OK, so I know there is absolutely no excuse, but I only now realized that I forgot to write a review for a book I read months ago. To make matters worse, this is no ordinary book, it was written by one of my favorite authors! How could I forget, You ask….Life, I tell you! Life just got in the way. So, here is my (not so formal) apology to the ever-lovely Susanna Kearsley and the folks at Sourcebooks Inc.

The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley
ISBN: 978-01-4022-5870-1
Published by: Sourcebooks Inc.
Publication Date: October 2012
Price: $16.99 (US)

Back cover blurb :

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.

What I thought of The Shadowy Horses

If you love history, suspense, romance, and good writing, then this book is for you!

So far, Susanna Kearsley has not let me down, and she remains to this day, one of my favorite authors. This book, as with her previous ones, hold a valid appeal, not just for the author’s imagination, but because of the way she conveys it to the reader. The Shadowy Horses somehow manages to keep the reader firmly established in the present, all while providing the air of mystery that comes with the past. The story was captivating, the plot intriguing, and I could not put it down.

For those of you who want a little more intel, here goes. Let’s start with the characters. Verity Grey is our leading woman. Subdued, yet vibrant, she is an archaeologist always seeking the next adventure. Persuaded by a former lover to join the dig, Verity winds up in a tiny town investigating one of the greatest mysteries of time, the disappearance of the Ninth Legion. She is charismatic and heroic, determined, and lovable.

Verity’s love interest is David Fortune, a fellow archaeologist and local, a man full of mystery himself, and handsome to boot. Because the story is written in the 1st person point of view from Verity, David always holds an air of mysteriousness for the reader as well as the heroine. His thoughts and motives are always unknown, and always intriguing.

One of my favorite characters however, is the loony man leading this crazy expedition. Right from his first introduction Peter is charming in the old gentleman sort of way, as eccentric as a passionate explorer can be, and just the right sort of character who can make you smile when he commands a scene. I mention these three characters because of all of them, these three are the most unforgettable. These three dominate the pages and command your attention. There is, of course, others. Like little Robbie who is more important to the expedition than anyone realizes, Verity’s ex-lover who provides just enough male chauvinistic attitude to keep a smirk on your face, David’s endearingly stubborn mom, and the list goes on.

Being an avid history buff, I was in love with this plot line too. Kearsley pulls off a beautiful mystery, keeping the reader enthralled with what’s going to happen, is it or isn’t it kind of stuff. I am sure I will think of more good stuff to write about this book, because I really did like it. I recommend it, and would love to hear what others think. There are of course, some things I should warn you about.

Do not read this book if…

You like more sex scenes than anything else. There is only one sexual scene and it is G-rated, and definitely on the sweety heart side. There is romance, of course, but it is the lovey dovey stuff that just sort of melts your heart. So if you are expecting that alpha-male knock-the-heroine-over-sort, then be warned you won’t find it here. This book is more suspenseful than romantic. And one more warning…you may figure out who the villain is a little soon, but do not worry, it does not ruin the story. Could the climax have been a little more, well, climactic? Yes. But I still liked the book all the same.

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