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King's Mountain: A Ballad Novel (Ballad Novels) Hardcover – September 24, 2013
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“Ms. McCrumb writes with quiet fire and maybe a little mountain magic....She plucks the mysteries from people's lives and works these dark narrative threads into Appalachian legends older than the hills. Like every true storyteller, she has the Sight.” ―The New York Times Book Review on the Ballad Novels
“There are few writers today who are able to blend past and present, tradition and law, legends and headlines in a wholly credible fashion--Tony Hillerman springs inevitably to mind. Sharyn McCrumb is another; her widely acclaimed Ballad series is one of the finest being written today.” ―Bookpage
“From snippets of rural life, scraps of memories, and fragments of tragedy, [McCrumb] has stitched together a vivid American heirloom.” ―Newsday on the Ballad Novels
“True to the language and culture of its time and place...the Ballad series could be headed for bestsellerdom.” ―Library Journal
“Being a McCrumb novel, The Devil Amongst the Lawyers brims with compelling characters who are passionate, flawed, and unforgettable.” ―Rapid River Arts & Culture Magazine
“With fluid writing and sensitive telling, McCrumb presents her Appalachian series as perfectly as dogwood in the spring.” ―Houston Chronicle on the Ballad Novels
“Ms. McCrumb may have written the Americana historical thriller of the year.” ―Midwest Book Review on The Ballad of Tom Dooley
“The old families who live in proud seclusion up in these hills produce a number of wise souls whose voices are pure poetry.” ―The New York Times Book Review on The Devil Amongst the Lawyers
More About the Author
Appalachian "Ballad" novels, set in the North Carolina/Tennessee mountains. These books include New York Times Best Sellers She Walks These Hills and The Rosewood Casket, which deal with the issue of the vanishing wilderness, and The Ballad of Frankie Silver, the story of the first woman hanged for murder in the state of North Carolina; The Songcatcher, a genealogy in music; and Ghost Riders, an account of the Civil War in the Appalachians.
My newest novel St. Dale, the Canterbury Tales set in NASCAR, was published by Kensington Books of New York in 2005, and is currently a nominee for the Library of Virginia Literary Award in Fiction and a finalist for its People's Choice Award.
Honors include: the 2003 Award for Literature given by the
East Tennessee Historical Society; AWA Outstanding Contribution to
Appalachian Literature Award; Chaffin Award for Achievement in Southern
Literature; Plattner Award for Short Story; and AWA's Best Appalachian
I was the first writer-in-residence at King College in Tennessee. In 2001 I
served as fiction writer-in-residence at the WICE Conference in Paris, and
in 2005 I was honored as the writer of the year at the annual literary
celebration at Emory and Henry College. (And I was the first Southern writer to take along a NASCAR driver to that literary seminar. Thank you, Ward Burton!)
Top Customer Reviews
The plot centers on a group of mountain settlers during the Revolutionary War who band together to preemptively the British before the Redcoats can travel to their settlements and bring the war to their families. It is clear that the author has done much research. Unfortunately, this is part of the problem. Too much time and space is filled telling information--commonly called info dumps--than showing us the action through the eyes of the characters. The characters were undeveloped, therefore, I didn't care about any of them. They weren't three-dimensional enough for me.
The book read more like a term paper than a novel. Boring stuff.
Ironically one of the things I most enjoy about the ballad novels is the mix of history in them, as one of my hobbies is genealogy, and I have ancestors from East Tennessee and North Carolina. In fact, my ancestors may well have known Sharyn McCrumb's ancestors. That turned out not to be enough to get me interested in this book, though. There are too many characters, and none of them is so compelling that I wouldn't have been satisfied to learn only their eventual fate -- did they survive the battle? But the battle is a long, long time coming as we find out about the indian raids, the bad behavior of the Brits, the childhood of the Scottish commander, the observances of the commander's mistress, and the never ending trip to the battle site. The rain, the fields, what they ate -- this level of detail was impressive from a research standpoint, but compelling? Nope. Not to me, at least (and I enjoy history!). The only truly interesting part of this novel was the appearance of a girl (or ghost) who makes an all-too-brief appearance in the commander's boyhood and the servant in the British camp who seems to share a bawdier version of Nora Bonesteel's second sight. I would have liked to have read much more about her.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
McCrumb takes the reader on a journey with the Overmountain Boys during the Revolutionary War. Wonderful, historical characters, family life, Indian attacks, and fighting at the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Mike Minnix
Sharon McCrumb always does such a good job with research and narration, one feels as though being right with the hero! Thanks to her!Published 2 months ago by JD1
Very long and drawn out but has a good ending. Not one of my favorites.Published 4 months ago by L. Sterling
I love Sharyn McCrumb, she brings the mountains to life. It is an entertaining story which follows history and teaches you how they lived in 1780Published 5 months ago by bthdbsk
It was a war story from start to finish and even such a gifted writer as Sharyn McCrumb couldn't make it half as interesting as the "true" Ballad novels. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gretchen
This book was a HUGE disappointment! I had been a fan of Ms. McCrumb's previous books and was looking forward to reading this one. Read morePublished 5 months ago by ahammerquilts