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Lord John And The Brotherhood Of The Blade I still don t understand why Gabaldon s Lord John books are notpopular 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 I still don t understand why Gabaldon s Lord John books are notpopular 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 to straight men was quite high, based on Lord John s experiences Who would have thought But joking aside, I really enjoyed this book maybe not as much as the first Lord John novel and will definitely read future Lord John stories Gabaldon is definitely a special writerP.S I partially listened to this book and the narrator is great Reading challenge 21 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 ve 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 showing up as threats in his family s mail, LJG is drawn back into the scandal, trying to dig up the truth All the while this is going on, his mother is about to remarry, bringing with him a new stepbrother called Percy, with whom John becomes romantically entangled LJG s investigation also brings him into contact with Jamie Fraser, the Scottish Jacobite prisoner he fell in love with during his time as warden of Arsdmuir prison Jamie does NOT reciprocate his feelings, but he may have information that could clear his father s name.Despite being a well educated man of means, Lord John Grey is a constant underdog, forced to live in a world where he can never be himself His constant transgressions provide a backbone of conflict that runs throughout even the most mundane of his interactions Nobody in his life suspects his double life, and at points he s forced to act as if he was normal and punish those who commit the same acts he does privately in order to remain safe It s an institutionalized hypocrisy that all these secretly gay men lived with daily, and Gabaldon manages to portray her world as one where Lord John is far from the only person in this precarious social situation It s a fascinating and heartbreaking dynamic.I m SUPER excited for the next book in this series, which is supposedly the story of how Jamie and Lord John finally become friends I am beyond ready for Jamie to stop acting like such an ass about LJG s sexuality He behaved atrociously in this book to LJG, cultural norms or not I m ready for them to be BFF now 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, but they are most definitely men.T 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, but they are most definitely men.The writing in this story was very polished and tight, the pacing was good, and we didn t spend 150 pages at one wedding I feel like Gabaldon needs to take some of the verve from this novel and inject it back into the Outlander series I had a very strange problem with this book, which I can t fully explain or say where it comes from, or even what exactly it is I generally read this book for a lot longer than I should have Let s start with the fact that I generally enjoyed this book I like John, mystery is good, writing style is excellent When I started reading it, I couldn t tear myself away from it The problem appeared when I made a break I didn t feel the immediate need to come back to it Sometimes, when I read many I had a very strange problem with this book, which I can t fully explain or say where it comes from, or even what exactly it is I generally read this book for a lot longer than I should have Let s start with the fact that I generally enjoyed this book I like John, mystery is good, writing style is excellent When I started reading it, I couldn t tear myself away from it The problem appeared when I made a break I didn t feel the immediate need to come back to it Sometimes, when I read many pages at once, I felt tired of this story And I don t quite understand it, because this story ticked off all the boxes for what I feel like now MM romance, good crime plotline and historical setting And yet I read several such books before I finished this one All this means I don t know how to rate this book and what to think about it.I wonder what actually didn t work The only thing that comes to my mind is that this story is a bit too serious for me in my current mood Huh, that sounds bad somehow And this is not exactly the point I do not know how to describe it, really Part of the point is that this is not a typical MM romance in which we know that at the end there will be a happy ending To a degree, also that we are not sure even if the mystery solution will be part of some happy ending Or even if it will be solved at all And partly because in this book a lot of things are happening that happen in real life and are not pleasant And to be totally honest instead of all this, I would rather prefer something much simpler, lighter andjoyful Even if muchdistant from real life and its realities So it s not the book, it s me, after all.I guess that s the point, I needed something happier And here, although we have very joyful scenes of John who finds a lot of happiness in his relationship with Percy that brought me a lot of satisfaction, we have definitelyof sad and cruel fate of homosexuals in the mid eighteenth century Of course, I am fully aware that this is what their life was at that time But I can t help but feel sorry for John, who must always fear betrayal and blackmail Who can not reveal anything to even the closest family Unhappily in love with a man who probably will never reciprocate his feelings Always hidden, always afraid that someone will find out It s very sad.Objectively, I must say that the mystery in this book is not in my opinion as good as in the previous one Although I admit that I don t remember that much from the previous one that I read many years ago But it seems to me that John previously conducted a muchextensive investigation than here Many things happen here by accident Of course, the love thread, war issues and the social life thread also take up a lot of space But because of this the mystery sometimes goes to the background, it is not the center of history I wish it was.This review has only slightly helped me sort out my thoughts and feelings for this book I think I m starting to understand what I had a problem with But it doesn t help me at all in rating this book If I only took into account how easy it was for me to read it, I would give it 3 stars But the truth is that if I was in a different mood I would probably give it 4 and I would like it a lotI fight with my conflicted thoughts For now I will give 4 stars Think about it 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 t 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 getting a love interest, you really get into his relationship with his family I especially loved his scenes with Hal Is it worth the read YES Is the depiction of John s sex life too graphic Your mileage may vary and depends on how comfortable you are with sexuality in general How excited am I for the Lord John novella set coming out in November Yes, that s a rhetorical question 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 suspe 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 the romantic plot and the historical milieu were both unrelentingly bleak and hopeless and depressing Significant parts of the mystery seem like a big mess the involvement of the O Higgins brothers, the really unnecessarily large number of people named Longstreet and people with the initial A, Grey asking Fraser to send some letters to help solve the mystery and then quite literally forgetting about them until reminded Gabaldon s sex scenes have improved since Outlander, which had one sex scene where I actually could not figure out what was going on She had good sexual tension going here, and some nice moments If I d been her beta I would have advised her that when you use the genteel generalities with a few details picked out method, one guy musing on the precise shape of the other guy s cock is maybe not the best detail to pick out The breathtaking new novel from Top Ten Sunday Times bestselling author Diana GabaldonIt sand 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 I m continuing to enjoy the Lord John spin offsthan 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 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 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 outside the barn after a confrontation with Jamie Fraser.The glue between all these story lines was the exploration of what is honor People in the past mother, brother took certain actions to protect the family honor Lord John struggled with behaving honorably All the craziness on the battlefieldis war killing really honorable or a desperate act of self preservation In the end, I felt sordid for reading itas if my own honor had been diminished, floating without an anchor 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 generall 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 all these people if someone is doing the voices.What I like most about the Lord John books is, I think, the fact that each one is based on a puzzle mystery that gets worked out by the last chapter whereas the Outlander series is very episodic I also enjoy seeing how Lord John negotiates a world in which homosexuality is a crime and a guaranteed route to social ruin if found out And I like this character I always enjoy characters who have a smooth, polished facade that hides deep emotions Dorothy L Sayers fans like myself may recognize Lord John as a gay Lord Peter Wimsey who, according to Sayers, is an 18th century gentleman at heart.Verdict Good If you like intricate plots in a historical setting, you ll enjoy

  • Kindle Edition
  • 511 pages
  • Lord John And The Brotherhood Of The Blade
  • Diana Gabaldon
  • English
  • 10 May 2017

About the Author: Diana Gabaldon

Diana Jean Gabaldon Watkins grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona and is of Mexican American and English descent She has earned three degrees a B.S in Zoology, a M.S in Marine Biology, and a Ph.D in Ecology.She currently lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.