The Shadowy Horses

The Shadowy Horses

Book - 1997 | Seal ed.
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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.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland-Bantam, 1997
Edition: Seal ed.
ISBN: 9780770427474
0770427472
9780749007034
Branch Call Number: KEARS
Characteristics: 370 p. ; 18 cm.

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dorothy1
Oct 17, 2017

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

AL_LESLEY 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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Sarah17
Dec 07, 2013

I loved this just because it was light, slightly "fantasy-esque" reading.

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scrubble4
Sep 15, 2013

I have just discovered Susanna Kearsley and I am enjoying her books. Her writing is vivid whether describing mundane experiences or more exciting ones she brings a freshness to her descriptions.

I enjoyed Shadowy Horses more than Marianna which I found to have an unsatisfactory ending for me.

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Palomino
Jul 12, 2013

I loved this, it was gothic and mysterious and romantic and kind of thrilling. The pace was perfect ,the writing was surprisingly good.

BPLNextBestAdults Apr 08, 2013

Fans of Diana Gabaldon will enjoy this historical novel Shadowy horses by Susana Kearsley. Verity Grey, an archaeologist, is lured to a dig in the small Scottish village of Eyemouth where rumours abound that this site was the marching camp of the Roman Ninth Legion. A local lad, Robbie has “seen” a Roman soldier walking the fields. Verity is enchanted with the beautiful and wild scenery of the Scottish Borderlands and is also enchanted with Davy one of the archaeologist on the dig. The appeal factors are period details about the Roman occupation of Scotland and the work of archaeologists. The tone of the romance is gentle and would appeal to both young and mature readers. KY

jdaigle3 Feb 13, 2013

I listened to this as an audiobook from my library and I think that might help resolve a lot of the problems other readers have found with this book. Personally, any story read with British and (especially) Scottish accents is more enjoyable than just about anything else out there! I found myself trying to fit listening to a book into more and more of my day just so I could find out the ending!

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