The Scottish Prisoner (Lord John Grey, #3)
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In this highly-anticipated new novel, Diana Gabaldon brings back one of her most compelling characters: the unforgettable Lord John Grey - soldier, gentleman, and no mean hand with a blade. Set in the heart of the eighteenth century, Lord John's world is one of mystery and menace. Diana Gabaldon brilliantly weaves together the strands of Lord John's secret and public lives...more
Paperback, 560 pages
Published October 25th 2012 by Orion Publishing Group (first published 2011)
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Lori McD
3rd read: Feb 2013

OK, so I'm just a sucker for Jamie Fraser... and any book that he's in.

2nd read: Feb 2012

Just gets better! Not much to add this time through, except that I appreciated the nuances of this book so much more. I was, however, dismayed to realize that the name Tobias Quinn never darkened our door before in any previous Outlander or Lord John book. That was a mystery to me, but...

Also, I'd missed the resolution with Betty, the ladies' maid at Helwater in the 1st read. I was too foc...more
Karla

4.5 Stars! Thank you sweet Jesus...I got my Fraser Fix!!

Okay, first things first! I read out of order, because I had it on good word that this could be read as a stand-alone, especially since I've read all the books in the Outlander series...twice, some books more. So, I had all the history I needed, and I've been waiting and waiting and waiting...like everyone else...for, Written in My Own Heart's Blood, and I needed some Jamie and this book delivered! I wanted to see how animosity turned to f...more
Mary Rose
Can't wait for this book, for any of you out there that have read and fallen in love with the outlander series, this is supposedly about Lord John and Jamie's life before Claire returns. This time is only skimmed over as far as Jamie goes during the Outlander books, so it should be an interesting look as to what Jamie's up to after Claire returns to the modern era. And lets face it anything to do with our fav. scottish hottie is worth the look.
Elizabeth
OK, I am biased. It had Jamie Fraser in it.
Renee
Jul 16, 2012 Renee rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jamie Fraser fans
Shelves: read-in-2012
3.5 stars
While it was a good story, I was disappointed that Lord John had to share the narrative with Jamie Fraser. I've waited for years for a new Lord John book, and really wanted his story. And, while the book cover image and the Goodreads listing has the book as "Lord John and the Scottish Prisoner," I noticed that the library copy of the audiobook is titled, "The Scottish Prisoner" instead. This is much a more accurate title.

I found that the story itself took Lord John and Jamie's relations...more
Diane
I already KNOW my rating will be 5 stars...just sat down to lunch, turned Kindle on..opened Scottish Prisoner..at 1% and I'm grinning like a young schoolgirl who is experiencing her first crush!! Jamie is BACK!! :)
Lupdilup Duffy
This review is for the audiobook.
I can't resist! it's about Jamie :)
All I can say is that if you love Jaime you're going to enjoy this book very much. It is so nice to visit Diana's world and characters, I truly feel bad for Lord John, he loves Jaime more than I do, if that is possible.
Now for the narration, I have to warn all Outlanders's fans, the reader's voice and tone for Jaime is completely different from Davina Porter's, it takes a while to get used to him, but Diana's brilliant writing d...more
JustJayneIA
I am not a fan of Lord John or his series, but the promise of Jamie Fraser featuring prominently in this book convinced me to buy it.

I wish I hadn't.

Ultimately, I didn't feel that we learned as much about Jamie's time at Helwater as expected. Although Jamie is featured, this is still very much a Lord John book. For fans of the Outlander series, do not read this expecting it to be like Outlander. Although I knew better than to expect that, I came to realize that Jamie without Claire = dull and sa...more
Jane
Where I got the book: purchased at a conference. Signed.

The Scottish Prisoner could at a stretch be read as a standalone novel, but readers could potentially be confused by the references to events that happen within the Outlander series. This is, in fact, a full-length Outlander side-shoot, set at the point where Jamie is working out his sentence for his part in the Jacobite rebellion on an estate in England’s Lake District, believing Claire to be lost to him forever but still, naturally, pinin...more
Karen Charbonneau
Having read all of Diana Gabaldon's novels, including the Lord John series, in one fell swoop during the past year, I made certain to be the first at my public library to check out The Scottish Prisoner. It was an enjoyable immersion, to be once again alongside two of the three best-developed characters from her Outlander series, Jamie Fraser and Lord John Grey. Gabaldon's historic settings draw me in. Her characters reside in those settings realistically and she maneuvers the reader through the...more
Rachel
I am unequal to the task of summarizing over 9,000 pages of conflict into a concise paragraph to set up where The Scottish Prisoner fits in the whole of Gabaldon's massive canon of delicious tomes.

Let's just say: 1) read the Outlander series; and 2) the events in this latest Gabaldon take place during a gap in Voyager, and is in itself a continuation of Lord John Grey's story. This book has the exquisite double-whammy of featuring both Lord John and our favorite Highland warrior, the strapping...more
Jennifer Lane
I love Jamie Fraser!

When the masterful author Diana Gabaldon takes time out from her Outlander series to write other novels, sometimes I get frustrated. I want to know what happens next to Jamie and Claire! *stomps foot* But I am SO glad she wrote this novel. The Scottish Prisoner is part of her spinoff series about Lord John Grey, but the story focuses on Jamie during a heartbreaking stage of his life -- a story that simply needed to be told. It's poignant, funny, dramatic, and sweet.

The story...more
Donna
Let me begin by saying that I am not a big fan of the Outlander series(Gasp! Don't hate me for it) I don't like time travel books all that much and I find the series confusing when skipping back and forth in time. I am a big fan of the Lord John series, though. I think that Lord John is an interesting character, very dark at times, with moments of lightness and tenderness. I never know what to expect from him from one minute to the next. I like how his public life is at odds with his private lif...more
Tonya
I loved this story and the way that you got a glimpse into Jamie's life during his years at Helwater. His struggle to accept his role in life when he still found himself thinking of himself as a 'laird' still in some situations was not surprising. Jamie through all the books has always been a leader among men even when that's just taking the lead in the stables. The heartbreaking memories of Claire and his fervent, frequent prayers for their safety were so poignant and well written. (view spoile...more
Joanne
Although I quite like the book as a book, Rick Holmes is dreadfully miscast in this audio version. If the purpose of having two narrators was to give each character a separate focus and "voice", then it's beyond me why they would cast two actors with a very similar tone, style, and timbre. This works somewhat for Lord John - higher pitched and slightly nasal - but not for James Fraser whose voice in the books is described as deep, low, and husky.

But the worst thing is that his Scottish accent i...more
Matt
Dec 20, 2012 Matt marked it as to-read
Shelves: audiobook
Admittedly, I have always enjoyed the OUTLANDER series, even if it is not the genre I would usually read. Jamie, Claire, and the rest of the gang really do make for a great tale (and when read by Davina Porter, it comes alive). Although he plays a role in some of the books, I have always struggled with Lord John Grey and the stories that focus on him. THE SCOTTISH PRISONER was very much the latter, even though Jamie Fraser plays a key role in the story.

I know that Gabaldon`s use of this book to...more
Judith Starkston
The Scottish Prisoner is Gabaldon’s latest book in her extended family of books set in 18th century England/Scotland/Ireland. If you are one of the handful of people who haven’t read her bestselling books, I’ll give a brief overview so you’ll know where this most recent falls in place. Gabaldon says you can read any of her books as stand alones, but even she admits you’ll get what’s going on better if you read in order. Her main series encompasses the Outlander books in which one of the main cha...more
Summer
This is the third in the series starring Lord John Grey, a character in the Outlander series. There is something of an under current of whispered rebellion, that is centering in Ireland, and it smells of a Jacobite uprising. Jamie's past with the Jacobite cause and his ability to read Gaelic make him the perfect person to use for Hal's, John's brother, purposes.

I had a hard time rating this book. I loved the portions that included Jamie and you were able to learn more details about his life. I...more
Lisa Wolf
Jamie Fraser. If those two words send thrills up and down your spine, then you will undoubtedly want to read The Scottish Prisoner. If, however, that name means nothing to you... well, it's not that I wouldn't recommend The Scottish Prisoner anyway; I just don't think you'd enjoy it as much as we rabid fans do.

The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon fits into the Outlander timeline in the period covered in Voyager, book 3 in the series. Unlike the other Lord John Grey books, TSP features our fav...more
Chy
Um. Just so you know, like, I realize this is, say, a "mystery" sort of book, as are all the Lord John books, ay? But I seriously don't read them for the "mysteries," so I can't tell you if that aspect was good, bad, or what. I know it was written well enough that I never felt "lost" in it, which is good, because I was totally there just to follow Lord John and Jamie around.

And yeah, half this book is Jamie's POV, set in the time of Voyager. I had my doubts, there, because the Outlander books an...more
Donna
Diana Gabaldon continues to amaze me!!! Her story telling is exquisitely detailed so that you are easily transported into the story with characters. The visualizations are so exact and are a true testament to the thorough research she does for all of her books.

So, Jamie & John ... what a pair. They don't know what do to with each other and what to do with themselves around the other. Love the dynamic that has evolved between them. You are able to feel that a true friendship exists between. T...more
Aimie
Awesome awesome awesome....

I have tried to write this without spoilers but there may be little tid bits that couldn't be helped.

I'll start by saying after reading 'An Echo in the Bone' I have really disliked Lord John Grey, -- if you have read it, you should know why-- so I have stayed clear of all the other Lord John Grey books. I bought this book because i knew Jamie was a main character in it. But after reading it Lord John Grey won a tiny little corner of my heart.

In the front of the book...more
Ambre
I am a huge fan, but unlike many, Claire is not my favorite character (too likely to do something stupid requiring rescue) and the Jamie /Claire romance just doesn't light my fuse (too much ownership and power struggle). I do love Lord John and his enduring affection for Jamie, to me it makes the Jamie character less a brute and far more likeable.

Thjs is the first full length novel (I don't call 230 pages a novel) and so far by far my favorite of the series.

It starts off with a... Well, I am n...more
Mary
"But it marks you, killing. No matter why it's done. It's a brand upon your heart, and while it may heal, the mark canna be removed, save by a blade. All ye can hope for is a cleaner scar."

“Lord that she might be safe. She and my children.”

The Scottish Prisoner is technically considered the 3rd book in the Lord John series. However, it should also be noted as a mid-novel in the Outlander series. Both John and Jamie Fraser are the main characters in this story.

From Goodreads: "London, 1760. For...more
Beth
Why do I always read the Lord John books, hoping that I'm going to like them?

Don't get me wrong, I do like Lord John -- but let's face it, the main reason most people love the Outlander series is because of Jamie. Or more specifically, because of Jamie and Claire. Without the two of them, I just don't find it all that enjoyable. In fact, I really wish I would've stopped reading the series after Drums of Autumn. IMO, the rest were just not as good as the first four. I really really wish Gabaldo...more
Julie
If someone would have told me 2 years ago when I started the Outlander series that I would read a Lord John Grey novel I would have called them crazy! I didn't like Lord John at first, but he grew on me throughout the series and by the end of An Echo in the Bone he was a beloved character just as much as the rest. So this is my first LJG novel experience and I admit knowing Jamie was going to be in it was the draw for me. Jamie does have a huge presence in this story and I absolutely treasured t...more
Susanne
How could an "Outlander" fan NOT read this? That said, I found it only modestly appealing, not so different from the other 'Lord John' books. This one seemed a lot longer than it needed to be (but that's not a surprise either -- I can't be the only one who thinks Diana Gabaldon could use a good editor). I thoroughly like Lord John as a character, but the books devoted entirely to him clearly fall into the camp of 'British mysteries' as opposed to 'rousing adventures.' Glad I read it, but I MUCH...more
Patty
Conceding the point that not everyone enjoys Diana Gabaldon's Outlander Series, I have to give this review on my own personal preference. I enjoy an in depth historical epic. The longer the series, the better I like it. The more history involved the more real the story becomes. I have followed Jamie Frasier and Claire since the beginning. I know them well. When I sit down to begin a book, I want the author to carry me away and make me part of the world they created. Diana Gabaldon masters the ar...more
Fran
I was hoping for a continuation of the Outlander story, but I got Lord John & Jamie at a time in the middle of the story. It was, as all of her books are, engaging. I just missed Claire and the other time travelers.
Kenneth Fredette
I promised my daughter I would read this book. Nasty author published an excerpt from the next book. Will I have to read it? Yes, dam_ her.
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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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