Saturday, November 17, 2007

Upcoming Release: Lord John and the Hand of Devils by Diana Gabaldon

Yay! Two new Diana Gabaldon books in one year! Well, actually that's probably not strictly true, but you have to do whatever it takes to comfort yourself when you are waiting for the next Outlander book...right? Or maybe that's just me?

This book is actually three novellas combined into one. The first has been around for a while under the name of Hellfire. I actually got it ages ago, first as a file on my computer, and the second time someone printed it out and gave it to me, but I still haven't managed to read it! Maybe this will be the time for me to actually read it!

The second story was originally published in the anthology Legends II, and I rushed out and bought this huge book, just for the Diana Gabaldon short story. I thought that this one worked really well as a short story and enjoyed it much more than I had enjoyed the first Lord John book, Lord John and the Private Matter.

The third story is actually new content, so I am very much looking forward to that one!

Here's the publisher information:

Diana Gabaldon, the New York Times bestselling author of Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade and the wildly popular Outlander novels, delivers three tales of war, intrigue, and espionage that feature one of her most popular characters: Lord John Grey. In the heart of the eighteenth century, here are haunted soldiers . . . lusty princesses . . . ghostly apparitions . . . dark family secrets. And here Lord John will face enemies who come in the guise of friends, memories in the shape of a fiery-haired Scot named James Fraser, and allies who have the power to destroy him with a single blow. . . .

In Lord John and the Hellfire Club, Lord John glimpses a stranger in the doorway of a gentlemen's club—and is stirred by a desperate entreaty to meet in private. The rendezvous forestalled by a sudden murder, Lord John will wade into a maze of political treachery and a dangerous, debauched underground society. . . . In Lord John and the Succubus, English soldiers fighting in Prussia are rattled by the nocturnal visitations of a deadly woman who sucks life and soul from a man. Called to investigate the night-hag, Lord John finds a murdered soldier and a treacherous Gypsy, and comes to the stark realization that among the spirits that haunt men, none frighten more than the specters conjured by the heart. . . . In Lord John and the Haunted Soldier, Lord John is thrust into the deadly case of an exploding battlefield cannon. Wounded in the same battle, Lord John is called to testify and soon confronts his own ghost—and the shattering prospect that a traitor is among the ranks of His Majesty's armed forces.

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. And in tales seething with desire, madness, and political intrigue, Gabaldon once again proves that she can bring history to life in a way few novelists ever have.

Luckily, I am number one on the request list for this book at the library, so hopefully I won't have to wait too much longer to get hold of it! The book is due to be released on November 27.

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