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3.13.2015

Book Report: Lord John and the Hand of Devils

I have been such a fan of Diana Gabaldon's for ages now (see here or here), but have actually only read the Outlander novels so far. So, it was a no brainer for me to pick another one of her books to mark "A book from an author you love that you haven't read yet" off the PopSugar 2015 Reading Challenge list.

Lord John is a great character from the Outlander series, so I decided to read the first of his series, Lord John and the Hand of Devils.
Lord John Grey is an officer in Her Majesty's Army in the 1750s, born of a noble family, and a homosexual during a time when being one was very dangerous and actually a capital offense.

The book is actually three short stories, and I enjoyed them all (as I knew I would). The stories all have a bit of mystery to them, and of course a bit of sexual tension as Lord John attempts to keep his feelings for the occasional gentlemen he meets hidden.

There are quite a few Lord John novels, and this one weirdly ends up being .5, 1.5, and 2.5 in the chronological order of them. Meaning you're meant to read the first short story from this book, then jump to the first novel (Lord John and the Private Matter), then back to this book for the second story, then jump to the second novel (Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade), then the final story in this book before continuing on with the series. I was able to follow along fine, but whenever I get around to reading the first novel of this series, I'll probably go back and re-read these before and after the first and second novels to get the full story.

What are you reading? Are you a Diana Gabaldon fan? Are you watching Outlander too? The second half of Season 1 starts back up again on April 5th!!

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