There exists a hell dimension that is very much like the
Ninth Circle of Hell that Dante Alighieri describes in The
Inferno. Here the souls of the damned are buried in vast
sheets of ice. Evil beings from many different dimensions
have been sent there. The descendants of the imprisoned chip
away at the barriers that separate the dimensions, hoping
to free those trapped in the ice, so that they may return
to claim this world for their own. One of these demons is
in LA searching for Jhiera; a past nemesis and partner of
Angel's, hoping to strike a deal that will persuade her to
thaw his soldiers - and dragons - in exchange for their help
in overthrowing the Vigories of Oden Tal - the men that try
to strip her women of all emotions. But if she is not careful,
she may become the key to unleashing an inter-dimensional
war - a war that will be lead by a powerful sorcerer, determined
to free China's terracotta army of fierce samurai from their
Sunnydale, Buffy is coming to terms with her new life - as
school counsellor, guardian of Dawn, best friend, keeper of
Spike's sanity, and of course as Slayer - so a demonic army
with a dragon at its head is so not what she needs right now.
An epic story, Heat brings together many different
characters and dimensions from the Buffy-verse into
one action filled book. New evil appears in LA, whilst old
evil is trying to escape from Hell, plus Sunnydale of course
suddenly starts facing similar oddness!
Angel and Buffy have to work together again, travelling through
several dimensions in order to stop any of the baddies from
succeeding in destroying the world! Plus even good old Lorne
gets to visit his song-free homeworld of Pylea!
story comes together well, and easily brings them all together.
Although a lot is going on, it never seems to become too confusing
and it's a pretty gripping read. At first I though the many
small nuances added to the story - small name drops that would
mean something to the hardcore Whedon fans (a locker with
a Darling Violetta backstage pass is mentioned, a movie starting
Nathan Fillion is watched etc) were pretty cool, however I
have to admit that Holder kinda overkilled the quirkiness
of that by trying to drop things in a little too often.
though, Heat is a fun read with many twists and turns
and some great character interaction. In my opinion there
should be more crossover stories, as I think these are great
fun for the fans - we just never got to see enough of them
on the shows themselves.
worth adding to any Buffy/Angel book collection, Heat
has so much going on, you might have to read it through twice
just not to miss anything!
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