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King's Mountain: A Ballad Novel (Ballad #10)

3.37 of 5 stars 3.37  ·  rating details  ·  505 ratings  ·  139 reviews
John Sevier had not taken much interest in the American Revolution. Homesteading in the Carolina mountains, Sevier was too busy fighting Indians and taming the wilderness to worry much about a far-off war, but when an arrogant British officer sends a message over the mountains, threatening to burn the settlers' farms and kill their families, the Revolutionary War becomes p ...more
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Published September 24th 2013 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Oct 20, 2013 Kelly rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Considering this book is about a battle during the Revolutionary War, I expected the book to be at least somewhat exciting. Instead, I found it dull.

The biggest problem I had with King's Mountain was the way the story was told. The two main characters (John Siever and Virginia Sal) tell the story from first person point of view, in separate chapters. I felt this method did not work. It seemed the only reason the author wrote in this way was so the characters could have long, often boring convers
Although this book is designated as a continuation of McCrumb's rich "ballad" series, it departs in many ways from the other ballad novels. It is a rich and informative coup in historical writing, bringing dead history to life, as do McCrumb's other novels. However, it lacks the connectors between past and contemporary Appalachia that I see as so enriching in the previous novels. It also lacks that wonderful play on magic realism and infusing of the concept of the many ways of knowing that alway ...more
I liked this book, but I found it much harder to read than any Sharyn McCrumb book ever. Usually her books are first rate. This one was written in such a deliberately slow pace that I kept putting it down for a day or two, until my curiosity would build back up. And yet, I didn't want to leave this book unfinished. It does a great job of teaching you what the main character tells his teenaged sons: war is mostly tedium, with a few exciting minutes of battle between long stretches of little happe ...more
Excellent fictionalized account of the Battle of King's Mountain near the North and South Carolina border in 1780. McCrumb tells the story from several viewpoints, including that of Colonel John Sevier, a militia leader from the northwestern part of North Carolina who helps form a rag tag army of volunteers to hunt down British commander Major Patrick Ferguson, who has been threatening local farmers who refuse to stay loyal to the crown. It is an interesting look at how the little army formed, c ...more
There is a reason that Jonesboro Tennessee holds a story tellers event every year, and it is because the very best story tellers are from the region. The hills of Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina have many legends and the residents of the area have been telling them for years. Before the advent of television, mountain people told their children stories of all ilk. Some of these tales frightened the children into staying close to home. Some were of lost loves, many were of battles and such ...more
Diana Gotsch
Early in this historical Fiction about the King's Mountain battle in the Revolutionary War A seasoned veteran tell a young boy that war is as much about walking and waiting and sleeping rough as it is adventure and excitement. That would be a fairly good description of this book.It is 326 pages in length. The battle the book is about starts near page 249 and is mostly over by page 272.The rest is mostly walking and waiting.

I usually like Sharyn McCrumb's ballad books. They are based on true sto
McCrumb is one of my favorite authors, and I especially enjoy her Ballad novels. This book is about the American Revolution, and for me, it was heavy on war details and light on the interactions between the characters. Sharyn McCrumb always describes the Appalachian scenery very well, the dialog is perfect, and the character development leaves you feeling as if you really knew these people. Maybe I didn't enjoy it as much because it's about war, or maybe she held back a bit because she was writi ...more
The Book Shelf
Really enjoyed the book. I learned a lot about the Battle of King's Mountain and the Over the Mountain Men. Ms. McCrumb always carries out really good research for her books and I find myself wanting to learn more about the subject. I can't wait for her next book and I hope she keeps the Ballad Series going.
I have always enjoyed Ms McCrumb's writing. She knows the people of Appalachia and writes about them with pride and warmth. I was especially interested in this book as one of my North Carolina ancestors was an Over Mountain man. I have always been proud of that line of my family but more so today after reading King's Mountain. As I read the book, I see many similarities between the Mountain Men of the 1700s and their progeny who live on in the mountains today! A fierce loyalty to the land and a ...more
Jo Butler
In 1780 the United States is in danger of losing the Revolutionary War. After defeating George Washington’s army in Pennsylvania, British troops are sent to the Carolinas to split the fledgling country, recruiting affluent Tories to help fight the rebels. The effort begins on the coastal plain, then troops are sent inland. When settlers beyond the Blue Ridge hear that the dreaded generals Patrick Ferguson and “Butcher” Tarleton are bringing their forces westward, they decide not to wait for Redc ...more
Sharyn McCrumb is the reigning queen of the Appalachian Ballad Novel, no doubt about it. If you are expecting a continuation of her normal characters you will be disappointed. But if you are a fan of good historical fiction, you will be please by this offering. This book takes place during the American Revolution and tells the mostly untold tale of the battle of King's Mountain in between North and South Carolina. It tells the story of the humans behind the heroes and I was fascinated by it.
The facts in this Revolutionary War novel seem to be accurate. I had never heard of this battle, but it seems to have been a turning point in the Revolution. The characters and devices that McCrumb uses to move the story along are excellent. It's amazing to read how the "mountain men" used the skills which they gained by defending their homes and communities from Indians to defeat a regiment of British regulars at King's Mountain despite their being a rag-tag collection of men led by a "committe ...more
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. After reading the inside cover of the book it seemed like there would be a lot of characters to keep up with and it just didn't sound great, but it was really good. Based on the real Revolutionary War battle of King's Mountain, McCrumb does a great job of setting the scene for the battle and what drew these "over mountain men" into the war. A Scottish born British Army Major, Patrick Ferguson, is trying to make a name for himself in the Revolutionary war. ...more
This book is about the battle between the British soldiers under the command of Major Patrick Ferguson and the militias composed of American settlers known as the Overmountain Men. The British were defeated and the battle of King’s Mountain was the turning point of the American Revolution in its bid for freedom from English rule.

There was one colonel on the American side by the name of Benjamin Cleveland who was notorious for hanging Tories. This man and his actions would turn me against the Am
I've read about 6 Sharyn McCrumb books, and I must say, this is my favorite one. I love history, and my husband's family comes from the part of NC where this is set, so I found it especially interesting.

It is definitely more history than fiction, but she writes it very well and she drew me into the characters and the battle. I had a hard time putting it down. Yes, it takes awhile to get to the actual battle, and the build up apparently was tedious to some readers, but, as another reviewer comme
Soooooooooooooooooo disappointed!! I usually love Sharyn McCrumb,but this book was very hard to read. I realize it is based on a Revolutionary battle, but still, the characters could have been more interesting. And she labels it a "ballad" novel, which usually means there are supernatural elements in it, but there was only one. The characters are based on real people, and I do appreciate their help in getting us free of England, but man, it was tough. Ok, I admit it, I stopped reading at page 11 ...more
I love Sharyn McCrumb. The woman could write a grocery list for a Johnson City trip, and I'd read it. Part of that is because my Daddy was from East Tennessee and these are his people and places. The other part is the sheer beauty and poetry of her work.

This book is different, more straight historical fiction than the others. A few of her previous novels, like those based on Frankie Silver and Tom Dooley, are more straightforward, but this is a recounting of an actual battle that's fairly well k
from McCrumb's website … King's Mountain (Sept. New York: St. Martin’s Press) tells the story of the Revolutionary War battle that changed the course of the war. Told from the points of view of Patriot leader John Sevier and Tory camp follower Virginia Sal, the novel brings to life the people and events in the southern front of the Revolution—a story largely ignored by the history books.

John Sevier had not taken much interest in the American Revolution. Homesteading in the Carolina mountains, Se
OK, it is now official... Sharyn McCrumb is now my favorite author. Having just finished King's Mountain I am simply amazed at her ability to tell a story and impart such human qualities in each of her characters. I had heard of the Battle of King's Mountain for most of my life and later once I started doing family research, I learned of the pride that people have in having an ancestor that participated in this Revolutionary War battle. Sharyn McCrumb is able to tell this story because she d ...more
Scott Haraburda
Goodreads First Reads Giveaway Book.


King's Mountain is a historical fiction, bordering upon creative non-fiction, about the American Revolutionary War, focused upon one battle in the South in 1780, the Battle of Kings Mountain, a decisive battle between the Patriot and Loyalist militias.

The author did a wonderful job bringing the characters to life, as she wrote about the events leading up to and briefly including the battle itself. Much of the book, though,
Rita	 Marie
I have been reading Sharyn McCrumb's books for as long as she has been writing them. So I was delighted to receive an advance review copy of "King's Mountain" thru the FirstReads program, expected to enjoy the book, and did indeed.

The story could have been dull. After all, it focuses on a single battle in the American Revolution, and we all know how that turned out. No suspense here. But the author brings it to life with her portrayal of the characters involved. I particularly liked the alternat
I received this book through First Reads. It is a historical novel on the events leading up to the Battle of Kings Mountain, a battle Thomas Jefferson referred to as "the turning point in the American Revolution." All of the characters are based on actual participants. The main character is John Sevier (later the first governor of Tennessee). He is newly married and living in an area of North Carolina that is now east Tennessee. Sevier and the other militia leaders west of the mountains received ...more
This novel gives an interesting backstory to the Southern Mountain culture that forms the backdrop to the Ballad series. The author makes the history come alive thru her descriptions of the places and lives of the participants, and there is an appealing touch of other-worldliness to the ambiguous but eventually accurate foreshadowing offered by one of the characters. I would have been more satisfied if this character would have been further developed and explained.

In a bit of what seems to be u
I received this book in a *Giveaway* and was excited to read it. I was not familiar with Sharyn McCrumb but reviewed her bio and liked what kind of author she was. This book was written to tell a little known story about how frontiersmen standing up for their land and the battle that resulted from it. I enjoyed the historical piece to this novel, but felt I needed to know more about the characters. At times, I was introduced to too many characters at once and was getting them confused with each ...more
I usually really love Sharyn McCrumb's ballad books-- a blend of Appalachian mountain tales with local history and a touch of ghost story. This one was based on a real historical event, and the authentic details and pacing made the story fall flat. McCrumb deftly evokes the time period and the rough frontier life of the settlers, trying to civilize the wilderness. But the book suffers from "I did my homework and you have to read all the interesting facts I discovered."
Debbi Dunn
Apr 03, 2014 Debbi Dunn rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Debbi by: Pat Smith
Shelves: book-club
Kings Mountain is just minutes away so this was a must read for my book club. Sharyn McCrumb took the facts and stories told of the battle fought there, the events leading up to it and created a story of what might have happened along the way. What were the emotions involved, what were people thinking...a wonderful idea to share an important event. I got a little lost in the details, there were almost too many for me. Once I figured out to skip a long a more quickly, the book became more interes ...more
Amye Robb
I enjoyed this novel that told of the 1780 battle of Kings Mountain (in NC) from the points of view of the Backwoods forces leader, the Tory forces leader, and the American woman who was the Tory leader's lover. Great historical detail as to how the soldiers lived, trained, what they wore, signals they used, and the battle itself. I really cared about each one of the main characters who, I presume, were taken from actual historical records.
Sharyn McCrumb WAS one of my favorite writers. I did not like this bookend have not found any of books that i like in a long time. Of her " ballad " books, i only really like #2 and 3. I wish she would return to the excellence of her earlier books. Has anyone noticed that about 80 % of the books on this site have an average rating of 4 stars out of 5. Not this one. I would give it about 1.5 stars if possible.
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An interesting fictionalized account of a lesser known Revolutionary War battle. I now live near this area of the Tennessee/North Carolina/South Carolina and I can tell you that many of the descendants of these patriots still live here in the area. The story takes on a whole different meaning when your ancestors fought for American independence in your "backyard." I see that some people didn't enjoy this particular book as much as some of Sharyn McCrumb's other novels, but I think she gets the r ...more
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Sharyn McCrumb is an American writer whose books celebrate the history and folklore of Appalachia. Educated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Virginia Tech, she has also taught Appalachian studies. She is married to David McCrumb, a corporate environmental director, and has two children, Laura and Spencer.
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