The acclaimed author of A Most Extraordinary Pursuit brings a dazzling voice and extraordinary plot twists to this captivating Scottish adventure...
Scotland, 1906. A mysterious object discovered inside an ancient castle calls Maximilian Haywood, the new Duke of Olympia, and his fellow researcher Emmeline Truelove north to the remote Orkney Islands. No stranger to the study of anachronisms in archeological digs, Haywood is nevertheless puzzled by the artifact: a suit of clothing that, according to family legend, once belonged to a selkie who rose from the sea and married the castle’s first laird.
But Haywood and Truelove soon realize they’re not the only ones interested in the selkie’s strange hide. When their mutual friend Lord Silverton vanishes in the night from an Edinburgh street, their quest takes a dangerous turn through time, which puts Haywood’s extraordinary talents—and Truelove’s courage—to their most breathtaking test yet.
Set in 1906, Gray's winning sequel to 2016's A Most Extraordinary Pursuit finds the charming and eminently sensible Emmeline Truelove boarding a train for Scotland at London's King Cross Station. Emmeline's employer, Max Haywood, Duke of Olympia, who's an amateur archeologist, has urgently requested that she join him in the north of Scotland. Well into her journey, Emmeline has a vision of the late Queen Victoria, who warns her of a man on the train who has followed her from London. Another passenger, a handsome rake who has proposed to Emmeline, later confronts this man, who escapes by jumping off the train. The intrigue continues in Scotland, where Max and Emmeline examine a strange artifact found in a ruined castle a suit of clothing that according to legend once belonged to a selkie. Sinister others, the two discover, want to get their hands on this artifact. Gray smoothly blends fantasy elements into the twisty plot, which builds to a shocking yet satisfying climax.