Published by Well-Tailored Books on March 14th 2015
Genres: 19th Century, Classic Retelling, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, Horror, Horror & Ghost Stories
Source: Amazon Freebie
This is not the fake, Hollywood-style Sleepy Hollow American television series. This is the true, terrifying story. Hollow Blood! Book One of the debut Sleepy Hollow Horrors by Austin Dragon.
Ichabod Crane is dead! Everyone knows it. The Horseman took him--like so many others--one dark night in 1790. All that remained of the town's amiable schoolmaster was his hat on the side of the road, with a shattered pumpkin beside it. But soon the fearful townspeople of Sleepy Hollow realized that the terrifying Horseman, that haunted their region for ages, had also disappeared, inexplicably, after that night. They were free! That was 10 years ago. And a lone stranger has come to their quiet town. He is friendly enough, well-mannered, educated, but there is a secret about this man--he is not what he seems. Suspicions grow. The whispers of gossip begin. All of Sleepy Hollow is soon turned upside-down when they learn the truth. It is only the beginning, as they find themselves in the path of his black vengeance, his hunt for the foul murderer of Ichabod Crane. This stranger threatens not only their lives by his presence, but their very souls by bringing about the return of the hellish Headless Horseman! For Sleepy Hollow, will death be upon them all?
Where do I start…I had high expectations for this books. I am a big fan of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. I love the headless horseman. I find the movie and book retellings of it interesting and I like to read different points of view. I thought this was going to be very interesting because it wasn’t really about what happened to Ichabod while he was in Sleepy Hollow but instead it was about 10 years later after he disappeared. Why 10 years, I have no idea and now thinking about it, it seems like a really long time to finally look into it. Ok let’s go back.
The book started with a man looking for find who killed Ichabod Crane. He had heard the legend but didn’t believe in the horseman and felt it was a real person that killed him. He was off to sleepy hollow to find clues. It was interesting to see life in Sleepy Hollow after the events and what the characters were doing. The mystery of finding out who killed him as the clues pile up and of course everyone thinks it Brom Bones. Halfway through the book I was waiting on the Horseman to make an appearance and had to read the synopsis again because I kept thinking I was missing something. The guy who came to town was going to cause great chaos, that he did, but his reasons weren’t very clear and it was all based on what he assumed to be true. That made no sense than it sort of gets resolved and something else happens and things just take a strange turn…wait…what happened to the horseman and where is the guy who was so determined to find the killer going? He leaves town? Now it’s a strange journey and I’m confused and the book ends. You have to read book two to find out what happens. I am not sure I want to. The story had such great potential but I am not sure what happened. At the half way point the focus changed and then the story didn’t seem to make sense. Like the first half really wasn’t important or the middle wasn’t needed just the beginning and end? I don’t know I got kind of confused. This entire review is confusing now…
Overall it wasn’t bad, I actually liked the first half. Will I read book two? Maybe…If I want to see what happens but I am in no rush and don’t think I will be doing that any time soon. This is one of those boos you need to try out yourself. Maybe it just wasn’t my type of retelling. Considering it wasn’t really a retelling more of what happened next.
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