The Shadowy Horses

The Shadowy Horses

eBook - 1997
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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 can 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?

Publisher: London : V. Gollancz, 1997
ISBN: 9780749011604
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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CCPL_Carly Feb 03, 2020

Canadian author Susanna Kearsley works her magic once again with this satisfying blend of mystery, romance, and paranormal elements. The setting of the Scottish countryside mixed with the village's fishing industry provides a beautiful and haunting backdrop, and the archaeological details lend an element of truth to the fiction. This book would be a great match for fans of classic gothic fiction.

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JennGill
Sep 21, 2019

Love this book. I rarely read books twice, but after reading this one many years ago, it stuck with me and I wanted to read it again. Don't let the title mislead you ... it isn't about horses at all (other than metaphor and imagery). I love the genre although I'm not sure how to pin it down ... historical fiction sort of, romance too, supernatural? If you like Diana Gabaldon's books, you'll love this one too!

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Mingo_1
Mar 26, 2019

This is one of my favorites. Although, I love all of her books. She has the ability to pull you into the story from the beginning to end...

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taxlady
Sep 05, 2018

Originally published 1997

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firebird770
Jul 02, 2018

Romantic Historical Fiction Excellent Love all Susanna Kearsley's book.

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dorothy1
Oct 17, 2017

A different kind of ghost story. I enjoyed the history and the touch of eeriness.

ArapahoeLesley Nov 16, 2016

She sure does write a good Scotsman and I like her style but this story was a bit more surface-y than her others.

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ryner
Jul 23, 2014

Accepting an invitation to work on an archaeology dig sight unseen, Verity Grey heads up to Eyemouth, a small village in southern Scotland, where she is introduced to a number of other people with varying interests in the dig: Peter Quinnell, an eccentric owner of the estate and an archaeologist himself, convinced despite any concrete evidence that his property was the site of an ancient Roman military camp; Adrian Sutton-Clarke, a surveyor whom Verity had dated some time ago; Peter's attractive but unfriendly granddaughter Fabia; David Fortune, another archaeologist from the local university who immediately catches Verity's eye; and the mysterious young boy Robbie from a nearby cottage. When she begins to hear the sound of phantom horses' hooves outside her window at night, Verity realizes that this is going to be no ordinary dig.

I love the subtle but satisfying way in which the author connected The Firebird to this book, but I'm afraid that if I weren't already interested in archaeology myself I'm not sure how much interest it would have held. The characters were sort of disappointingly predictable, and I also found myself wishing that the sentry had ultimately played a more prominent role, as the element of magical realism is what has drawn me to Kearsley's books up until now. Overall, worth reading, but not one of her best.

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barb8571
Jan 28, 2014

I really enjoyed this book. I picked it up after reading another book by Susanna Kearsley called The Winter Sea (I think). Not too heavy, but interesting. Love how there's a ghost in the story as well.

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shizuku_san
Dec 24, 2013

The writing in this book was mediocre at best and most of the characters were one-dimensional (including the narrator). Nonetheless it was interesting enough that I read the whole thing to find out what happened.

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