The Wisdom of War

The Wisdom of War

-Christopher Golden
-July 2002
-401 Pages

  Summary: Two strange breeds of sea creatures are beginning to appear in Sunnydale, and none of them appear to be all too friendly. The Moruach and the Aegeirie, the latter being followers of the immense sea beast Aegir who was once captured by the Moruach but later set free. As soon as Buffy is beginning to discover these creatures, the Watcher's Council steps in with a team with Quentin Travers leading the way. When Buffy does not agree to slay all the demons until she knows more about them and what they're doing in Sunnydale, Travers has Faith released from jail in Los Angeles for a temporary time in order to eradicate the demons in Sunnydale. Buffy begins to question her decision as well as her actions when innocent humans, including some of her friends, begin to transform into Aegir followers...
   
  Rating: 3.5/5
   
  Review: This was a huge novel to pick up, probably one of the biggest ones out there, and I have this huge fear that big novels will lose my interest pretty fast. It was only half true in this novel, but a lot of it had to with my personal likes and dislikes. The whole sea creatures idea does absolutely nothing for me. And I kept getting confused between Aegir, Aegerie, Moruachs, Sages and Councils... oh lord, my head is spinning just thinking about it now. This novel had a little bit too much in it, especially when it came down to the Order of Sages. Which I felt was poorly misused in this novel. It seemed like they were just thrown in for good measures. I was expecting a little more than what came out of their group. So that seemed all too pointless for me. However, the Council involvement was certainly interesting and it was all too fitting that Quentin Travers was portrayed as a Nazi-style demon exterminator. It seemed ever so fitting with his character. So that part was immensely well done.

Faith was brought back in this novel, but I felt she was oddly characterized. Almost a little too soft, especially since she'd just been in jail, I doubt she'd have gone as soft as she was portrayed. Regardless, having her in the novel was a definite bonus. I may sound like I'm bitching a lot, especially after I gave it a relatively high score, but I have to say that the very ending was absolutely fabulous. The description, portrayal of characters, and battle scene were above and beyond spectacular. I was turning pages rapidly because it was so well written. It was dark, dreary and actually made you think of war. The depictions were immaculate. And I liked that the Aegir provided an adequate challenge for Buffy. Slaying had become all too easy for her and this was one hell of a fight. And while I don't like to see Buffy mangled, it IS nice to see her face and overcome such an immense challenge.

   
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