In the nineteenth century a boy named William was born. A
sweet, gentle boy - no one could have guessed the suffering
he'd cause, the pain he'd inflict. When, as a young man, he
meets a woman called Drusilla - a strange woman, a woman unlike
anyone William has even known - he is fundamentally changed.
She has turned him. There will be no more William. He is Spike
travels Europe with a band of vagabond vampires. Dru, Darla
and Angelus, who instruct him on his new nature. It is from
them that he learns about the greatest of vampiric enemies:
the girl who is chosen to stand up against them, trained to
kill them, endowed with the strength it takes to defeat them
- the Slayer. Then and there, Spike decides he'll hunt down
those slayers. He'll see how many he can find.
would have thought then, that he'd fight on the Slayer's side?
Who would have guessed that Spike, once William, would go
out and seek his soul for a slayer? Who would have thought
that he'd start to dream he'd fall in love with one?
and Burn is an odd little novel. It takes its information
mainly from episodes of the show, and plays out scenes well-known
to fans, but then intermittently it adds a little something
new from Spike's history, that you haven't seen before.
first, even as a Buffy fan, I found the book quite dull, thinking
it was, all in all, just an adaptation of Spike's main scenes
from the show. But, as I carried on reading, I found little
extras kept me going. Overall I have to say this doesn't offer
much new to fans but, for those lovers of Spike, its worth
adding to the collection. It flits from the beginning of the
final series in the show, using The First's hauntings of Spike
when he's in the school basement to take you back to different
stages of his life. You're reminded of his human life, pre
Drusilla, then his time with her and Angelus in Europe, Angelus'
disappearance from the group and then his reappearance during
the Boxer Rebellion - all from Spikes point of view.
course the best bits are when we uncover a new part of Spike's
life. We discover what he did during the World Wars - how
he hid from the Nazi demon hunters and had a run in with snake
demon Machida before its Delta Zeta Kappa days in Sunnydale.
These are the titbits that make this book worth reading.
Spark and Burn isn't an amazing book, but offers Buffy
fans a little something new, which I'm sure they'll grab at
the chance for since there'll be nothing from the Buffyverse
on TV screens anytime soon...
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