Severed: A Tale of Sleepy Hollow by Dax Varley

Release Date: November 1 2013
Publisher: Dax Varley
Received from: NetGalley
Rating: 2
Cover Thoughts: I like it
Severed I thought it was a spin off of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. But it felt more like a rip off. Though a few things are different, for example Ichabod Crane in Severed is described as “Delicious” But this is not the case in the one Washington Irving wrote

“He was tall and exceedingly lank, with narrow shoulders, long arms and legs, hands that dangled a mile out of his sleeves, and feet that might have served for shovels. His head was small, and flat at top, with huge ears, large green glassy eyes, and a long snipe nose, so that it looked like a weathercock perched upon his spindle neck, to tell which way the wind blew. To see him striding along on a windy day, with his clothes bagging and fluttering about him, one might have mistaken him for some scarecrow eloped from a cornfield.”

And then there’s Katarina who is not really described in Severed as anything but slim and pretty. But

“She was a blooming lass of fresh eighteen, plump as a partridge, ripe and melting and rosy-cheeked as one of her father's peaches, and universally famed, not merely for her beauty, but her vast expectations. She was withal a little of a coquette, as might be perceived in her dress. She wore ornaments of pure yellow gold to set off her charms, and a provokingly short petticoat to display the prettiest foot and ankle in the country round.”

I really enjoyed this book. It just feels very much like a copy. Happy Reading!

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