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The Shadowy Horses [Kindle Edition]

Susanna Kearsley
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New York Times and USA Today Bestseller!

"Brooding and atmospheric. .. lovers of all things Scottish are going to adore this work." —RT BOOK REVIEWS

"Ms. Kearsley has woven archaeology, history, mystery, the paranormal, and love together, to create a wonderful story." —RENDEZVOUS

THE INVINCIBLE NINTH ROMAN LEGION MARCHES FROM YORK TO FIGHT THE NORTHERN TRIBES. AND THEN VANISHES FROM THE PAGES OF HISTORY.

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.

"Like something out of the pages of Daphne du Maurier."— Daily Express



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'Susanna Kearsley's best book... A brilliant book! SARAH BROADHURST, THE BOOKSELLER

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Verity Grey has never been a woman who recoils from a challenge. But when she is invited to a windy coastal town in Scotland to work on an archaeological dig, she wonders if she has stepped over the line.

It's not the ancient Roman history that intimidates Verity--even when that history takes the ghostly form of a slain Roman sentinel--it's her co-worker David Fortune, who frustrates her with his remoteness.

As the group of archaeologists strives to uncover the truth of the mysterious Roman campsite, science must contend with the paranormal. The ghost's appearances become more urgent and more chilling until Verity can no longer deny its message--someone is in great danger. Could the deadly warning be for her or for David? Somehow they'll have to communicate with each other, which is proving to be the biggest hurdle they face at the dig site...

The wild Scottish landscape is a perfect backdrop for intrigue, as Verity learns that outside the scientists laboratory the shadowy horses of history carry messages from the past.


Product Details

  • File Size: 585 KB
  • Print Length: 430 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1402258704
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (October 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008BWDBUA
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,383 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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90 of 99 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"The Shadowy Horses" by Susanna Kearsley was my first book by this author, and the comparisons to Mary Stewart are wonderfully accurate. I am already ordering her other books...from me, the highest compliment. Ms. Kearsley writes in the first person, and manages to pull you right into the story, which is no small feat. Her writing style is fluid and descriptive, and she displays a talent for building suspense at just the right pace. Her characters (secondary as well) are well-drawn, likable, and interesting, and her quick-moving plot makes you want to keep turning the pages. One tiny, tiny criticism (but perhaps this is simply a result of my wanting the story to continue long after it was finished): her ending seemed rushed, and I wanted a bit more detail on the ghostly Sentinel and his tragic story, and that of the Ninth Legion...in another book, perhaps??? My final assessment: well done, Ms. Kearsley, well done!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you love Mary Stewart..... July 4, 2010
By Michele
Format:Paperback
Then you must read this!!! The Shadowy Horses is, like the best of Mary Stewart, a blend of suspense, literature and romance, but without the dated 1960s feel of Mary Stewart's books. (Although I'm sure 30 years from now, readers will talk about the "dated 1990s feel" of Susanna Kearsley's books. Ha!)

The Shadowy Horses is set in a small town on the east coast of Scotland and is, as mentioned above, a blend of literature, romance and suspense. Kearsley's writing is masterful, as she manages to tell a modern tale of a haunted archaeology site without ever going over the top. At several points the characters actually attempt to communicate with the ghost of a Roman legionnaire, and not one time did I ever want to roll my eyes; quite a feat for a writer, in my opinion.

The weakest part of this book -- and the reason I am not giving it 5 stars -- is the suspense element. The suspense is so mild as to be almost non-existent. So if you're looking for a spine-tingling, keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat type of book this is definitely not it.

The romance is low-key, also, which is fine with me. But again, if you're looking for a heart-stopping, blood-racing, titillating love scene you're not going to find it here. Nevertheless, the romance is there, as the heroine is faced with not just one but two admirers (three, if you count an eight-year-old boy), both drop-dead gorgeous (we should all be so lucky, huh?). And one of them -- I don't want to say who as that could be a spoiler -- did make my heart beat just a little bit faster. :)

Kearsley's greatest strength is in her dialogue. This is the aspect where many writers of fiction -- especially those writing in a contemporary setting -- lose me.
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77 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete Escape after a Really Bad Day November 17, 1999
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I had a really bad day at work and I was exhausted and even playing with my three year old son couldn't completely close down my thoughts. Then, in the bath, I picked up The Shadowy Horses and got back into it (I'd started it the night before.) Honestly, I sighed OUTLOUD. It was complete escape. I recommend this book to fans of Mary Stewart or Barbara Michaels -- anyone looking for a really good gothic suspense.
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54 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Barbara Michaels' fans need to discover this author! October 5, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm not sure if I should thank Ms. Kearsley or be mad at her. I stayed up two nights in a row because I couldn't put her book down. The story was wonderful, and the characters were realistic. I have been looking for an alternative to Barbara Michaels' books, and I think Ms. Kearsley is it. My only suggestion to her would be-- write faster!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Shadowy Horses January 21, 2010
Format:Paperback
In the Shadowy Horses, Verity Grey is working on a dig in Scotland for an eccentric archaeologist, Peter Quinell, who has been looking for evidence of the missing ninth legion of an ancient Roman army for many years, with little success. Her ex-boyfriend, Adrian is also on the same project, as well as an attractive local scot, Davy. They have little proof that the excavation is going to turn up their desired finds, little support from the academic community, and ghostly presences to complicate things further....as well as Verity's own feelings for Davy.

This is an excellent, fast moving book that I was sorry to see end. The descriptions of life in a small Scottish coastal village were excellent and very true to life. The characters were colourful and likeable and it is not at all hard to picture them at the Ship Hotel with a pint or gathered around the kitchen having a hearty Scottish breakfast.

Pour a cup of tea and make plans to curl up for a day by the fire reading this book, you won't regret it.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As Close to Great as You Can Get November 16, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
By far the best of the latest crop of Romantic-Suspence writers, Ms. Kearsley certainly writes a winning story. Her heroine Verity is fresh, a real 21st century woman with a real career, tangible hopes and dreams for the future and best of all her hang-ups are believable giving motivation to her actions and introspections in the course of the novel. The setting is gothic in its unsettling unconventionality. One meets the other players immediately as one would meet aquaintances at a luncheon. The reader is presented with the characters and left to draw his or her own conclusions; there is no excessive ponderings voiced sotto voce by the narrator. The men are real men and I found myself intrigued by the nuances in their dispostions in the way I had been charmed long ago by the bantering between the lead female and male in Victoria Holt's major offerings. The romantic attraction between the main characters is fun and piquant; I found myself rereading certain passages to thrill again at the wordplay. The supernatural note adds a realistic New Age spice that gets beyond the usual Thornfield scenario with the old house and its imposing secrets. All in all, I found "The Shadowy Horses" a great read and as close to the old masters, Mary Stewart and Victoria Holt as any author could hope to get. I look forward to reading Kearsley's next publications and hope that "The Gemini Game" and "Undertow" is reissued/republished in the United States.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Quick, easy, clean read. I really liked the story. It moved along easily.
Published 1 day ago by dani
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Excellent and quick read, that kept me interested in the story the entire time. Paranormal with historical fiction with romance - who knew it could be so appealing!
Published 3 days ago by Michelle Brennan
4.0 out of 5 stars slow going, but picks up
It was hard to get into this book at first, but then it started to pick up speed. It made me curious about the MIA 9th legion of Rome. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Kay
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Great story. The historical background was great. The ending was a bit rushed but within norms. Hope for sequels.
Definitely recommend.
Published 4 days ago by Sherri Shaw Davidson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved it, couldn't put it down.
Published 4 days ago by Cheryl J Wheeler
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty predictable, nice story if it seemed to take ...
Well written, pretty predictable, nice story if it seemed to take it's time a bit. Will probably continue reading this author because it gave me pleasure, was dripping in sex,... Read more
Published 14 days ago by L. Slater
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very nice reading, would like another
Published 16 days ago by Carolyn Dierling
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful story and characters. I highly recommend this book.
Published 19 days ago by P Lykken
1.0 out of 5 stars sorry, I couldn't finish
Quite a disappointment and deviation from the authors previous books. Nothing captured me and I found the book boring. I made it through 3/4 of the book and am done.
Published 22 days ago by LAW
3.0 out of 5 stars ... about the guardian and if they found the "Ninth" like they were...
Wanted to know more about the guardian and if they found the "Ninth" like they were looking for. Also not enough romance.
Published 26 days ago by susan
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I write modern gothic novels that blend historical adventure and modern-day suspense with romance and a touch of something spooky, so they don't fit neatly into any category, really...but they're fun to write!

I live on the north shore of Lake Ontario, east of Toronto, in Canada.

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