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?
I’m not really one to go looking for spooky reads, especially during this season, but I always make exceptions when we’re talking about books that look and sound promising. Since I first set my eyes on Stacey Rourke’s Crane, I knew I just had to read it. That cover? So freaking gorgeous! This book sells on its own just with that presentation.
But more than the amazing cover, it’s what it has written inside that makes this book a must. Crane is about the legend of Sleepy Hollow a.k.a. the Headless Horseman. I’m not going to lie and say I know everything about this legend, but I’ve heard enough and watched movies, and can definitely say that this book certainly gives a new spin on the legend.
From what I know, it doesn’t go far from the original plot. We get to meet Ichabod Crane, Washington Irving and Rip Van Winkle as they set foot for the first time in Sleepy Hollow and how they fare when they encounter with the Headless Horseman. But the cool twist about this story is that this book is also set in the “present” time, and the legend comes back when Ireland Crane moves into Sleepy Hollow. However, this time she IS the Headless Horseman and the one creating havoc. She also kicks some Headless Horseman’s butt!
So you see, in Crane we get two different point of views set in two different time periods. At the end, both stories sort of clash into one as they deal with one of the most imminent problems at hand. I loved how it ends and I liked how the author strategically opens a new plot that will keep readers looking forward to the sequel.
Crane is not a horror book, or at least it didn’t seem that way to me, but it does give you the chills from time to time. It also helps that despite its dark setting, it has a lot of humour. There are so many laugh-out-loud moments that even when things aren’t looking so good, you actually have fun reading those scenes. And, because I already read the sequel, I can tell you that this awesome trait (and the plot) gets even better. I highly recommend and urge you to read this book soon (and keep tabs on the series) because I know you will love it! I really doubt you’re going to find another series in this genre that can compare with what the Legends Saga can offer.