Kilts & Kraken

Kilts & Kraken

by Cindy Spencer Pape

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ISBN-13: 9781426893841
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 06/04/2012
Series: The Gaslight Chronicles
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 308,540
File size: 429 KB

About the Author

Cindy Spencer Pape firmly believes in happily-ever-after. Married for more than twenty-five years to her own, sometimes-kilted hero, she lives in southern Michigan with him and two grown sons, along with an ever-changing menagerie of pets. Award-winning author of more than 40 books, Cindy has been, among other things, a banker, a teacher, and an elected politician, but mostly an environmental educator, though now she is lucky enough to write full-time.

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Torkholm Island, the Hebrides, July 1858

"Magnus, look out!"

At the shout from his uncle, Magnus Findlay rolled sideways and slashed upward with his sword at the tentacle slamming onto the dock beside him. The sturdy wood gave way with a splintering crash and the tentacle, now spouting gouts of bluish blood, whipped sideways to wrap around Magnus's waist. The giant squid—its head easily twenty feet from end to end and the tentacles four times that—was the biggest they'd faced yet, in three or more weeks of random attacks from the monstrous creatures.

Someone beside him opened fire with a repeating rifle. Another fired the harpoon gun from a nearby fishing boat. The sounds of the steam-powered engines and gunfire mingled with the screams of the wounded and shattering of wood. Another chunk of the quay splintered as the beast whirled Magnus in its grip.

His sword, enchanted to stay in his hand and aim true, owned by a score of his ancestors, bit deep into the creature's head. The squid pulled Magnus away from its core, squeezing the breath from his lungs. Enraged and wounded, it dove deep, taking Magnus with it. He gave a silent scream before his head slammed on a rock and the world went black as well as wet.

Edinburgh, the following day

"Genny, I need you in the Hebrides."

"I'm busy, Papa." Dr. Geneva MacKay turned away from her father's imposing countenance to face her assistant. "Elspeth, go ahead and lock up, if you please. I'll see you on Monday."

"Yes, Doctor." Elspeth Robertson, a sturdy, middle-aged widow and Geneva's right hand, had already herded the last patient out the door. "Have a good night, Doctor. Sir Fergus." She bobbed a slight curtsey as she left the surgery.

Geneva finished checking her medical instruments, hung up her white coat and locked her medicine cabinet for the night. "You're welcome to come upstairs and join me for supper, Papa, but I'm not leaving Edinburgh. As you saw, my practice is—finally—thriving. I can't go haring off on a moment's notice to God-knows-where anymore. Find another doctor."

Sir Fergus MacKay's freckled face turned an alarming shade of purple, clashing with the auburn of his hair. "I can't. Both the Order's physicians are busy elsewhere."

"Why do you need me out on the islands, of all places? It isn't Connor, is it?" Business or no business, Geneva would drop everything for her younger brother, who had recently joined their father in the family business—that being the Order of the Round Table, the organization responsible for combating vampyres and other monsters throughout the kingdom.

"No. It isn't a Knight." Fergus, his face lined with exhaustion, dropped into a chair.

"Then there are plenty of physicians in Scotland, Papa. I've had enough trouble, being one of the first female doctors in Edinburgh. I can't compound that by vanishing every other week." She picked up a half-empty teacup from her desk and emptied it into the sink.

Fergus grimaced. "I know, lass. You've more than paid back the loan the Order gave you to set up your practice, so you've no obligation. 'Tis just—well—I'd take it as a personal favor if you'd see to this lad."

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Kilts & Kraken 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: Whenever people approach me for book reviews, I state two genres that I prefer not to review in the romance spectrum...steampunk and historical. This book was both, but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it regardless of the fact that I normally don't enjoy this genre. Geneva is a doctor and a family friend has found someone in desperate need of a doctor, Magnus. He washed upon the shore in the grasp of a dead kraken (giant octopus) and is dying. Geneva comes to his aid, but he continues to decline until it becomes apparent that his health is tied to his own land. He needs to get back to his island so he has a chance to heal. This was a historical book filled with a mixture of magick and industrial/steam technologies. From the Knights of the Round Table to mechanical dogs, this book had a bit of everything and I truly enjoyed the way the story was put together. It's a novella with a lot going on. As a result, I don't feel like I got to know Magnus and Geneva as well as I would have liked. But what I did see, I liked. Geneva is a tough female doctor in a time when that is not the norm. Magnus is a laird who is willing to make the tough sacrifices for his people. In their own ways, they each are all about caring for other people...many times at their own detriment. For that reason, it was fun to see them find happiness in each other. It was a fun book to read.
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Fantastic story and unique
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If you like steampunk be sure to give this a look!
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Ok. Can you please make Vic believe it wadnt me? Im getting married tomorrow and i dont need all this drama to worry about.
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Sure! Congrats! Skai :) xx
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tall thirteen year old guy with short ashy blond hair and greenish grey eyes.