by Susanna Kearsley
Narrator: Sally Armstrong
Length: 12 hours and 1 minute
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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A brooding and atmospheric Scottish tale from a RITA and RT Reviewers Choice Award-winning and New York Times and USA Today best-selling author.
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, she may find more than she bargained for.
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.
Today, I have Sophia Rose on the blog to share her review of the audiobook The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley. This tale is a romantic suspense and is narrated by Sally Armstrong. Grab a cup of cocoa and find out Sophia’s thoughts on this standalone listen.
Guest Review from Sophia Rose
A Roman Legion that disappeared in history, an intrepid and varied group on an archaeological dig, and a shadowy soldier from the past form the grounds for a captivating tale.
The Shadowy Horses sets up steady, but sure. The reader is introduced to the characters, the setting, and the situation at the same time as the main character, Verity Grey. Verity is a solid thinker and sensible though she has a developed sense of humor. I enjoyed having her tell the story as she observes nuances well. She doesn’t easily believe in little Robbie’s psychic gift or that there is a ghostly Roman legionnaire, but she does sense the atmosphere around her.
The minute I knew this was a suspense set up around a historical mystery and archaeological dig in Scotland; I had to read it. Kearsley is already a favorite author, and I was confident she would deliver on my expectation. The Shadowy Horses had a slow build suspense with romantic elements. It seems to go along with daily life around Rosehill, the dig, and the local village, but always it reveals the puzzle pieces that Verity and the reader catch and work out how they fit. This one is a sleeper and will not leap out and grab the reader, but gently tug them closer.
There is a large cast of characters surrounding Verity, and I enjoyed that some are sources of knowledge while others catch her attention for other reasons. Instead of the presence of her ex-boyfriend adding drama, I found Adrian quite entertaining. Now, David, her romance interest was a great guy and an absolute rock for everyone around him. He is an archaeologist and can get wrapped up in his work, but he has a lovely Scottish sense of humor and temperament. He is at the center of things without drawing attention to himself, and he doesn’t rush things or push Verity when she needs to make up her own mind about things.
I had my suspicions about matters when it came to the mystery, and I was right, but there were some unexpected twists that led to the exciting climax scene. The psychic and paranormal elements were a nice touch that gave this story a bit of extra magic without overtaking the story itself.
This was my first encounter with audio narrator, Sally Armstrong. Loved her Scottish, Irish, and English accents along with her command of this large cast of characters. She had a good sense of the author’s writing and the tone of the story.
All in all, The Shadowy Horses was fantastic. Those who enjoy a lighter romantic suspense with engaging characters and an intriguing, atmospheric setting should give this one a try.
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