Monday, June 6, 2011

Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade

Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade (Lord John Grey, #2)Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade by Diana Gabaldon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a very good story woven around a central plot. I always appreciate the details Diana Gabaldon brings into her stories, her careful research that brings the reader fully involved into the story. This was an interesting story of avenging a father's death and homophobia in 18th Century England. It was a treat to find the story followed a storyline central to DG's Outlander Series, including the character Jamie Fraser.

Synopsis:
In 1758, in the heart of the Seven Years’ War, Britain fights by the side of Prussia in the Rhineland. For Lord John and his titled brother Hal, the battlefield will be a welcome respite from the torturous mystery that burns poisonously in their family’s history. Seventeen years earlier, Lord John’s late 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. Someone is taunting the Grey family with secrets from the grave, but Hal, with secrets of his own, refuses to pursue the matter and orders his brother to do likewise. Frustrated, John turns to a man who has been both his prisoner and his confessor: the Scottish Jacobite James Fraser.

Recommended Reading:
Lord John and the Hand of the Devils by Diana Gabaldon
Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon
A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon
An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon
The Outlandish Companion by Diana Gabaldon

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