Mortal Fear

Mortal Fear

-Scott and Denise Ciencin
-479 Pages
-September 2003

  Summary: Something new has swept into the lives of the Scooby Gang, but all through different sources as they try to find acceptance with other people outside their tight knit slayage group; Xander with his coworkers, Willow with her professor at university and Dawn with a new group of not so straight-laced friends. Meanwhile, Buffy is being sent on random missions by a man that goes by the name of Simon. He wants her to retrieve parts of a mystical sword and put them together, but he refuses to say why or who he even is. When her friends suddenly start to turn against her, Buffy has to figure out how the sword and Simon ties into all the odd goings-on in Sunnydale.
   
  Rating: 4/5
   
  Review: The Historian's note for this novel states that it takes place during the series' sixth season, but as soon as you get into the novel, it becomes quickly apparent that it does NOT make sense with any of the season six plots. So it's placed somewhere in early season seven. I think right before Selfless but I could be wrong. Anyway, this novel was a bit farfetched to be a part of the Buffyworld. The whole ending was way too sci-fi and to an extent not really believable in the scope of the Buffyverse. However, it was still enjoyable to read, so long as you can get past the fact that part of it seems ludicrous. There were also some areas of it that didn't make a whole lot of sense. I really wish they'd explained a little bit more of what Simon was and why Gwen or G1 or whatever the hell was, wanted to convert vamps so much and how the hell she got roped into the whole thing. And even though it sounds like I'm pulling out a lot of bad points about the novel it really wasn't a bad novel. It was definitely one of the more enjoyable Buffy novels I've read and the characterization flowed well enough to make me content knowing that each character was written as they were on the show. I particularly liked the usage of Dawn and how she fed into the storyline. Her scenes with her boyfriend were written so perfectly, especially in regards to the teenage mind. So overall, a well told tale.
   
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