“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
Jamie Fraser, a Scottish Jacobite from Gabaldon's bestselling Outlander series, is back and in the spotlight in the newest Lord John novel (after An Echo in the Bone). Having been arrested and paroled to the Lake District, Fraser has fathered a child with a noblewoman, though he cannot claim him lest he put his son's inheritance at risk. While engrossed in this complicated familial situation, Lord John Grey appears with an enigmatic letter that Grey suspects of containing clues to a political conspiracy. However, the mysterious message is written in the language of the Scottish Highlanders, which only Fraser can translate. His interpretation reveals the schemes of a corrupt and potentially traitorous military officer, Siverly. Promised his freedom by Grey's brother, Hal, in exchange for his help in tracking down Siverly, Fraser embarks on a quest fraught with murder, espionage, and the dredging-up of potent secrets. A complicated plot will likely baffle new readers, but long-time Gabaldon fans will find plenty to love.
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A great gap filler
I really enjoyed the book. I thought it did a lot to fill in gaps in the story line regarding Jamie's relationship to Lord John and William. An enjoyable and relatively quick read. I highly recommend if you like the Lord John books, because that's what this is, regardless of the title.
Don't buy it
Gabaldon either listened to a publisher or some such regarding the sequence. If you read the outlander series, this will be a disappointment. Claire is not part of the story. Those who thought it would be book 8 will notice rehashed material. Come on girl. That was underhanded! Because of your priorities, the preview doesn't even interest me. What I did discover because of your lost mojo is lots of other highland writers! Good luck on the next one!
The Scottish Prisoner
A bitter disappointment! I spent the entire book waiting for it to get to the continuance of Jamie and Claire's story, and it never happened. This is a Lord John Grey story, and I don't even like him. I haven't chosen to read the books that are about him, after I read the first one, and feel that I was misled. This book goes back in time to when Jamie is paroled at Helwater and goes off on a completely different tangent.
I have long been a huge fan of Ms. Gabaldon's and dearly LOVE the Jamie and Claire story. I have given no less than a dozen copies of Outlander to friends to get them started on the series.
I waited literally years for Jamie and Claire's story to go on, and now apparently must wait more years for that to happen. When it does go on, it is worth the wait. For me, this book was not worth the wait. It saddens me greatly to write this review.