Monday, December 15, 2014

Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution

This is a review for Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution, a tie in novel to the tv show Sleepy Hollow, by Keith R.A. DeCandido
 ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ 1 star, I didn't like it at all.

Ichabod Crane is a man out of his time.  He was born in the Eighteenth century and fought in the Revolutionary War.  A twist of fate and a bit of witchcraft bound his life to one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse.  He died in battle when the Horseman died and when the Horseman was resurrected in the modern world, Crane was resurrected as well.

Ichabod is hoping for a bit of peace when he goes to the park but instead he is given a cryptic message from his wife trapped in limbo.  He has to find the Congressional Cross that he was posthumously awarded to stop the resurrection of a very powerful witch intent on bringing about the apocalypse and destroying the town that captured and killed her 250 years before.

I tried, I really did but I just couldn't get into this book.  I wanted to like it, I really enjoyed the show.  The book is lacking something that the show has.  There is a lot of poor grammar and mangled phrases and not just intentionally mangled phrases.  The bad 'cop talk' makes it feel like a 1950's crime novel.  The jumps back in forth in time and perspective are somewhat annoying.  It is easy to tell who is 'telling the story' but the constant shifts are distracting.  It just feels forced and mass produced and somewhat procedural.  After looking up the author I can see why, he has dozens of books in multiple licensed universes across several genres.  I am sure there are lots of people that would love this book, it just isn't for me personally.  That said, if you like the show you should give this book a quick read.

About the Author: KEITH R.A. DECANDIDO is the award-winning, best-selling author of almost 50 novels, among them books in such universes as Star Trek, Supernatural, Doctor Who, World of Warcraft, and many more. He also writes short fiction, nonfiction, and comic books. Visit him at

I received this book free from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.