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Monday, September 27, 2021

Book Review: Horseman: A Tale of Sleepy Hollow By Christina Henry

Horseman: A Tale of Sleepy Hollow
By Christina Henry
September 28, 2021
Publisher: Berkeley
ISBN: ‎9780593199787
In this atmospheric, terrifying novel that draws strongly from "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," the author of Alice and The Girl in Red works her trademark magic, spinning an engaging and frightening new story from a classic tale.

Everyone in Sleepy Hollow knows about the Horseman, but no one really believes in him. Not even Ben Van Brunt's grandfather, Brom Bones, who was there when it was said the Horseman chased the upstart Crane out of town. Brom says that's just legend, the village gossips talking.

More than thirty years after those storied events, the village is a quiet place. Fourteen-year-old Ben loves to play "Sleepy Hollow boys," reenacting the events Brom once lived through. But then Ben and a friend stumble across the headless body of a child in the woods near the village, and the discovery makes Ben question everything the adults in Sleepy Hollow have ever said. Could the Horseman be real after all? Or does something even more sinister stalk the woods?

Ben Van Brunt is the grandchild of Brom Bones and Katrina. Ben plays “Sleepy Hollow Boys” with her only friend, Sander, a boy from the village. They find a dead, headless boy, and soon after other deaths in the section of woods near where they play. Once talks of the Headless Horseman and other things that inhabit the woods start, Ben begins to investigate if it is the Horseman, or something else.

If you always wondered what happened to all the characters from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and the village, this Young Adult novel is the perfect imagining of another spooky tale for reading during the cooler wisps of October.

I gave Horseman: A Tale of Sleepy Hollow 4 1/2 sheep.

Pamela K. Kinney

About the Author:
CHRISTINA HENRY is the author of the national bestselling BLACK WINGS (Ace/Roc) series featuring Agent of Death Madeline Black and her popcorn-loving gargoyle Beezle. She is also the author of the forthcoming dark fantasy ALICE (Ace Trade).

She lives in Chicago with her husband and son.

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