Keith R A DeCandido “Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution” (Broadway Books, 2014)
Sleepy Hollow was my favorite new show of last season. Who saw that coming? But what’s not to love? It’s just a buddy cop show about a time displaced revolutionary spy and his 21st century cop friend. Of course Ichabod’s neck deep in supernatural weirdness. After all, the American Revolution was really a battle over supernatural forces, not about emancipation from Britain. It’s fun, it’s hilarious and somehow they cram in feels just when you least expect them.
Children of the Revolution is a tie in novel. Quite frankly, if you are not a fan of the show, this book will make no sense to you. Yes there is some effort to help out those who aren’t up to speed, but I think that if you haven’t been watching you’re just too far behind. It works better as a refresher. Especially since the show’s been on hiatus for quite a while now.
Unfortunately I was not very impressed with DeCandido’s craftsmanship. While he did do a very nice job switching POVs (and capturing the feel of Ichabod’s unique voice), he is too committed to telling instead of showing. The writing felt clumsy and awkward. I would say that this is for the completist only.