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Kraken and Canals

(Elemental Steampunk Stories #2)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  21 reviews
An old love. A giant kraken. A dive into the infested canals of Venice.

Time has run out. Rules must be broken and her patron’s wrath risked. To save the woman who raised her, Lady Judith must visit the underwater grotto of a giant lagoon kraken. Survival isn’t guaranteed, but Arturo will not let his love face the dangers of the canals alone.
Kindle Edition, 72 pages
Published January 18th 2018 by Anne Renwick
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Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
Judy and Arturo were in love, but she declined his marriage proposal over twenty years ago in favor of her research on the kraken. Now Judy and Arturo are both in Venice and ready for a second chance. But can they survive both the kraken and the fact that Judy is working for Arturo’s nemesis?

Kraken and Canals is an enjoyable short story set in the Elemental Web Chronicles world. Main character Judy is related to the main characters of The Golden Spider and The Silver Skull. Note: this is a
Terri Wilson
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This short story packs a powerful wallop. The charactersare three-dimensionaland I walked in their shoes from the very beginning. The two main characters were not stereotypical characters which made me fall for them even harder. The banter and comical dialog between these two kept the tension alive but also served to remind the reader of backstory without major info dumps. The world building was so cleverly done that even though the setting has some major steampunk fantasy attitudes it felt like ...more
Julia David
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Judith and Arturo are finally getting together, but Arturo finds out that Judith is working for the man who is trying to stop Arturo from completing his work. The man is very rich and wants to add to that wealth by taking advantage of people. Judith's hands are tied and she can't really tell Arturo about her work. Will they be able to stop this man before he brings down all of Venice on their heads?
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Series Info/Source: This is a short story set in the Elemental Steampunk world. I bought this for Kindle.

Story (4/5): This is a story about kraken causing issues in Venice. Lady Judith is trying to use the kraken ink for medicinal purposes while Arturo is working on designing a device to protect Venice from the kraken infestation. The two have a history together and are brought together again by the illness of Judith’s aunt. This is a very short story but it packed a lot of story in a very short
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Love later in life, or possibly just regret

Not one of the best outings of the Elemental Web series. Telling a tale of the mythical Judith mentioned in earlier books, we get it see her in Venice working to both save Venice and save her own aunt. She needs ink from a particular kraken and ask hopes for the help of her once beau, Arturo. The two do indeed meet up and set out to retrieve the ink, save her Aunt, save Venice, and stop her nasty employer. Things are messy, but they do work out.

Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this short story in the Elemental Web universe, set in Venice, although I do wish it'd been a full book so there'd been time to really dig into the characters and still have all the action. However, the interplay between characters was intriguing, and I really appreciated the descriptive and imaginative employment of the kraken - the different types, uses, sizes... amazing and unique. I love the steampunk elements too, and the whole series is truly excellent, but even if you ...more
Melanie Schuler
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Simply awesome for such a short read. It would be even better if it was longer so we could delve more into the characters like with the first two books The Golden Spider and The Silver Skull. Otherwise it definitely was descriptive and action packed pretty much from the get go. I liked the fact that it delved more into the kraken aspect that really only been barely described in the other books or set as brief elements as part of those ones. I simply need more from this world of steampunk that ...more
Jessica Woods
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kraken and Canals is a second chance love story smashed into a short steampunk tale that both satisfies and leaves you longing for more. Arturo and Judy reunite after years apart to find they are still just as in love. Arturo works to clear the canals from the treacherous Kraken while Judy is trying to use their ink to cure her aunt's cancer. Full steam ahead in the name of love, Arturo joins Judy in dangerous waters to retrieve her only hope for her aunt. Wrought with betrayal and death defying ...more
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another delicious story in the Elemental Web Tale series! First of all, I am loving the steampunk world that Anne Renwick has created in this series. This is a short story that tells about the aunt of Olivia, the heroine in “The Silver Skull”. One of the things I love about these books is that the author packs quite a lot of character into her short stories. In this one Arturo and Judy must battle the Kraken in the canals of Venice. But will they survive the tentacles and claws of these beasts? ...more
Kristen Lewendon
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this universe and couldn’t resist the opportunity to explore yet another location within it. As I’ve seen with the rest of the series, a little bit of science and a little bit of myth are skillfully combined to create a tale filled with intrigue and wonder. I loved having lead characters with more years of experience than we usually see. I’m also glad to see that their advanced ages haven’t reigned in any risk-taking tendencies, otherwise we’d have a much different story on our hands. ...more
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, steampunk
Most great steampunk series at least mention krakens. Well this story has a kraken in a starring role. Well, maybe not starring. But figuring hugely!

The krakens are a menace all over the world. The readers of this series have already learned of them in London. In Venice, the presence of krakens among the city’s sub-structures is especially troubling. Their hooked tentacles tend to destroy foundations. Arturo’s plans to save the city bring him into Judith’s world. Underwater kraken hunting
Aug 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: steampunk
Kraken and Canals is a short steampunk love story set in a reimagined Venice where kraken have made homes of the cities famous canal systems. To save someone close to her, Lady Judith is forced to enter the domain of these creatures. Joining her is Arturo, a man who she loved once upon a time but unfortunately didn't work out. They get a second chance at love during their dangerous ventures to the deep. This was a good, well developed short story with good elements of science and technology. ...more
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What do you get when you mix a little Jules Verne with a little romantic suspense and add in some steampunk espionage? Anne Renwick's Kraken & Canals! I received an advance reader’s copy of this book and decided to read book 1, The Golden Spider, first. Although the author wrote a tough act to follow with the first book the second is a worthy successor, as is this one, the third, although less Jules Verne and more romance than the first. Outstanding read!
Kelsey Bedolli
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I tend to be hard on short stories in general, so take the 3 stars with a grain of salt. It fits perfectly in to the Elemental Web World, expands on the Ravensdale family (which is part of what makes the rest of the series departure from those characters a little confusing), and rounds out the idea of romance by including middle aged smitten characters instead of individuals all in their 20s. But I felt it moved too quickly and not all of the characters made sense.
Jessica Traver cashen
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-s
Awesome read, well written with a great plot and characters. I was engrossed from start to finish. Fast paced, quick read. Steampunk, action, romance, and intriguing. Second chance love between Judy and Arturo. I absolutely love this series and can't wait to read more.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
Constance Roberts
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Spectacular! More in depth review coming soon
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

Kraken and Canals

An intriguing world is woven throughout this tale

"I was given a copy of this ebook and this is my honest review"
Amelia Nichole Defield
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great steampunk adventure with a swoon worthy romance!
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this series from Anne Renwick and I can't wait for the next one to come out! I'm really glad I picked this series up as a start to reading steampunk romance!
Joanne Watkins USA
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it

This was very short. More than I’d anticipated. It’s in the same world I enjoy but really this doesn’t engage as it’s so quick.
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Though Anne Renwick holds a Ph.D. in biology and greatly enjoyed tormenting the overburdened undergraduates who were her students, fiction has always been her first love. Today, she writes steampunk romance, placing a new kind of biotech in the hands of mad scientists, proper young ladies and determined villains.

Anne brings an unusual perspective to steampunk. A number of years spent locked

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