The narrative is uneven, but the characters are the whole reason why you'd read the book in the first place. Enjoyable, certainly.
I'm amazed how many stories that Diana Gabaldon has written intertwining the characters from her other books. I keep wanting to read more about the history of the times.
I loved hearing more back story on Lord John and having Jamie involved too was amazing. The book kept me guessing and everything tied in so well to the rest of the series
NOT SF/F. By the author of the "Outlander" series. Apparently having mined that line for all its worth (actually far far MORE than it was worth) she has apparently branched out into new areas of romance-noveldom - which still does not make THIS series SF/F either. I am SO tired of coming across stuff like this under SF/F and unwittingly (*shudder*) taking it home, only to find myself with a volume full of tripe. Seriously. The library needs to stop classifying romance novels as SF/F just because they involve time travel, zombies, witches, vampires, or werewolves.
As usual with Gabaldon's books, the characters fit into their historical era wih all the messiness that goes along with the political complexities of British politics in the eighteenth century. Her portrait of London with the mix of both real and imagined characters is very well done, and the Irish setting is a new element in
this well written and researched series.
I enjoyed these novels as much as the outlander series, which they fit neatly into.
Have read most of this series and this book didn't disappoint. I'm looking forward to the next book. I find the history in these books very interesting.
Whew! Had to read this one in record time, as it was due a week after I got to start it! A very enjoyable week, love the parleying (or should that just be parley?) between Lord John and Jamie. (Started Monday April 2, 2012, finished Monday April 9, 2012)
As John Grey is one of my favourites from the Outlander series, I enjoyed this quite a bit. Ms. Gabaldon's ability to weave well researched history into a intriguing story line is a gift. As I wasn't really looking for a 'Jamie' fix, I thought this moved along nicely with interesting characters and many moral questions to ponder about loyalty.
It does tie in to the Outlander books so I would recommend reading at least the first three or many of the references will be lost.
The best part of this book was the special early preview of "Written in My Own Heart's Blood," the next Outlander novel which appeared at the end of "The Scottish Prisoner". I could easily have read a condensed version of this novel, since I found it quite boring in parts. There was very little action, with most of the story dedicated to the thought process of it's characters.
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