the Vampire Slayer is but the latest in a long line of women
warriors stretching back to the dawn of humankind. As long
as there have been vampires, there has been a slayer. Usually
called in her teens, the Chosen One leads a brief life full
of conflict and doom. From
the Anasazi villages of A.D. 1250 to Shanghai in 1866, from
Hollywood in the 40's to Buffy's predecessor in Tokyo of the
90's, Slayers have always risen above their most recent defeat...
best selling Buffy novelists come together in a collection
of novellas chronicling tales of Slayers Past. Christopher
Golden, Nancy Holder, Mel Odom and Yvonne Navarro each present
a new entry in the historic line of Slayers.
of the Slayer is such a good idea for a series, and I
can see this continuing even though the show has ended - it
adds to the Buffy mythology and gives those craving
fans what they need.
three in the series continues to tell the tales of Slayers'
past, how they were called, the battles they fought, and sometimes
how they were defeated. Always a bonus, Christopher Golden
- in my opinion the best Buffy novelist, has been called
in as one of the four tale tellers And, as always, he rocks.
He takes on the tale of Eleanor Boudreau, who fans will remember
from the Spike and Dru tale - Pretty Maids. At the
end of that book she was called as the Slayer, and this story
carry's on her story as she returns to the US and takes up
her role. Very
gripping, and with little additions that fans will love, such
as some early references to Kakistos, it's an easy and fun
Although all the stories are good in their own right, another
that stands out is The Code of the Samurai which is
written by Nancy Holder. This is the tale of India Cohon,
the Slayer before Buffy. Nicely written, you can see similarities
in India in that she has a relaxed view of being a Slayer,
and thinks about other things than slaying - such as how cute
her young watcher is!
wanting to give any more away on the tales, this collection
is as good as the two volumes that came before it.
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