Apocalypse Memories

Apocalypse Memories

-Laura J Burns and Melinda Metz
-March 2004
-242 Pages

  Summary: Taking place during BtVS's seventh season, Willow has arrived back in Sunnydale and is terrified of using her magic powers again for fear of destroying the world again (or, at least attempting to destroy the world.) However, suddenly Sunnydale becomes the center of the weird and wacky when a man named Michael brings on signs of the apocalypse. Willow must find a way to overcome her fear of magic in order to perform one of the most dangerous spells known to mankind; the Belial Siphon, which hasn't actually ever been performed before. Meanwhile, Buffy is trying to stop the apocalypse of her own accord, and despite Michael's charming qualities, for he's an angel, Buffy cannot seem to fight what is thrown at her.
   
  Rating: 5/5
   
  Review: One of the best Buffy novels to date in my mind. It's a standalone piece which usually doesn't work for apocalyptic events in the Buffyworld (ie, the Gatekeeper Trilogy needed three novels) but surprisingly, this one worked out without being too crammed in. The characters are written better than they normally are and this genuinely feels like a possible episode of BtVS. I loved the entire idea of Michael and how he was an angel and yet it was his duty to bring on the end of the earth. A terrifying idea, because you don't normally expect angels to be destroying the world. The idea of the jars that had to be cracked and how they brought on new aspects of the apocalypse was a brilliant idea, and added a lot of detail to the storyline. Conflicted Michael got a bit annoying every now and then but it was easily balanced out by how he was written to be such a nice person. Great stuff.
   
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