The Horseman is unending,
his presence shan’t lessen.
If you break the curse,
you become the legend.
Washington Irving and Rip Van Winkle had no choice but to cover up the deadly truth behind Ichabod Crane’s disappearance. Centuries later, a Crane returns to Sleepy Hollow awakening macabre secrets once believed to be buried deep.
What if the monster that spawned the legend lived within you?
Now, Ireland Crane, reeling from a break-up and seeking a fresh start, must rely on the newly awakened Rip Van Winkle to discover the key to channeling the darkness swirling within her. Bodies are piling high and Ireland is the only one that can save Sleepy Hollow by embracing her own damning curse.
But is anyone truly safe when the Horseman rides?
Cover by Najla Qamber Designs.
The first time I saw the cover for Crane I knew that this was a book I was going to love, but it was the book description that really made the decision for me. A Sleepy Hollow retelling that includes Rip Van Winkle and Washington Irving? Washington Irving, the author of the original Sleepy Hollow? I had to see how the author was going to spin this tale, and I wasn’t disappointed.
The book alternates between the modern time period of Ireland Crane and the time period of her ancestor, Ichabod. When you read a book that is written this way sometimes the plots can get muddled or the point of views get confusing, but Stacey Rourke manages to make both worlds stand on their own as well as weave events together when it is called for. I expected Ichabod’s narrative to be much more dry than Ireland’s, but through the addition of Van Winkle and Irving it is just as interesting and humorous.
In fact, I think my favorite thing about Crane was the dialogue. There are some truly funny comments in the book which makes it a worthwhile read for me.
“You, sir,” Irv interrupted, his satchel thumping to the ground at his feet, “are just bothered you were not the first to find acceptable employ. Mostly because, as the women that keep company with you can attest, the only services you provide pay in salves and a burning sensation over the chamber pot.” Rip’s brow rose in mock shock. “How lewd a claim! Lewd … with the faintest hint of accuracy.”
― Stacey Rourke, Crane
Ireland Crane marches to the beat of her own drum. She’s not a stock archetype and that made respect her as a character. She’s just gotten out of a bad break up, trying to find her own way to cope in a new situation and somehow she still manages to be completely herself. I liked that she was unpredictable and even when she messes up, it’s in a way that is unique to her. When she’s faced with something seemingly out of the realm of possibility, she doesn’t fall apart, she doesn’t blindly accept it. She faces the situation in the only ways that she knows how. What does she do? You’ll just have to read to find that out.
Crane isn’t perfect. There are one or two minor things about it that didn’t seem to flow right. The ending was a bit shaky but the rest of the book made it easy to overlook. It blends together the eerie atmosphere and history of the original tale with something new and completely original. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Speaking of the next book in the series: Raven was released on September 21, 2014. Both it and Crane are on sale for just ninety-nine cents ($0.99) right now! I’m not sure how long this sale will last or if it is only on Amazon, so make sure to check your preferred ebook seller. Do you have a favorite legend? How about a favorite adaptation of Sleepy Hollow? Mine is the movie with Johnny Depp.