has been a compulsive reader since childhood. It's an addiction
like any other - he craves books, loves them, can't live without
them. So when his former colleague Adrian O'Flaherty comes
to town and invites him along to a highly secret auction of
rate occult books, Wes can't say no. What Wes doesn't know
is that Adrian is looking for more than dusty old tomes at
the auction. He is out for revenge...
the Watchers Council was destroyed, a man named Rutherford
Circe stole a number of rate books from the council's libraries
- and killed the librarian, Adrian's father, in the process.
At the auction, Wes buys a box of old books that holds one
of the most famous books of magick ever collected. The
Red Compendium is known for totally absorbing its readers
- and Wes, always a sucker for compelling literature, couldn't
put it down if he wanted to.
of the Dead is the best Angel novel to come out
so far this year. The story may sound a little weak, however
although the start is a bit slow, and doesn't really seem
to tie in with the main body of the story until right at the
end of the book, it gets pretty gripping as the main story
novel is really a focus on Wesley and you get tit bits of
information on his past as a student at the Watcher's Academy
in each chapter. A very different man from when he was boy,
it takes you back to his weedy roots and you find out that
him and Adrian were never good friends - so why exactly is
he in town?
a bit of fun Wes decides to introduce the old colleague to
Angel - knowing full well that he only knows of his evil Angelus-based
past, and he begins to help out a little with an odd book
related case, but he continues to keep his cards very close
to his chest - does he work for good or evil? Things really
get interesting when Wesley gets his hands on the Compendium;
the Holy Grail for all occult specialists. Suddenly he disappears,
and the team have to uncover the books trail and find out
where all its readers go...
A really good tie-in for the series, definitely worth picking
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