Saturday, 4 February 2012

HISTORICAL FICTION REVIEW: The Scottish Prisoner - Diana Gabaldon

Release Date: 01/12/11


In this highly-anticipated new novel, Diana Gabaldon brings back one of her most compelling characters: the unforgettable Lord John Grey - soldier, gentleman, and no mean hand with a blade. Set in the heart of the eighteenth century, Lord John's world is one of mystery and menace. Diana Gabaldon brilliantly weaves together the strands of Lord John's secret and public lives. Capturing the lonely, tormented, and courageous career of a man who fights for his crown, his honor, and his own secrets, Diana Gabaldon delivers breathtaking human drama, proving once again that she can bring history to life in a way few novelists ever have.


OK, to those who’ve already Diana’s work I’m not saying anything that they didn’t already know, to those who have seen the authors name and not sure whether or not to take a chance, this is perhaps the review to help you make up your mind.

First of all I was new to Diana’s writing when I was lent An Echo in the Bone. Yes I know, it was the seventh book in the series but the beauty and the story weaving was so exceptional that I had to go all the way back to the first book and read the series back to back.

As with Diana’s other books, this latest title is a story of honour, love, battle and of course the development of roles for the characters within. The fact that Jamie Fraser makes a reappearance will more than please fans of the Outlander series as he gets back to doing what he does best. Add to this a seriously delicious storyline, cracking character development alongside prose that many will fall in love with alongside a masters understanding of pace and it’s a book that is serious value for money. All I have to do now is set up a guard to protect my copy from a certain parent who’s already setting her sights on it.

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