I was so surprised when I began to read this book, because it's so different from anything out there in its genre. Although it deals with the paranormal and has historical romance qualities, it's also written in a lyrical, literary style. The prose is almost formal, but the imagery it evokes is vivid and lasting. I found myself thinking about this book long after I'd set it down, and that's when I realized all of these elements just came together and clicked. Definitely one I'm going to be buying as an XMas present for the readers on my list. I recommend this even to those who don't usually read in this genre (paranormal).Reviewed by Adriana Ryan
Lily Evans can't wait to take in the latest exhibit at the local museum. The mummified remains of Amisihathor hold appeal and a wealth of knowledge. Lily canít get enough, her studies; her dreams all revolve around this ancient land. Soon the past and present will collide and Lily will find herself in the midst of the storm.Her chance meeting with the archeologist who discovered the tomb of Amisihathor and the priest Kahotep may seem to be accidental but as a mystery is uncovered Lily will soon see all things are happening for a reason and that walking the path of discovery may be riddled with danger. Added to that Lily meets the man of her dreams, has to deal with her boss and all his demands, her eccentric mother and her ex-fiancť it seems is back in town. Her whole world is changing daily and if she can't sort it all out and fast Amisihathor may never find peace.
SOUL AND SHADOW is a deep and complex tale of deceit, danger and love. Well plotted and extremely engaging this novel is more than your typical romance, itís full of vivid images and a story so engrossing that I couldnít put it down.Ms. McLeod knows her Egyptology and she manages to weave a story that is bold and yet never left me feeling confused. As one not as versed in Egyptian lore I was able to understand and interpret the information while still remaining fully immersed in the story line.Lily who is unquestionably the key element of this stellar offering is strong, competent and very independent. She takes charge and moves ahead even as things begin to unravel never faltering in her quest and above all else is extremely likable.
SOUL AND SHADOW exposes you to a new world to discover and a time in history that blends well with the romance genre. I sincerely hope that Ms. McLeod will continue her writings of Egypt and I look forward to whatever she comes up with next.
By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Jenn L
Susan McLeod's "Soul and Shadow" is an enchanting and surprising little book. At barely over 120 pages, I was amazed at the wealth of layers Ms. McLeod managed to fit in it. To best illustrate this, let me borrow a little excerpt from the very book here:
"A mysterious old woman. Ancient magic and restless spirits. A tall, dark and handsome stranger. English aristocracy. Money. Madness. What are we missing? Ah, danger. I do not suppose there was a deranged servant lurking around their house?"
Well, I could add a good few more things to this mix, but I am going to limit them to just a handful: a handsome ex-boyfriend, meddlesome mother, demanding boss, jealous cat and fascinating relics. By now you probably get the picture...
Lily Evans, an artist and a research assistant to a famous archeologist, got approached by another, quite eccentric archeologist to help solve an ancient mystery of a songstress in the temple of Hathor, Amisihathor. Amisihathor obviously loved one man, but was married to another and buried in his tomb. What happened, all those millennia ago?
As in any good mystery, all is not what it seems and when the reader thinks she or he has already solved the mystery, yet another layer appears. In many ways, past and present overlap. Deception and love get mixed up. Seemingly great people are not so good after all. Villains might just turn out to be wearing white hats.
Fascinating tidbits about life in old Egypt as well as about the excavations of ancient tombs will keep you amused as well as informed. The lovable characters should have you rooting for them. The plot moves quickly and deftly, with many a witty remark. I am sincerely hoping for a sequel - or a series of them. This is a perfect book to kill a couple of hours on a plane or in a waiting room somewhere, and "Soul and Shadow" by Susan McLeod should appeal to a wide range of reade
When the mummified remains of Amisihathor arrive from the Cairo Museum, Lily Evans is among the first in line to see them. A dedicated devotee in the field of Ancient History, Lily is instantly taken in by the splendor of the display, bringing back to life the glory of a civilization long since faded away - but hardly forgotten.
Little does Lily know, though, she'll soon be enraptured in the mysterious circumstances surrounding Amisihathor's death - one that continues to haunt her millennia later. When Lily is approached by an equally mysterious archaeologist who shares with her compelling information about the true nature of Amisihathor's life, she launches her own personal quest to learn the ultimate truth as to why the erstwhile songstress was apparently buried with the wrong man - and why the details of her interment was seemingly hastily assembled, almost as if to cover up the real truth about her life.
What follows is the unraveling of a centuries-old mystery, and the stakes couldn't be higher - considering the fact that the ultimate outcome will determine Amisihathor's place in eternity.
In Soul And Shadow, Susan McLeod has crafted an enlightening, engaging tale with a pleasantly surprising twist. The parallels that she draws between Lily's own life and that of Amisihathor's enable the reader to see just how universal the difficulties of life can be, transcending the usual boundaries of time and space. Also, the numerous references to ancient Egyptian culture featured throughout the book provide the reader with invaluable insight into a commonly misunderstood and often misrepresented civilization. McLeod clearly speaks with well-informed authority regarding her chosen subject matter, and the reading experience is that much richer for it.
Soul And Shadow is a literary treat for readers of all ages, and an enlightening teaching tool for those seeking to learn more about the true folkways and mores of our predecessors. A great, substantial counterweight for the more superstitious among us.