Monster Island

Monster Island

-Christopher Golden & Thomas E. Sniegoski
-435 Pages
-March 2003

  Summary: Doyle's pureblood Brachen demon father Axtius is the General for the Coalition of Purity which believes that all half-blood demons should be banished, leaving only the purebloods on Earth. Both Angel and Buffy are dealing with this threat in their respective cities when Buffy's team learns that General Axtius plans to attack a half-blood demon safe haven island near Los Angeles. Uprooting the Scooby Gang, Buffy and the rest of them travel quickly to Los Angeles to help Angel deal with the increasing problem. Unfortunately, the demons on the island who are in need of saving seem to be skeptical about having vampires as well as the Slayer on their island and they must be convinced that it's for their benefit before General Axtius and his troops launch a full-fledged attack on the island.
   
  Rating: 4/5
  Review: My biggest beef with this book was that it seemed to take directly from an old plotline on Angel. Namely the one where Doyle died entitled Hero. In that episode there was a group of pureblood demons called The Scourge who killed halfbreeds. So ummm... storyline stealing much? Possibly. It seemed too much of a rehash. However, the book dealt with it a little differently than the episode did which was really beneficial. I'm really grateful that they put Buffy and Angel together because the connection between those two is immense and immediately enriches the storyline as well as the characters. One thing that particularly stuck out about this novel was that almost everyone was used very very well. Occasionally you'll read a novel that tends to exclude a great deal of the characters because the writers don't seem to be too sure about what to do with them all. With the exception of Anya, Giles and Dawn (who, even though I say that they were excluded, they were still utilized well at the beginning of the novel.) everyone was used extremely well. Everyone had a part. To combine two ensemble casts and manage that is pretty damn spectacular so kudos to the authors!
   
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