Review: Sleepy Hollow (Children of the Revolution) by Keith R.A. DeCandido

22318426Release Date: September 30th 2014

Publisher: Broadway Books

Genre: Horror/Paranormal/Mystery

Format: Paperback

Source: Publisher via Blogging for Books

Rating: 4 stars

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When Ichabod Crane, a soldier from the Colonial Army, is resurrected from his grave, more than two centuries after he was killed in battle, he partners with Lieutenant Abbie Mills of the Sleepy Hollow Police Department to fight the evil forces that have taken hold of the town.

It’s a cold day in January, and Ichabod visits Patriots Park for a moment of peace. Instead, he receives a disturbing vision from his wife, Katrina, in which she delivers a cryptic but urgent message: he must retrieve the Congressional Cross that he was awarded by the Second Continental Congress for bravery in action. There’s just one problem: Ichabod was killed before he ever received the medal, and he is unsure where it might be. Together Ichabod and Abbie set out to uncover the mystery of the cross and its connection to George Washington and his secret war against the demon hordes. They soon learn that a coven of witches is also seeking the cross in order to resurrect their leader, Serilda, who was burned at the stake during the Revolutionary War. Now they must locate the cross before the coven can bring back Serilda to exact her fatal revenge on Sleepy Hollow.

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I’m such a huge fan of this show! How can you not love Ichabbie (Ichabod+Abbie)? I was excited to read this one as it is a tie-in to an episode from the first season. That being said, I really enjoyed reading this book and I look forward to reading others as they come about.

While Ichabod is having a pleasant visit to Patriots Park, after having a somewhat awkward conversation with a local, he receives several visions in rapid succession. All of these visions are of certain points during his time as a soldier, and something is amiss. Katrina’s visions are of grave importance and he must track down the Congressional Cross medal that he really never received because of his untimely death. Together he and Abbie try to piece together the mystery surrounding the medal and uncovers that a certain coven of witches are seeking it as well to bring back their leader, Serilda, who was burned at the stake during the Revolutionary War. They must race against time and history to find it so that Serilda can’t be resurrected and get revenge against Sleepy Hollow.

This was a bonus for me as I have already seen the episode that this story stems from, thus knowing the outcome. I think it is always good to get more to the story, especially if you are a fanatic. As much as I enjoyed this, it was a tad disappointing. Katrina and her constant appearance. Yes, she is a key character and connects Ichabod with the past, but I really am tired of her presence. Other than being annoyed by Katrina, this was a great read. This show has everything that you need for a night of entertainment. I really love to watch Ichabod struggle with this century words versus his own dialogue. This book has his character exactly like the show. He is so sarcastic but determined and he and Abbie make an awesome team at uncovering mysteries and keeping each other and the people of Sleepy Hollow safe from evil; though, sometimes death is unavoidable for everyone.

If you enjoy the show then I know you will love this book. If you haven’t seen the show, read this book and you will be watching with the rest of us Sleepy Heads. Packed full of mystery and history, this is a great read.

I received this book from Blogging For Books for this review.



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