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“This could be the worthy Lord John Grey’s breakout novel, as readers are treated to large dollops of Outlander hero Jamie Fraser.”—Booklist
 
A captivating return to the world Diana Gabaldon created in her Outlander and Lord John series, The Scottish Prisoner is a masterpiece of epic history, wicked deceit, and scores that can only be settled in blood.
 
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.
 
Praise for The Scottish Prisoner
 
“Call it what you will—historical adventure, conspiracy thriller—it’s an engrossing story, masterfully paced, with exciting plot twists, swift reversals, and robust characterizations.” The Globe and Mail
 
“As always, Gabaldon goes above and beyond. . . . If you love historical fiction, this book could be a good entrance point into the Outlander world.” Bookreporter

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“This could be the worthy Lord John Grey’s breakout novel, as readers are treated to large dollops of Outlander hero Jamie Fraser. . . . The strong chemistry between these two stalwart, yet supremely dissimilar, protagonists crackles.” Booklist
 
“Call it what you will—historical adventure, conspiracy thriller—it’s an engrossing story, masterfully paced, with exciting plot twists, swift reversals, and robust characterizations.” The Globe and Mail
 
“As always, Gabaldon goes above and beyond. . . . If you love historical fiction, this book could be a good entrance point into the Outlander world.” Bookreporter

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.

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1 April Fool Helwater, the Lake District April 1, 1760 It was so cold out, he thought his cock might break off in his hand—­if he could find it. The thought passed through his sleep-­mazed mind like one of the small, icy drafts that darted through the loft, making him open his eyes.

He could find it now; had waked with his fist wrapped round it and desire shuddering and twitching over his skin like a cloud of midges. The dream was wrapped just as tightly round his mind, but he knew it would fray in seconds, shredded by the snores and farts of the other grooms. He needed her, needed to spill himself with the feel of her touch still on him.

Hanks stirred in his sleep, chuckled loudly, said something incoherent, and fell back into the void, murmuring, “Bugger, bugger, bugger . . .”

Jamie said something similar under his breath in the Gaelic and flung back his blanket. Damn the cold.

He made his way down the ladder into the half-­warm, horse-­smelling fug of the barn, nearly falling in his haste, ignoring a splinter in his bare foot. He hesitated in the dark, still urgent. The horses wouldn’t care, but if they noticed him, they’d make enough noise, perhaps, to wake the others.

Wind struck the barn and went booming round the roof. A strong chilly draft with a scent of snow stirred the somnolence, and two or three of the horses shifted, grunting and whickering. Overhead, a murmured “ ’ugger” drifted down, accompanied by the sound of someone turning over and pulling the blanket up round his ears, defying reality.

Claire was still with him, vivid in his mind, solid in his hands. He could imagine that he smelled her hair in the scent of fresh hay. The memory of her mouth, those sharp white teeth . . . He rubbed his nipple, hard and itching beneath his shirt, and swallowed.

His eyes were long accustomed to the dark; he found the ­vacant loose box at the end of the row and leaned against its boards, cock already in his fist, body and mind yearning for his lost wife.

He’d have made it last if he could, but he was fearful lest the dream go altogether, and he surged into the memory, groaning. His knees gave way in the aftermath and he slid slowly down the boards of the box into the loose piled hay, shirt rucked round his thighs and his heart pounding like a kettledrum.

Lord, that she might be safe was his last conscious thought. She and the child.

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He plunged at once into a sleep so deep and luxurious that when a hand shook him by the shoulder, he didn’t spring to his feet but merely stirred sluggishly, momentarily befuddled by the prickle of hay on his bare legs. His instincts came back to life in sudden alarm and he flung himself over, getting his feet under him in the same motion that put his back against the wall of the loose box.

There was a gasp from the small form in the shadows before him, and he classified it as feminine just in time to restrain himself from reflexive violence.

“Who’s that?” he demanded. He spoke low, his voice hoarse with sleep, and the form swayed back a little farther, exhibiting dubiousness.

He was in no mood for foolishness and shot out a hand, grabbing her by the arm. She squealed like a pig and he let go as though she were red-­hot, cursing himself mentally as he heard the startled grunts and rustlings of his fellow grooms overhead.

“What the devil’s that?” Crusoe demanded, in a voice like a clogged pipe. Jamie heard him clear his throat and spit thickly into his half-­filled pot, then bellow down the ladder, “Who’s there?”

The shadowy form was making wild motions, beseeching him to be silent. The horses were half awake, snorting with mild confusion but not panicked; they were used to Crusoe shouting in the night. He did it whenever he had the money to buy drink, waking from nightmares in a cold sweat, shrieking at his demons.

Jamie rubbed a hand over his face, trying to think. If Crusoe and Hanks didn’t already know he was gone, they’d notice in the next few seconds.

“Rats in the feed,” he shouted up. “I killed one.” It was a feeble story; there were always rats in the feed, and no one would have stirred a finger to investigate their noises in the dead of night, let alone hunt them in the dark.

Hanks made a sound of disgust, rustling his bedclothes. “The Scotchman’s buggering the horses again,” he said conversationally to Crusoe, though clearly speaking loud enough to be heard below. “Ought to speak to his lordship about it.”

Crusoe grunted angrily. “Well, whatever the fuck you’re doin’, MacKenzie, be quiet about it!” he shouted, and flung himself over on his pallet in a flurry of bother.

Jamie’s heart was pounding again, with annoyed agitation. He reached for the young woman—­no auld crone squealed like that—­but slowly this time, and she made no demur when he took her by the arm. He led her down the stone-­flagged aisle between the stalls and outside, shoving the sliding door to behind them with a rumble.

It was cold enough out to make him gasp, an icy wind flattening his shirt to his body and stealing his breath. The moon was obscured by racing cloud, but enough glow came from the sky for him to make out the identity of his intruder.

“What the devil d’ye want?” he snapped. “And how did ye ken where I was?” It had dawned on him that she hadn’t just stumbled over him in the hay, for why would a lady’s maid be poking about the stables at night? She’d come looking for him.

Betty lifted her chin.

“There’s a man what wants to talk to you. He sent me to say. And I saw you come down from the loft.”

That last sentence floated in the air between them, charged like a Leyden jar. Touch it, and there’d be a spark that would stand his hair on end. Christ. Did she have any notion what it was he’d been doing?

He caught the hint of a smirk on her face before a cloud shadow obscured it, and his ears went suddenly hot with rising blood.

“What man?” he said. “Where?”

“An Irishman,” she said. “But a gentleman. He says to tell you the green branch will flower. And to meet him on the fells, where the old shepherd’s hut is.”

The shock of it nearly made him forget the cold, though the wind was ripping through the linen of his shirt and he was shivering so hard that he found it hard to speak without his voice shaking. And that wouldn’t do.

“I’ve nothing to do wi’ any Irishmen,” he snapped. “And if he comes back, ye may tell him so.” He put a hand on the door, turning to go in. “I’m going to my bed. Good night to ye.”

A light hand ran down his back and stopped just above his buttocks. He could feel the hair there bristle like a badger’s, and not from the cold.

“Your bed’ll be cold as death by now.” She’d stepped close; he could feel the slight warmth of her body behind him, the heat of her breath through his shirt. And she still had her hand on him. Lower now. “Mine’s a good deal warmer.”

Holy Lord. Arse clenched, he moved deliberately away from her and pushed the door open.

“Good night,” he said, without turning round, and stepped into the rustling, inquisitive dark of the stable. He saw her for an instant as he turned to shut the door, caught in the flickering moonlight, her eyes narrowed like an angry cat’s.

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He made no effort to be quiet, climbing the ladder back to the loft. Hanks and Crusoe were pointedly silent, though he thought neither one was asleep. God knew what they’d say about tonight’s incident, but he wasn’t disposed to be worrit over that pair. He’d enough else to think on.

Betty, for one. For if anyone on Helwater estate knew his great secret, it was she. Betty had been Geneva Dunsany’s lady’s maid before becoming maid to her sister after Geneva’s death. How much of a confidante had she been, though?

He could still feel the pressure of her hand on his backside and squirmed his arse irritably into his pallet, the straw under his blanket poking him. Damn the woman. She’d given him an eye when he’d first come to Helwater from Ardsmuir prison three years before, a paroled Jacobite traitor, but a lady’s maid had little to do with a groom, and it was easy enough not to see her long-­eyed glances when she came to tell him that Lady Geneva wanted her horse. Not so easy to avoid Lady Geneva.

He grimaced in the dark at thought of Geneva. He wasn’t feeling charitable at the moment but crossed himself nonetheless and said a brief prayer for the repose of her soul, as he did whenever she came into his mind. He owed her that much, poor lass, no matter what she’d done to him.

But why the devil was Betty playing the loon now? Geneva had been dead more than two years, and Betty herself had come back to Helwater soon after her mistress’s death in childbirth. She’d not spoken a word to him in the last six months; why go to the risk of coming to the stable at night—­and, come to that, what had the silly wee bitch intended? Climbing the creaking ladder and sliding into his bed unannounced, with Hanks and Crusoe curled under their blankets six feet away, their great ears flapping? Sneaking him into the servants’ attic?

She couldn’t have meant to wait below for him; she hadn’t known he’d come down. For that matter . . . she said she’d seen him descend the ladder, but she hadn’t come to him then. Why not?

The logical answer presented itself, with a small jolt to the pit of his stomach. She hadn’t been looking for him at all.

He sat bolt upright before the train of his thought had entirely finished, his body grasping the point at once. She’d come to meet someone else, and that meeting had been interrupted by his own inopportune appearance.

An intruder couldn’t have hidden in an occupied stall or anywhere else . . . save the vacant loose box near the door.

And that’s why she woke me, he thought, hands clenching on the blanket. She had to draw me away, so the fellow could get out. Christ, he was in there with me! His skin prickled with mingled embarrassment and fury. The notion that . . . could it be possible . . . surely he would have sensed someone . . . ?

But he wouldn’t. He’d been so desperate to find solitude in which to reach Claire for that one necessary moment that he wouldn’t have noticed a bear lurking in the shadows, provided it hadn’t tried to interrupt him.

One of the cocks in the hen coop crowed, two more on its heels. A sleepy “Oh, fuuuck” came from a nearby pallet. A loud rustle of someone sitting up, and the hawking and snorting started. Hanks smoked heavily—­when he could afford it—­and took a good quarter hour to start breathing in the morning.

Jamie breathed deep himself, thinking. Then flung back his blanket and rose to meet what was likely to be an interesting day.

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ranchofiesta
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
The Scottish Prisoner is NOT the Claire and Jamie story.
Reviewed in the United States on June 13, 2020
This adventure story takes place in about the middle of Jamie''s time as a POW at Helwater. It''s told from both Jamie''s and Lord John''s POV and gives us an opportunity to see their lives, emotions, and thoughts that are touched upon in Voyager, the 3rd book of Diana... See more
This adventure story takes place in about the middle of Jamie''s time as a POW at Helwater. It''s told from both Jamie''s and Lord John''s POV and gives us an opportunity to see their lives, emotions, and thoughts that are touched upon in Voyager, the 3rd book of Diana Gabaldon''s Outlander series. The Scottish Prisoner also introduces some new characters, but only includes Claire in Jamie''s memories of her and not the actual appearance of Claire the character. This book gives a lot of backstory to the Jamie/Lord John/Hal relationship, which will be helpful for reading later books in the Outlander series.
I include a *SPOILER ALERT* at the behest of my 85 year old mother; if you are even the tiniest bit uncomfortable with gay sex, she suggests you skip chapter 9 "Eros Rising", as she wished this warning had been given her, in order to remain completely ignorant of the finer points described in the chapter.
If I were able to review the "Audio version" separately, I would give Audible one star. Using two different narrators was a waste, as I couldn''t tell one voice from another. Their "Scottish" accent for Jamie sounded like a very young Irish boy. Seems they were not at all familiar with character. And if they were giving a certain chapter or even paragraph from "Jamie''s" (a Scottish Highlander in his 30s) point of view, why would that be read with a British accent?? Don''t waste the extra money on the audio version!
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Patrick Murphy
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The Best Of The LJG Series!
Reviewed in the United States on October 22, 2020
My qualifications: I have read the 8 “Outlander” novels, the entire “Lord John Series” and am currently finishing, “The (Revised & Updated) Outlandish Companion”. In retrospect, I believe my Outlander journey would have been more cohesive having read ALL of the related... See more
My qualifications: I have read the 8 “Outlander” novels, the entire “Lord John Series” and am currently finishing, “The (Revised & Updated) Outlandish Companion”. In retrospect, I believe my Outlander journey would have been more cohesive having read ALL of the related books (including the LJG series) in true chronological order. Diana Gabaldon’s website has that info readily available.

Drawn initially by the Netflix & Starz broadcasts (yes, I’m one of those) and terrified by the thought of running out of Outlander content before “Bees” is released, I’ve quelled my Draughtlandish phobia by watching the television series, in it’s entirety for the third (so far) time.

I’ve become an obsessed Outlander fan, albeit quite late to the game. None would ever accuse me of being an “avid reader” but Diana Gabaldon has done just that. God bless her for it because I’m not sure I’d have survived this pandemic without her gift for storytelling.
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Gwynnion Kildare
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Cloth cut from Voyager''s coat
Reviewed in the United States on April 27, 2016
I''m not a huge fan of Lord John. In fact, his increased participation in the latest novels, along with William the Whiner, has somewhat lessened my enjoyment of them. However, this book strikes just the right balance with him if all you''re interested in is a new Outlander... See more
I''m not a huge fan of Lord John. In fact, his increased participation in the latest novels, along with William the Whiner, has somewhat lessened my enjoyment of them. However, this book strikes just the right balance with him if all you''re interested in is a new Outlander book to help you through the mid-novel drought.
Because, in many ways, this is what we have here - another Outlander novel, and a good one at that. In feeling, it''s very reminiscent of Voyager, during the period of which it takes place. Finishing it actually led me to pick up Voyager again, partly to reorient myself vis-a-vis the storyline, but also because it just felt like the same book.
I''m not a reader of the John''s series, so I can''t tell you if you should buy this for him. But I can tell you that if you were looking for Outlander, when you''ve run out of Outlander, look no further. Here''s a whole new novel for you. A bit short, yeah, but new, good, and very satisfying.
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Sheila M
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John and Jamie
Reviewed in the United States on October 19, 2018
FINAL DECISION: More Jamie than Lord John, this story is a type of buddy book with John and Jamie having to work together to solve a mystery involving a possible Jacobite group. I loved seeing Jamie for an extended period even though my heart hurt for him missing... See more
FINAL DECISION: More Jamie than Lord John, this story is a type of buddy book with John and Jamie having to work together to solve a mystery involving a possible Jacobite group. I loved seeing Jamie for an extended period even though my heart hurt for him missing Claire.

THE STORY: This book takes place in the time period covered by VOYAGER (and there are spoilers). Here Lord John Grey finds himself the recipient of a mysterious message written in the Scottish language. He reluctantly realizes that Jamie might be able to translate the message. (The two have had a serious falling out during an earlier Lord John story.) Jamie is suffering from the loss of Claire but watching over his illegitimate and unacknowledged son. But he is also approached with echoes from the past by Irish remnants of the Rising. These events send Jamie and John Grey on an adventure to discover the truth of what is happening.

OPINION: This is my favorite of the Lord John series, but it feels closest to Outlander because of Jamie''s presence. But the reason that I like this as a Lord John book is because Lord John is best when he is interacting with Jamie and not just thinking about him.

This book definitely takes it shape from the Lord John Grey series. It is a mystery that John goes to investigate. Here, because Jamie is such a central character, we get more of the interaction between John and Jamie. Their relationship is strained but this book is part of their journey to becoming friends again -- and this time a more honest friendship.

I really enjoyed the story which was political drama, a roadtrip adventure, historical download and a story of unrequited love all in one. I also enjoyed getting to see more of John''s brother and sister in law (a couple I enjoyed in their own story).

This book enhanced my Outlander understanding and also managed to be the best example of the Lord John books.

WORTH MENTIONING: This novel is told by alternating Jamie''s story and Lord John''s story as the stories overlap. It takes place in the space of when Jamie and Claire are apart VOYAGER.

CONNECTED BOOKS: THE SCOTTISH PRISONER is the third book in the Lord John Grey series. This series is a spinoff of the Outlander series. While it is not necessary to have read the other books in the Lord John Grey series to read this book, I believe it is necessary to read VOYAGER to appreciate this book.

STAR RATING: I give this book 4 stars.
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Edwina "I Love books"
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ABSOLUTLY LOVED IT!!
Reviewed in the United States on January 8, 2018
ABSOLUTLY AMAZING STORY!! I could barely put this book down. It is a Stand Alone in the LJG series but if you have read The Outlander series it will fill in a lot of gaps of the Storylines or characters that were left hanging. Plus I got my Jamie Fraser Fix. I Love the... See more
ABSOLUTLY AMAZING STORY!! I could barely put this book down. It is a Stand Alone in the LJG series but if you have read The Outlander series it will fill in a lot of gaps of the Storylines or characters that were left hanging. Plus I got my Jamie Fraser Fix. I Love the thought of Jamie Fraser and I hope there is someone out there in the real world like him!! I have No idea why it took me so long to read The Scottish Prisoner. I had read all the Outlander Books many years past and many times but this was my first LJG series book and I loved it. I didn''t even miss Claire!! The story is about the life of LJG and the Life of Jamie Fraser after he was sent to Helwater and his day to day life with his son William/ Willie the very young Earl of Elsmere it was just endearing!! I Loved it. Its a Keeper for future re reads. I Highly Recommend The Scottish Prisoner for you reading Enjoyment!!
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Tax Lady
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Excellent story of Jamie Fraser in the "in between" years
Reviewed in the United States on July 19, 2020
I really enjoyed this story. At times, because I read too fast, I would lose a little ground and need to re-read a part. It is the tale of himself being tasked with a trip to Ireland with Lord John Grey. A dangerous plot may be more than it seems and Jamie has the Gaelic... See more
I really enjoyed this story. At times, because I read too fast, I would lose a little ground and need to re-read a part. It is the tale of himself being tasked with a trip to Ireland with Lord John Grey. A dangerous plot may be more than it seems and Jamie has the Gaelic to understand the language and interpret. Paroled on an estate caring for the horses, Jamie''s life has come apart. He gave his word not to leave, living close to a son he cannot claim, sworn off politics, bereft of his wife long gone. On the road with Lord John life has much that isn''t apparent at first glance. What will the end of this journey bring to both?
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IDN
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I did love it.
Reviewed in the United States on June 10, 2016
I did love it...was in a near panic attack after finishing the last Outlander book... and there wont be another for several years....so having a little more with this book and some of the novellas, was just what I needed to ease out and land lightly into a world without... See more
I did love it...was in a near panic attack after finishing the last Outlander book... and there wont be another for several years....so having a little more with this book and some of the novellas, was just what I needed to ease out and land lightly into a world without Outlander. I would give 4 3/4 stars if possible, but it won''t let you. The reason for less than five...it''s just not the same without Claire. Also the ending, I was expecting more, but it is very hard to end books I know! Gabaldon is always great though. Taking a little break from Lord John Grey and reading something else, but will pick it up again and read the rest of them, while eagerly awaiting Outlander Book 9!
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Donna Rogers
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Fabulous installment in the Lord John saga
Reviewed in the United States on April 30, 2014
I read the reviews before I bought the book, and regarding the negative ones, they either are not familiar with Diana Gabaldon''s work, or they are not true fans. One person said the book lacked her usual quality of writing. (???) What??? It absolutely did NOT. Diana is a... See more
I read the reviews before I bought the book, and regarding the negative ones, they either are not familiar with Diana Gabaldon''s work, or they are not true fans. One person said the book lacked her usual quality of writing. (???) What??? It absolutely did NOT. Diana is a brilliant researcher and every detail is always as correct and beautifully described as she can make it. Some said it was too short. Well, in comparison to the main novels in the Outlander series, yes it is. But a book only needs to be long enough to tell it''s particular story. No need to drag things out. This one covered what it needed to and length should not be an issue. Yet another negative reviewer said the story was disgusting and gross. I had to laugh at that review. Actually, it was the main reason I downloaded this book. I''ve never known Diana to write anything "disgusting and gross", so I was curious. Come to find out, the book starts out with a very tastefully written masturbation scene. (OMG, GROSS! *rolling my eyes*) Anyone who has read all these stories KNOWS that Jamie loves Claire (his wife, I might add) deeply, and he misses her. He''s a male who is emotionally and PHYSICALLY missing his wife. So he masturbates one morning. It is not graphic. It''s actually very sad. You feel for him. This is a normal part of human sexuality and to negatively rate a book because of that is just plain ridiculous. As far as the homosexual content goes, Diana wrote the ONE sex scene very, VERY tastefully. It''s not graphic and there is nothing disgusting about two consenting adults expressing their love for one another. And everyone who follows this woman''s writing KNOWS that Lord John is a homosexual. So, if you object to homosexuality, why do you download a book whose main character is gay??? Defies all logic. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as I do ANY book with Lord John in it. His character intrigues me and I love the interaction between him and Jamie. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is a true fan of Diana''s series.
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Ruth
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Another good book from Diana Gabaldon
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 4, 2019
If you’re having withdrawal symptoms from the Outlander books you could try reading these Lord John novels; they feature the exploits of Lord John Grey - and this one actually has Jamies as one of the main characters. They can all be read as standalone novels. I enjoyed...See more
If you’re having withdrawal symptoms from the Outlander books you could try reading these Lord John novels; they feature the exploits of Lord John Grey - and this one actually has Jamies as one of the main characters. They can all be read as standalone novels. I enjoyed this book but, personally, I’d rather DG stopped writing all these other ‘connected’ books and just got on with giving us the next instalment in the Jamies & Claire saga; it’s been too long!!
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arabella tallent
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A good addition to the Outlander series
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 11, 2017
I found this book immensely sad. Two essentially lonely men, who have a history of a friendship ruined by a reckless act, together try to thwart yet another Jacobite rebellion. Jamie, for whom the 1745 rebellion was one rebellion too many and as a result of which has lost...See more
I found this book immensely sad. Two essentially lonely men, who have a history of a friendship ruined by a reckless act, together try to thwart yet another Jacobite rebellion. Jamie, for whom the 1745 rebellion was one rebellion too many and as a result of which has lost everything except his life, is dragged from the Lake District, where he is an indentured servant, to London to assist Lord John Grey unravel the mystery of a doggerel poem written in Irish Gaelic. En route their relationship is mended. Claire does not feature in this book, but her memory follows Jamie and feeds many of his decisions. What I liked were the truths, mainly spoken by Jamie, about the realities of this relationship and his ability to withdraw from his surroundings, at the end of the book made explicit when he is constantly to be found in the library reading the ultimate book about loneliness, Robinson Crusoe. As another reviewer has said, the book underpins the otherwise somewhat puzzling relationship they have in "Voyager", but as a story it stands on its own, although there are references to other books in the series. I have read the acknowledgements in this and other Outlander books and have great admiration for the amount of research and expert advice Miss Gabaldon has had. I''ve said before in other reviews that Claire''s English narration has largely seemed authentic, and I have little doubt about the details of Highland life in the 18th century. So among all this I am puzzled that neither the author nor the editor seem to have researched how British aristocratic titles work. Baronets are not "Lord"'' they are Sir Fred Smith, their wives Lady Smith, their daughters do not take the honorific "Lady", merely Miss Smith, although baronets are hereditary, unlike Knights. The Duke of Cumberland, as a royal Duke, would be His Royal Highness, not His Grace. I assume Lord John''s brother''s sudden elevation to a dukedom is to explain why he is Lord John, instead of merely the Hon John, younger son of a Viscount, which is how he was introduced. I continue to enjoy the Outlander books, faintly thankful that none of the subsequent books are quite as harrowing as Outlander 1, although often only it''s a close run thing!
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Exellent part of the Outlander series or read alone, a good storyline.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 1, 2019
Enjoyed this from start to finish. If reading the Outlander series and you want to keep the timeline, it may be best to read Dragonfly in Amber, then go to A Fugitive Green (novella, which is now pub. in Seven Stone to Stand or Fall) , then The Scottish Prisoner is set...See more
Enjoyed this from start to finish. If reading the Outlander series and you want to keep the timeline, it may be best to read Dragonfly in Amber, then go to A Fugitive Green (novella, which is now pub. in Seven Stone to Stand or Fall) , then The Scottish Prisoner is set after Culloden while James Fraser is in service (so part way through Voyager, really, making it difficult to choose whether to read Voyager before or after or even around this book. Maybe reading it after Voyager expands what he has been through and what family means to him. Either way this gives the main characters'' back stories as they take place. On Its own it is good and rereadable later but within the whole set it''s much better.
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Loved it and couldn’t put it down
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 21, 2018
Really enjoyed this book. Love all the Outlander books and have read and re-read them many times. The characters are so real you feel as if you know them personally and really care what happens to them. The book explores the relationship between Jamie and Lord John and how...See more
Really enjoyed this book. Love all the Outlander books and have read and re-read them many times. The characters are so real you feel as if you know them personally and really care what happens to them. The book explores the relationship between Jamie and Lord John and how it develops. A lot of the story is told from Jamie’s perspective and much as I love Claire and want her and Jamie to be together again it was interesting to have the story told from Jamie’s point of view and hear his voice. You feel so desperately sorry for Jamie and all the terrible things he has been through but there is some compensation for him in his growing relationship with William. I enjoyed getting to know character of Lord John better as well. I really felt that I was in the 18th century together with Lord John and Jamie! Very highly recommended.
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Brilliant book. I''ve read the Outlander series of books ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 6, 2018
Brilliant book. I''ve read the Outlander series of books (and seen the tv series as far as they''ve got) but this explains so much more about Jamie and John''s relationship and, maybe I''ve just not read the other stuff properly, but for the first time it struck me how tragic...See more
Brilliant book. I''ve read the Outlander series of books (and seen the tv series as far as they''ve got) but this explains so much more about Jamie and John''s relationship and, maybe I''ve just not read the other stuff properly, but for the first time it struck me how tragic and awful those 20 years were for Jamie - yes I know Claire missed him too but she knew he was dead - he couldn''t be anything else 200 years in the past but for him? 20 years of wondering if she''d even managed to return through the stones and to her own time? Sheeesh ... Now this made into a series with the same actors would be pretty damn fine splendid.
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