Fantasy Book Review: The Secret Journal of Ichabod Crane

The Secret Journal of Ichabod Crane by Alex Irvine

“I am Ichabod Crane, born in the year 1747. It seems this is the year 2013 Anno Domini, and I have been given new life—how, I know not; why, I know not. I will discern the truth—if, that is, I can keep my head.”

In Sleepy Hollow, a supernatural twist on Washington Irving’s classic short story, Ichabod Crane has been pulled two-and-a-half centuries through time to find that he and detective Abbie Mills are humanity’s last hope in the war against evil. Passionate, intelligent, and wryly funny, Crane has always used journals to collect thoughts and documents that may prove useful later, and The Secret Journal of Ichabod Crane offers an unprecedented look at the battle also raging inside his fascinating mind.

On the pages within, Crane shares new memories of the American Revolution; more amusing reflections on modern-day phenomena, from the Internet to Election Day; and private thoughts about Abbie, Katrina, and others. He also includes hidden case files; secret Freemason puzzles; selections from George Washington’s mysterious Bible; and photos, letters, and drawings he has collected along the way. Filled with detail about past battles and vanquished monsters, as well as clues about those he and Abbie have yet to face, this journal is not just the ultimate repository for fans, but the key to Sleepy Hollow’s future—and the world’s.

Fans of Sleepy Hollow will enjoy this in-depth look at Ichabod Crane and the first season of the exciting show. Written as a journal, this book starts out as the series did, exploring most of Crane’s adventures, culture shock, and new experiences. There are even sketches and photos that accompany the text.

This was a nice recap of the season that helped me to remember what happened as I began to watch season two. The author does a great job of writing in Crane’s voice down to his frustration with modern times and historic facts (and fiction). I thoroughly enjoyed this detailed and captivating “journal.”