Faith has always been a loner. Growing up in a broken home
in South Boston, shuffled from relative to relative, her only
companion was an imaginary friend named Alex, who helped her
escape into a fantasy world of monsters and the supernatural,
far from the real-life horrors of the waking world.
Now, taken away from her mother by social services and shipped
off to a foster home, Faith learns that some nightmares are
all too real, that the inventions of her childhood really
do haunt the night, hungry for blood. Enter Diana Dormer,
a Harvard professor and representative of the Watchers Council
who has come to tell Faith of her destiny, to train her, to
prepare her for what is to come; Faith is the Chosen One.
She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons, and
the forces of darkness. But she's not alone. When Alex, her
childhood companion, returns in her dreams, she warns Faith
that someone else is coming for her, a force so deadly and
unforgiving that it has inspired fear in the underworld for
a thousand generations. As memory and fantasy begin to merge,
Faith's two worlds collide, with cataclysmic results. A violent
battle for the Slayer's soul is staged, winner takes all.
This is her story.
ask Malice is definitely something new from the Pocket
Books family, and inspires a real mix of feelings. Sometimes
dull and slow, other times gripping and insightful, this is
the story of how Faith came to be chosen, plus it also delves
pretty deep into her life up to that point.
style is different as it's written as a diary, although at
first I had my reservations. I did enjoy it after a while,
and found it much easier and quicker to read.
a very dark story, and although, at first, I found it quite
slow, the story of Faith's past more than the supernatural
tale itself really dragged me in. Quite disturbing at times,
you can understand why Faith is the way she is. Her childhood
consisted of abuse, parents dying, abandoning her, family
wanting nothing to do with her, and her teenage years weren't
much better. No wonder she has so many issues.
actual story itself, rather than Faith's history, does speed
up a little as the book moves on. Of course you're waiting
for her to be called, then you remember what you know of her
past so far - Kakistos anyone? - and so you want to see where
the story takes you. It pretty much comes to a big head after
a long wait, but as everything comes together, it's a pretty
course you have those special little nuances that make the
Buffyverse books fun to read - nods to other characters, a
cool little tale that Diana tells of her lost love; another
watcher who eventually married someone else and had a son
called Giles, etc. These are what really finishes the book
in a nutshell, not a great story in its own right, and non
Buffy fans won't get too much from it, however those
who know their Buffy lore, will find this book top
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