Friday, March 2, 2012

Brotherhood of the Blade

Today I'm going to cover the second book in the Lord John series by Diana Gabaldon.

First things first, a little information about this book.

Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade
Author: Diana Gabaldon

Synopsis from Goodreads
In her much-anticipated new novel, the New York Times bestselling author of the Outlander saga brings back one of her most compelling characters: Lord John Grey—soldier, gentleman, and no mean hand with a blade. Here Diana Gabaldon brilliantly 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. . . .

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.

Fraser can tell many secrets—and withhold many others. 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, caught between his courage and his conscience, must decide whether his family’s honor is worth his life

Wow! I'm not even really sure where to begin. I loved this book way more than the first one. This one delves more into John's private life, his secret love life, his family life particularly with his brother Hal, and all while trying to solve a mystery about his father's death.

By the end of this novel I felt so much respect for John it awed me, and I have also come to the decision that once I finish reading the Lord John books I am going to reread the Outlander series because I have no doubt I will see John in a whole new light now.

That's all for this post guys I'll catch up with you next time! I'll most likely update some other books I've read, or maybe even give a review on the YA book I just finished called Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
Until then read, write, and enjoy life!

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