By Taylor Brown
An Indie subsequent choose, an Okra 2016 iciness choice, and a SIBA Bestseller!
Fallen Land is Taylor Brown's debut novel set within the ultimate 12 months of the Civil battle, as a tender couple on horseback flees a deadly band of marauders who search a bounty present. Callum, a pro horse thief at fifteen years outdated, got here to the US from his local eire as an orphan. Ava, her father and brother misplaced to the conflict, hides in her crumbling domestic until eventually Callum determines to rescue her from the bands of hungry infantrymen pillaging the land, leaving destruction of their wake. Ava and Callum have in basic terms one another on the earth and their awesome horse, Reiver, who includes them throughout the destruction that's the South. Pursued relentlessly through a murderous slave hunter, monitoring canine, and ruthless ex-partisan rangers, the couple race via a gorgeous yet ruined land, surviving on meals they glean from deserted farms and the occasional kindness of strangers. in any case, as they intersect with the sizzling destruction of Sherman's March, the couple search a secure haven the place they could make a house and start to rebuild their lives. Dramatic and thrillingly written with an uncanny eye for glimpses of attractiveness in a ravaged panorama, Fallen Land is a love tale at its middle, and an surprisingly guaranteed first novel by means of award-winning younger writer Taylor Brown.
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Prepared? ” Ava nodded. He clenched Reiver’s vast ribcage with the insides of his legs. the pony stepped rigorously down the financial institution, his head diminished, and entered the river. The chilly gunmetal of the present shocked them whilst it reached their boots, their knees, their thighs. Callum had recognized a few chilly within the mountains, gasoline too rainy to burn. arms white. Noses crimson. Peckers held with either palms whilst taking a piss, to maintain them hot. That was once a protracted struggling with with the aspect. Attrition. yet the following was once chilly fast to the bone, sharp sufficient to kill. Reiver rocked from side to side, fording, his hooves probing the ground. The river broke opposed to his physique as opposed to a tremendous black rock, the present eddying in darkish whirlpools that slid downstream, unraveling. The shore neared; they started to upward push out of the water. The sheen streamed off his physique like shed armor. He climbed the financial institution, dipping his head with attempt, and at last stood to blow at the excessive protection of the bluff. His black coat smoked within the air. “Good boy,” stated Callum, patting the big neck. the pony became his head to him, one darkish planet of a watch lashed like a slattern’s, and blinked. Cool, unpanicked. Then he dipped his head to graze. Callum simply leaned again within the saddle, opposed to Ava, and allow the large horse devour. The terrain in this part of the river used to be instantly flatter, wetter. grey beards of moss haunted the low overhang of the bushes. ahead of lengthy even the smoke appeared replaced, a dusky pine haze that covered outbuildings and cotton fields. more durable to work out, more durable to be obvious. by means of sunset, Callum can make a fist and spot faded fissures printed at his knuckles, the remainder of his hand dusted like that of a smithy or coal miner. He knew a few rivers minimize around the nation, a few parallel. that they had unusual Indian names that he couldn’t have in mind, no longer precisely. a few begun with an O—he remembered that a lot. He reckoned they’d crossed one. extra lay earlier than them. The solar had fallen low opposed to their backs, a fiery peach, once they crested a small upward push and appeared down upon an enormous expanse of cotton fields and pasture, angular eco-friendly planes partitioned through crimson roads. The plowed reaping land contrasted with valueless islands of scrub pine, a few oak, a lot of those cradling the smoking hulks of torched homesteads and barns. The army’s improve was once transparent, the land jetted with smoke. It was once as if they have been in simple terms hacking into the earth until eventually the recent center of the area bubbled up in hearth. “I take into account my daddy speaking approximately this,” acknowledged Ava. Callum checked out the devastation, raised an eyebrow. “He a few type of soothsayer now? Future-reader? ” Ava shook her head. “More the other. He acknowledged those prehistoric shores minimize around the land at areas, particularly down right here. acknowledged the land, it is going by surprise flat like this since it was once underwater. All this”—her hand swept a landscape of the vista ahead of them—“all this used to have fish swimming in it. Sea monsters with huge the teeth that aren’t even round anymore. ” Callum regarded out over the smoking purple land and imagined the low reefs of cloud as oceanic leviathans, creatures flicking their tails via a lightless intensity.