In Lord John and the Hellfire Club, Lord John glimpses a stranger in the doorway of a gentleman’s club—and is stirred by a desperate entreaty to meet with him in private. It is an impulse that will lead Lord John 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 a lethal creature that appears at night. Called to investigate, Lord John soon realizes 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 baffling case of an exploding battlefield cannon that ultimately forces him to confront his own ghosts—and the shattering prospect that a traitor is among the ranks of His Majesty’s armed forces.
Lord John and the Hellfire Club
This was a short novella (short story?) that really wasn’t much of anything at all. John is mostly concerned about himself and his being gay. That is basically the point of the whole short story, is that John is gay. This really has nothing of note, neither good nor bad. It just is. My mind kept wandering during it because there was so little of note.
Lord John and the Succubus
I suspect if this is your type of story, you would find this really interesting. This is not my type of story, and I’m really only reading this because it is part of Outlander. This is just Lord John poking around at bushes looking into why people might think there must be a succubus around. Because I have read the series, I knew there was no succubus, which did kill any suspension of belief I might have had. It could have been my type of story had there actually been a succubus, but I knew that wasn’t possible.
The worst part of Lord John stories so far has really been the amount of infodump. Lord John goes around for 90% of the story doing things for whatever reason (I’m never really certain why he does anything at all, to be perfectly honest). Along the way he moons over Jamie Fraser because something manages to remind Lord John of the man (several times, every book). Hell, at times all it appears John does do is moon over guys that he may or may not be able to have. And then, the last 10% of the book is someone revealing everything in the most boring of fashions. Just talking and talking and spilling their guts out.
Really, if you’re into historical detective novels, you’d probably enjoy the hell out of this. Just..not for me. Unfortunately, I kept getting distracted by everything but reading this story (and I’m not prone to distraction while reading, typically).
Lord John and the Haunted Soldier
This novella clearly takes place right after the events in the second book in this series. I was actually interested in this novella when i thought it still was about Lord John recovering (mentally) from this incident. And then it turned into the same story as every other Lord John story, where he goes running around talking to people, then moons over James Fraser some, and then there is a large infodump at the end.
Too bad, because I was pretty interested in this story until it turned out to be completely unique to the series. Oh well. I’m done. I’m free of Lord John (until tomorrow when I read Seven Stones to Stand or Fall).
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