Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade (Lord John Grey, #2)
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Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade (Lord John Grey #2)

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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 disa...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by Delacorte Press (first published January 1st 2007)
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Res
The one where Lord John's mother remarries, which sets in motion new dangers, new revelations about his father's disgrace and death, and a relationship with an attractive new stepbrother.

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
Isis
Dec 04, 2013 Isis rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: slash fans, particularly of Sharpe and Age of Sail fandoms
Recommended to Isis by: Raven
I dithered about this. I feel a little odd giving a guilty-pleasure just-for-fun book like this five stars, but when I compare it to what I have recently given four, well, I have no choice. Because I loved this so very, very much.

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
Tatiana
Feb 02, 2010 Tatiana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Lord John fans
I still don't understand why Gabaldon's Lord John books are not more popular than they are. Is the "gayness" of the main character really such a huge turn-off? Because I can't find any other reason to dislike these books. To me, "Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade" is another great historical novel, full of subtle wit and humor, details of 18th century London society and entertaining descriptions of military living during the Seven Year War, along with a nice mystery (this time directly...more
Kelly
I enjoyed this book very much. Lord John is an engaging, interesting character -- and he doesn't spend a whole lot of time in this book mooning over Jamie Fraser! This is set right after the death of Geneva Dunsany in the Outlander timeline, but the meat of the book is a mystery in Lord John's own family, and John's love affair with an attractive young man. Gabaldon writes men very well -- we get enough emotional revelation to let us cnnect with the characters, but they are most definitely men.

T...more
Jane
Lord John, who emerged from the Outlander series as a separate series of novels, has a few problems on his plate. For one thing, he's in love with his new stepbrother. For another, the bitter feelings surrounding his father's death are still very much alive after a period of several years, and his brother Hal won't bear his father's title. Then there's the matter of the pages from his father's missing journal that keep turning up. . . On top of which, as a professional soldier Lord John generall...more
Kimberly
I read this book after finishing Gabaldon's A Breath of Snow and Ashes. Thank goodness I found out it was out as it restored my faith in Gabaldon's skill as a writer and storyteller.

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
Barbara ★
I really enjoy the Lord John tales by Gabaldon. They have absolutely nothing to do with her Outlander series even if Lord John is a minor character from it. The Lord John tales follow Lord John on his exploits with the Royal English Army (or whatever the hell its called). Of course, you also enjoy his day to day endeavors while he is on temporary leave and between war engagements.

This particular novel shuttles back and forth between the mystery of his fathers murder 15 years ago and his new step...more
Dawn
Unfortunately, the Lord John series is not nearly as satisfying as Gabaldon's Outlander series. I do love Lord John Grey as a main character but the plot-lines are rather difficult to follow and there are entirely too many characters to keep track of. As the second book in this series, I was disappointed in the lack of continuity between this book and the first in the series, Lord John and the Private Matter. The only similarity between them was Lord John as the main character. Not that I have t...more
Surreysmum
I dropped away from Diana Gabaldon's main (hetero) romance series after the second or third book, mostly because het romance isn't my thing, and possibly because she shifted the locale to the Americas, while my own initial interest was because of the Scottish setting. ("Outlander", the first book, owes a certain amount to an old favourite of mine, "The Flight of the Heron", though they are certainly very different in tone, detail and degree of graphic sex!)

Anyway, Lord John, a minor character in...more
Marcie
I've put off thinking about this one because I was so disappointed in it. At times, I downright hated it. Who the hell was this main character? I thought I knew, thought he was smarter, braver, funnier, more urbane than depicted here.

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
Leilani
I read the first couple of Outlander books about a decade ago, so I only retain a few foggy memories of them. Contrary to some of the other reviews, I enjoyed this book even without any detailed knowledge of the main series. The historical research felt strong and detailed; the characters felt appealing but not anachronistically modern; and the settings were vividly drawn - I felt like I was really in all those cold rooms with rain beating at the windows.

The story alternates between Lord John's...more
sage
warning: spoilers follow!


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
Chance Lee
The back of Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade goes into detail about the plot: the death of Lord John's father was surrounded in scandal and secrecy, and one of those secrets has resurfaced, forcing the family to confront the past. This plot drives most of the story's action, but the back of the book relegates the /emotional/ drive of the story to a mere few words, "a love affair with potentially disastrous consequences."

This "love affair" is Lord John's relationship with his soon-to-be...more
Mary
Diana Gabaldon never fails to deliver a well-researched and well-written novel. Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade is no exception.

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
George
First impressions: no idea she wrote this (sort of thing)! I was pleasantly surprised, after taking a risk on a $4 nice hardcover copy, some vague inklings in re the jacket notes, and generally pleasant memory of her Outlander series, to find that this was - subject matter wise - right up my alley, if you take my meaning (cough). So, about two paragraphs in, I realised my mistake. Or hers. She must have written this entire thing while under the effects of some mentally-debilitating drug. That's...more
Jamie
This book is set in 1758, immediately after the death of Geneva Dunsany and the birth of her son William, events that were described in the novel Voyager. It's pretty good; better than the first Lord John novel.

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
EvaS
I’m a big fan of Lord John, so I enjoyed this book. I can only describe it as a mystery with a dash of lust. I loved getting a glimpse into his life and his interaction with Percy, Hal & Jamie (it was enlightening after reading Outlander & getting Jamie Fraser’s take on things). The only part I did not enjoy was the military jargon and the descriptions of the battle & army… just not something I’m interested in. Diana does include a lot of military details & scenes in her other bo...more
Annie
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Catty
Jan 31, 2010 Catty rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: People who liked the Highlander saga, readers of historical suspense novels
Shelves: 2010, library-books
Another solid Lord John novel from Diana Gabaldon. I like the character very much, as well as the setting and the historical details. What I didn't like in this book particular was the suspense plot. It felt not really worked out. Also the half plot with Jamie Fraser was absolutely unneccessary. If I hadn't read the Highlander books, I had hated the character based on how he acted in this novel.
Other than that an easy and enjoyable read.
Kathy
Really 4.75 stars, so so glad I gave the Lord John series another chance (you were right kor!). The only slight criticism I could make was that there were just a few too many characters mentioned quickly in the backstories, had a hard time keeping them straight. But overall a great story, loved the "fleshing out" (pun intended) of John Grey. Now on to "The Scotish Prisoner".
Becky
This is the second of the Lord John Grey novels. It takes place about six months after the first. Lord John's regiment is about to leave London for the Seven Years' War in Germany, and his mother is remarrying. This spurs events that lead to John trying to clear the name of his late father, the disgraced Duke of Pardloe. The mystery angle of the book was eclipsed by its more personal elements, giving us a much more deeper view of John's life as a career soldier and a closeted, but active, homose...more
Blaine
There were moments when I thouight... thwarted again? But, all in all, I loved this book, flaws and all :)

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.
Valerie
Jul 02, 2008 Valerie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Debbie
Recommended to Valerie by: Diana Gabaldon
Her notes at the beginning of each book are often the best parts. Don't skip them. I like the explorations of what it would mean to be homosexual in the British army during this time period.
Ish Healy
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Genre: Historical, Mystery
Rating: A

I think, to date, Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade has been my favourite of the Lord John series. It is the most action packed of the series, with Grey actually commanding in Germany for a bit (and thus, putting to good use his title of Major), and also the most revealing, as Grey begins to tell the reader more of his and his family's history. By the end of the novel you have a much firmer understanding of who Lord John Grey is a...more
Maria Elena
It was good, entertaining, really funny at points and made me laugh out loud--mostly, I have to say, at John, and not with him. Not only does he have the worst possible timing, but also he aids his back luck a lot by being unabel to mind his own damned business.

This book is interesting because it explores a bit the relatioship between John and his brother Hal, and their mother. Lady Benedicat Grey is a force of nature, and I think I{d like to see her meet Jamie Fraser, just so they can face off...more
Casey
Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade has less mystery than the Private Matter and more character development. I missed the fun from the previous story.

Although this is a mystery - the mystery of Lord John's father's death that occurred twenty years ago - it is background to the relationships and experiences of Lord John.

I understand the motivations of Lord John far better after reading this. In the Outlander series, I disregarded him, and thought him to be rather arrogant. He annoyed me....more
Debbie
I re-read this book after reading An Echo in the Bone because some of the events in this book are important to the plot of Echo.

Like all of Diana Gabaldon's books this one was even more enjoyable the second time round. I am a huge fan of Lord John Grey and I love that his character has evolved into his own set of books. This book is set in Georgian England of 1758 with a detour into the Continent for a battle during the Seven Years War. Lord John is slowly uncovering the truth behind his father'...more
Kate
It's a mark of how appealing a character John Grey is that I have continued with this series. I liked this one better than "...The Private Matter" and the Lord John novellas I've read. (NB. I wish, on behalf of all of us OCD readers, that Diana had posted Lord John's chronology somewhere more obtrusive than in the midst of "...Hand of Devils;" now that I'm back to chronological order, the series makes more sense to me.) Still, Lord John himself, and his complex and highly-fraught relationships w...more
Heather in FL
Well, we got the buttsex, lol. I was beginning to wonder if throughout this whole series, we'd know Lord John was gay and had attractions, but he'd never actually have sex with someone as part of the story. And I thought Ms. Gabaldon did a pretty good job when it did happen. It wasn't quite explicit, but it was not fade-to-black either.

I really enjoyed this story. There were parts that dragged, but I'd been so interested in John's history with Percy that I really wanted to listen to this one. I...more
Maliha
Read this book if you are in desperate need of any Outlander connection. I originally gave this book 3 stars but then I read a few other Historical-Fiction novels, which were TERRIBLE, and had to change my rating of this book to 4 stars. As usual Gabaldon's writing style is superb, she paints her characters with extreme detail and startling depth while also plotting a mystery. The gay romance is beautiful and built upon layers of complication depicting an impossible love triangle (between three...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.

She currently lives in Scottsdale, Arizona .
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