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Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade From The Exquisitely Talented And Award Winning Author Of The Outlander Saga Come Two Additions To The Oeuvre, Both Featuring Lord John Grey NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Diana Gabaldon, The 1 New York Times Bestselling Author Of The Outlander Saga, Brings Back One Of Her Most Compelling Characters Lord John Grey Here Gabaldon Weaves Together The Strands Of Lord John S Secret And Public Lives A Shattering Family Mystery, A Love Affair With Potentially Disastrous Consequences, And A War That Stretches From The Old World To The New It S Been Seventeen Years Since Lord John S Father, The Duke Of Pardloe, Was Found Dead, A Pistol In His Hand And Accusations Of His Role As A Jacobite Agent Staining Forever A Family S Honor Now Unlaid Ghosts From The Past Are Stirring Lord John S Brother Has Mysteriously Received A Page Of Their Late Father S Missing Diary And John Is Convinced That Someone Is Taunting The Grey Family With Secrets From The Grave So He Turns To The Only Man He Can Trust The Scottish Jacobite James Fraser But War, A Forbidden Affair, And Fraser S Own Secrets Will Complicate Lord John S Quest Until James Fraser Yields The Missing Piece Of An Astounding Puzzle And Lord John Must Decide Whether His Family S Honor Is Worth His Life.


10 thoughts on “Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade

  1. says:

    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 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 least favorite I don t care for the one sided relationship What I love is that it has gobs of UST and semi explicit erotic romance but is not, at heart, a romance I am not a romance genre fan, and that is what wrecks most m m novels for me This is an adventure mystery story, and the plot twists that deal with the realities of being a homosexual soldier and nobleman in the 18th century are fabulous and terrifying at the same time The battle scenes are gripping, and the society interludes wickedly funny I appreciate the careful structure, with guns subtly hung on the walls in early parts that are later...


  2. says:

    I still don t understand why Gabaldon s Lord John books are not 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 involving Lord John s family.It should be noted however that Gabaldon turns the gay sexy up here a notch There are some man on man scenes, fairly explicit IMO, with generous use of words like prick and arse I don t think I enjoyed these scenes too much, but I have to admit, some of my curiosity was satisfied I only hope I got the logistics right, it can be confusing when two he s are involved in the matter But I digress Aside from that, I ve learned many other curious things about the period there were actually chamber pots located right in the dining rooms, just hidden my screens, and they were used during parties officers used to sleep with curling papers in their hair, even during war time the ratio of gay...


  3. says:

    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,...


  4. says:

    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 suspense books for the plot sure to be a disappointment.But part of it is the books.Lord John s infatuation with Jamie Fraser is beginning to call for intensive therapy I didn t actually believe their confrontation in the stable late in the book sexual boasting is way out of character for Grey with anyone, let alone with Fraser but its inclusion suggests that Fraser unbalances someone s brain, either the character s or the author s Aside from the Fraser bits, the character stuff in this book is reasonably satisfying I liked seeing the development of Grey s relationships with his brother and his mother but th...


  5. says:

    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 truly cemented him as one of my favorite characters ever He s real and he makes choices, which sometimes ends up being mistakes This is especially apparent in his short dealings with James Fraser and his first shot at love since Hector Lord John isn t meant to be perfect and for this I am grateful A lot of people who don t like the book will say I don t need to know about Lord John s sex life that shouldn t be the reason why you turn on this book Asides from...


  6. says:

    I love Lord John Grey I kind of want to be best friends with him Or, at least take him out for drinks and commiserate about how he has absolute shit luck with romance He seems okay with his life, but I just feel so bad for him, like, all the time 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 very well on their own.The Lord John books are essentially historical mysteries set during the time of the Seven Years War Lord John is a an officer in the British army He is also gay, something which was absolutely taboo at that time, and punishable at times by execution The central mystery of the book features Lord John and his family once again becoming embroiled in the scandal that killed his father years before Because of the scandal, which ended with the Earl supposedly killing himself, and LJG s older brother refusing to take his title, the remaining Grey family has had to step carefully lest they too be accused of treason.The thing is, LJG s father didn t kill himself he was murdered, and his mother made it look like suicide in order to keep her children safe So when pages from his father s journal start showin...


  7. says:

    I m continuing to enjoy the Lord John spin offs than the actual Outlander books This one contains some of the most powerful scenes I ve read by Gabaldon Onward to the next one with the flash of a blade


  8. says:

    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, 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 hearted romp.2nd Problem Too many problems did their father commit suicide or was he murdered, and who murdered him, was he really a Jacobite traitor, why did the new lover stepbrother officer trainee betray him, and should John now let him hang as a despised sodomite By the time we discover who murdered his dad, I couldn t remember who this person was The fact that John was sleeping with his new stepbrother and a subordinate officer he was supposed to be training totally icked me out And I really hated that it took him so long to figure out that he should not let this young man die for doing the same thing he is guilty of doing and let go of the grudge Like it would be hard to out smart the guards and free him His idea of honor and mine are very different 3rd Problem Did I really need the graphic, blow by blow sex scenes, complete with even a little SM whip action Nope Nor the gross, desperate, frantic, cataclysmic masturbation scene ...


  9. says:

    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 generally has a battle to fight somewhere, and the next one may cost him his life.As always, I m impressed with Gabaldon s command of dialog and attention to historical detail As always, her plot is intricate and involves a large number of characters I have decided I need to get a better handle on the Outlander world if I m going to keep reading these books and I will, I m a sucker for a lively historical novel so I ve downloaded the audiobook of Outlander and intend to work my way through the series in the order they were written Perhaps my poor lame brain can get its head round al...


  10. says:

    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 explicit detail than I expected.The mystery plot was a bit convoluted than I considered necessary, especially since I d completely forgotten who the villain was by the time he arrived at the end hundreds of pages after his last mention I m still not even sure what his motive was was he going to expose someone, or was he merely framed as a conspirator I m afraid it s a muddle.But I can say that the scenes set in Prussia were fabulous Gabaldon has a real knack for writing 18th century warfare And unlike most hero books, the men on the field simply felt like ordinary men No one came off as larger than life or patterned off a superhero They just seemed like regular guys who happened to be scared shitless AND fighting a gruesome war And that was refreshing to me because the lack of fear dehumanizes a character and I wanted all these people to feel human.I love Stephan like a much loved thing I want Percy to grow the hell up, but I don t trust him to And I really loved the darker turn of John s character at the end, where he does have secrets and a much looser morality than we ve seen before I hope Gabaldon will stick around in this universe for a while...


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