Blood and Fog

Blood and Fog

-Nancy Holder
-291 Pages
-May 2003

  Summary: Whitechapel, London, England 1888 - Jack the Ripper is massacring prostitutes and the townspeople aren't sure what to do. Unfortunately for them, Jack the Ripper isn't merely human and he relishes spilling the blood of innocent humans whom he's come to hate over the years. Back in the day, Spike aligned himself with the current Slayer in order to destroy Jack. Only it didn't work and Buffy and Spike come face to face with Jack in current day Sunnydale where a thick mist of blindness and terror has begun to envelop the town in it's cold embrace. Unfortunately, with fog so thick, it's hard to tell where your enemy is, even if they're standing right there in front of you. And Jack has plans for Sunnydale...
   
  Rating: 4/5
  Review: One of Nancy Holder's better novels. She's cut way back on the old jokes and it greatly improves the integrity of her novels. I liked the idea that the old storyline between Angelus, Spike, Darla and Drusilla had impact on the present in Sunnydale, especially since I love reading about those foursome and their escapades in the past. The idea behind Jack the Ripper was a little far-fetched, even for a series that's pretty much sci-fi. Plus the whole explanation behind who Jack the Ripper was, as well as the rival faery folk was overkill. She dumped it on us at the beginning for the novel and it was a bit of an overkill. Gradually gained knowledge is much better instead of just driving your point home by explaining everything in detail at once. My feeling anyway. However, the ending was pretty damned good. I liked the idea behind Buffy being blind, because it's true, she really has had training to fight blindly, so this was a good use of it. The end battle kind of reminded me of the end of Chosen but that was coincidental because the episode as well as the book came out around the same time. A good read.
   
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