Time passes, sins forgotten.
The bodies of the victims long since rotten.
Trapped within the essence of the Headless Horseman by the guilt of slaughtering her best friend, Ireland Crane follows the father of science fiction, HG Wells, in search of freedom from the curse that binds her. Instead, she discovers even he has a hidden agenda. A dark, relentless passion to be reunited with the woman he loves has driven him to manipulate time and a murderous Horseman.
Yet heed my warning, as the Raven flies,
The Hessian will come … and you will die.
All that prevents Ireland from abandoning Wells’ twisted pursuit, or introducing him to her sword, are the undead witches haunting her. Begging for freedom from a vile succubus, the ghoulish coven leads Ireland and her crew on a journey through Salem’s sordid past. There, they learn there is more to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s history than a scarlet letter, and the secret they’ve uncovered seeks to destroy them all.
We know Ireland, Rip, Ridley, and Noah from books Crane and Raven. At the end of Raven we met H.G. Wells. In this we find out the reason why Ireland has to do what she’s doing and why she’s met up with this motley group of characters. This is the final book in this series as far as I know.
And this book is still a romance, but it’s less about that than about family and love in general. I still love the cast of characters. They were still snarky and still gave me copious amounts of gigglefits. I will say upfront though, that end…I’m going to have a swollen face tomorrow. I won’t tell you what happened, but I REALLY never saw that happening. Rarely do I get surprised, but that one caught me from left field. I just can’t even. I think I’ll need smut to recover from this. Lots of smut. And not even quality smut. Like Dinoporn smut or something of that caliber. It’s that much of a book hangover.
Ms. Rourke has completely enveloped me in her world of legends. We get our list of characters from the past as well as a few new characters to fall in love with. I will simply say I feel like Ridley does at the end. I have to hand it to Ms. Rourke, she played her cards close to her chest and completely shocked me with her twist. So, would I recommend this book and series, now that I’ve read it? Yeah and I’d give no warnings. None. Let them deal with it like I am.
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.