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 yr of the Civil struggle, 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 Callum, a pro horse thief at fifteen years outdated, got here to the US from his local eire as an orphan.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 till Callum determines to rescue her from the bands of hungry squaddies pillaging the land, leaving destruction of their wake. Ava and Callum have merely one another on the earth and their awesome horse, Reiver, who consists of them in the course of 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 nutrition they glean from deserted farms and the occasional kindness of strangers. in any case, as they intersect with the hot 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 center, and an strangely guaranteed first novel by way of award-winning younger writer Taylor Brown.
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I don’t suggest no damage. ” A woman’s voice referred to as out, rasp-throated with the gravel of age or put on. “I’m wish to kill any little son-bitch comes sneaking in my apartment, harm-hunting or differently. ” “Yes, ma’am. ” “You trying to loot me, too, that it? ” “No, ma’am. I’m simply searching for my lady is all. ” “Your woman? ” “Yes, ma’am. ” “Come to this doorway right here together with your arms up. ” “You ain’t gonna move and shoot me, are you? ” “Probably I’m no longer. ” Callum bought to his toes and walked slowly again to the shattered door body. He had his fingers up. the lady used to be sitting on a fainting sofa tufted in pink velvet. She had the white-swirled hair nest of a sophisticate, streaked loopy on one aspect, and a good-looking fowling piece with dual barrels, one in all them nonetheless smoking. within the lady’s lap lay a bloodied spaniel, its ribs swelling and laxing too quick, its breath ragged and audible. It used to be licking the louvered flesh on the within her elbow, slowly. It didn’t examine him. She did. Wetness got here into her eyes like a dam breaking. “They shot my dogs,” she stated. Her face had began to twitch, the sunken dermis prodded by way of unusual tics. “Why may they do this? ” “I don’t rightly comprehend, ma’am. ” “Evil,” she acknowledged. “Pure as natural. ” Her eyes narrowed. Callum shifted his weight from one foot to the opposite. She jutted her chin at him. “You one among them? ” He seemed into the black bore of the dual barrels, formed infinitylike. “I don’t a lot comprehend what I am,” he acknowledged. “Too bad,” she stated. “I’d have beloved to shoot you. ” “Yes, ma’am. I greater be going. ” “Don’t. ” He took a step again. “I acquired to. I obtained to discover my lady. ” The barrels started to shake. “I’ll be your lady. ” “Much obliged, ma’am. But—” He took one other step again. “But I obtained to get on. ” “Don’t go away me,” she stated. “He’s loss of life. ” She checked out the puppy. “I’m sorry,” he stated. “I’m sorry. ” She wasn’t going to shoot him. He was once out of the door and down the stairs and round the apartment and at the horse earlier than she begun screaming for him. She was once nonetheless screaming while he handed the charred carcasses of hens that radiated from the fired coop into the some distance finish of the backyard, how a long way they’d gotten on flaming wings. nonetheless screaming whilst the lane veered southward and the home used to be misplaced past the timber. “I’m sorry,” he acknowledged. * * * He haunted the roads the day lengthy, a scarecrow rider on a horse that mixed good with the land to which she was once misplaced. He stumbled on not anything. now not her. No sightings, no rumors. Char-colored killings littered the land. Crazed minds. He was once given incongruent bills of raiding events, none of them with a woman. He was once given nutrition and look after in a few circumstances, the barrel of a gun in others. He was once given preaching at the Coming of God, the Leaving. Given secure passage by way of a band of accomplice cavalry riders, bearded and red-eyed, who acknowledged Sherman used to be advancing on citadel McAllister, close to Savannah. They stated if it was once conquer, the town may without doubt fall. He was once given shot and powder by means of a faceless guy lifeless in a ditch, a case of the flux by way of a maggot-ridden turkey he stole from the buzzards.