Audiobook Review: Crane by Stacey Rourke

CraneSource: Audavoxx/Author – I received this in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Publisher: Audible
Series: Legends Saga #1
Narrator: Karen Krause 
Edition: Audiobook, 8 Hours 15 Minutes
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Purchase: Amazon / Audible / Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4/5 Stars

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?

Re-tellings are one of my favorite things to read as we get to see old stories with new twists. It’s like a mix of an old comfort and a new experience that can’t be beaten. Crane is no exception.

Now I readily admit I haven’t read the original Sleepy Hallow or Rip Van Winkle, but at this point, I know the stories well enough to enjoy Crane and see the parallels without issue. I think what Stacey Rourke has done here is pretty clever in its delivery and the cool little parallels to the original without being a reprint simply set in modern times. I liked the inclusion of Rip Van Winkle and the unique part he plays in the story along with Ichabod and Washington Irving. Given that this is a retelling (in a sequel sort of way) it was really nice to settle in and be surprised at the way it all played out. I don’t expect a lot of surprises in retellings, so it’s always nice to find new little turns and fun departures from the source text.  It has some dark moments to be sure, but it also includes some really great humor and the pace keeps a nice clip.

Karen Kruse did a wonderful job as the narrator of this tale. Ireland is a snarky character and she nails it perfectly. Each character is distinct and it’s apparent that she has a gift for voices.

I’m definitely looking forward to delving even farther into the story of Ireland and seeing if the curse of the headless horseman can be broken. If you are a fan of shows like Sleepy Hollow or of retellings, in general, this series would be one worth checking out.

4 stars

 

 

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