Fallen Land

Fallen Land

Book - 2016
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An Indie Next pick, an Okra 2016 Winter Selection, and a SIBA Bestseller!

Fallen Land is Taylor Brown's debut novel set in the final year of the Civil War, as a young couple on horseback flees a dangerous band of marauders who seek a bounty reward. Callum, a seasoned horse thief at fifteen years old, came to America from his native Ireland as an orphan. Ava, her father and brother lost to the war, hides in her crumbling home until Callum determines to rescue her from the bands of hungry soldiers pillaging the land, leaving destruction in their wake. Ava and Callum have onlyeach other in the world and their remarkable horse, Reiver, who carries them through the destruction that is the South. Pursued relentlessly by a murderous slave hunter, tracking dogs, and ruthless ex-partisan rangers, the couple race through a beautiful but ruined land, surviving on food they glean from abandoned farms and the occasional kindness of strangers. In the end, as they intersect with the scorching destruction of Sherman's March, the couple seek a safe haven where they can make a homeand begin to rebuild their lives. Dramatic and thrillingly written with an uncanny eye for glimpses of beauty in a ravaged landscape, Fallen Land is a love story at its core, and an unusually assured first novel by award-winning young author Taylor Brown.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781250077974
Branch Call Number: BROWN T
Characteristics: 276 pages ; 22 cm


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May 25, 2018

A good story set in a historical correct background. It was a page turner for me. 4 stars for sure.

Apr 08, 2016

GARBAGE. An attempt to write in a poetic manner fails. It is jerky, dreamy, silly and very unrealistic. How old was the author? Ten? Twelve?

Mar 14, 2016

Cullum, an Irish immigrant, finds himself squeezed between the forces that fought the US Civil War. Things are desperate in the South for the survivors of that horrible war and Cullum and his new-found love, Ava, fight to survive. Cullum has a price on his head and the slave hunter means to collect the reward. Hell of a chase from Virginia to coastal Georgia - Sherman's march to the sea is just one obstacle. very informative first novel.

Jan 16, 2016

Really liked this story of Callum and Ava on the run through the ravaged lands of the civil war. Written in beautiful prose, but It was a bit over descriptive on the landscapes they were traveling through which made it slow going at times. More dialogue and interaction between the two characters would have made it even better for me. But a great first book by this author.


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