Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade

by Diana Gabaldon | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9780385660969 Global Overview for this book
Registered by HoserLauren of Burlington, Ontario Canada on 6/10/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Picked up at a book sale.

From Chapters:
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 as Lord John Grey pursues a deadly family secret as well as a clandestine love affair, set against the background of the Seven Years War.

Seventeen years earlier, Grey’s father, the Duke of Pardloe, shot himself, days before he was to be accused of being a Jacobite traitor. By raising a regiment to fight at Culloden, Grey’s elder brother has succeeded in redeeming the family name, aided by Grey, now a major in that regiment. But now, on the eve of the regiment’s move to Germany, comes a mysterious threat that throws the matter of the Duke’s death into stark new question, and brings the Grey brothers into fresh conflict with the past and each other.

From barracks and parade grounds to the battlefields of Prussia and the stony fells of the Lake District, Lord John’s struggle to find the truth leads him through danger and passion, ever deeper, toward the answer to the question at the centre of his soul–what is it that is most important to a man? Love, loyalty, family name? Self-respect, or honesty? Surviving both the battle of Krefeld and a searing personal betrayal, he returns to the Lake District to find the man who may hold the key to his quest: a Jacobite prisoner named Jamie Fraser. Here, Grey finds his truth and faces a final choice: between honour and life itself.

Journal Entry 2 by HoserLauren at Toronto, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Lord John Grey is back in the second of his series. He is with his brother when a page from his dead father's journal is delivered to him. Grey knew that his father was murdered even though the death was made to look like a suicide, which had people wondering if he was a Jacobite supporter. Grey never questioned that his father was a Jacobite but after receiving the letter and speaking with his brother about it, he starts to question what he knows.

Meanwhile, as Grey investigates his father's past and those who are involved, his mother mentions that she is getting re-married so Grey has new family members in which to get used to. This includes a new step-brother Percy who Grey immediately takes a shine to. As the two are out, Grey is attacked and he suspects this is due to him looking in to his father's death.

This is another long book of almost 500 pages. Sometimes I wonder if Gabaldon cannot write books fewer than 450 pages. This was quite similar to the previous Lord John book in that it was interesting but I felt like I didn't fully understand some of the things that happened and was always slightly confused. I'm not sure why that was the case. I still enjoyed the book though and will continue on to read the third book in the series to see what Grey gets up to. For those that enjoy the Outlander series, Jaime Fraser makes a couple of short appearances in this novel.

Journal Entry 3 by wingAceofHeartswing at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, June 21, 2011
This book is with me!

Journal Entry 4 by wingAceofHeartswing at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Saturday, June 25, 2011
This is the second in the series of Lord John books but can be read as a stand-alone. In this book Lord John is searching out the reason behind his father's death. Although ruled a suicide Lord John knows it was murder. A page of his late father's journal was delivered to both his brother and his mother. Also Lord John has been attacked twice. Lord John is now determined to find out if his father was a Jacobite and who murdered him.

Lord John's mother is getting remarried and there is a new brother, Percival Wainwright to be introduced to and get to know. Percival is so attractive and seems to be equally attracted to Lord John. But this is the era where homosexually is the gravest of sins and severely punished.

Gabaldon writes books that are very readable. I loved the story of Lord John and Percival and loved the descriptions of war in Prussia and France. However, I found the story about Lord John's father very confusing. Whether it was the number of characters involved or the use of initials (Mr. A) or the storylines that seem to go nowhere (Jamie Frasier's letter writing), I was lost and unable to figure out what was going on.

The other nit I have is the total out of character sexual boasting by Lord John to Jamie. It was so unlike Lord John I couldn't believe what I had read and had to re-read it a second time.

Journal Entry 5 by HoserLauren at Toronto, Ontario Canada on Friday, September 09, 2011
Mailed today to my birthday partner!

Journal Entry 6 by terra57 at Hopedale, Massachusetts USA on Sunday, October 16, 2011
Thanks Lauren. Now I can't wait for winter to read them. Darn did I just say Winter? Ugg.

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