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The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley

The Shadowy Horses (original 1997; edition 2012)

by Susanna Kearsley

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Title:The Shadowy Horses
Authors:Susanna Kearsley
Info:Sourcebooks Landmark (2012), Paperback, 432 pages
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Tags:Gothic, mystery, contemporary fiction, fantasy, ghosts

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The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley (1997)

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Do you believe in ghosts? What about the gift of clairvoyance?

Archaeologist Verity Grey is invited to interview for a position on a dig by an old colleague—and ex-boyfriend—but is told next to nothing about the historical find until she arrives in the Scottish Borderlands. When she does, she finds the job will be working for the unconventional and somewhat disparaged, Peter Quinell who insists, after searching most of his life, that he found the resting place of the lost Ninth Roman Legion. Did he really or is it all a hoax? There is no archaeological evidence but rather only the word of a local boy who has seen the ghost of a Roman soldier wandering through the field. Is that enough to convince Verity and others?

As someone who loves history and a good ghost story, I was intrigued by the subject matter. As the story played out I wondered what would be the big reveal at the end and while there was a reveal, it was not the reveal I was expecting. The book is left kind of open ended which some may like but I was left wanting a bit more. This is the third book I have read by the author and it will not be the last, I enjoy her work and think she has a great story waiting inside of her. ( )
  Shuffy2 | Jan 25, 2015 |
I loved the archaeological and historical tie-ins, but I didn't love this book as much as [b:The Winter Sea|3392089|The Winter Sea (The Slains, #1)|Susanna Kearsley|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1361281953s/3392089.jpg|3723657] and [b:The Rose Garden|9792287|The Rose Garden|Susanna Kearsley|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1327951839s/9792287.jpg|14682378]. If you haven't read Susanna Kearsley before, you can start here, but you might be a bit disappointed if you have read some of her other novels first. Don't get me wrong, it's not a terrible book. I did feel the relationships were underdeveloped and she barely scratched the surface of what she could have tied in historically. Overall an enjoyable read. ( )
  GovMarley | Oct 7, 2014 |
Enjoyed it very much! Atmospheric & enjoyable characters, with unexpected twists! ( )
  fbswss | Sep 6, 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 archeologist 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. ( )
  ryner | Jul 23, 2014 |
There is something about [a:Susanna Kearsley|486812|Susanna Kearsley|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1245008341p2/486812.jpg]'s writing that I just...love! Her characters are always well-drawn, and the story always takes turns you didn't quite see coming. I was sad to finish this one because I wanted to spend more time with Verity, David, Robbie, Peter and the whole gang. And I even learned a few Scots words like fykie and sleekit. I'm running out of unread [a:Susanna Kearsley|486812|Susanna Kearsley|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1245008341p2/486812.jpg] books, and it's very sad... ( )
  camibrite | May 25, 2014 |
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I hear the Shadowy Horses, their long manes a-shake,
Their hoofs heavy with tumult, their eyes glimmering white...
O vanity of Sleep, Hope, Dream endless Desire,
the Horses of Disaster Plunge in the heavy clay;
Beloved, let your eyes half close, and your heart beat
over my heart, and your hair fall over my breast
Drowning love's lonely hour in deep twilight of rest
and hiding their tossing manes and their tumultuous feet

W B Yeats
He Bids His Beloved Be At Peace
To the people of Eyemouth: So many of you have had a hand in the creation of this book, and I have spent so many hours in your company that now your streets, your homes, your harbour have a warm familiar feel, and I no longer feel a stranger to your town. But I do not belong to Eyemouth. Despite my best efforts I'm sure there will be places in this book where you will find I've got some detail wrong, or used a turn of phrase that's not your own. I can only hope that you'll forgive me any errors. And I hope that you will all accept this novel as a gift of thanks, from one to whom you've always shown great kindness.
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With its dark legends and passionate history, the windswept shores of Scotland were an archaeologist's dream. Verity Grey was thrilled by the challenge of uncovering an ancient Roman campsite in a small Scottish village. But as soon as she arrived, she felt danger in the air, and in the icy reserve of archaeologist David Fortune, and in the haunted eyes of the little boy who spoke of visions of a slain Roman sentinel.
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The dark legends of Scotland were an archaeologist's dream. Verity Grey was thrilled to be at a dig for an ancient Roman camp in the Scottish village. But danger was in the air--in the icy reserve of archeologist David Fortune. In the haunted eyes to the little boy who had visions of a slain Roman sentinel. And in the unearthly sound of the ghostly Shadowy Horses, who carried men away to the land of the dead.… (more)

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