Review: This was an awesome book. The only
thing (and it's major) that threw the book's credibility (in Buffyverse)
TOTALLY off was Spike's murder of the Slayer. He's only ever killed
two Slayer and this would make a third. That totally threw me for
a look and I no longer felt like I was reading Buffy 'history' but
rather fanfic. Don't get me wrong, it's an amazing novel, but that
detail was a MAJOR flaw on Chris Golden's behalf.
That being said, the basis for the novel was extraordinary and the
entire novel held up well throught. You know when you get a novel
and the beginning is really good but then it starts to droop
about halfway through and then you can't figure out why you're reading
the damn book in the first place? That doesn't happen here. There's
excitement everywhere and the whole idea of Spike and Drusilla killing
off the slayers-in-waiting was absolutely brilliant.
The ending was spectacular too; when Sophie died and then one by
one different girls get called while they have to fight Skrymir. That
was insane, and brilliant too. Because the Council pretty much held
a legion of Slayers in their hand. All they had to do was wait for
the next one to die and the next one gets called immediately. I liked
the story about Arianna, it's took bad she didn't get called. There
looks like there might be a story with her and Travers that might
be built up in a later book.
Anyway, an excellent novel, there's no Buffy involved if that's what
you're all wondering but it's still extremely well written (save for
that one continuity flaw) and was a pleasure to read.