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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: 'The Scottish Prisoner' Lord John Grey #3 by Diana Gabaldon

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming release that we're eagerly anticipating.

TITLE: 'The Scottish Prisoner' Lord John Grey #3

AUTHOR: Diana Gabaldon

RELEASE DATE: October 25th 2012


There are only two compensations to Jamie Fraser’s life as a paroled Jacobite prisoner-of-war in the remote Lake District: he’s not cutting sugar cane in the West Indies, and he has access to William, his illegitimate (and very secret) son, otherwise known as the ninth Earl of Ellesmere. His quiet life comes suddenly apart with the appearance of Tobias Quinn, an Irishman and an erstwhile comrade from the Rising.

Some Jacobites were killed; others, like Jamie, imprisoned or transported. Others escaped. And many of them didn’t give up. Quinn still burns with passion for the Stuart Cause, and he has a Plan. A singularly dangerous plan, involving Jamie Fraser and an ancient relic of Irish kingship—the sacred cup of the Druid King.

Jamie has had enough of politics, enough of war—and more than enough of the Stuarts. He’s having none of it.

I am a HUGE Diana Gabaldon fan. I adore all things 'Outlander' but like many fans I have a love/hate relationship with Gabaldon's mega-meticulous novels. On the one hand, I love that when a new 'Outlander' book comes out, we have 500+ pages to get lost in. On the down-side ... it's a 4-5 year wait between books. I am at the point now where 'An Echo in the Bone' feels too long ago and I NEED Jamie and Claire to come back into my life.

Which is why I am thrilled for Gabaldon's third 'Lord John Grey' book, 'The Scottish Prisoner'. Mostly because, as the title suggests, Jamie Fraser will be making a major cameo in this book. And tensions between him and John are likely to rise, as Gabaldon's sneak-peeks have suggested. I know that 'Scottish Prisoner' is way out of the current 'Outlander' series timeline (sitting somewhere in 'Voyager', I think?) but I like that Jamie's relationship with his illegitimate baby son, William, will likely be a focus. I think this will actually be a real cohesion between 'Echo', since in that book William's paternity became a focus...

I would read Diana Gabaldon's shopping list, if she'd let me. So I am beyond thrilled for 'The Scottish Prisoner' - bring on more Jamie, baby!


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  2. The Scottish Prisoner really delivers the goods. Most of it is told from Jamie's point of view, which makes it a whole lot more fun than the other Lord John novels. The story itself moves crisply from the North to London to Ireland and back again. Characters are well-drawn and reasonably interesting. The plot has an interesting twist towards the end, and the unlikely coincidences don't stretch credulity too much (well, maybe, but it doesn't matter). And it is always a lot of fun watching Jamie getting himself and his buddies out of some pretty nasty scrapes.


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