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Историческая авантюра с легким налетом готической мистики. Главный герой, английский лорд Джон Грей, человек с сильным, но противоречивым характером, участвует в разных приключениях, на которые был так богат 18 век. Тут и дуэли, и расследования убийств, и якобитские заговоры, шпионаж, даже чернокнижие и попытки заключить сделку с Дьяволом......

Title : Lord John and the Succubus
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ISBN : 18710891
Format Type : Hardback
Number of Pages : 113 Pages
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Lord John and the Succubus Reviews

  • Matt
    2019-04-16 02:56

    Lord John continues his adventures as a soldier and highfalutin sleuth. Away from the busy streets of London, Grey finds himself in Prussia, acting as an English liaison officer and settling disputes for some of the locals in the town of Gundwitz. Local lore professes to the existence of a succubus, who is said to have visited a number of townsfolk and is blamed for the death of a Prussian soldier. Skeptical, yet curious, Grey goes to the graveyard to investigate and stumbles upon an English soldier with whom he is acquainted. While trying to quell another round of superstitious behaviour and solve the murder, Grey finds himself fighting his attraction to Hanoverian Captain Stephan von Namtzen, an elusive 'agreement' with Jamie Fraser the main impediment. Grey must also dodge advances by the beautiful young widow Louisa, Princess von Lowenstein, who seeks to lessen Grey's daily tensions. While Grey seeks to solve the case logically, something sinister keeps him from presenting a quick. All around him the battle is raging on and the Seven Years War has only just begun. Gabaldon is wonderful in her storytelling and keeps Grey fans wanting more.Gabaldon offers another gem in her Lord John series, which hones in on Grey's sleuthing capabilities as well as his past with one Jamie Fraser. The attentive reader will tease out nuggets to add to the Outlander series, in which the entire LJG series serves as a bridge in time during the Jamie-Claire hiatus. Lord John is sure to continue playing a key role in this series (obviously) and the larger Outlander one, in the books to come. While I have read this novella before, new crumbs as they relate to the larger double series emerged, making this an all-around enjoyable feat. Not to be missed as part of the larger reading experience known as Gabaldon's Outlander mega-series.Kudos, Madam Gabaldon for adding to your already interesting character. How can I not love Grey and his dry wit as he solves crimes in what seems to be his spare time?Like/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at:

  • Kathryn
    2019-04-22 23:10

    I liked this one much better than LJ and the Hellfire Club and LJ and the Private Matter. Not sure exactly why; I'm starting to like LJG more. Maybe because this develops the relationship with Stephan more? This has definitely re-energized me to continue with The Brotherhood of the Blade.

  • Lisa Wolf
    2019-04-12 03:10

    This is at least my 3rd time reading this novella -- and each time, it's quite fun. For fans of the Outlander series, these peeks into the life of Lord John are entertaining and enlightening, and will make you love John even more. For extra enjoyment, check out the audio version. The narration absolutely captures John's dry wit.

  • Delta
    2019-04-23 04:03

    3.5 stars

  • Amy
    2019-04-08 20:52

    3.5As I've mentioned before, I really like Lord John Grey. He's quite intelligent and he's quite the mystery solver. This tale involves the tale of a Succubus attacking men. LJG is able to determine the root of the cause via his stellar detective work. I must say that I'm also really enjoying the little tidbits we get of his valet, Tom Byrd.

  • Melanie
    2019-04-21 21:51

    Lord John continues his adventures in Prussia, serving as the English liaison officer to he First Regiment of Hanoverian Foot. While stationed at the town of Gundwitz reports reach him of a local succubus who is said to have visited a number of townsfolk and is blamed for the death of a Prussian soldier.Skeptical, yet curious, Grey goes to the graveyard to investigate and stumbles upon an English soldier with whom he is acquainted. While attempting to solve the mystery, Grey finds himself fighting his attraction to Hanoverian Captain Stephan von Namtzen, as well as deflecting the advances of the beautiful young widow Louisa, Princess von Lowenstein, at whose castle both men are staying.While Grey seeks to solve the case logically, something sinister keeps him from completing the task. All around him the battle is raging on and the Seven Years War has only just begun. I really love Lord John's character and enjoy watching as the mysteries unfold. Gabaldon is gifted storyteller and keeps fans wanting more.

  • Kristen
    2019-04-07 22:09

    True to form, Lord John Grey once again finds himself in the middle of a fracas. It's humorous to me how he always stumbles upon these things and finds himself knee-deep in some sort of scandal or investigation. In this novella (originally published in 2004 in the anthology Legends II: New Short Novels by the Modern Masters of Fantasy, edited by Robert Silverberg), it is the fall of 1757, and Lord John is stationed in the town of Gundwitz, Prussia as the English liaison to the Prussian army. As liaison, he is forced to mediate a dispute between an English soldier, a Prussian tavern owner, and a gypsy prostitute. This begins his adventure, which involves investigating the mysterious deaths of two soldiers, thought to have been killed by a succubus. The rumors of a female demon preying on men in their sleep passes like wildfire throughout the troops and soon the camps are in an uproar. Everyone is too afraid to sleep, so the soldiers fight to stay awake (using various interesting tactics), and their performance in the line of duty is thereby compromised. Lord John is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery, having every confidence that there is a logical explanation for the deaths.As always in the Lord John stories, there are one or two references to Jamie and Claire Fraser, but they are brief and do not shed any new light on the adventures of your favorite Outlander couple. This is not Gabaldon's best work, as I believe she writes best when not constrained by time or word count. But the humor and lightheartedness of John Grey still shines through, and there is even a bit of a shocking revelation about his past toward the end. I love Lord John and will continue to read more in his series.

  • Caitlin
    2019-04-09 22:55

    I found this little prophecy particularly interesting: “Any woman who shares your bed will leave after no more than a single night, cursing you.” Because, inAn Echo in the Bone, that is not true.

  • Ashley
    2019-04-11 01:51

    I love all the interpersonal stuff in this novella, with LJG and his German captain who maaaaybe is gay and maaaaaaybe is not, and the stuff with his footman Tom Byrd of course, but the mystery in this was pretty uninteresting until almost the very end. Full review can be found in my review for the bind-up collection Lord John and the Hand of Devils.[3.5 stars]

  • Chad Quintero
    2019-03-27 23:58

    This one starts off a bit sleepy w, and I had trouble keeping my focus, but it quickly picks up and becomes an interesting novella. A nice side story for Lord John, but not essential reading for the main Outlander story.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-12 21:04

    Yes, yes I did read a book with the word succubus in the title. And I liked it. :-)

  • Toni FGMAMTC
    2019-04-18 21:00

    LJG is such a great man. He's also an excellent detective, always solving the mystery. He's fair and honest, and I just really like him the more I learn of him. 3.5 stars

  • Jujubee
    2019-04-18 01:54

    The drums were beating in the distance, ordering the troops. The thrum of them beating his blood, in his bone."Read this in Lord John and the Hand of the Devil. The author spins an excellent puzzle of local folk lore, gypsies, family loyalties, amongst the harsh realities of war and military politics. Seemingly unrelated at the onset, but no less tramatic, a double murder mystery engulfs Major Grey's circumstance in his current post. There was a lot of pieces spinning here, including wisps of "possibilities" toward John's true self, that I thought were brought together brilliantly. Within all the revelations I found LJG's sharp intelligence and curiosity, ingrained sense of duty and logic, deep-seated protectiveness of those under his charge, and his keen insights of himself and his social consciousness further develops, bringing new insights into an already noble, human character.So far, this novella is my fav LJG to date.

  • Sandra
    2019-04-17 02:59

    Intriguing, blending themes of war, magic, the supernatural, themes DG seems to favour but I’m just not that invested in LJ as a character. No sympathy nor respect I feel for him up to now make me really give a fuck whether he lives or dies.

  • Susan
    2019-03-26 02:04

    Lord John #1.5Good story -- good mini-mystery, particularly in the context of loving the Outlander historical fiction and wanting to extend its pull. [Reading Lord John after finishing # 6, A Breath of Snow and Ashes.]---Haven't started it yet, but this seemed to be the easiest way to mark which is the next chronology in the Lord John subset of Outlander series.

  • Laura
    2019-04-22 05:01

    I liked really enjoyed this Lord John story. LJ and the Hellfire Club seemed empty. LJ and the Private Matter was better and this one better yet. Some sleuthing, some castle life and some sexual tension. I'm now getting to like Lord John and I'm itching to read the next one.

  • Nancy
    2019-03-28 21:56

    Reading a little out of sequence, but this is another intriguing novella about Lord John Grey which brings some aspects of Jamie Fraser into play (as do most the the LJG stories).

  • Taylor
    2019-04-17 05:11


  • Louisa
    2019-04-11 00:50

    Such a great novella, set about a year after The Private Matter, in Germany, and yeah, was just so fantastic! Can't wait to read more!

  • Jamie Z
    2019-04-12 22:17

    A fun book.

  • Kailey Rhone
    2019-04-11 00:03

    As is the Gabaldon way, there are many strings to follow, but the pain taken to remember all the details pays off in the end. Very mysterious!

  • Teresa
    2019-04-10 21:07

    Fun. Entertaining. Suspenseful. Lord John Grey is definitely growing on me as his own character away from the Outlander universe. In this "paranormal" very short story, he is still pining for Jamie Fraser, but perhaps getting ready to let go of his ghost and may be falling in love again with a strapping German officer. Nothing would make me happier than for Lord John in time, to find a worthy life partner and have affection in his life. He completely deserves it, but unfortunately it is not happening yet. His rationality and sharp intellect will find here that there is nothing "paranormal" about this mystery, and that everything can be explained by rational means and evidence. This one was very brief and fast to read, and while I still found myself becoming distracted at times, I managed to read it in a few hours. Whether the reason I am persevering with LJG's spin off novels and novellas is only for wanting to compulsively follow the chronology of Outlander, or because of his own merits, it has now started to shift. It used to be 100% because of the wider Outlander universe, but then it got to about 70-30, and now it is getting to 50-50. I am definitely enjoying his tales of sleuthing, and looking forward to other adventures with him. Continuing now with the Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade and that gets me closer to the one I really, really want to read, The Scottish Prisoner. Oh dear Jamie, how I miss you so!

  • Norm Davis
    2019-04-04 23:58

    Lord John and the Succubus, by Diana Gabaldon: Complete 02/29/162 stars. I explain below. In this novella Lord John is posted in Germany as a liaison. His white horse is required to root out a succubus, a witch demon with a variety of historical descriptions. Some folks today think this phenomena is related to extra terrestrial abductions. I recall reading back in Egyptian times they had a description of a witch sitting on your chest while you sleep. I don't know what it is, or what causes it, but I know this “succubus” thing is a phenomena reported on since written history.Starting this story, Lord John's white horse is believed to have some magical powers to locate a succubus so they can put an end to the agitation of the troops who have been afflicted with concerns about it. Turns out there is an explanation, but that is the mystery Lord John is set to find out in this story. No spoilers today, sorry.Lord John's sexual preferences, while done in good taste in the tradition of the 1750s, is one of Diana Gabaldon's fascinations with the character I suspect. The sexual tension thing doesn't work for me. I've mentioned this before regarding Lord John, and is likely why I rate the Lord John series lower than Ms. Gabaldon's other writings. I simply do not relate to the protagonist so there's no real emotional investment in the story.This gets 2 stars at Goodreads, “It's ok”, it gets 3 stars at Amazon, “It's OK”. Just for the record, it scrambles my brain trying to give 5 stars on Goodreads, but I find it much easier to give 5 stars on Amazon. Goodreads's top rating is “It is amazing”. At “amazing” 300+ books I've read on writing, hundreds of hours of classes on writing, hundreds of manuscript critiques kick in as an “objective thing”. I award 5 stars on Goodreads arbitrarily because of this. Very few books come to mind that are “amazing”. But I can think of hundreds I love. (5 stars at Amazon). It may be semantics, but it is my skin that I live in and all that education on writing may have taught me that words mean things. In this case “loving it” is an emotional reaction to a book, “it was amazing” is more of an analytical or editorial, critique thing. Sorry for being long winded there, but I don't like giving Diana Gabaldon 2 stars, and this novella, or short story isn't on Amazon to review to do the proper 3 stars. If you're an Outlander series fan you'll probably enjoy this book. I recommend reading the Lord John books before reading “Voyager” in the Outlander series.

  • Elena Rodriguez
    2019-04-14 04:05

    OK, but not up to Gabaldon's usual (high) standards. But, as always, glad to read something that fills in gaps or sheds more light on characters from her other works.

  • TheMadHatter
    2019-04-21 04:56

    Actual Rating: 2.5 StarsLord John is a side character that first appears in the Outlander series in book #3.Gabaldon prefaces this short story (about 100 pages long) by stating that she (along with George RR Martin and a few others) was approached to write for a fantasy anthology. Given that she had used Lord John in other short story anthologies, she thought to resurrect him again for this. These books, apart from a few characters and the same time period (mid 1700s), have very little to do with the Outlander series.These books are definitely not of the quality of Outlander. They don't have that epic feel to them or the colourful characters (I is a short story, what do you expect???). The book gives you a little insight into Lord John and you again have to listen to him wax on about his unrequited love for Jamie (but hey...I am right there with him!), but apart from that they are very independent stories and I don't actually think readers of Outlander gain much from reading these books. Do not read these books expecting more Outlander!!!My problem with this book is not that it is different to Outlander as I expected that, it is just that it is a little dull. The mystery in this one was okay. I liked the explanation for the succubus and the historical references were interesting and I quite like Lord John - I just don't feel excited when reading these which makes me a little sad as I would like to think my interest in Gabaldon's writing would go beyond the Outlander series.All in all, it was okay. However, I would probably only recommend to die hard OCD Gabaldon fans.

  • Meghan
    2019-04-03 02:08

    This is my third Lord John story and I must say that thus far it is my favorite of Lord John's antics. I am starting to get a feel for who he is, how he thinks and the people surrounding his life. I adore his valet. I hope we get to see more and more of Tom because he is hilarious and so relateable. I also felt like this novella told a whole story. It answered/alluded to the German officials intentions, Lord John was able to act on and answer the riddle, it kept the war at the forefront, it kept history, mythology, relationships and science all in the storyline (which is what I love and enjoy the most with Claire and Jamie's stories!). My favorite part though is the final understanding of who and what the succubus made sense but still was done with brilliance that I could see playing out on a show. I would love to see the makeup, costumes and passion in the character who is the "succubus" at the end!While I am enjoying reading the Outlander series in chronological order. If you are just starting and pick up a Lord John book, I would recommend this be one of the first. It flowed well, had a bit of many genres in it and came to a nice close that left me wondering what was next for our Lord John and dear Tom!full review at

  • Nikki
    2019-04-02 05:00

    This is one of Diana Gabaldon's novellas, which is 111 pages long. Lord John is with Stephen von Namtzen as the English Liaison to a regiment in Prussia. There he encounters a mysterious death and the following verdict of it being a succubus. Lord John then unravels the mystery in his very logical way.For me this was almost a page turner, but still quite exciting. I like reading historical novels set during this time period, so long as they are not straight romances, and this is definitely not one of those. As with other Lord John books, some words are spelt from that time period. Also, the use of the English language is somewhat in keeping with the period. If you've like other Lord John books, you'll like this too.

  • Sandy
    2019-04-21 04:53

    Despite being a short story, the story and the characters are well-developed. It doesn't feel rush or incomplete. The mystery is interesting and unfolded well. I wish to know more about Lord John and Stephan. We know that they are very good friends and fond of each other company. I wish to see more interaction between them, but it might not be realistic considering their duty. I guess I shouldn't complain since this is a mystery, not a romance. (5 stars for mystery, but 2.5 stars for romance)

  • Christy
    2019-04-19 05:11

    At first I was unsure if I even wanted to read the Lord John novellas and novels simply because there were so many and the order seemed daunting. After finding myself in a serious form of withdrawal from my beloved Outlander characters though, I changed my mind. Learning Lord John's back story is fascinating. He is quickly becoming one of my favorite characters. And the tiny little threads back to the Outlander timeline and especially to Jamie are like a fun little easter egg hunt.

  • Erin
    2019-04-05 21:02

    CSI: Prussia, out faithful friend LJG has to unravel the mystery and truth behind the deaths of several soldiers while stationed in Prussia. Can he dig past the mystical rumors of a succubus prowling the village to uncover he real plot afoot? Can he do it in time before more soldiers are killed, or worse, the French and Austrian troops advance to the town?Another interesting and fun outing with Lord John and friends!