Sunnydale, someone other than Buffy has been slaying - and
whoever it is is strictly after half-breeds. It doesn't add
up and the Scoobies are stumped. At Angel Investigations in
LA the team is visited by an unexpected guest. It's Doyle's
father, a Brachen demon named Axtius. He's come to give his
son a gift - Daddy's going to rid Doyle of his pesky human
side. In fact he's looking to rid the world of half-breeds.
When he finds out he blames Angel for his son's death, but
doesn't have time for revenge - he knows where the mixed races
have set up camp. Before long Buffy and her avengers have
assembled right alongside Angel and Co, and have to gain entry
to Monster Island to help fight against the Coalition of Purity...
Monster Island finally makes its appearance in paperback
and it doesn't disappoint. At a time when Buffy, the
show, is coming to an end and Angel's future is not
yet secure, it could be people will be turning to the novels
more than ever to get their Buffy fix.
bring something extra to the stories and allow us to have
character interaction that we haven't seen in a long, long
time. Monster Island is a good 'un, mixing the pot
of characters plus dropping in a wide range of evil beasties
set on destroying each other and taking over the world. On
top of that we get our first glimpse at one of 'the Old One's'
a big 'ol demon that was one of the original creatures to
walk the earth, way before us monkeys learnt to use two feet.
the undercurrent message of the pain of demanding and disappointed
fathers is a bit puke-worthy, and it's the only thing that
really lets this story down. Action all the way through keeps
you gripped, with Axtius attempting to kill Angel on several
occasions and an apocalyptic size war on Monster Island to
finish it off.
say bring on more crossovers! We love 'em!
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