Title – Crane
Author – Stacey Rourke
Publication Date – May 24, 2014
Series – Legends Saga, #1
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?
I was in the mood for a novel that would put me in the Halloween spirit, so when I was reminded that Crane was on my kindle, I just knew that it would be the perfect fit. Halloween is my favorite holiday and I’m obsessed with the legends so I was getting all sorts of good vibes. This was my first novel from Stacey Rourke but now that I’ve finished it definitely will not be the last.
“If…you break…the curse, you become…the legend.”
Chances are, most people have heard the legend that pertains to Sleepy Hollow and the Headless Horseman so the plot isn’t something that needs to really be discussed. However, I will say that I loved Rourke’s spin on this classic tale. She so effortlessly weaves together her vision with that of Washington Irving’s. I appreciated that she spent time going back and forth between a present day and the past. It gives those who maybe aren’t familiar with Ichabod Crane a chance to meet him, but also really brings the whole story full circle. Furthermore, I loved the modernity of the characters that Rourke chose to highlight. They were spunky, comedic, and fresh, while still maintaining the integrity of personality traits we’ve come to associate with the legendary tale.
“We all change for love. It’s just a matter of what you let it change you into.”
I feel like retellings of stories always go one of two ways; they either fall flat because the love for the original could never compare, or they open our eyes to a whole new interpretation. I was super happy to see that Rourke’s take was the latter and I’m grinning ear to ear just writing this review. From the moment we met the characters to that very last ride left me satiated and giddy. It pulled me into the Halloween spirit and definitely left me wanting to see how Stacey Rourke will make the other tales in the Legends Saga her own!
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Don’t Miss the Other Books in the Series!
Raven (Legends Saga, #2)
Steam (Legends Sage, #3)