousin. Political intrigue do ensue and the ending is rather rushed but it certainly gives readers a good grounding of the char...more
Beatriz
I got sick of Gabaldon's Outlander series after the 3rd book, but I can't get enough of the Lord John series. His character was one of the things that interested me in the original series, so I'm so glad she decided to flesh him out. He's a fascinating character, very conflicted and believable. I can't wait for the next Lord John novel but unfortunately she's now working on yet another Outlander novel.
Annie
So... after finishing the Brotherhood of the Blade I finished the last of the three short stories in The Hand of the Devils. I really liked all of them because it's Lord John. ^^ My favourite although was the second one. I really like Stephan von Namtzen and the way he acts. But of course the story was great too. The story was a bit creepy fom time to time but that's what made it a good story. :)
Djrmel
I'm sorry to say, it's happened again. :( Once again, I'm off of Diana Gabaldon's books. She's a good story teller, I worship her research abilities, and she has wonderful ideas for plots. And I think Lord John is a damn interesting character, in his own right! But Jamie Frasier is dragged into each of these stories, and that's all a little too emo for me. I'm simply not a Jamie fan, I guess.
Valerie
I think I've already read the first two parts, as they were published in other places. But as always I find her forwards and acknowledgments worth the cost of the book. (In this case, free since I bookmooched this book.) As always I enjoy this character, and Gabaldon's writing very much.
Anne Harvey
Read as an audiobook, this book consists of one short story and two novellas, all with a supernatural theme. Much as I like Gabaldon's work, I didn't much care for the short story, Lord John and the Hellfire Club. It did not, for me, end satisfactorily. The first novella, The Succubus, was at times, and enjoyably so, humourous with the supernatural element explained away in a logical manner. The last novella, had only a loose connection with the supernatural in the sole appearance of the said so...more
Kelley  C

Lord John and the Hellfire Club: Set after the closing of Ardsmuir, this extremely short story involves the murder of a cousin of Harry Quarry, the guy that Lord John took over from as governor of Ardsmuir. The murder seems to be related to a gay/magic/murder club that exists in London at the time, and Quarry and Lord John seek to unravel the mystery. The story feels rushed and there's no real...depth. The ending isn't shocking or relieving because there's just not enough time to get invested in...more
Lindsey
This is a collection of three Lord John short stories. The first, Lord John and the Hellfire Club, I enjoyed, but it was just too short! I felt it ended abruptly. Honestly, this could have been extended into a full Lord John novel. The second, Lord John and the Succubus, was ok. It explored the relationship between Lord John and Stephan further. The third, Lord John and the Haunted Soldier, was a continuation of the novel Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade. It covered Lord John's recover...more
Mary Lauer
I don't think we've seen the last of Stephan van Namtzen.
Chy
I did not realize this was a collection of novellas and short story, and that they dotted the chronology of the two actual Lord John novels. The first entry of this book is a short story titled, "Lord John and the Hellfire Club," and it comes before Lord John and the Private Matter. "Lord John and the Succubus" comes after that first novel and "Lord John and the Haunted Soldier" comes after the second novel, (Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade).

Don't want to say too much because I really...more
Carolyn
This is a collection of two novellas and a short story (or vice versa) about Lord John Grey, a major in the British army in the 18th century. Lord John was introduced in an earlier novel taking place during the Jacobite uprising in Scotland, and he is now in the Seven Years War. The third novella was my favorite, the first being choppy and unclear and the second okay, but not as engaging. Lord John is a sympathetic protagonist. He is gay in a time when homosexuality was a capitol offense. He has...more
Casey
Lord John and the Hand of the Devils is one short story and two novellas.

My biggest question after reading this: why not publish all the Lord John stories in order?

I know they can be read out of order, but it makes more sense when you read them in order because of the relationships that develop among Lord John and other characters.

The Hellfire Club seemed too large of an idea to me for a short story. It ended rather abruptly, but then this was Gabaldon's first Lord John story.

The Succubus was...more
Kristen
This review is only regarding the third novella, #2.5, The Haunted Soldier. Lord John finds himself being interrogated by an army council on the specifics of an exploded canon - one that nearly killed him. This catapults him into yet another mystery, which includes a love triangle, political intrigue, and a government spy. Grey's relationship with his half-brother, Edgar, and his wife is touched upon, and our understanding of Grey's character--and his obsession with Jamie Fraser--is deepened.

Gab...more
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Diana Jean Gabaldon Watkins grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona and is of Mexican-American and English descent. She has earned three degrees: a B.S. in Zoology, a M.S. in Marine Biology, and a Ph.D in Ecology.

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