||Summary: To save Xander's life Willow and Cordelia
take the Ghost Roads to the Regnier house. When they get there they
find that the Gatekeeper has died and Xander is immediately put into
the Cauldron of Braun the Blessed. But the Cauldron recognizes Xander
as the new heir and bestows all of the Gatekeeper's magickal power to
a very surprised Xander. Back in Sunnydale, Joyce Summers has been captured
by Fulcanelli. Giles is busy searching for where Joyce might be held
and where the rightful heir to the Gatekeeper's line might be. The bloodline
must be continued otherwise Xander's body may not be able to withstand
the strain that the magick will do to his body. Buffy manages to save
her mother in a maze that Fulcanelli designed, complete with Minotaur.
Jacques, the new heir, escapes from Fulcanelli and joins Buffy's entourage.
Oz and Angel lead Jacques through the Ghost Roads and back to the Gatekeeper's
house where an assault is being conducted on Xander and his abilities.
But Jacques arrives and his powers are restored to him. Fulcanelli's
men begin their assault again and Willow tries to help out with her
binding and protection spells. But the house begins to crumble in on
itself until Fulcanelli is destroyed and Buffy back in Sunnydale defeats
the demon Belphegor with her own bare hands, because no weapon could
help her destroy him.
Review: I didn't like this book as much as I liked
the second one but still a good book and it was a nice ending for
the trilogy. I was especially proud of Willow who was really coming
into her witchcraft skills. A powerful story and it's a great conclusion
to the trilogy. It's extremely well written and wonderful detail is
put in everywhere making this story, though fantastical, all the more
believable. Which doesn't really make sense, but it does in my own
world. The imagery in here was wonderful, a lot of pop culture references
that were absolutely hysterical, like this passage:
Micaela said: "[The light] Move toward it."
Oz was a tad not okay with that; how many books and movies had he
read or seen where moving toward the light entailed dying? Okay, Micaela
wasn't a squeaky-voiced dwarf woman and Angel was no Carol Ann, but
Anyway, this whole series was absolutely spectacular. This is THE
series to read. If you don't ever want to read other Buffy books after
this, then that's fine, but these are a must read. They're fantastical
stories. The characters are written dead-on. And every character is
utilized. Excellent reading material.