Leave My Ashes on Blackheart Mountain by Dave Matthes explores what is sacred to a murderer.
Rancid Mahoney works for Gunther Ostrander, Head Prospector of New Canterton, a mining settlement in what was once, a long time ago before civilization ended, “the heart of American Northwest”. Mahoney’s task is to find out the Blackheart Mountain which is the source of “Blackvein”, a miracle mineral rumored to cure even grievous injuries to the human body. Mahoney has failed to discover it so far.
Before he sets out on yet another expedition, Ostrander asks Mahoney for a favor: hand over the prisoner Til Drange to the settlement of Vermont so that Mayor Kenroy can punish Drange for killing his brother. Along the way, they encounter scouts of the Tuskatawa tribe who believe it is now time for them to take back the land of their native ancestors.
Now, add Mancino Rolandraz, the leader of the savage Crimson Collars gang, who wants Drange dead at any cost to the mix, and Mahoney has got a powder keg in his hand. He soon realizes it is going to blow up no matter which side he takes. What he must decide is which side to fight for to make it worthwhile. Read Leave My Ashes on Blackheart Mountain by Dave Matthes to find out.
In my second Author Q&A, I am interviewing Andy Giesler, author of The Nothing Within, a post-apocalyptic science fiction fantasy. I read the book exactly a year ago, and the story is still fresh in my mind.
Please feel free to check out my review of The Nothing Withinhere.
Another year is going to end in two days. Another year in which I have spectacularly failed to reach my reading goals. Yet, among the few books that I read, these are the books that stand out for me. Have a look:
In a post-apocalyptic world, where there are virtually no human beings left, mutated monsters roam free. The new world is now inhabited by merciless, furless Apoc-wolves, abominable, giant crab-scorpion hybrids, and many more nameless predators.
One of such monsters is the screecher, a massive beast evolved to kill and survive. One screecher, after losing its family, decides to get out of the abandoned city and explore the areas beyond. Its surviving nephew also opts to tag along with it, albeit at a distance.
other hand, a trio of human survivors flees their burnt-down community in
search of greener pastures. These two stories collide in a surprisingly tender
manner in Screechers, a post-apocalyptic novella by Kevin Kennedy and
year 2161, the rise of the chimera precipitated a catastrophic event (called
the Reckoning) that wiped away the human population from the Earth, barring a
few people. Generations later, descendants of those survivors are leading a
rustic life within walled villages, afraid to go beyond the boundaries due to
the fear of the chimeras. Further, they honor traditions and have a deep
mistrust for technology.
Root, however, is different. Blind daughter of the village guardian, her
endless curiosity and impertinence test her fellow villagers’ patience. A
tragic event leads her to the wild country beyond the village walls where she
learns the truth about her ancestors, and how the world she inhabits has come
to this state.