Here Be Monsters

Here be Monsters

-Written by Cameron Dokey
-178 Pages
-June 2000

  Summary: After Buffy kills twin teenage vampires, their vampire mother steps in to seek revenge for the death of her sons. The mother summons the goddess of Balance and Buffy is faced with a trial in order to save her life as well as her mother's. In this trial, Buffy discovers what she fears most and her love for her mom must triumph over the vampire mother's love for her dead sons.
   
  Rating: 2.5/5
   
  Review: While this novel wasn't a bad read, it still left me skeptical feeling at the end. I did not like how Buffy had to face a gigantic spider in order to save her mother. The idea of the trial though was brilliant and I really liked the goddess Balance. She added an interesting twist to the novel. So did the vampire mother, who I found to be absolutely hilarious. What did bother me was the fact that the Scooby Ganf were used very little and the scry spell seemed to be the only way to fit them into the end of the novel. I did like Buffy and Angel's interactions with each other during their fight scenes, it was a nice little touch and it worked very well to get the obligatory fight scenes moving right along.
   
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