With its dark legends and passionate history, the windswept shores of Scotland are an archaeologist's dream. Verity Grey is thrilled by the challenge of uncovering an ancient Roman campsite in a small Scottish village. But as soon as she arrives, she sense danger in the air. Her eccentric boss, Peter Quinnell, has spent his whole life searching for the resting place of the lost Ninth Roman Legion and is convinced he's finally found it - not because of any scientific evidence, but because a local boy has 'seen' a Roman soldier walking in the fields, a ghostly sentinel who guards the bodies of his long-dead comrades. Surprisingly, Verity believes in Peter, and the boy, and even in the Sentinel, who seems determined to become her own protector... but from what?
©2009 Susanna Kearsley (P)2011 Oakhill Publishing Limited
"Susanna Kearsley's best book... A brilliant book!" (thebookseller.com)
Susana Kearsley is one of my favourite authors. The reader has a beautiful voice and I loved her delivery; she could read anything and make it sound lovely.
Once again another beautifully told love story. Sally Armstrong captures her characters personalities well. Susanna catches you up the the romance without you realizing it.
Liked this book very much. Narration pleasant, story held my interest. Would recommend if interested in Scottish tales.
Loved the premise. Loved the story and the performance. Could have made the different characters more distinct and the impending peril more dangerous or pulled us into it more. Absolutely loved little Robbie, though.
Some nice plot twists.
This book did not quite live up to the quality of Susanna Kearsley's other books, but it was satisfying. It took a long time to get going, spending a lot of time on descriptions and the main characters thoughts. It would touch on the mystery occasionally but then move on to another subplot quickly. As frustrating as this was, it did keep me guessing who the "bad guy" would be. I was about an hour from finishing it and wondering if the story would resolve itself at all. That said, I still binge – listened to the book. I very much enjoyed getting to know the characters, especially Peter, and the archaeological and historical information was interesting. To those debating on whether to spend a credit on this book, it wasn't Kearsley's best, but I don't regret spending the credit.
The synopsis created the perception that this novel was a supernatural thriller center around an archeological dig. Most of that is accurate, but it certainly isn't a thriller.
It might be more of a romance novel, which isn't a genre that appeals to me. If that's the case, then it's a tepid, slow-moving love story. The elements for a good story are all there, but it never comes together. Instead the story rambles on at a snail's pace, then it wraps up very fast with much left unanswered, like the author had a deadline to meet. Perhaps that's left to a sequel, but I've already wasted enough time on this author. Not recommended for anyone.
"A nice story that waltzes along at a pleasant pace"
I love Susanna's story's although they don't get as higher ratings as I think they should. These are not fast paced books, if you want fast paced, look else where. Susanna's writing is a slow build up with low level suspense and an under lying romance.
You can read these stories in the certain knowledge that there will be nothing offensive, nothing too frightening and nothing too exciting. I love her writing. This is what I call proper mood writing.
With her vivid description, Susanna captivates me and takes me to a dull damp rainy meadow in the Scottish countryside with the wind blowing a gale, where I am scrabbling around in the bottom of an excavation feeling the cold penetrate my bones. Or into a creepy manner house with candles and creaky floorboards and a roaring fire in the hearth where I am sipping brandy with a grandfather character.
If you are a fan of good writing literary descriptions and not desperate for the instant fix of fast paced drama/sci-fi/thrillers then Susanna's writing will probably suit you.
"The Shadowy Horses"
This is the worst book I have had from Audible. Only managed to get half way through. At least I fell adleep quickly at night when listening to it. Just did not have any appeal for me.
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