Here at BikeBound, we are mainly interested in steeds of the wheeled variety. However, our founder and lead editor, Taylor Brown, has written a novel — Fallen Land — featuring a steed of most serious vintage: an ex-cavalry horse, Reiver.
In the novel, a young Irish horse thief and his pregnant love ride this remarkable steed across the war-ravaged South, fleeing a host of ex-Confederate guerrillas during the final months of the Civil War. Set largely against the apocalyptic backdrop of Sherman’s March to the Sea, the novel has received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Kirkus, who said of the novel:
“Like McCarthy’s Border Trilogy or Frazier’s Cold Mountain, this is American literature at its best, full of art and beauty and the exploration of all that is good and bad in the human spirit.”
We’re proud to announce that Taylor’s debut novel is available today in paperback. It should be available everywhere fine books are sold, as well as online:
Fallen Land Synopsis
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 only each other in the world and their remarkable horse, Reiver, who carries them through the destruction that is the South.