With the closing of the Hellmouth and the awakening of hundreds
of potential slayers, Buffy Summers thought she had earned
herself a much-deserved break. But the thrill of victory is
short-lived. The forces of darkness are not ones to graciously
accept defeat, and the collective rage unites disparate and
powerful parties more eager than ever to reclaim dominance...
magical distribution of the Slayer essence left girls across
the world discovering their latent power. Giles races to reorganise
the now much needed Watchers Council, and the Scoobies relocate
to Europe. And there, in Rome, Buffy is drawn to the Immortal
- a charismatic, if inscrutable, figure. But then comes word
that a number of the fresh Slayers are being coerced to join
an army of Slayers governed by the mysterious 'Queen of the
Slayers', an awesome evil determined to claim the intoxicating
Slayer essence for herself.
is sent to Africa to leaner more about the origin of the Slayer
essence. Instead he returns to report that alarmingly, there's
not enough hoof in the world to counteract the overabundance
of evil and that the deciding apocalypse is drawing much too
near. Alliances are formed and loyalties betrayed as it comes
down to Slayer versus Slayer, leading to an ultimate battle
of champions - from Buffy's past and present. And then an
unimaginable gift arrives.
just can't make my mind up about Queen of the Slayers.
It's like a rollercoaster; a mix of ups and downs. Overall
its brilliant, but when you tackle a story, which in essence
was left open for fans to think up their own ideas of 'what
happened next', well it kinda takes away the concept of what
might have happened.
Fans might have had their own ideas of what came next, but
when you sit down and read this, well, it's like you're being
told, and your ideas might have been different. However, saying
that, Nancy Holder, one of the Buffy-verse's best novelists,
has given us a great story which puts together loads of things
we'd all like to know about. The story begins exactly where
the final episode ended, and also ties in with episodes of
Angel's final series where Andrew pays a visit, and
Spike and Angel travel to Italy to find Buffy. People's relationships
change and grow; you get to hear from the likes of Anya, Tara
and Oz, and you find out how they dealt with the creation
of Slayers around the world, and what happened with the Watchers
Council. Then, even with all this going on, you've still got
an ok, apocalyptic story line.
I think this is what let the book down. The story was great
when it came to the Slayers and the Scoobies, but the baddies
are quite weak, and the story is quite bitty. Also, the ending
just goes a bit weird, and I don't think its really explained
very well, so it can be a bit of a let down.
for those who like the idea of a 'what happened next' story
and can't get enough of their favourite Buffy characters
and storylines; both old and new, this is definitely worth
checking out. It's a real mixed bag of a book, with a variety
of great and weak moments, but overall it does add something
new for those who still pine for one of the greatest sci-fi
shows of our generation...
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