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Last Update 7/18/18

King of the Dead by Christopher Golden, Pocket, 2001  v1422

Original Sins by Christopher Golden, Pocket, 2001  v1423 

Final two volumes in the Lost Slayer sequence. Giles is the king of the vampires, Angel is dead as well as some of the Scooby gang, and the government is preparing to invade Southern California. Buffy has a split soul, one from the present and one from the future. The demon god who precipitated the current crisis has been enslaved by Giles, who uses its power to create more powerful vampires.  Even after she kills Giles, she has to figure out what decision she made in the past that led to this horrible world, and Willow has to find a way to send her back through time so that she can set things right. Not a bad sequence of books. 7/18/1

Prophecies by Christopher Golden, Pocket, 2001

Dark Times by Christopher Golden, Pocket, 2001

First two volumes in the Lost Slayer series. Buffy and Willow are off to college, but the vampires haven’t gone away. An encounter with some strangely powerful ones trouble Buffy, who is having trouble adjusting to her new life style. Buffy is given a vision of a future in which Camazotz has kept her alive but imprisoned so that another Slayer cannot be chosen. Faith has died, giving rise to August, but she is also a prisoner. Much of California is ruled by vampires in the future. August tries to kill Buffy to precipitate a new Slayer, but dies instead. Buffy fakes her own death in order to escape. Back in the present, the mysterious prophet who moved her to the future is now possessing her original body.  7/16/18

Broken Sunrise by Yvonne Navarro, Simon Spotlight, 2004 

Wicked Willow does her worst in an effort to regain control of Tara’s ghost. Dawn, Giles, and Xander are all mortally injured before she succeeds, but fortunately Tara convinces her to magically heal her victims. Willow then invokes a god, but that’s a losing battle. Discouraged, she decides to destroy the entire world but Xander intercedes and convinces her not to. The finale parallels that in the television series, although the interim story is almost entirely new. 7/9/18

Keep Me in Mind by Nancy Holder, Simon Spotlight, 2005

This is a Buffy the Vampire Slayer game book in which you make a decision at various points in the text, which take you to different pages and different story paths. The main story involves the return of Ethan Hawke, Giles’ old enemy, and his efforts to revive a German sorcerer. Several of Buffy’s earlier enemies make token appearances. Written for kids and not very interesting. 7/6/18

Shattered Twilight by Yvonne Navarro, Simon Spotlight, 2004

Wicked Willow has forced several other witches to help her battle Buffy and the others. She creates a golem and infuses it with the recently deceased spirit of Riley Finn. Unfortunately, Riley is able to exert some of his own will and refrains from killing Buffy when he has the chance. He then disrupts the coven and Willow is forced to destroy her creation. Giles manages to imprison Tara’s ghost, setting the stage for the final confrontation. 7/2/18