Review: Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution (TV tie-in and lots of yummy Tom Mison gifs)

Are you watching Sleepy  Hollow? You should be watching Sleepy Hollow. Sleepy Hollow is fun and creepy. Sleepy Hollow is smart and witty. Sleepy Hollow? Sleepy Hollow is a show you should be watching.

It’s always fun to look at things we take for granted or don’t pay any attention to through new eyes. It’s even better when the owner of those eyes has jumped over 200 years through time to modern day and provides commentary that pokes fun at all the ridiculous things we do without a second thought.

Christmas stockings?

I’m with you on this one, Crane.

Snackage? (Thankfully, he came around on this one.)
He’ll call you out on any errors in your historical facts, even if you’re in the middle of giving a tour to school children at a museum.
And that whole “the British are coming” line? Nope.

He’ll have heart-to-heart talks in the car in the dark.






Oh, and sometimes he’ looks like this:

He needs a shampoo endorsement deal for his wig.  Lets give a round of applause to the hair and makeup department on this show. It’s very rare that this wig looks fake unlike  {insert any number of shows here}.  Side eye to you, Salem.

So in case it wasn’t clear, the show is fun and you should be watching.  Binge watch Season 1 and you’ll be all caught up for season 2 to start this fall.

This was supposed to be a book review, wasn’t it? I should get to that.

Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution

To be published September 30, 2014.
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.

If you’ve ever read a movie or tv tie-in, there’s a pretty solid chance you’ve read something written by DeCandido before.  I’d like to know who to talk to about getting a job writing professional fanfiction. How fun, right? Before anyone comments, that’s not a dig at DeCandido and his skill or at fanfic, so shoosh.

I’ve read a couple other books  by this author (Supernatural tie-ins. Shout out to Dean Winchester! Call me!) and he has a knack for nailing the voice of the characters we’ve come to know well through their series.  The same can be said of his work in this book as the voice of Ichabod Crane was spot on through out. This isn’t an easy task for any writer when it comes to established characters and particularly with Crane’s speaking patterns. There was never a moment of “oh Crane wouldn’t talk like that.”  Kudos to Decandido on this aspect.

The plot is decent. As with all tv tie-ins, the story is set up in the world of the show and falls between two episodes, this time it fell between “The Golem” and “The Vessel.” The relationships are established on the show and, as the reader, you’re jumping into that world without much background on the characters. It’s not needed as most readers of this book are likely already familiar with the show, plot, and characters and it’s unlikely they would be new to this world. Including all that info in a tie-in would really weigh things down so I’m glad this wasn’t included. We get hints and explanations of their past throughout and that would likely be enough to hold over someone who hasn’t watched the series yet.

The story moved slowly and got bogged down by exposition at times. It jump from present day to Revolutionary times and I’m not sure that was always needed. It felt a little bit like the easy way out, like the information in the flashbacks could’ve been incorporated in a different way and the time jumps would no longer be necessary.  It still works so maybe it’s just a personal preference but I could’ve done without them.

This little tidbit was perfect, by the way.

“It is when events have turned the most toward despair that we must fight the hardest. For it is giving in to that despair that truly gives our foes their victory. We must cling to what we believe in and what brings us joy.”

It’ll be a fun read for anyone who’s a fan of the show. It’s the characters you’ve come to know and love in a quick little book that lets you dig a little further into the world of Abby, Ichabod, Irving and Jenny. The storyline centers around a coven of witches collecting six of ten Continental Crosses awarded to various men by George Washington, including our fine British morsel, Ichabod.  Stored mostly in museums, the search results in the murders of security guards and some police personnel, raising the stakes for our group of investigators. Without giving away too much, there’s a twist in the middle that could’ve been written to feel bigger and more important but it still works within the story.  It’s not completely unpredictable but it’s hard within the confines of a tie-in where there are very strict parameters on what can be done with the story so that it flows with the show’s established storylines.

Witches, man. Uncool, ladies. Uncool.


SLEEPY HOLLOW: CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION is set to be released by Crown Publishing and Broadway Books on September 30, 2014. Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for an advanced copy.

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