Tempted Champions

Tempted Champions

-Yvonne Navarro
-March 2002
-240 Pages

  Summary: A young, vicious and beautiful woman named Celina comes to Sunnydale and there's nothing but an uproar caused by her appearance. She's a deadly fighter that is willing to kill both humans and vampires alike. Upon her arrival in Sunnydale, she scares Anya, demanding to know where the Slayer is. As Buffy becomes involved in a short battle with Celina at sunrise, she realizes that she's in way over her head as Celina's method of fighting is far more superior to her own. Meanwhile, Anya wrestles with her humanity and realizes that a lot of pain can come from being human and no longer immortal. D'Hoffryn offers her back her demonhood and she must decide which path is right for her. Buffy, after her encounter with the violent Celina, has Giles research who this mysterious woman is to better prepare her for the next time they meet. Unfortunately, the news of what Celina actually IS, is a lot more shocking than Buffy had expected.
   
  Rating: 4/5
   
  Review: This book is EXACTLY what I've been waiting for the writers of Buffy to do. The whole "vampire slayer becomes a vampire" deal is absolutely perfect and I feel it should be explored on the show. The entire idea of a girl becoming exactly what she was trained to kill is absolutely fantastical and the possibilities are endless. For Buffy to realize that not all Slayers are worthy of their title was a big time realization for her character. I'm referring mostly to the ending here because it had the most impact on the book (well, obviously). I wish they hadn't just thrown Angel into the mix just because it gave Buffy a mixed mind of whether to choose vampirism BECAUSE of him. They should have had Angel involved in the ENTIRE novel if they were planning to do that. Throwing him in there (and not having him do much at all) wasn't really what I call a subtle tactic. He was there for a reason, and that reason became abundantly clear at the very end. Anyway, with that out of the way, seeing/reading Celina on the floor of the graveyard sure did diminish the power that her character carried throughout the entire novel. I found the ending to be done extremely well. If you do get the chance, pick this novel up.
   
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