Monday, October 1, 2012

Book Review - THE SHADOWY HORSES by Susanna Kearsley

By Susanna Kearsley

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About the Book:
Verity doesn’t believe that the past can hurt her…at least not yet
Verity Grey abandons her comfortable job at the British Museum to seek adventure on an archaeological dig in the wilds of Scotland. But when she arrives on site, she discovers that the excavation is being led by a discredited and eccentric old man who has forsaken scientific evidence. Instead, the entire team is following the word of a local boy who claims that he saw a ghostly Roman soldier in the fields. 

As she becomes entangled in a subtle web of treachery and danger, Verity begins to believe that there is a Roman sentinel haunting the site. And he's there to do more than guard the bodies of his fallen comrades...

Lynda's Review: 
A missing Roman Legion, thousands of lives unaccounted for...

I am drawn to anything having to do with archaeology. It's a fascinating subject because it encompasses intrigue, fantasy, mystery, history, and scattered bits and pieces of a long ago reality.

This is a plot driven story that held my attention, seemingly, without any effort. Since I usually enjoy character driven plots the best, I was surprised by my reaction to this story. The story premise is intriguing from the very first few pages and remains so throughout the book. The pacing is steady and builds a delicious tension towards a satisfying conclusion. Research, detailing, description, and dialogue blend together seamlessly, none intrudes on the other, but each enriches the storytelling style of author Susanna Kearsley. I'm pleased to give this book five stars!

Enjoy this snippet:
~Because you never knew what worlds were waiting underneath that ground, to be discovered. That was the beauty of it--you never really knew.~ Page 80


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