Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tori Review: "The Kestrel Waters" by Randy Thornhorn


Title: The Kestrel Waters: A Tale of Love and Devil
Author: Randy Thornhorn
Genre: Southern Young Adult
Publication: June 1, 2014
Pages: 570


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 ghostly mountain called Riddle Top.

This book was received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This book was certainly a dip in different waters compared to what I have been reading lately (**cough** YA Paranormal *cough**). I grew up in the deep South so I am definitely familiar with the culture and the lingo. Just trust me, ya’ll. Therefore, I can usually follow a heavy accent with all its “darlin’s” and “bless your heart’s” quite well. So I was a bit baffled in the beginning when I was having trouble following the story line due to the dialect and higgledy-piggledy transitions in the opening descriptions. Once I was able to push further into the book, however, I found it to be an entertaining and pleasant read.

I found myself enjoying getting to know all the characters. The story surrounding Kes, Glenn, Betillia, and most certainly Daddy Brass was so richly fashioned that I slowly found myself starting to care more and more for them. I felt like these characters were so convincingly crafted that I could meet them in my everyday travels (which isn’t usually very far…thus proving my point).

The texture of the imagery was wicked, both literally and figuratively. The dramatic elements of the story built through solid components of Southern lore and cultural acts that fit very well with those I have come to know being a native. Thornhorn provides a passionate portrayal of a Savanna, Georgia from decades past and draws the reader in with a practiced hand.

I give this book 3.5/5 quills. It is only shy of a 4 due to the rocky start for me. But after the writing smoothed and the setting beckoned, I was definitely fascinated. If you would like a trip down to the good ol’ South, give The Kestral Waters a try. You never know, you might like it.

Until next time!


  Tori is a  24 year old tiny oddball of a woman who ardently loves rainy days and festive repartee. A college graduate, she holds a degree in communications with an emphasis on writing for media. Tori is currently an Assistant librarian working towards getting her Master's in Library Science. You will not find it surprising that this Auggie-Talk Co-Blogger is a passionate devotee of impulsive bookstore perusing and reading far past the point of exhaustion.

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