Jamie Fraser's role in this book is minor. Clearly he's important to Sir John, but the reason isn't adequately explained. I did read the first in this series, and I still wouldn't have understood without having already read the Outlander books. I thought this was supposed to be a series in its own right? That said, I loved the implicit humor, and pathos, in Sir John and his brother Hal working so hard to protect their mother when she's so obviously capable of protecting not only herself but them. I'm reading "The Outlandish Companion" and Gabaldon makes very clear that weak women bore her. Bennedicta's definitely not a weak woman, and neither is her neice Olivia.
to ZenSojourner - for someone who is not a fan of Gabaldon - you certainly have read a lot of her books?
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.
This is the story of Lord John as he tries to solve his father's murder and restore his family's honor - with a side dish of homosexual romance.
I eagerly look forward to any of Diana Gabaldon's new works as her prose is so vivid and meticulously detailed. Lord John, a soldier who began as a peripheral character in her Outlander series, is now getting a full-fledged story of his own as he endeavors to solve the mystery of his father's death. Complicating matters somewhat are the imminent marriage of his mother and the arrival of his new step-brother, in whom Lord John finds a kindred spirit, in more ways than one.
I wished to enjoy this book more than I did, but in the end I had to admit that even Gabaldon's way with words couldn't make up for the lack of energy and excitement surrounding Lord John's detective work. His soldiering and personal affairs, on the other hand, were the more intriguing aspects of the book.
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