Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade (Lord John Grey Series)

Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade (Lord John Grey Series)

by Diana Gabaldon
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Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade (Lord John Grey Series) by Diana Gabaldon

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440337126
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/28/2007
Series: Lord John Grey Series , #2
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 19,461
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Diana Gabaldon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular Outlander novels—Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes (for which she won a Quill Award and the Corine International Book Prize), An Echo in the Bone, and Written in My Own Heart’s Blood—as well as a collection of Outlander fiction, Seven Stones to Stand or Fall; the related Lord John Grey books Lord John and the Private Matter, Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade, Lord John and the Hand of Devils, and The Scottish Prisoner; two works of nonfiction, The Outlandish Companion, Volumes 1 and 2; the Outlander graphic novel, The Exile; and The Official Outlander Coloring Book. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband.


Flagstaff, Arizona

Date of Birth:

January 11, 1952

Place of Birth:

Flagstaff, Arizona


B.S., Northern Arizona University, 1973; M.S., Scripps Oceanographic Institute; Ph.D., Northern Arizona University, 1979

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Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade (Lord John Grey Series) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 139 reviews.
msayyid More than 1 year ago
Read this book if you are in desperate need of any Outlander connection. As usual Gabaldon's writing style is superb, she paints her characters with extreme detail and startling depth while also plotting a mystery. The gay romance is beautiful and built upon layers of complication depicting an impossible love triangle (between three men). I've always liked Lord John Grey (except when he made his first move on Jamie at Ardsmuir) but I grew to love and sympathize with him in this book. I read this novel AFTER reading "An Echo in the Bone" and therefore was really rather grateful for all the clarification regarding Grey's elusive past and involvement with the infamous, Percival Wainwringht. Percy really keeps you on edge throughout the novel and you keep thinking "Okay what is he going to do next?" I kept thinking he was evil and never really trusted him. He is a very entertaining character. You get a good taste of the Seven Years War and the vivid recollections of war that come with most of Gabaldon's novels. Alas I can NOT give this novel 5 stars due to my lack of ardor while reading it. I got through it towards the end but enjoyed most of it. Gabaldon is a gifted writer and story teller and if you can not wait for her next book then this book will give you comfort.
la-bibliophile More than 1 year ago
A good read- sensous, action-filled though psychological novel, with brief glimpses of Jamie. Though the Lord John series is not quite as good as the Outlander series (but what could compete with Jamie- even for those of us who despise "romance" novels?), this series is an excellent way to wean yourself off the Outlander books, or to keep yourself occupied until the next Outlander book comes out. I wouldn't recommend this book for your average book club unless there aren't any homophobes, but otherwise, I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Diana Gabaldon has a magical way of drawing in her readers. The characters were well developed and understood. The Brotherhood of Blade is a fine example of historical accounts that, in many sad ways, still exsist today. 1758, a time of war in England is also a time of misery for those who would hide their identity, their sexual difference of preference from that the law permits via church and government. The book details the inside thoughts of those in fear of an inevitable exicution by grisly torture should they be revealed and exposed. The story is captivating. Having already read Lord John and the Private Matter, I had a sense of clear undestanding and backround to enjoy this read fully. Having said that, I am sure the book stands well on its own which is a quality in writing that I truly appreciate. I believe the sexual content, a bit descriptive was, infact, necessary for the reader to be able to imbibe and understand the writers passion. I enjoyed this read and would recommend it to any adult.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. To the reviewer who thought this was an adult book, I agree. But I think all her books are adult. Her descriptions of people are so full and well-rounded that they are a joy to read even if the story weren't riveting. I found the description of the gay lifestyle in the 1700s very interesting it was something I was unfamiliar with. Be sure to read Lord John and the Private Matter first, it makes this book more understandable.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Being a gay man in 1758 England is difficult as caught sodomites are hung in a grisly manner. The government does not call attention to a group of conspirators who will be tried for treason so instead accuse them of sodomy. Lord Major John Grey, brother to Hal, the Duke of Pardloe, keeps his sexual orientation hidden for fear a wrongly placed whisper means death. While in the Hal¿s Office, a page of their dead father¿s journal is found on his desk. Hal tells John he was exiled to Aberdeen when his father died because there were rumors that their father was a traitor who was going to be arrested and rumors of his being a sodomite were on everyone¿s lips. John takes solace in his new relationship with Percy, the stepson of the man about to marry his mother. Percy joins the same regiment that John and Hal belong to so that they have another reason to be brothers. John has recently been attacked several times their mother believes the incidents are tied to their father¿s murder. John is content to be with someone he cares about and not delve into the homicide even if it ties to the present. After their regiment deploys to the German front to fight the French, clues surface that could solve the decade old murder mystery. --- The latest Lord John book is more a historical drama than a mystery. Readers obtain a glimpse at life in mid eighteenth century England for someone who is gay. John is an honorable person who relishes his sexual orientation although he hates having to hide it (not out of shame but out of a real fear for his life). The murder mystery is interspersed throughout the story line as that subplot serves to enhance the look at the life of a homosexual in historical England. Diana Gabaldon¿s provides a powerful Lord John tale that is unforgettable especially with its relevancy today. This author can't write a bad book as they are all fascinating and memorable. --- Harriet Klausner Harriet Klausner
Englander More than 1 year ago
Already having earned gradute degrees in both Marine Biology and Ecology, Diana Gabaldon should probably qualify for degrees in far more subjects based on the extensive research that she must have done in this and all her other books including the Outlander series. Her works have priority in my library - all are well worth reading again and again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read if you have read the Outlander series. Especially if you are having Jamie and Clare withdrawal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Besides the well researched history woven into a great storyline, I love Gabldon's use of vocab.
Pam529 More than 1 year ago
I've read her Voyager series three times and I expect I will reread the Lord John series many times as well. Engaging, fun, historical fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the Lord John books, however, I love anything by Diana Gabaldon. There is not one book of hers that I have not added to my collection, and read numerous times and this one is just as good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
really interesting addition to the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As with all of the Outlander series, I have really enjoyed the Lord John Grey series. The Brotherhood of the Blade is my favorite of the Lord John stories. The reader really gets a better idea of who Lord John is.
Anonymous 29 days ago
I enjoyed this book greatly. It was romantic and dynamic. I will say that the last 150 pages or so began to drag, to then come to a rather abrupt end. I will most definitely be continuing the series.
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If you loved the outlander series, you will enjoy the Lord John series
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Meh. Must make it formal. <p> Name : Fritrz <br> Gender : &female <br> Apearance : Hehe. Look up the skin 'Enderman hunter'. Yerp. And she has blond hair with brown eyes and pale skin beneath the hood. <br> Weapon : A bow with flaming arrows. <br> Hates enderman. <p> ~ Moone
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