Summary: Buffy, Xander and Willow have found a weakened
Camazotz which they accidentally release from his magickal chains.
Willow figures out how to kill Camaztoz: with gold, through alchemy
which can only be done if it's not used for personal gain. Meanwhile,
Anna, the new Slayer, and Wesley try to reduce the vampire population
though Wesley gets seriously injured. Now that Camazotz is dead, the
Kakchiquels have lost all their power and are reduced to only regular
Shortly after, Willow, Xander, Oz and Buffy enter a room to find
Angel suspended in mid-air with a stake protruding from his heart, and he yet he still lives. Giles has
imprisoned Angel here for the
past five years when Angel went out searching for Buffy. If the spell
is broken, Angel will die. Giles finds them all and Buffy stays to
fight while the others rush off to help the other troops. Buffy finally
builds up the courage to kill Giles, killing Angel in the process.
Unfortunately, not much is gained from this battle as both Wesley
and Xander die as well.
Finally Willow figures out a spell to send Buffy back in time. Guided
by Lucy Hanover, Buffy goes back to the day where she told Willow
that she didn't need her help with Camaztoz. But this this time she
asks for help. As Buffy fights to free Giles she is backed up by her
friends. Willow binds Zotzilaha and in the final battle, this younger
version of Willow learns that alchemy cannot e used for personal gain.
Her gold-tipped stake, guided by Buffy's hand, destroys Camazotz in
a very close battle to the end.
Review: Better, a little too fast at first because
you're introduced to the fact that Angel and Giles die in about the
first third of the book. The middle was rather dull but the end made
up for it. The whole Giles/Angel/Buffy issue was rather sad, and I
didn't like to see Angel get stuck in that orb for five years only
to end up dead. But it was bittersweet. I completely didn't like Giles
at all though. Nothing about him resembled his old Watcher self. And
in all honesty, he kind of bored me. I was glad when Buffy finally
snapped out of the whole "he was my Watcher..." deal and
just killed him. Good for her. A really good finale and I liked that
Buffy had all these cute little secrets about Willow's future self
and how Willow was the one that told her that alchemy could not be
used for personal gain. One thing that bothered me throughout the
story was that they kept calling Faith such a perfect Slayer! It made
no sense with the storyline, it was entirely unnecessary and it wasn't
even explained! The least they could have done was inform us why Faith
was such a modem child.
A nice ending but I didn't like it as much as I thought I would.