Revenant

Revenant

-Written by Mel Odom
-386 Pages
-January 2001

  Summary: A Chinese gang arrives in Sunnydale and suddenly they're committing criminal acts all over the town. Immediately racial tension begin to increase and one of Willow's friends, Jia Li, is feeling the effects more than anyone else. She's discovered that her brother Lok is delving into the occult in order to learn more about their great grandfather's tragic death in Sunnydale many years ago. Coinciding with these events, a man named Zhiyong is trying to raise the men that died in a cave many years ago in order to raise Sharmma, a demon that would give him power in return. A beautiful warrior called Shing arrives on the scene at the same time and she's just as strong as Buffy. Xander feels an immediate attraction for her but there's something about her that he doesn't know...
   
  Rating: 2/5
   
  Review: This book did not keep my attention whatsoever. It took me damn near a month to read the bloody thing. I don't know whether it's my fault for not concentration or just that the book lacked something but it still didn't hold my attention. Until the very end that is. Throughout the novel I felt a somewhat broken storyline with parts that didn't mesh at all. There are some great moments in it, such as Xander playing basketball with a couple of vamps and later on the exchanges between Xander and Buffy are absolutely wonderful (their drive around in the bomb truck and the whole twinkie ordeal) and were brilliantly written. But it wasn't until the end that I appreciated these events. The ending battle scene was spectacular and made up for a lot of what the novel was lacking. Shing was also a great character, though I wanted her more developed, we find out she's a ghost but we don't really learn why. Not my first choice for a read but if you don't mind sifting through the whole story until you get to the end then go for it.
   
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