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Tenth in the atmospheric Ballad series by Appalachian author McCrumb, this meticulously detailed retelling of the battle at King’s Mountain, North Carolina, in October 1780 lacks some of the emotional impact of her other novels, favoring instead a richly described portrait of landscape, weather, and battle strategy on the way to the tragic fight that marked a turning point in the American Revolution. At King’s Mountain, British Major Patrick Ferguson defends the Crown’s sovereignty over the colonies, but the Overmountain Men, led by Southern Whigs and the author’s own forebear, John Sevier, roundly defeat him. Told in first person by Sevier and Virginia Sal, Ferguson’s mistress, the narrative follows the buildup to battle as the armies gather, plodding over misty, rainy, chilly hills and down into warm, dusty valleys while various missives deceive, inform, and shock commanders who vie for control of their own and each other’s men along the way. This vivid portrait of historical Appalachia is similar in pacing and detail to John Ensor Harr’s Dark Eagle (1999) and to Johnny D. Boggs’ Ghost Legion (2005), another ­landscape-rich tale of the same battle. --Jen Baker

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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

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Product Details

  • Series: Ballad Novels
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; First Edition edition (September 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 125001140X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250011404
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I am an award-winning Southern writer. I am probably best known for my
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
Novel.

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!)

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I have read several Sharyn McCrumb books including She Walks These Hills and The Rosewood Casket. I enjoyed them. That is the reason I bought her latest book King's Mountain. I wish I hadn't wasted my money.

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.
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This historical novel does a good job of bringing the Battle of Kings Mountain to life. It tells of the events leading up to the battle and also includes the battle itself and some of the aftermath. This book needed to be written. The Battle of Kings Mountain was the turning point of the Revolutionary War. It is about time someone wrote a book to inform the masses of the Appalachian peoples' contribution to that war. A+ Sharyn McCrumb! Excellent work!
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I have read almost everything Sharyn McCrumb has ever written - the ballad novels, the Elizabeth MacPherson novels, the science fiction stuff, the auto racing novel, and the thin book on Appalachia. This is the only book of hers that I can honestly say I wish I'd gotten from the library so I could have given up on it. I requested this as a Christmas gift, however, and I felt I had a moral obligation to finish it.

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.
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I was disappointed in this book, which claims to be a part of the ballad series. It is, instead, the tale of one battle in the American Revolution. I wanted Sheriff Arrowood and Nora Bonesteel, Applachian myth and folk healings. I got military history and tactics. Disappointing.
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King's Mountain strikes the perfect balance between informative and entertainment. The characters are exceptionally well developed and the story moves along quickly. It's been a very long time since I read a book as quickly as this one. I rarely purchase "just released" titles, but I will make an exception for any works by Sharyn McCrumb in the future.
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It may be my fault I did not like this book. I bought it thinking it was another in her series of murder mysteries and it is instead an historical novel set in the Revolutionary War. It was interesting but slow paced and most of the book was about the two sides preparing to fight and moving in to position. The revolutionary war is an interesting subject and any battle that does not include George Washington tends to get overlooked in many books so I want to appreciate the book for including a battle usually not even mentioned. But the book failed to hold my attention and I spent much of it waiting for something to happen.
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I have loved this author for years, but she has gone down hill with her recent novels. This one was a huge let down. It was one long, protracted journey story. I was barely able to finish it. 99% of the story was about moving the army from one spot to another. When you finally get to the battle, it wasn't even interesting. Then the story just ends. Where is the personal aspect. We learn next to nothing about the actual characters. This story cannot hold a candle to earlier books. It's like the author has run out of steam.
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This is not an Appalachian Ballad novel, although it is in the setting. This is a very uninteresting novel if you are looking for a fiction based on legend story.
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