From time immemorial the nocturnal forces that haunt the dark
corners of the world have come together in convocation to
settle conflicts and plan the course of their future. Eventually,
the convocation dissolved into violence following the entombment
of Kandida. But now Kandida is back and once more the demons
gather together to resolve differences. But when resolution
does not come they realise that what they need is an independent
arbiter. In a stroke of pure genius, or malice, Buffy Summers
is summoned to be the arbiter in a new dark congress. Now
all she has to do is solve a murder to avert the end of the
Congress is the new Buffy novel by Christopher
Golden set after the seventh season of the show. Golden is
an American novelist who is well schooled in Buffy
writing having already published in excess of fifteen previous
books on the subject, as well as an impressive plethora of
other books either written solely by him or co-authored.
book has an intriguing premise and although it remains up
to Golden's high standards, I was hoping to see things more
from the demon's point of view. Instead what we have is a
murder mystery and one the fans will love. If the rumours
are correct, and Buffy books are coming to an end,
then I can't think of a more appropriate swan song for the
published series than Dark Congress. As well as a number
of new characters for our heroes to interact with, the book
contains Willow, Xander, Giles, Oz, Faith and even Tara.
is little to say regarding narrative, characterisation or
quality of writing as these are all to his usual high standards.
Golden has maintained the growth that the show's characters
had displayed and even takes time to ponder the consequences
of what happened to them at the end of the TV series.
the book has a fault, it's that it takes too much time setting
up the plot and finishes it too quickly. Oh, and the lack
of the demon's perspective, but that's just me. It wont bother
Buffy fans at all, as what they want to read about
is their heroine and her gang.
this does turn out to be one of the last of the Buffy
books at least the series can say it went out on a high note.