Short & Sweet – The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley

August 17, 2013 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2013, Short & Sweet Reviews 7 Comments

I received this book free from a Giveaway, the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Short & Sweet – The Shadowy Horses by Susanna KearsleyThe Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley
Published by Sourcebooks Landmark on October 2nd 2012 (first published January 1st 1997)
Pages: 432
Genres: Ghosties, Historical Fiction, Mystery
Format: Paperback
Source: a Giveaway, the Publisher
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Also by this author: The Rose Garden

three-half-stars

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.

Shadowy Horses is centered around Eyemouth, which is an actual fishing port located in south-east Scotland. The story references actual places and events including The Ship Hotel, the fish auctions and the Herring Queen Festival. While it hasn’t actually been verified that Eyemouth is the last resting place of the Ninth Roman Legion, this is what the fictional character Verity Gray is drawn to. Actual evidence had yet to be discovered, only the protestations of an eight year old boy that claims he’s seen and spoke with someone who walks the fields… a Roman soldier that died over two thousand years ago.

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The Shadowy Horses is my third read by Susanna Kearsley and while it’s not my favorite, it still managed to guarantee that this is one author I will be reading everything she writes. This gothic tale felt more subdued than I had anticipated based off the enticing summary but was still wonderfully intriguing. The main character Verity was a strong and intelligent character that was a joy to read about. While I didn’t see the necessity to include a budding romance into this potentially enigmatic story line it ended up being a lovely addition making this an extremely well-rounded story. The ending was strangely dramatic and felt out of place from the way I thought the story was going but still left me altogether satisfied. I will most definitely be seeking out more from Susanna Kearsley.

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7 Responses to “Short & Sweet – The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley”

  1. Wendy Darling

    I really need to read this author–so many friends seem to love her, and the synopses always sound so intriguing! And this one's a gothic! I like that she's used real places, too.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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  2. Christina

    Doesn't seem like the Kearsley book to start with, but apparently her pretty covers aren't a trap and I really DO need to read them!

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  3. Heidi

    I snagged up a bunch of this author's books last Christmas during the Sourcebooks days of Christmas sale. I have yet to read one of her books and really want to soon. What is your favorite? Since this obviously was good but not your fav?
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  4. miss_bonnie13

    Yes, I'm really impressed with her works. I wouldn't start with this one though… the other two I read were much more impressive (Mariana and The Rose Garden). I've heard Winter Sea is amazing though so that will be up next hopefully. 🙂

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  5. miss_bonnie13

    Nope! Not a trap. And no, not the first one I would start with. Not sure I would have tried more of hers if this was my first. I read Mariana and The Rose Garden and both were pretty great.

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  6. miss_bonnie13

    The other two of hers I've read are Mariana and The Rose Garden and both were concerning time-travel of sorts which was super fun. Those two tie for 'best' though.. I've heard Winter Sea is her best though and I have yet to read that one.

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  7. Lauren

    I've never read anything by this author, but it sounds like I should remedy that if she's one of those auto-read authors for you. I love the setting and the premise, and that cover is absolutely gorgeous. Lovely review!
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