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
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
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
Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade is the second novel in the Lord John spin-off series which takes place during the twenty year timespan of Voyager. You don’t need to have read the Outlander novels to enjoy these books, though. They stand ve ...more
Anyway, Lord John, a minor character in ...more
This "love affair" is Lord John's relationship with his soon-to-be ...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
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
Und sie zerreißen einem das Herz, diese Greys. Mit ihrem ganzen Soldatentum, ihrem Ehrbegriff und der Geradlinigkeit und Ehrlichkeit, mit der sie versuchen durchs Leben zu gehen. Diese Familie ist unglaublich.
Und dann ist da natürlich ...more
"4.5 stars" Unlike the first three stories in the Lord John Grey series which are primarily mysteries, Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade takes a little different turn. The book is solidly in the historical fiction genre, covering approximately a year in John’s life and detailing all the things he does during that time which are widely varied. There’s still a mystery threaded throughout the book, but sometimes a few chapters can go by with little development takin ...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 t ...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
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
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
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