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The River of Kings
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The River of Kings


Two brothers travel a storied river’s past and present in search of the truth about their father’s death in the second novel by the acclaimed author of Fallen Land.

The Altamaha River, Georgia’s “Little Amazon,” has been named one of the 75 “Last Great Places in the World.” Crossed by roads only five times in its 137-mile length, the blackwater river is home to thousand-year-old virgin cypress, descendants of 18th-century Highland warriors, and a motley cast of rare and endangered species. The Altamaha has even been rumored to harbor its own river monster, as well as traces of the most ancient European fort in North America.

Brothers Hunter and Lawton Loggins set off to kayak the river, bearing their father’s ashes toward the sea. Hunter is a college student, Lawton a Navy SEAL on leave; both young men were raised by an angry, enigmatic shrimper who loved the river, and whose death remains a mystery that his sons hope to resolve. As the brothers proceed downriver, their story is interwoven with that of Jacques Le Moyne, an artist who accompanied the 1564 expedition to found a French settlement at the river’s mouth, which began as a search for riches and ended in a bloody confrontation with Spanish conquistadors and native tribes, leaving the fort in ruins and a few survivors fleeing for their lives.

In The River of Kings, SIBA-bestselling author Taylor Brown artfully weaves three narrative strands—the brothers’ journey, their father’s past, and the dramatic history of the river’s earliest people—to evoke a legendary place and its powerful hold on the human imagination.

Title:The River of Kings
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages
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    The River of Kings Reviews

  • Elyse
    Dec 27, 2016

    Having just spent time playing with the manatees - Kayaking, snorkeling, at Crystal River in Florida, recently....I found this historical fiction story to be an exciting adventure. Also about a week a...

  • Diane S ?
    Jan 28, 2017

    Hiram was a hard man, a tough man and he made the Altamaha River his home, knew every nook and cranny, every island and offshoot, yet his quest to make a living from the river, failed time and time ag...

  • Angela M
    Jan 23, 2017

    It's a story of the south, gritty, and the writing in many places is as beautifully descriptive as it was in Taylor Brown's first novel, Fallen Land. The descriptions here are so precisely beautiful t...

  • Cheri
    Feb 09, 2017

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !!Taylor Brown has transported me to another place and time yet again. In Fallen Land, set in the final year of the Civil War, I journeyed beside Callum and Ava in their passage from...

  • Carol
    Feb 05, 2017

    3.5 StarsTHE RIVER OF KINGS alternates three interesting and deadly tales of adventure. In one, we meet the Loggins' brothers who set out by kayak, along a river they know so well, to bury the ashes o...

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    Jan 28, 2017

    I'm totally at fault on this one. I didn't realize that this book was written by the same guy that wrote Fallen Land (another book that everyone else loved and I read wrong). I'm going to admit that m...

  • Linda
    May 15, 2017

    "A swampland cathedral, roofed in leaves and plumbed with creeks, columned with cypress and gum. We knew its sights and secrets, its hidden sloughs. In showing us the river -- his river-- I believe he...

  • Rebbie
    Jan 07, 2017

    This book is filled with rich, dense wording that provokes such vivid imagery of the Altamaha River, both in modern day and in the year 1564.Taylor Brown masterfully crafted his work to perfection, sm...

  • Cathrine ??
    Jan 31, 2017

    3.75★In Taylor Brown’s sophomore novel the reader travels along on a fictional and perilous kayak journey down the real life river Altamaha in the USA state of Georgia. Combining history, myth, an...

  • Maureen Carden
    Apr 18, 2017

    Three tales intertwined over five centuries concerning the mythic Altamaha River in Georgia. From Europeans' first contact and attempt to build a permanent fort, two son's wanting to release their fat...