Soul and Shadow

Soul and Shadow

by Susan J. McLeod

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Soul And Shadow 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews. More than 1 year ago
Soul and Shadow Susan McLeod LuLu, 2008 ISBN: 9780615178448 Reviewed by Debra Gaynor, 02/09 5 Stars Mystery, paranormal, and romance. A strange woman approached Lily and insisted on telling her a story. They were looking at the exhibit of the mummy of Amisihathor. The woman was Dame Ursula, a famous archaeologist, the one that found the tomb of Amisihathor (Ami). She wanted Lily to assist her in finding away for Ami to be reunited with her lover in the spirit world. She felt that Ami could not rest; her spirit could not move on. Susan McLeod is a creative author. Her book Soul and Shadow has twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat. I read this book in one sitting. I was so engrossed I read late into the night. McLeod mixes romance, mystery, and paranormal to create dynamic read. I've always been fascinated by Egyptian history, and this book did not disappoint me.
dennis_batchelder More than 1 year ago
Susan McLeod's "Soul and Shadow" blends together Egyptian history and a modern day romance to make an engaging story. She tells it mostly in the present from the point of view of Lily Evans, a university researcher who studies and draws ancient Egypt artifacts.

At a museum exhibit Lily is approached by Dame Ursula Allingham, a retired archeologist. Dame Ursula wants to help set right an ancient problem: she's been haunted by Amisihathor, temple songstress. The lady believes that Lily can help right an old wrong and unite Amisihathor with her true love and husband.

Lily doesn't buy it, but she's getting romantically involved with Dame Ursula's grandson, and even though she denies it, she finds herself able to channel Amisihathor's memories. The reader is drawn in to Lily's unraveling of the ancient conflict.

Lily Evans and Amisihanthor are both sympathetic characters. Her mom, best friend, and ex-boyfriend, are all easy to picture. Her descriptions of ancient Egypt are colorful, and the conflicts they go through feel real and relevant.

McLeod draws quite a few parallels between the present and the past. I enjoyed how McLeod gave her readers room to piece the story together themselves, yet still leaving herself room to surprise us at the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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. Chelsea Perry Apex Reviews
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love history books,and this one was so real it made me believe I was there!The modern timeline was intriguing as well,but I was so caught up with Amisihathor's story.At least I hope I can find out more about Lily.And her adorable cat!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It is a light read, perfect for an afternoon escape. I love the fact that it combines ancient Egypt with modern times. It has everything, mystery, romance and history. I like to learn about other times and I did with this book. My only complaint is that the book is too short. I want to know more about the characters and what happens next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 can¿t 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-fiancé 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, it¿s full of vivid images and a story so engrossing that I couldn¿t 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
Guest More than 1 year ago
What an outstanding effort by a first-time author! I would highly recommend this book, especially to anyone who has an interest in Egyptology. It would be a great book for children too, because it's educational as well as entertaining. While you're drawn into the mystery and romance you're also learning a lot about Egyptian culture. What I like best about it is the way that the two main characters' lives are so seamlessly intertwined with the past and present. I look forward with eager anticipation to the next work by this gifted writer.
TheBookJournal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this book.The writing was easy and flowing and not once did I have to re-read a sentence due to grammar and misspelling issues. The story line is enticing and captivates you right from the beginning. The characters are charming,relatable and real. I recommend this book to everyone. I couldn't find anything wrong with it.That said...The cover. Please don't judge this book by its cover. If I could call the author and tell her to re-design it and re-publicize it I would. Not only does the design bother me, but the fact that you can barely see her name on the cover is also frustrating. This is a good book that I am sure is getting passed over because of the cover.
mariah2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This premier novel by Susan McLeod is full of unexpected twists, turns, mystery, and romance. Lily Evans, an artist and expert on ancient Egypt, begins her adventure when she meets a charming and eccentric woman while viewing a new display at the museum. This encounter also leads Lily to Kent, who does his best to convince her that he is the man of her dreams. What happens next is a clever unraveling of ancient and not so ancient secrets, some of which are deadly. This book was published by in 2007.
readerbynight More than 1 year ago
A delightful surprise, complex and entertaining, I wasn't ready for it to end. A romantic adventure into the world of ancient Egypt, this book is a charmer. Light and fun early in the book until the paranormal slips in. Here we have the elements of two distinctly different women in love at different times in history with only the link of history to join them, or so it seems. The book was a delightful surprise to me. Lily, a grad student and research assistant to a highly regarded professor in the field of Egyptology is in the right place at the right time as a new exhibit arrives in town. It is the mummy of Amisihathor, more commonly known by the locals as Amisi, a songstress in the temple of Hathor on loan from the Cairo Museum. As an artist, Lily has done many paintings and illustrations of ancient Egypt, and as she gazes at the art of the sarcophagus, she is overcome with feelings and images alien to her. An eccentric woman behind her appears to have connected in some way, too. She is there to speak to Lily. She has seen Lily's art and believes she will be able to communicate somehow to learn the fate of Amisi. There is some confusion about her tomb and burial. Susan J. McLeod has written a complex and entertaining story with many pieces and characters interwoven from both the ancient time of Amisi and the current life of Lily. The relationship between best friends and colleagues Lily and Katy is fun. Romance is in the air and Lily is falling hard for the Kent, son of Dame Ursula Allingham, who found the tomb ... the lady she met at the museum. There is a mystery surrounding Amisi, but there is also a mystery surrounding the Allingham family. More discomfiting is the mystery of Lily's dreams since meeting them. Her dreams are so vivid, and as she draws, scenes come to life as though she has really seen them. How can this be? When Lily's ex-boyfriend moves back to town lines are drawn and pressure applied. Will Stephen reclaim his relationship or will Kent keep him at arm's length from Lily? Why does her mother ignore Lily's feelings for Kent and keep pushing her toward Stephen? Theft, romance, secrets, betrayal, friendship and Lily’s psychic revelations meld together well. A beautifully written final chapter. I enjoyed this book so much with it's multiple fleshed out characters in both settings that I wasn't ready for it to end. I was very glad when the following page was a preview of the next book featuring Lily and Katy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
n this intelligent, sensitive, well-crafted first novel in the Lily Evans Mystery Series, the reader is ensnared by well-researched Egyptian historical magic, lulled by a deep yearning for love and identity, and enthralled by continuous twists of fun adventure. As I read this book, I found myself charmed by its coziness and easy, yet articulate prose. Then McLeod weaves her magic subtly, and before long, readers will find themselves hypnotized by the deeper world that underwrites this book. Through Lily’s intermittent visions, we find more than just Egyptian legends wrought of shadows, we find stories within her soul that imperceptibly draw the reader into a paranormal realm embarking upon the true meaning of life and sisterhood and brotherhood, as well as a haunting metaphysics of how the past begets the present. I look forward to continuing the series to see how Lily’s interesting webs untangle themselves, but more notably, to gain a deeper look into McLeod’s beautiful and intricate underworld. Yours in literature, J.G.C.
Fonsecat More than 1 year ago
Egyptologist and illustrator Lily Evans finds her visions and dreams of ancient Egypt inspirational for her paintings. A wealthy and famous English archaeologist happens upon Lily¿s work and believes that they are the result of a connection Lily has with the unsettled soul of an Egyptian priestess ¿ Amisihathor. While Lily does not believe in such things, her visions and dreams become more and more intense as does her romance with Kent ¿ the grandson of the very archaeologist who discovered the Amisihathor¿s tomb. Lily begins to learn of the priestess¿ long buried secrets and soon finds her own life at risk as she gets closer to the truth.

Susan McLeod¿s Soul and Shadow provides an interesting look a the social parallels of ancient Egypt and today; greed, desire, politics, love, betrayal, and romance are timeless. I especially enjoyed the sections of the novel which recounted the life and times of Amisihathor. McLeod¿s writing, cadence, and style is spot on in these sections and her considerable research and expertise in this area shines. I did however find the early romantic interactions between Lily and Kent a little forced early on in the novel though this improves as the story evolves.

Soul and Shadow is a brief novel at 124 pages and I longed for more of the ancient Egyptian parts of the story. McLeod¿s writing style is very refined and enjoyable to read; I look forward to her next offering.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Susan Mcleod is an experienced writer who has a handle on how to weave history and intrigue into a classic tale of romance - and all this with an Egyptian backdrop. Soul and Shadow reads with ease. The characters come to life almost immediately as the story unfolds actually so much so that I can imagine this book as a movie. Imagine Soul and Shadow's colorful mystery (and resolution) played out against the backdrop of a dusty yet vibrant museum -- complete with real Egyptian relics. Soul and Shadow provides a satisfying mix of fantasy and reality. Clearly, Mcleod understands how to make the most out of content and context, action and reaction. While Soul and Shadow is not listed as a young adult book, it would definitely appeal to adolescent readers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because I love Egypt. well, i got Egypt, and romance, mystery and supernatural in the bargain. It had a lot of twists which kept me guessing. By the way,I think the cover art is fantastic!a nice bonus!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. All the characters seemed like real people to me...I could hear them as they talked.I think this writer has a gift for dialogue which is not all that common,really bringing the book to life (in ancient Egypt and modern times.)Good work!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A good read if you like who done it tastefully done!Appears that a lot of background in Egyptian history is what drove this book. I'd love to read a sequel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I read it in one sitting, at one go because I got so engrossed in it. It is a really really good read and I can't believe it is the author's first book! The characters are interesting and believable, the story is engrossing and there are a few unexpected twists and turns as well. I will definitely be looking out for the next effort by Ms. McLeod.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A well written tale with mystery and history and a little romance on the side to balance it out. Accuracy of subject matter coupled with marvelous use of words that simply paint a picture help you envision just what is going on in the story. Hopefully, this author has other adventures in the works!!