Ghost Roads

The Gatekeeper Trilogy Volume 2: Ghost Roads

-Written by Christopher Golden & Nancy Holder
-368 Pages
-March 1999

  Summary: In search of Jacques Regnier, the Gatekeeper's son, Buffy, Angel and Oz take off to London via the ghost roads while the rest of the gang returns to Sunnydale. The trio in England run into every possible problem; another fake Watcher leads them into a trap and the Sons of Entropy are hot on their heels. Back in Sunnydale the ghost ship the Flying Dutchman has arrived and are taking human prisoners aboard, including Giles. Meanwhile Il Maestro pleads to his lord Belphegor to spare Micaela, his adopted daughter, from the pain and suffering humans will have to deal with when the evil breaks loose. Spike and Drusilla are busy keeping Jacques Regnier hidden until the Sons of Entropy give them what they want. Angel learns that Il Maestro is in Florence and the trio sets off for it. Buffy's mom is kidnapped by the Sons of Entropy and they plan to use Joyce as bait to bring the Slayer to them.

Back in Sunnydale Willow, Xander and Cordelia must figure out how to save Giles from the Flying Dutchman or he will be brought into hell when the boat leaves Sunnydale and no one makes it in to hell without dying first. In Boston the Gatehouse has become under attack again and though the Gatekeeper is weak he can still fend off the Sons of Entropy. Buffy, Angel and Oz infiltrate the Sons of Entropy base in Florence and are then captured by Il Maestro's men. They manage to escape with the help of Micaela who realizes that what her father is doing is very wrong. They head back to Sunnydale along with Spike, Drusilla and Jacques Regnier via the ghost roads which is when Buffy learns that her mother has been captured. Buffy must rescue her mother from a fiery death...

  Rating: 5/5
  Review: Even better than the first book! And though I felt that something was missing from the first book I didn't think this series could get any better! The pairings up in this novel was incredible; to have Buffy, Angel and Oz roaming the countryside in Europe was just too priceless and made for incredibly entertaining, revealing and amusing dialogue. I wasn't as much interested about all the events happening back in Sunnydale but the road trip around Europe was pretty fun, and Angel got to flex his funny muscle which is always great to see. This story got a little more involved in the trilogy and the ending is an absolute cliffhanger in the worst sense of the word (that being a good thing, if you get what I'm saying). Xander dying is kind of tremendous and I really wasn't expecting that gun because it seemed kind of out of place in the Buffy world. The ghost roads is a smart thing but we'll see if he can make it to the other side! So I'm really looking forward to the next novel just cuz I want to see what happens!
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