An infamous love, destined nevermore,
For death could not claim, the enchanting Lenore.
Cursed by the malevolent spirit of the Headless Horseman, Ireland Crane ventures to Manhattan in search of a way to break her soul crushing bond. Instead, she discovers the lines between fact and fiction are blurring once more. Croaking ravens. Telltale hearts. Could the works of Poe be coming to pass with handsome Wall Street Midas Ridley Peolte as their unwilling target?
She walks the Earth, a plague on mankind,
searching for he, her rotted heart doth pine.
Together, the two unknowingly release a dark force death itself could not tame. Surrounded by the unrelenting violence and mayhem they’ve unleashed, Ireland feels her control over the Horseman slipping. Before the beast within consumes her, she and her crew must follow the clues of the dead to right a centuries’ old wrong. Will it be enough to sate the Horseman’s appetite?
Hell hath no fury like a ghoul scorned.
We met Ireland, Rip, and Noah in Crane. They’re in NYC now hunting down for the reason of her tattoo. Someone knew who she was, and knew about how that particular symbol would work on her. This trip would prove to be even insane than they could ever imagine. It involves ravens, tale-tell hearts, and a man named Poe…actually it’s Ridley Peolte, the person who gets Poe’s curse to bring the dead back to life and to see the dead all around him. Ireland used to only turn into the Horseman when she was wearing her cape. Now, she’s turning quicker, during the day and without any warning or ability to stop it from happening. It’s up to Noah to stop her from killing anyone else. But being so close to the Horseman puts Noah in the worst kind of danger and can Ireland really be ok with that?
I LOVE Ireland. She’s snarky and sarcastic and all around a treasure to read. Rip van Winkle kills me with his giggles over the word bitch. And Noah is just the awesome supportive boyfriend. And by supportive, I mean how many men do you know would be ok with their woman turning into a ghoulish murdering fiend who could summon an axe, a sword, and a horse? RIGHT! Not many! I will say that this story has a sad note to it, but even that wasn’t too awfully bad given the talents of a certain fella. And I really liked how she set up the next story. I can’t wait to read it and review it as well.
Ms. Rourke has a talent for creating characters and weaving these classic works into her stories, so that they don’t seem as if they’re mere stories, but colourful retellings of actual events that occurred. Crane and now Raven are the only two books of Ms. Rourke’s that I’ve read, but I can promise, I’ll read more beyond Steam (the next in the series!). So, if you can’t tell, I’m going to tell you YES read this story! Read Crane first. THEN read this story! Fall in love with the past and the present and all the colourful characters.
RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013
Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal Winner for Crane 2015
Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series, the chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga, and the romantic comedy Adapted for Film. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head.