Seven Crows

Seven Crows

-John Vornholt
-278 Pages
-July 2003

  Summary: Somewhere on  the border between Mexico and Arizona lies a town where Riley Finn and his wife Samantha have been assigned to work. Their mission is to track down recent deaths in the desert area, there's a chance there might be some supernatural occurrence in relation to the deaths. But when they decide to call in reinforcements, they didn't realize that they'd be calling in backup from two different sources; Sunnydale and Los Angeles. Buffy and Angel join the married couple on their investigation and the unlikely team of Sam and Angel begins to make Riley double think their team in the first place. Riley also knows the increase in crows in the area, possible portents from a poem he remembers from long ago...
   
  Rating: 2.5/5
   
  Review: This was a WEIRD novel. I'm not even sure I have another word for it. Just plain WEIRD. First of all... it takes places in the desert... and Angel and Buffy are called in to work with Riley and Sam, which leads to many uncomfortable situations (although I'm sure the author thought that it was great for conflict and would provide ample opportunity for angsty conversations and settings.) Buffy kind of takes a backseat in this novel... she has so little to do that about two-thirds of the way through the book you begin to wonder why she was even brought into it in the first place. The book would have worked out just fine is Buffy hadn't even been present. There's also that weird thing with the crows... I wish they'd explained that poem a bit more... or why Riley believed in it so much. Or why it even had anything to do with the storyline... I'm aware that it led them in the right direction for their investigations, but I just wish there had been some sort of physical or mental link between the birds and the storyline. Another thing that throws this storyline way off base is the fact that it just doesn't FEEL like a Buffy or Angel storyline. The setting is so remote, the pairings are so odd and the storyline so very WEIRD that it makes you feel like this could be anyone in the world solving this "mystery."
   
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