The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley

Posted in Contemporary Romance/ Historical Romance/ Magic/Paranormal/ Reviews/ Speculative Fiction 12th March 2015
The Shadowy Horses by Susanna KearsleyThe Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley
Published by Sourcebooks Landmark on October 2nd 2012
Pages: 432
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three-stars

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...

As far as archaeological/adventures go, ‘The Shadowy Horses’ left me mellowed and subdued, and not filled with heart-pumping excitement or dread that typically follows the skin-crawling awe of a well-written gothic, windswept novel. Susanna Kearsley’s writing, while wonderfully evocative and distinct, isn’t able to overcome the slow pacing that is set from the beginning, the lack of depth in the characters and the lacklustre, almost unbelievable romance that never really sizzled. I had also hoped for more of the mystery of the IX legion and was left disappointed when all we got were snapshots of a ghostly sentinel and a rich (but bloody) time in Britain’s history that were never fully explored.

three-stars

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