After being dumped by her fiance, Madelyn Phillips goes to Scotland, a place she has always dreamed of visiting. There she meets and falls in love with Patrick MacLeod . . . who just happens to have come through a time gate from medieval Scotland to the present. Just as their relationship is deepening, unfinished business for both of them threatens to tear them apart. This is one of a number of books by Lynn Kurland dealing with two time-traveling families, the Macleods and the De Piagets. Lovely romances. Kurland also writes a fantasy series.
This story is not for the weak-stomached! There were quite a few descriptions of the horrifying, headless monsters known as the Anthropophagi and their eviscerated human prey. Despite the fact that some of those descriptions left me feeling queasy, I felt like I just HAD to keep going and find out how it ended. Told via the journal of Will Henry, who was the 12-year-old assistant of monstrumologist Pellinore Warthrop, the book begins with the death of Will Henry, as an old man. The actual story behind things, though, begins in the late 1880s when a grave robber brought his gruesome discovery to Warthrop’s home in the middle of the night. Will Henry, before his death, had insisted that he was over 100 years old and that he had worked for the monstrumologist, but the people who find his journal are sure that it is a work of fiction. After all, nothing so scary as an Anthropophagi can truly exist. Can it?