Series: The Legends Saga #1
on May 26th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
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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?
The cover. How can you not need to read this book after seeing that cover?! This was the first of my UtopYA purchases that I had the pleasure of reading, and I’ll admit that I kept sliding my hands across the beautiful matte jacket. The book itself has some highs and lows, but the fascinating story has it coming out heavily on the WIN side.
I might as well get the negative bits out of the way. It did have some serious editing issues, and not just with typos. Homonyms create some dangerous ground for authors (your/you’re, yolk/yoke) and my eyes kept getting pulled to the errors in the story. There was also my biggest pet peeve – a sentence which has become cliched with overuse. This particular book had this sentence in it three times, and it nearly drove me bonkers.
Now. Despite that, the plot is absolutely unique and kept me hooked for hours! I am drawn in by the horseman, just as I have been since I was a child. Whether in folklore, illustrated kids stories or movies, I can’t seem to get enough of all the variations to the story. This was an absolutely genius twist to an already great tale.
“Death walks, and talks, and occasionally whisks you in a gruesome waltz”
The characters are undeniably addictive. The story alternated chapters between past and present, and together, had a huge variety of quirky characters. Ireland Crane started off the story with good intentions. She just wants to reset her life after a bad breakup, and comes to Sleepy Hollow with a fresh start in mind. Fate seems to have something else in mind. The characters in the past are Ichabod Crane (obviously) and Washington Irving (the author of said story), but also seems to have Rip Van Winkle thrown into the mix. Rip was also a character of Irving’s, but to put these three into the story together is perfection.
What I especially love about Ireland Crane is that she isn’t a clear heroine. In fact, she’s kinda also the villain. You want to love and root for her, but at the same time, you’ve been taught by your parents to be wary. That stranger lurking in the shadows is up to no good. How can this possibly end well? On the plus side, there really are a ton of bodies. Stacey Rourke isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty, when it comes to killing off her characters! Bravo!