If the intense cover alone doesnâ€™t draw you to this book, perhaps knowing that this novel features one of the greatest female protagonists Iâ€™ve ever come across will. Itâ€™s 1929, and George Pemberton returns to the North Carolina mountains with his new wife Serena where they plan on creating a timber empire. Sheâ€™s no meek flower. She rides horses like men and even trains an eagle to kill the rattlers that plague the crews. Letting nothing get in their way, they ride roughshod over everyone who crossed paths with them including partners, sheriffs, and Pembertonâ€™s former mistress. With echoes of Greek tragedy and Shakespeare, this story of ambition and greed and revenge has haunted my dreams for weeks.