The Scottish Prisoner - Diana Gabaldon

The Scottish Prisoner

By Diana Gabaldon

  • Release Date: 2011-11-29
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 349 Ratings


Includes a preview of the new novel in the Outlander series.

London, 1760. For Jamie Fraser, paroled prisoner-of-war in the remote Lake District, life could be worse: He’s not cutting sugar cane in the West Indies, and he’s close enough to the son he cannot claim as his own. But Jamie Fraser’s quiet existence is coming apart at the seams, interrupted first by dreams of his lost wife, then by the appearance of Tobias Quinn, an erstwhile comrade from the Rising.
Like many of the Jacobites who aren’t dead or in prison, Quinn still lives and breathes for the Cause. His latest plan involves an ancient relic that will rally the Irish. Jamie is having none of it—he’s sworn off politics, fighting, and war. Until Lord John Grey shows up with a summons that will take him away from everything he loves—again.
Lord John Grey—aristocrat, soldier, and occasional spy—finds himself in possession of a packet of explosive documents that exposes a damning case of corruption against a British officer. But they also hint at a more insidious danger. Time is of the essence as the investigation leads to Ireland, with a baffling message left in “Erse,” the tongue favored by Scottish Highlanders. Lord John, who oversaw Jacobite prisoners when he was governor of Ardsmiur prison, thinks Jamie may be able to translate—but will he agree to do it?
Soon Lord John and Jamie are unwilling companions on the road to Ireland, a country whose dark castles hold dreadful secrets, and whose bogs hide the bones of the dead. A captivating return to the world Diana Gabaldon created in her Outlander and Lord John series, The Scottish Prisoner is another masterpiece of epic history, wicked deceit, and scores that can only be settled in blood.

From the Hardcover edition.


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  • The Scottish Prisoner

    By CDugo
    Jamie Fraser is one of the best characters in the Outlander series. This novel takes place in 1760, 14 years after losing Claire. He is now on parole working in the stables of a friend of Lord John Grey. Lord Grey has a mysterious poem and information regarding a plot to overthrow King George II. There are accusations regarding a noble now in Ireland. Lord Grey and his brother enlist the help of Jamie in bringing the nobleman back to England and justice. There are twists and turns in the plot and the plot is woven into a history of the 18th century society. If you like Outlander, this is a similar pleasure.
  • The Scottish Prisoner

    By Cas7373
  • Great read!

    By s_u_z_b
    Wonderful addition to the Outlander series, love all the novellas and extras.
  • Scottish prisoner

    By Lrn2rd
    Loved it! I'm an avid Diana G. Fan. Loved reading some of the detail of certain events mentioned in the Outland series that was not clarified lest there be too much detour from that story. This was a refreshing detour after the fact. I'm still completely in love with Jamie, even more so than Sir John is.
  • A great gap filler

    By RaymRey
    I really enjoyed the book. I thought it did a lot to fill in gaps in the story line regarding Jamie's relationship to Lord John and William. An enjoyable and relatively quick read. I highly recommend if you like the Lord John books, because that's what this is, regardless of the title.
  • Idiots who wrote Bad Reviews, READ! GREAT BOOK!!!

    By pigletsmum
    People! This is a Lord John Grey book! Read the description!!! It's not a Jamie and Claire book! OMG! Obviously you people who are writing the bad reviews aren't die hard fans. The Lord John Grey books are another series that she has written. Get with the program! If you did read the John Grey series, you would find they are great books too, on their own merit. This is a great book!!!!! This is a great series!!!
  • Another Great Book by Diana!

    By Moon Lit
    Love her stories, love her characters!
  • The Scottish Prisioner

    By phackett
    This novella left me wanting more of Jamie Fraser, as usual. Very good short story. Highly recommend as a good read.
  • The Scottish Prisoner

    By KarenLain
    Awesome! Congratulations on another job well done! I have been reading Diana's work for 20 years and anxiously await every novel. For anyone who hasn't read the Outlander series, it's so worth your time. I cherish every one in my library. This novel being one of the Lord John Grey novels it has plenty of Jamie Fraser in it which was great! I feel every character She writes is so fascinating, whether you love or hate them they all come alive in the most entertaining way, and in our high tech, HD, instant gratification society that is a very impressive task anymore. Diana Gabaldon will be cherished as one of our century's most brilliant authors. She has such a gift of creatively melding historical fact and fictional characters, that they truly come alive and you end up genuinely caring for these people. She understands what every human needs, love AND adventure. I look forward to her next novel with the same anticipation I've had for each one published for 20 years! No one I have recommended her books to has ever come back disappointed. Thank you Diana for your brilliant work, you have an amazing talent and I hope you never stop writing as I will never stop reading and re-reading your wonderful books.