The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a well known story that has been adapted in a variety of ways, including into a Tim Burton film, but the story presented by Alyssa Polombo is something that takes the story you know so well and creates something new and captivating. Instead of focusing on Ichabod Crane, Polombo chooses to centers itself on the character frequently just seen as a love interest, Katrina Van Tassel. The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel presents a confident and smart Katrina who will do anything for love, even venture into the darkest legends of Sleepy Hollow.
When Katrina first meets Ichabod she finds herself feeling things for him that she has never felt before. A romance quickly begins to bloom between them, but while they are deeply in love there are class issues keeping them apart. Katrina is the only child of the wealthiest family in Sleepy Hollow and Ichabod is in no way a suitable match for her monetarily. For years Brom Von Brunt, also known as Brom Bones, has been trying to court Katrina and her father sees him as a far more suitable match. Unlike some families, her parents understand that she does not wish to be with Brom and are willing to look for other matches for her, but when Ichabod and Katrina plan to have him ask for her hand the results are not what they hoped. That night is the moment where Ichabod takes his fateful ride and Katrina finds herself searching in desperation for the man she loves.
Alyssa Polombo’s The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel is a beautifully written work that examines what it means to be a woman within the newly established United States of America. While her parents support her intellect and are willing to let her find love, her father is also working to ensure an appropriate match that is befitting of her station. Beyond that Katrina has to find a way to maintain her honor within Sleepy Hollow following the disappearance of Ichabod. Katrina is exceptionally quick witted and is looks to find answers and protect herself as she copes with the disappearance of Ichabod. Not only is Katrina a great character and the perfect focal point for this story, but her best friend Charlotte and maid Nancy also provide depth to the story. Charlotte has a bit of foresight and is slightly shunned by members of Sleepy Hollow because of previous accusations of witchcraft. She still acts as a nurse and aid to people within the town, no matter what they think of her. Nancy is able to provide a concept of what it was like to be a slave within America, which I found to be a well done addition. If you enjoy historical fiction, magic, romance, and even horror you need to read The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel today. You can find it on sale wherever books are sold.
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