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Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade (Lord John Grey Book 2) Kindle Edition
The first book in Diana Gabaldon's LORD JOHN GREY series, set in the same world as her OUTLANDER novels
It's 1758 and Europe is in turmoil - the Seven Years War is taking hold and London is ripe with deceit. The enigmatic Lord John Grey, a nobleman and high-ranking officer in His Majesty's Army, pursues a clandestine love affair and a deadly family secret.
Grey's father, the Duke of Pardloe, shot himself just days before he was to be accused of being a Jacobite traitor. Now, seventeen years on, the family name has been redeemed; but an impending marriage revives the scandal. Lord John knows that as Whitehall whispers, rumours all too often lead their victims to the wails of Newgate prison - and to the gallows.
From barracks and parade-grounds to the bloody battlefields of Prussia, Grey faces danger and forbidden passions in his search for the truth. But it is in the stony fells of the Lake District that he finds the man who may hold the key to his quest: the enigmatic Jacobite prisoner Jamie Fraser.
Eighteenth-century Europe is brought startlingly to life in this compelling adventure mystery.
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"Strongly recommended . . . Gabaldon's expert knowledge of her time period and delicate feel for the intricacies of human behavior make this second Grey novel as enjoyable as the first."--Library Journal--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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- ASIN : B005CUTSKG
- Publisher : Cornerstone Digital; 1st edition (31 August 2011)
- Language : English
- File size : 1502 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 644 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 46,317 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I found the story far too confusing; I only finished it last night but, apart from the basics, I really couldn’t tell you what it was about. The author likes to use a lot of words, and sometimes I totally lose track of what she’s trying to say; also we had far too many pages filled with John & Percy gazing at each other etc etc etc. We've all got the picture about Lord John’s sexual preference - but I didn’t buy the book to read all about their passionate encounters; I wanted the back story on the Jacobite traitors and the late Duke of Pardloe, but the majority of the book seemed to be the live story of Percy & John!
We’re all eagerly awaiting the next instalment of Jamie & Claire’s story, but I guess these books are quicker to push out (less research?) therefore money coming in. I’m afraid I won’t be wasting anymore money on these books though.
One more thing ..... I know Ms Gabaldon is American but there were quite a few ‘americanisms’ in the book, and these don’t seem appropriate when writing about 18th century England (example: the porch area of a London house is described as a ‘stoop’)?
The action mainly takes place in London and Prussia but we do get to visit Helwater and Jamie. Two of my other favourite characters, Stephan and Harry Quarry appear too. There's a very emotional revelation about John's father's apparent suicide. Plus a mystery relating to some pages of his father's diary which are being delivered to Hal and their mother.
It's a very enjoyable read and helps to fill in details of everyone's lives during the period of Claire's return to the 20th Century.