A brooding and atmospheric Scottish tale from a RITA and RT Reviewers Choice Award-winning and New York Times and USA Today best-selling author.
The invincible ninth Roman Legion marches from York to fight the Northern tribes, and then vanishes from the pages of history. When Verity Grey goes looking for them, she may find more than she bargained for.
Archaeologist Verity Grey has been drawn to the dark legends of the Scottish Borderlands in search of the truth buried in a rocky field by the sea.
Her eccentric boss 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.
Here on the windswept shores, Verity may find the answer to one of the great unsolved mysteries of our time. Or she may uncover secrets someone buried for a reason.
A modern gothic historical fiction with elements of mystery, ghosts, and romance from New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Susanna Kearsley.
Fans of Diana Gabaldon, Mary Stewart, Kate Morton, and Daphne Du Maurier will want to join Julia and Mariana on their journeys to love, past and present.
©2009 Susanna Kearsley (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
I have listened to Rose Garden four times, A Winter Sea three times, and Mariana twice. I know I will listen to The Shadowy Horses just as many times.
There were many, but I don't want to mention them as to spoil it for those who haven't yet listened to the book.
There were a few, but wee Robbie stole my heart.
Yes - that it was so enjoyable that I didn't want it to end!
I have tried listening to other books by Susanna Kearsley, but find Katherine Kellgren's voice is not that easy to listen to, and sadly, the next book due out in 2017 is read by Kellgren.
Reviewer for Delighted Reader Blog
A Roman Legion that disappeared in history, an intrepid and varied group on an archeological dig, and a shadowy soldier from the past form the grounds for a captivating tale.
The Shadowy Horses sets up steady, but sure. The reader is introduced to the characters, the setting, and the situation at the same time as the main character, Verity Grey. Verity is a solid thinker and sensible though she has a developed sense of humor. I enjoyed having her tell the story as she observes nuances well. She doesn't easily believe in little Robbie's psychic gift or that there is a ghostly Roman legionnaire, but she does sense the atmosphere around her.
The minute I knew this was a suspense set up around a historical mystery and archeological dig in Scotland; I had to read it. Kearsley is already a favorite author and I was confident she would deliver on my expectation. The Shadowy Horses had a slow build suspense with romantic elements. It seems to go along with daily life around Rosehill, the dig, and the local village, but always it reveals the puzzle pieces that Verity and the reader catch and work out how they fit.
There is a large cast of characters surrounding Verity and I enjoyed that some are sources of knowledge while others catch her attention for other reasons. Instead of the presence of her ex-boyfriend adding drama, I found Adrian quite entertaining. Now, David, her romance interest was a great guy and an absolute rock for everyone around him. He is an archeologist and can get wrapped up in his work, but he has a lovely Scottish sense of humor and temperament. He is at the center of things without drawing attention to himself and he doesn't rush things or push Verity when she needs to make up her own mind about things.
I had my suspicions about matters when it came to the mystery, and I was right, but there were some unexpected twists that led to the exciting climax scene. The psychic and paranormal elements were a nice touch that gave this story a bit of extra magic without overtaking the story itself.
This was my first encounter with audio narrator, Sally Armstrong. Loved her Scottish, Irish, and English accents along with her command of this large cast of characters. She had a good sense of the author's writing and the tone of the story.
All in all, this was fantastic. Those who enjoy a lighter romantic suspense with engaging characters and an intriguing atmospheric setting should give this one a try.
I received a free copy of the story.
I absolutely loved this book. Recommend it highly if you value a great book. I had goosebumps more than once.
Suzanna Kearsley is one of my favorite authors. And this book has become one of my favorites! Her characters are endearing, her storyline is captivating & her historic background is spot on! I loved every minute of this story... and was sad when it ended. Even tho I loved the ending... it was akin to saying goodbye to old friends. I highly recommend !
Simple, I liked the book a lot. Not pretentious, not to slow, not to much romance, good character development, just enough mystery! Really well written but not to the point that it distracted from the work. Good balance Susanna!. Hook up w/ this work for a good read and meet some interesting concepts and characters. Brilliant narrator by the way, you did not even sense that she was there. Quite a compliment for me. Chuck Solvang, CA
I've read it in both e-book and print, as well as listened to the audio a few times now. Unsure if I would say the audio is better, but I greatly appreciate the narration. Sally Armstrong is soothing and not all jarring like Katherine Kellgren who narrates a few of the other Kearsley books.
Any other Susanna Kearsley book.
She does a great job with most of them.
Please consider having the other Kearsley books re-narrated. The ones done by Katherine Kellgren are terrible.
I'm rounding up because it's not awful. There were too many things that didn't work for me:
- There was too much going on and nothing going on at the same time - archeological dig, ghosts, Scots, fishing, psychics, several complicated, interpersonal relationships, a romance, tragic historical events, etc.- but what was this book about? There was great descriptive details about all of the above but was this a romance? a mystery? historical fiction? For me, it just didn't do justice to any of the themes. One scene at the end left me WTF?! because it was hidden in the far background and although it's major it resolves itself in less than two minutes.
- It was slow. SLOW. Also, a bit repetitive,
- The romance was juvenile. Hero is described as brooding and stoic, ignoring her, but yet there's no evidence of that behavior from what I read. And her identity 180, again, the character's description did not match character's actions.
Again, I can't say I hated this book but half way through it lost me.
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