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Review: The Shadowy Horses, by Susanna Kearsley

Verity Grey is a young archeologist and museum curator, when she’s called to participate in an archeological dig in Scotland. Peter Quinnell, a formerly renowned archeologist, is convinced that the ancient Roman marching campground of the Ninth Legion is located near the fishing village of Eyemouth. In addition, an eight-year-old boy has the second sight, able to see the ghost of an ancient Roman sentinel. Throw in an ex boyfriend and a handsome local Scottish love interest, and you have all the ingredients for a superb gothic romance.

Susanna Kearsley’s books are redolent of those of Mary Stewart; they’re very atmospheric. I loved the ghost aspect of the story as well as the archeological and historical bits of the book, which seemed to be well-researched (granted, I don’t know that much about ancient Roman Britain, but still…). The characters are eclectic and well-defined. However, the ending of the novel feels a bit rushed, and we never really learn all that much about the Ninth Legion or the Sentinel. Nonetheless, I couldn’t put this high suspenseful novel down. Reading one of Kearsley’s books is always a treat; having read four of her books now, I can honestly say that this one is up there with Mariana or Sophia’s Secret.


Danielle said…
I'm reading and enjoying Sophia's Secret right now and have Mariana waiting for me. This sounds good as well (I'm interested in the history of the Romans in Britain) so I will watch for it.
teabird said…
I've never read Kearsley - your review may change that.....
Marg said…
I have only read one Kearsley and absolutely loved it. I have this one out from the library to read soon. I can't wait!
Poppy Q said…
I really enjoyed this book, and although it is a bit old now it is still one of my favorites.

Now I am going to have to go and look out for her others.
S. Krishna said…
I really like Mary Stewart, but I've never heard of Susanna Kearsley. I'll have to check her out, thanks for the review!

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