October 03, 2014

#Review of The Kestrel Waters: A Tale of Love and Devil by Randy Thornhorn

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.

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.


About the Author



Randy Thornhorn is the teller of many tender and eerie tales, including this one. Most of Mr. Thornhorn's stories occur in a displaced world, a fable-infested Southern region some would surely deem unsafe. He visits often, sometimes stays the night. Other nights he might be found on a wooded hilltop somewhere east of Montgomery in the land of Alabama. He seldom sees angels fly his skies. But magpies are another story. 


"Thornhorn, where the hell have you been?" ~ William Peter Blatty (author of The Exorcist)

My Review 4 Stars

I have to say that this one was very good.  I really didnt want to give it up!  Will have to see if I can hunt down a print copy in the future haha!!  This one had a ton of twists and turns and well it was awesome and if this is the kind of book you love then you really need to pick it up. 

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More readers’ comments: 

“The Kestrel Waters is one of those young adult 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...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 or 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 [Bettillia] as Kes did. She is a haunting and haunted little creature, but I fell in love with her...her courage and strength, and her fears…The climax was riveting. 

~ Brianne Harris (Age 20) 

“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 (Age 44) 

The Unforeseen Writings of Randy Thornhorn: 

Where ravenous love and murderous intent festers beneath the Southern skin, searching for release and revelation. 

Randy Thornhorn unleashes the hellhound electric: grotesque fables, relentless howlings, and touching remnants torn from the heart—gunning up and down the bedeviled backroads run by great Southern Gothic scouts like Edgar Allen Poe, William Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, Cormac McCarthy, Truman Capote, Eudora Welty, and even Harper Lee. (And recent Southern Gothic travelers like Barry Hannah, Donna Tartt, Pat Conroy, Lee Smith, and Greg Iles). 

Rest assured. You have never read the l

Disclaimer: Thanks to Goodreads and Amazon for the book cover, about the book, and author information.


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