Horseman: A Tale of Sleepy Hollow by Christina Henry is not a retelling of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow but a continuing story that takes place 3 or so years after the original. . You will learn what happened to Brom and Katrina after Ichabod Crane incident. The book acknowledges that Brom was dressed as the Headless Horseman to frighten poor Ichabod, but what if the legend created something new. The book is best when it ties into the original The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, when it drifts away it is not always good. The book breaks into 3 parts, the first and second are great I loved the ending to the second part. The third comes with a time jump acting as a epilogue with a climax, which for me didn’t work at all the ending for part 2 was perfect and should have been the ending for the series. This book was heading in to a possibly 5 out of 5 star rating heading into the third part, which didn’t work for me at all I found the motivation flawed the puppet master reveal kind of came out of nowhere and didn’t make sense to the rest of the story, and the battle with the puppet master was over with in seconds. It was not all bad I felt the character ended up in the perfect place, but the way they got there was not great, and made me not care what happens to the character leading up to it. Horseman represents the LGBTQ community as it has a transgendered character as it’s lead, it takes a very non-apologetic approach that really works. I was given an advanced readers copy thanks to Netgalley and Berkley Publishing Group. Horseman: A Tale of Sleepy Hollow by Chistina Henry was published on September 28th 2021.

The Plot: 30 years after Ichabod was haunted by the Headless Horseman a teenager is found without a head. Has the legend returned? Brom the man that pretend to be the Headless Horseman all those years ago was so ashamed by his actions that he never told that it was him all a long, thus the legend has grown. Ben, whose grandparents are Brom and Katrina Van Tassel, is drawn to the woods and is a suspect to the murders. Ben discovers family secrets and is determined to find out what is murdering the people of Sleepy Hollow.

What I Liked: Cristina Henry found a way to write Brom with such heart and regret that you can’t help loving a fairly unsympathetic as he was written in Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The climax of Part 2 was perfect in how it linked the old legend of Sleepy Hollow to the new legend of Sleepy Hollow. The recap of the original story was done really well. I liked how Ben being transgendered was handled, it was was something that they felt and didn’t care how anybody else felt about it. I liked how the character was revealed at the beginning.

What I Disliked: This story’s version of the horseman. I wanted a better reason for Ben to go to the woods in part three. The puppet master reveal made no sense at all, why would some one so powerful be someone so weak for decades, and the whole family thing did not add up.

Recommendations: Horseman is that rare lower rated book that I will recommend, the first 2 parts are great and a fun murder mystery that ties into the old Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Part 3 is not good but at least it is short and I still think the character of Ben ended up in the perfect place. I rated Horseman: A Tale of Sleepy Hollow by Christina Henry 3 out of 5 stars.

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