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The Scottish Prisoner (Lord John Grey Book 3) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00654L9NC
- Publisher : Orion (1 December 2011)
- Language : English
- File size : 1498 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 561 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 17,345 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I've enjoyed the Lord John Grey novels, this one most of all as Grey and Jamie Fraser make a fine double act, and the latter features extensively in this tale.
if you're invested in the Outlander series, this is absolutely worth a look - and if you know the story from TV only then this offers an exciting outing for Grey and Fraser set during Season Three but not at all referenced on screen.
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I enjoyed this book but, personally, I’d rather DG stopped writing all these other ‘connected’ books and just got on with giving us the next instalment in the Jamies & Claire saga; it’s been too long!!
What I liked were the truths, mainly spoken by Jamie, about the realities of this relationship and his ability to withdraw from his surroundings, at the end of the book made explicit when he is constantly to be found in the library reading the ultimate book about loneliness, Robinson Crusoe.
As another reviewer has said, the book underpins the otherwise somewhat puzzling relationship they have in "Voyager", but as a story it stands on its own, although there are references to other books in the series.
I have read the acknowledgements in this and other Outlander books and have great admiration for the amount of research and expert advice Miss Gabaldon has had. I've said before in other reviews that Claire's English narration has largely seemed authentic, and I have little doubt about the details of Highland life in the 18th century. So among all this I am puzzled that neither the author nor the editor seem to have researched how British aristocratic titles work. Baronets are not "Lord"' they are Sir Fred Smith, their wives Lady Smith, their daughters do not take the honorific "Lady", merely Miss Smith, although baronets are hereditary, unlike Knights. The Duke of Cumberland, as a royal Duke, would be His Royal Highness, not His Grace. I assume Lord John's brother's sudden elevation to a dukedom is to explain why he is Lord John, instead of merely the Hon John, younger son of a Viscount, which is how he was introduced.
I continue to enjoy the Outlander books, faintly thankful that none of the subsequent books are quite as harrowing as Outlander 1, although often only it's a close run thing!
then The Scottish Prisoner is set after Culloden while James Fraser is in service (so part way through Voyager, really, making it difficult to choose whether to read Voyager before or after or even around this book. Maybe reading it after Voyager expands what he has been through and what family means to him. Either way this gives the main characters' back stories as they take place. On Its own it is good and rereadable later but within the whole set it's much better.
Now this made into a series with the same actors would be pretty damn fine splendid.