Fantasy Book Review: Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution

Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution by Keith RA DeCandido

When Ichabod Crane, a soldier from the Colonial Army, is resurrected from his grave, more than two centuries after he was killed in battle, he partners with Lieutenant Abbie Mills of the Sleepy Hollow Police Department to fight the evil forces that have taken hold of the town.

It’s a cold day in January, and Ichabod visits Patriots Park for a moment of peace. Instead, he receives a disturbing vision from his wife, Katrina, in which she delivers a cryptic but urgent message: he must retrieve the Congressional Cross that he was awarded by the Second Continental Congress for bravery in action. There’s just one problem: Ichabod was killed before he ever received the medal, and he is unsure where it might be. Together Ichabod and Abbie set out to uncover the mystery of the cross and its connection to George Washington and his secret war against the demon hordes. They soon learn that a coven of witches is also seeking the cross in order to resurrect their leader, Serilda, who was burned at the stake during the Revolutionary War. Now they must locate the cross before the coven can bring back Serilda to exact her fatal revenge on Sleepy Hollow.

As a fan of tie-in novels of my favorite shows, I jumped at the chance to read a Sleepy Hollow novel. And when I saw that DeCandido wrote it, I knew I’d enjoy it.

Children of the Revolution is set mid-season of season 1. Sleepy Hollow is a n exciting, horror/fantasy with incredible characters. The author did an amazing job of fleshing out Crane and Abbie just as vivid as they are on screen. There is an impressive amount of historic research that blends well into a creative fantasy story. The mystery of the Congressional Cross thefts builds to a thrilling conclusion. I hope to see many more novels in this series, if they’re at this level of quality.

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