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The Shadowy Horses

Susanna Kearsley


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"I've loved every one of Susanna's books! She has bedrock research and a butterfly's delicate touch with characters—sure recipe for historical fiction that sucks you in and won't let go!"—DIANA GABALDON, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Outlander

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, in this darkly romantic novel of historical fiction by bestselling author Susanna Kearsley.

The invincible ninth Roman Legion marches from York to fight the Northern tribes, and then vanishes from the pages of history. When Verity Grey goes looking for them in modern-day Scotland, she may find more than she bargained for.

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 Scottish shores, Verity may find the answer to one of the great unsolved mysteries of the historical record. Or she may uncover secrets from the romantic past that were buried for a reason.

Fans of historical romance will be completely transported by The Shadowy Horses, an exquisite novel of Scottish historical fiction.

Also by Susanna Kearsley:
The Winter Sea
A Desperate Fortune
The Firebird
The Rose Garden
The Splendour Falls
Season of Storms
Named of the Dragon

Praise For The Shadowy Horses

"If you'd like a book to put you in mind of the Mary Stewarts of yesteryear, but which has a poetic style and energy all its own, I recommend The Shadowy Horses. Lass, I don't ken what more you could ask for." - All About Romance

"This was a fun enjoyable read, that sucked me on the first few pages. Easy to lose yourself in, and nicely paced." - Jenny Loves to Read

"If you have read Kearsley's books before and enjoyed them, you will enjoy this one as well. It is an entertaining book that I had a hard time putting down. For those who have not read a book by Susanna Kearsley yet, I highly recommend starting with this one, it is a great book!" - The Book Garden

"The last 30 pages were intense, heartbreaking, and wonderfully satisfying; I couldn't have asked for a better conclusion." - Luxury Reading

"This one is going in my keeper pile" - Burton Book Review

"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!" - Between the Pages

"THE SHADOWY HORSES is going on my favorites list for this year, and I'm so pleased to have discovered Susanna Kearsley's amazing writing talent." - Book of Secrets

"The characters are well rounded, from the mad Quinnell to Verity herself, as the 'looking for adventure' girl." - Stephen C. Ormsby

"One of the loveliest books ever written. Susanna Kearsley is a gifted story teller who will leave readers wanting more." - Cayocosta72 Book Reviews

"This story will not disappoint." - Historical Novel Review Blog

"The Shadowy Horses unfolds slowly and beautifully, combining mystery, history, romance, and the supernatural into an entrancing novel." - Independent Publisher

"I'll be sure to read more books by her in the near future!" - Quirky-Gurl Media

"This is an author who is very talented with crafting believable characters, with creating an atmospheric setting, and with making the past come to life. Well done and I can't wait for my next Kearsley read!" - Ageless Pages Reviews

"A bit of everything, romance and a ghost that can't rest in peace." - Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell

"This plot is superbly constructed with wonderful prose." - La Deetda Reads

"I loved it." - Kaetrin's Musings

"Ms. Kearsley writes in a very easy to read style that brings her places very much to life." - Broken Teepee

"I recommend this one without hesitation" - The Eclectic Reader

"This poetic novel will seduce readers with its beautiful prose and lush, vivid descriptions of the Scotland shore." - RT Book Reviews

"Kearsley's tale is lush with romantic and ghostly threads." - Kirkus Reviews

"THE SHADOWY HORSES is going on my favorites list for this year, and I'm so pleased to have discovered Susanna Kearsley's amazing writing talent." - Book of Secrets

"I have enjoyed Ms. Kearsley's books and this one did not disappoint." - My Book Addiction Reviews

"Kearsley's The Shadowy Horses is a decadent treat which goes down smoothly and leaves you begging for more." - The Modern Mnauscript

"Do you love romantic suspense? Do you ever feel nostalgic about the Victoria Holt and Mary Stewart books you read in your girlhood? Are you apt to re-read Daphne DuMaurier's Rebecca once a year? If so, you will very likely enjoy Susanna Kearsley's fine new novel, The Shadowy Horses." - The Romance Reader

"The Shadowy Horses is a great novel and one that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to my friends! I can't wait to read more from Susanna Kearsley!" - Peeking Between the Pages

Sourcebooks Landmark, 9781402258701, 432pp.

Publication Date: October 2, 2012

About the Author

New York Times, USA Today, and Globe and Mail bestselling author Susanna Kearsley is a former museum curator who loves restoring the lost voices of real people to the page, often in twin-stranded stories that interweave present and past. Her award-winning novels have been published in translation in more than 25 countries. She lives near Toronto.