I’m currently suffering from Carpal Tunnel, so I’ve fallen behind on my book reviews. Since I’m having a few pain-free moments, I figured I’d do a quickie review of the third Lord John Grey novel, The Scottish Prisoner. This book takes place in the midst of Voyager, and features Outlander hero Jamie Fraser. In this novel, John is forced to come face-to-face with Fraser after the two men had a monumentally horrendous argument in book 2, Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade. In a synopsis according to Booklist:
After being paroled from Ardsmuir Prison, Jamie’s anonymous and relatively quiet routine at the estate that houses his illegitimate young son is abruptly disrupted by the unexpected arrival of Irishman and fellow Jacobite Tobias Quinn, who is hoping to unearth the legendary Druid’s Cup, thereby inciting rebellion against England. When Lord John Grey reluctantly seeks Jamie’s assistance to clear the name of a friend and fellow officer and to bring the true criminal to justice, a classic case of strange bedfellows ensues. The strong chemistry between these two stalwart, yet supremely dissimilar, protagonists crackles as they travel to Ireland and face a daunting series of moral and physical obstacles and quandaries.
This novel was an Outlander fan’s dream come true. In the novel, the two men set off to solve a mystery, and in the process come to understand one another and create a life-long friendship. Up until this point Jamie has been leery of John ever since discovering John’s feelings and predilections towards him. John has long regretted what happened between them at Ardsmuir, and has longed for a chance to renew their friendship again, instead of the cold formality that now exists between them. Having read the first 6 Outlander novels before the John Grey mysteries, it was clear that there was more to John and Jamie’s story then Gabaldon ever told in the main series. Though I wasn’t much of a John Grey fan before reading this series I completely love him now, and enjoyed reading about how he and Jamie became such close friends. I know I’ve said it before, but this book is a definite must read for Outlander fans.
This is my sixteenth completed review for the Historical Fiction Challenge