- Taschenbuch: 640 Seiten
- Verlag: Arrow (4. September 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0099463334
- ISBN-13: 978-0099463337
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 11 x 4 x 17,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 30.899 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade (Lord John Grey, Band 3) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 26. August 2008
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"Gabaldon provides a rich, abundantly researched, entirely readable portrait of life among the English upper classes in the 1750s. From London's literary salons and political intrigue to fearsome battle scenes in the Seven Years' War, her writing is always vivid and often lyrical" (The Washington Post)
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Diana Gabaldons Lord John Grey gewinnt an Tiefe, darf lieben, kämpfen, leiden und trauern.
John Grey möchte den guten Ruf seines verstorbenen Vaters wiederherstellen, muss nebenbei der Hochzeit seiner Mutter entgegensehen und sich auf den Krieg im Rheinland vorbereiten. Und wenn das nicht schon allerhand wäre, so bekommt er durch die Heirat seiner Mutter auch einen Stiefbruder und dieser Percy geht ihm dann auch nicht mehr aus dem Kopf ...
Ein wahrliches Leseabenteuer ... ich fühlte mich sofort nach England zurückversetzt und hielt bei der Schlacht von Crefeld mehr als einmal den Atem an. Gabaldon weiß wirklich zu unterhalten und die Figuren erwachen nahezu zum Leben!
Segun ella la Gabaldon escribe super bien
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The novel is also not gay fiction. There are a few sex scenes, but the main element is the life of the gentry in London and in the regiments, the manners and the underside of life. You don't see the heroines in Jane Austen's books doing the laundry: here, the faithful manservant Tom always seems to be concerned about the stains on Lord Grey's clothes--London was not a place where you could stay clean for long.
Gabaldon's novels are an acquired taste. Here, you'll find elements reminiscent of Austen, Dickens, and Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series. If you want a hard-core mystery, this isn't it. If you want pure battles, try Sharpe or Hornblower. Gabaldon can draw from different genres successfully. I remember buying a used paperback in the Outlander series: the previous owner had carefully inked out all of the sex scenes (heterosexual in that series). The owner had liked the historical romance aspects, but not the rather explicit sex. Gabaldon is not going to sugar-coat her work to please a particular group--that's a rare ethic nowadays, and a highly commendable one. An enjoyable read!
Yes, Lord John is a homosexual. Gabaldon made that adamantly clear in her Outlander series, and it is an essential part of his character, but it does not define him as a man. The homosexual love scenes are indeed graphic and I'm unsure as to why Gabaldon decided they were so necessary to advance her plot. Some insight is given into Grey's character through them, however, and one of the main themes of betrayal certainly is shown through the relationship between Grey and Percy. Even less clear to me, however, is why Grey felt the need to confront Jamie about his own homosexuality toward the end of the book; it's not a spoiler to say that the scene in question left me scratching my head as to what exactly was accomplished, other than to make sure we had another glimpse of our favorite Scot.
In general, this is a well-written book that is not overly verbose as Gabaldon is sometimes accused of being, and the plot itself is tightly woven. I loved the characters, even the minor ones, and I was reminded of why Lord John was so compelling when I first met him in Voyager. Gut-wrenching at times, violent at times, and definitely emotional, this is a good entry in the series and an engaging historical mystery. Recommended with the caution that you won't find all the answers you're looking for, but definitely will enjoy the journey.
Brotherhood of the Blade is the sequel to Lord John and the Private Matter. Both books dovetail nicely into the Outlander books, but you really don't need to read them to know what's going on. Gabaldon manages to fit any exposition neatly between the comings and goings of the two novels without making it so blatant as to bore the reader.
John and older brother Hal are being taunted with pages from their late father's journal--pages that seem to insinuate that their father was a traitor and that his death avoided what was to be a family scandal. John is forced to go see the one man who might have a clue to the issue--Jamie Fraser, a convicted Jacobite officer that John is only too familiar with. Near misses by would be assassins only strengthen John's resolve to solve this mystery--even though Hal and their mother want it to remain dead and buried with the late Duke of Pardloe. Add an unexpected romance, another death in the family, and the regiment's coming departure for the Prussian war and this book is rife with intrigue and action.
Gabaldon has created a wonderful sequel, one that far surpasses the writing of the first. The characters are intricate and multi-layered; John Grey more so in this book than in the previous. The action is full of surprises, tense and never slowing. The battle scenes carry the smell of smoke from the realism. And Outlander fans get a few scenes with their beloved Jamie Fraser.
On a scale of 5 stars, I give this one the full five--for action, adventure, believable and interesting characters. A great story well crafted. Bring on more Lord John Grey--with a new book in November; Lord John and the Hand of Devils. I can't wait!
First, for all the people horrified that their precious little heterosexual eyes have been tainted by having to read a gay sex scene: Quit whining and grow up. If you're really a Diana Gabaldon fan, you should already know she writes fairly graphic (and hot) sex scenes, and you know that John Grey is gay. Put two and two together, people! What, did you think he was going to spend the entire series drinking tea and engaging in witty repartee? No one complained back in "Outlander" when Jamie BEAT Claire, or when Gabaldon wrote graphic depictions of Brianna and Claire being raped, because that was nice, heteronormed male domination, right? But now we're all going to be offended because Ms. Gabaldon depicts a pair of happy, affectionate gay men having sex? Grow. Up.
Oh, and those of you whining that somehow THESE sex scenes were "gratuitous" or not necessary to the plot: Did you actually read the book, or were you too busy being shocked, shocked! to notice how important the physical relationship is to the plot? The things we learn about John and Percy during their one (that's right, just one!) sex scene are central to their characters. Not to mention the poignancy their intimacy lends the eventual tragedy that befalls them... So is the sex "gratuitous"? No more so than any of the dozens of other scenes Gabaldon has written over the years. Indeed, I would rather read a scene between Grey and another man than have to suffer through another awkward, unsexy, passive-aggressive encounter between Brianna and Roger, any day.
Now, for those of you who are actually adult enough to read and appreciate this novel: "Brotherhood of the Blade" is a vast improvement over "Private Matter," back to the quality of some of the earlier books in the Outlander series. (We'll say "Voyager," perhaps - nothing else to date has been able to compare with the first two books, alas.) In the chronology, this book takes place around the death of Geneva Dunsany and the birth of Jamie's son Willie. Jamie himself does make several appearances, but his role here is much smaller than the jacket copy would have you believe. (Moreover, in one scene in particular, we see a rather ugly side of him. It's justified and completely in character, but for those of us who've been a little bit in love with him for years, it's a bit upsetting.)
As the book opens, Lord John's mother, Benedicta, is remarrying - a common occurrence that nevertheless sets several things in motion. For one, Grey is introduced to his new stepbrother, Percy, and an attraction springs up between them. But then Benedicta and Grey's brother Hal are the recipients of mysterious pages from Grey's father's diary - the same father who supposedly killed himself years ago after being accused of being a Jacobite. Someone is trying to tell the Greys something, but who that person is and what they have to say is left a mystery nearly to the end.
Calling this book a mystery novel is somewhat of a misnomer. It's not a mystery in the traditional sense, where clues are dropped and the reader is invited to solve the puzzle before the protagonist. Instead, we learn things as Grey learns them, and as he struggles with his own memories of his father. Meanwhile, of course, there's his entanglement with Percy, and the threat their relationship poses to them both. Indeed, indiscretions and betrayal nearly destroy one man's life and another's career.
Gabaldon has done another magnificent job creating truly believable, sympathetic characters here, and giving them a living, breathing world to inhabit. She never stoops to caricatures or stereotypes, and isn't afraid of creating flawed heroes. If you're mature enough not to be squeamish about those infamous sex scenes, you will find yourself caring deeply about Grey and wanting to see him happy; knowing some of his future from previous books, you'll now see some of the loves and tragedies that shape him into the man alternately loved and resented by the Frasers. Gabaldon has done it again, and now I only hope that the next Lord John book (also coming out this year) maintains the high standards she's set here.
Lord John Grey's older brother Hal, now the duke of Pardloe since their father's death, has received a page from the diary of their father. Their father's death brought scandal to the family as he allegedly committed suicide. John, however, knows their father was murdered and it is now time to find the killer. Lord John's mother is about to marry for the third time which also means a step brother, Percy Wainwright. John and Percy are attracted to each other in an age when their sexual preference was a hanging offense, particularly for those in the military. When Percy is caught in the act, John is faced with trying to find a way to save Percy's life without exposing and risking himself.
This is the second book focused on Lord John, introduced to us through the Outlander series, and a much better book than the first. Although there are scenes between John and Jamie, the focus of this story is John, Percy and the murder. It is a wonderful depiction of the period, exciting, suspenseful and more emotional than I'd have thought. It's also nice as I believe it could be read as a complete standalone. But it is particularly wonderful for those of us who are huge Gabaldon fans.