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The Kestrel Waters are sweet and deep and full of sorrow.
The Kestrel Waters are dark and scary.
The Kestrel Waters are the waters of life.
In The Beginning were The Brothers Brass.
In The End there is no end to what one wounded girl’s heart will give. And no end to what one brother will give for the other.
The Brothers Brass. Two young grassroots singers (with echoes of Nickel Creek and The Everly Brothers). Raised in Savannah by the sea, together, these boys’ voices chime like heavenly bells.
The oldest brother, Kestrel, falls in love with a wild little thing who hides up in the trees—a bit of a girl named Bettilia. An abused girl raised by a flesh and blood devil on a haunted mountain called Riddle Top.
“I was haunted throughout by a sense of mystery and otherness. This book is a mesmerizing, wonderfully written and extraordinary work of the imagination…Thornhorn, where the hell have you been?” ~ William Peter Blatty (author of The Exorcist )
Soon all the Family Brass falls for Bettilia. She touches Kestrel, she touches everyone. And they touch sweet Bettilia, forever.
Then comes that fateful day when, deep in his own heart, Kestrel says I do to his own devil, within and without.
“Captures the tragedy of romantic and familial love better than any story I have ever read.” ~ Janeiro Bento
The Kestrel Waters is an eerie, heroic, and beautiful story of human love, like none you’ve ever known. An epic fable of an epic family whose hearts are comic, profane, and profoundly true.
“Mellifluous, Lyrical…with a darkness that creeps like kudzu.” ~ Kirkus Reviews
The Kestrel Waters (A Tale of Love and Devil) by author Randy Thornhorn.
“One of the South’s wildest new voices…” ~ The Oxford American Magazine
“Randy Thornhorn has the talent to blend a kind of mystical backdrop with gritty southern realism that I didn’t think was possible … If I had to pick one thing that sets Thornhorn apart from other southern storytellers (beyond his ability to mix fantasy and realism), it would be the masterful way he sprinkles backwoods dialect into meaningful dialogue. You get the sense you’re learning a long lost language, one that is simple and alluring.” ~ R.W. Ridley (author of The Oz Chronicles)
More readers’ comments:
“I just finished The Kestrel Waters. I started it this morning and read it mostly in one sitting…I could not put it down. The language was beautiful. Honestly, I think it an amazing book…It was a profound experience.”
~ Rebecca Jacobson
“The Kestrel Waters is one of those books that leaves the reader with an emotional hangover. It’s difficult to start reading another book, because one’s feelings are still so influenced by the book just read. This emotional hangover doesn’t happen too often for me, and I’m a voracious reader. Indeed, it happens more often with music. But in a way I can’t explain, The Kestrel Waters is like music…”
~ Joy Williams
“I had no idea what to expect when I started reading The Kestrel Waters…I didn’t expect to care for the characters the way I do. I didn’t expect to be as concerned for them as I became. And I certainly didn’t expect to finish this book with a lump in my throat, tears in my eyes, and the sense of having experienced something profound.
This was a hell of a good read had I sought only an engaging yarn of good and evil, love and redemption, and a mystery solved. But it’s a lot more than that.
This is immersive, obsessive, and deeply affecting. Disorienting – in that way that a good book can connect you to something that leaves a tint on everything around you, an aftertaste… this is powerful.”
~ Jeffrey Lindner
“I found it masterful…I feel almost as haunted by [Bettilia] as Kes did. She’s a haunting, haunted little creature, but I fell in love with her. Her snappish wit, her obvious devotion to Mambly and Mama, her courage and strength, and her fears…The climax was riveting.”
~ Brianne Harris (Age 20, Illinois)