I have just recently discovered Susanna Kearsley’s books, but I’m becoming a fan. Her style is historical fiction, mystery and a touch of romance, a combination I love. 🙂 The Shadowy horses was published in 1997 so I’ll have to troll my local book stores for more of her works. This one is a goodie.
The Shadowy Horses Susanna Kearsley
Verity Grey is an archaeologist working at the British Museum in London. When she is offered a position at Rosehill in the Scottish Borderlands from an ex boyfriend, she is initially sceptical. Then she finds out that the job means looking for the remains of the legendary Ninth Roman Legion, said to have marched there to do battle with the Scots.
Her boss, the ‘mad’ Peter Quinnell, has spent his life searching for the Legion, and is going on the hunch of a local lad Robbie, who has second sight and claims to have ‘seen’ the Sentinel, a ghostly figure who is guarding the bodies of his long-dead comrades.At first sceptical of the site, she soon becomes embroiled in the search, and finds the wild landscape and atmospheric setting overwhelming to her senses. Soon, she hears the past, at the house and at the dig. Who are the Shadowy Horses that roam in the dead of night? What do they want from her?
So, we have a solid character in Verity, and an eccentric professor-like character of Quinnell, a handsome colleague, David Fortune, and a boy with psychic powers.There is a mix of history, ghostly mystery and romance; a winning combination.
It promised so much, and it delivered. Would recommend it 4/5