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Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade (original 2007; edição 2008)

por Diana Gabaldon

Séries: Lord John (2), Outlander (3.4)

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It is 1758, and the flames of the Seven Years' War are burning hotter than ever. The rigors and dangers of battle are actually a welcome respite for Lord John and his brother Hal, who feel the constant strain of their family's troubled history.
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Título:Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade
Autores:Diana Gabaldon
Informação:Delta (2008), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 528 pages
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Lord John Grey rides again

Not sure why I put this off for so long. Diana Gabaldon's John Grey books are great reads in their own right.

This second full-length novel delves into Grey's family history and a matter of lost honour that needs to be righted. I've no idea how historically authentic it is but it feels right. And a couple of guest spots from James Fraser don't hurt matters. ( )
  freelunch | Mar 10, 2020 |
Lord John and his brother, Hal, prepare for their mother's imminent remarriage as well as their upcoming deployment to Europe. At the same time, a conspiracy against the throne has potential implications for the family honour and pages from Lord John's father's last journal begin making an appearance.

Gabaldon excels at crafting gorgeous historical fiction and her Lord John novels are just as enjoyable as the main Outlander series. Fans of the latter will be pleased to see Jamie making an appearance in this volume but there's plenty here to make any reader happy. The world building is gorgeous, the plot is well-crafted, and the central mystery is twisty enough to keep anyone guessing. ( )
  MickyFine | Mar 1, 2020 |
60 points/100 (3.25 stars/5).

Lord John Grey's mother is getting remarried. With it brings up trouble from their past and his father's death, some dangerous situations, and a very handsome new step-brother.

Well, I certainly liked this book a hell of a lot better than the last one. The last one was some random story with a character that may or may not be Lord John. This book, however, is exactly what I was expecting out of a Lord John Grey novel. I have the character I enjoy back, I have something that is more than a weird detective novel, and I have what I expected. That isn't to mean I necessarily enjoyed it - I am basically reading this out of what feels like obligation towards the main Outlander series. but it was better.

This book, Gabaldon stuck to what she knew - and she knows how to form relationships between the characters. This book has romance, it has family, it has friendship. This book has what the last so dearly lacked. It also has the sense of honor and obligation that entails in a man such as Lord John Grey. I enjoyed John in this book so much better, because he is the character I have come to expect, enjoy, and look forward to.

There is still a mystery, but it isn't the only part to the book. There is also some war games that get played. And a lot of romance. The book is a bit all over the place for how short it is (and thank god it isn't the same length as a typical Outlander novel!), but it was decent nonetheless. There are a lot of plot threads that happen, maybe too much. I just didn't really care about it the way I care for an Outlander novel.

Still not my thing, but a much better book than the last. ( )
  keikii | Jan 23, 2020 |
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 and more joyful. Even if much more distant 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 definitely more of 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 much more extensive 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 lot more. I fight with my conflicted thoughts. For now I will give 4 stars. Think about it more. ( )
  Sarielle | Jan 15, 2020 |
Very good. Much better than Lord John and the Private Matter. I recommend this if you like Diana Gabaldon's other books. ( )
  waltandmartha | Dec 3, 2019 |
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