Sony Pictures TV’s “Outlander" was recently renewed for two more seasons. Season 3, which premieres next year, will adapt Diana Gabaldon’s Voyager, while Season 4 will be based on Drums of Autumn. It was just announced that Australian actor David Berry will join the cast of Starz’s “Outlander” for its upcoming third season.
Berry will play Lord John William Grey in the fantasy drama that shifts between the 20th and 19th century. The character is a boyishly handsome upper crust Brit, but a scandal in his past has resigned him to serving as governor of a desolate prison in Scotland. The role gains significance as “Outlander,” based on Diana Gabaldon’s eight-novel series, unfolds.
The Lord John Grey series is a spin-off of the Outlander series, focused on Lord John Grey, an important minor character from the main series. The Lord John books fall during the period covered in Voyager, while Jamie Fraser was a prisoner at Helwater. So if you’re wondering where to listen to the Lord John books in conjunction with the larger Outlander series—you can listen to them anytime after Voyager. The books and novellas do stand alone, and can be listened to separately in any order. If you do want to listen to them in strict order, though, here it is:
“Lord John and the Hellfire Club,” a short story (Collected in Lord John and the Hand of Devils)
Here is the prequel to a captivating new trilogy featuring Lord John Grey, one of the most fascinating and engaging characters to emerge from Diana Gabaldon's best-selling series.
Lord John and the Private Matter, a novel
The epic, multivolume Outlander saga is the starting point for a brilliant new series that begins with the novel Lord John and the Private Matter. In a richly drawn 18th-century London, Scottish exile Lord John faces a difficult situation. His cousin Olivia is engaged to marry the Honorable Joseph Trevelyan, but he has just observed something of a rather personal nature that, if confirmed, might put an end to any talk of marital bliss. Determined to investigate further, Lord John is distracted when the Crown calls for his services. A comrade in arms has been slain, and to complicate matters, the victim may have been a traitor. Now Lord John has not one, but two puzzling mysteries to solve.
Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade, a novel
Here Gabaldon weaves together the strands of Lord John's secret and public lives-a shattering family mystery, a love affair with potentially disastrous consequences, and a war that stretches from the Old World to the New. It's been seventeen years since Lord John's father, the Duke of Pardloe, was found dead, a pistol in his hand and accusations of his role as a Jacobite agent staining forever a family's honor. Now unlaid ghosts from the past are stirring. Lord John's brother has mysteriously received a page of their late father's missing diary-and John is convinced that someone is taunting the Grey family with secrets from the grave. So he turns to the only man he can trust: the Scottish Jacobite James Fraser. But war, a forbidden affair, and Fraser's own secrets will complicate Lord John's quest-until James Fraser yields the missing piece of an astounding puzzle and Lord John must decide whether his family's honor is worth his life.
Lord John and the Hand of Devils, a book-length collection of three novellas: “Hell-Fire Club,” “Succubus,” and “Haunted Soldier.”
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 Custom of the Army,” a novella, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois.
In 1759 London, Lord John Grey finds himself in hot water after a high-society electric-eel party ends in a duel. Needing to lie low, Lord John answers a friend's request for help and sets sail for the New World- unaware of the hornet's nest he's about to step into.
The Scottish Prisoner, a novel
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.
“Lord John and the Plague of Zombies,” a novella. Edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois.
In this tale of adventure, murder, snakes, revenge, and zombies, the Royal Governor of Jamaica sends an S.O.S. to London, asking urgently for help in putting down a burgeoning slave rebellion. London replies by sending Lieutenant-Colonel Lord John Grey, with half a battalion of infantry, a company of artillery, and his trusty valet, Tom Byrd.