Review: The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassell by Alyssa Palombo
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a beloved tale, told countless times in film, television, and cartoon form. It’s always been told from the point of view of Ichabod Crane, a school teacher. Never before have we seen the story through the heroine, Katrina Van Tassel’s eyes. In the new release The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel, author Alyssa Palombo has done just that. The story begins, through Katrina’s eyes and in her voice, on the day that school teacher Ichabod Crane arrives in the town of Sleepy Hollow. Ichabod becomes her music teacher, and through that, a romance blooms. Yet their happiness is short lived when one fateful All Hallows’ Eve, Ichabod vanishes without a single word. He leaves behind only the legend of the Headless Horsemen and the mystery of what happened to him. This story was rich with historical detail that the reader can picture themselves in the middle of. Author Alyssa Palombo has created a world more vivid than that of the original tale. The detail in this book puts you right in the middle of town and you stroll down Albany Post Road with Katrina and her trusty dog, Nox. Each of the characters were so realistic, their motives and goals believable. Even the characters you don’t like (*cough Brom Bones cough*) can be sympathetic. Katrina was wonderful as the heroine of the story and it was wonderful to see the world through her eyes. She’s strong and smart, resourceful and cunning. I loved her friendship with Charlotte and how they always had one another’s back. Together, they were the backbone of this story. The one thing that hung me up was the magic, or really the lack thereof in the story. I’m aware that this is a historical fiction novel, and that the witchery that happens is more healing potions and vision. However with the title being The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel, I was expecting more than there was. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the witchy bits that were there, I loved them! I just really wanted to see more of Katrina and Charlotte’s magic. Perfect for fans of the original tale and the many film adaptations, The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel wraps you up in its cloak, brings you out into the woods, and drops you off in the middle of the Headless Horseman’s clearing. And you must spend the night there. Alone. You will race through this book from the first page until the last, gripping page.