Hollowed: Jessica S. Taylor *Review*

Cover image of Hollowed by Jessica S. Taylor is in the centre of a moody image of a garden. Added text: Will Katrina's sacrifice be enough to protect Sleepy Hollow?

Genres: Dark Fantasy, Gothic Fantasy, NA Fantasy | Release Date: 13 October 2023 | Standalone | Pages: 360 | Indie Author | Review

“They sent me to die.”

Jessica S. Taylor

Overview:

Does anyone else love the tale of Sleepy Hollow? Because if you do, you’re going to fall head over heels for Hollowed, a Sleepy Hollow reimagining by indie author Jessica S. Taylor! This gothic fantasy is packed with danger, grief and terrifying creatures from folklore. So let’s give you an overview, shall we?

To protect Sleepy Hollow from the evils outside the town, a sacrifice must be made to The Dullahan (the Headless Horseman) every year. After all, it’s only through his power that the veil holds, keeping the horrors outside at bay. But never did Katrina think her own parents would willingly sacrifice her for this cause, and when she attempts to escape? Katrina only hastens her meeting with the Horseman. Now she has a choice: flee her home with his assistance, or stay with him to save everyone who lives in Sleepy Hollow. A great evil is being summoned, and Katrina might be the only one who can stop it…

Cover image of Hollowed by Jessica S. Taylor is to the bottom left of a moody image of a garden. Added text: The Dullahan has been protecting the Hollow against evil for years... But what happens if the veil crumbles?
This Sleepy Hollow reimagining is so much more than I could’ve ever dreamed!

Happiness Boost:

From the very beginning of this gothic fantasy, Jessica highlights how isolated Katrina is from nearly everyone who resides within Sleepy Hollow. And I don’t mind admitting that I immediately began to ache for this young woman, whose own parents don’t even bother to love her. Because does this make her heart hard? No. Instead, Hollowed gives us a terrified, loving heroine who would go to the ends of the earth to protect her community, despite their awful apathy. I *love* how Katrina’s character drives this story, and I just wanted to wrap her up in bubble wrap and protect her forever!

The folklore of the Sluagh, the terrifying fog and threat of Death makes this story such an engrossing read… And I was mesmerised by the powers of The Dullahan! Quite truthfully, I would’ve blurted out the same thing as Katrina did when she first came upon him: “But you have a head.” It’s been a long time since I ventured into Sleepy Hollow territory, but I swear Jessica has made this dark fantasy even more exciting with the evils lurking both outside *and* inside the veil!

I’m sorry, but I need to double down on the topic of betrayal… Because is it easy to dislike a betrayer on a cellular level? Oh glitterbugs, I think we all know the answer is yes! But what’s *really* hard to do, and what Hollowed does so very well? Is make us feel empathy for the person who betrays the whole town. I honestly didn’t think that was possible! Jessica, you’re a marvel. I don’t know how, but you did the impossible! So of course this is a happiness boost for me!

Downside:

There’s no downside for me, I have loved everything about this gothic fantasy!

Final Thoughts:

Hollowed by indie author Jessica S. Taylor is a brilliant gothic fantasy reimagining of the tale of Sleepy Hollow, and one you will *not* want to miss. Am I already counting down to the new gothic romantasy standalone (Beyond Those Gilded Walls) Jessica is going to give us later this year? Yes! I need it so badly, because I just know it’s going to be great. So if you love the sound of Hollowed from my review? Just click any of the links below to get your own copy! Happy reading, glitterbugs!

You can order Hollowed via these links:

Amazon | Blackwell’s | Booktopia | Fishpond

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