Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Lord John and the Scottish Prisoner

Lord John and the Scottish Prisoner (Lord John Grey, #3)Lord John and the Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There is, in my opinion, nothing better than a book written by Diana Gabaldon. I think this is the best Lord John book she's written. The plot point was clear from the beginning of the story. There were the usual twists and turns - and characters! - that make DG's stories so easy to fall into. There's always that pang that comes when turning the last page, the wish that the story would just go on and on. This story led brilliantly into The Outlander series, covering a part of Jamie's life after Claire went back to the future. It was also a peek into how the relationship between Lord John and Jamie developed into the friendship of peers that is portrayed in the later Outlander books. I look forward to the Lord John books just as much as The Outlander books.

Synopsis: London, 1760. For Jamie Fraser, paroled prisoner-of-war, life is coming apart at the seams. In the remote Lake District, where he’s close enough to the son he cannot claim as his own, Jamie’s quiet existence is interrupted first by dreams of his lost wife, then by the appearance of an erstwhile comrade still fighting to rally the Irish. But Jamie has sworn off politics, fighting, and war. Until Lord John Grey shows up with a summons that will take him away from everything he loves—again. Lord John is in possession of explosive documents that expose a damning case of corruption against a British officer. But they also hint at a more insidious danger. Soon Lord John and Jamie are unwilling companions on the road to Ireland, a country whose dark castles hold dreadful secrets, and whose bogs hide the bones of the dead.

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

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