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THE GATEKEEPER TRILOGY, BOOK ONE - OUT OF THE MADHOUSE

Weighing in at a hefty 367 pages, Out of the Madhouse would be a substantial enough Buffy novel on its own, but it's actually only the first part of The Gatekeeper Trilogy.

The story opens with the Scooby Gang in Sunnydale and Giles in New York, attending a librarians' shindig.  It's not long before things start to go wrong, with a chain of weird events in Sunnydale and Giles being hospitalised after a hotel break-in.

Back in Sunnydale, the Gang's reports of what's been happening lead Giles to conclude the Gatehouse - a doorway between our world and the Otherworld - is under threat.  Term time or not, there's only one thing to do - go to Boston where the Gatehouse is situated.

During several flashbacks throughout the story we discover some of the history of the Gatehouse and the Gatekeeper, and why is son and heir is so important.  Except that he's missing.

Out of the Madhouse is by no means perfect.  It's too long, and there's an awful lot of fighting and running about, especially the scenes in the Gatehouse, which could probably have been halved.  On the plus side, most of the regulars get some good scenes and the cliffhanger is a good one, well up with the best Doctor Who produced. BACK TO THE TOP

THE GATEKEEPER TRILOGY,
BOOK ONE
OUT OF THE MADHOUSE

Written by CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN
and NANCY HOLDER

POCKET BOOKS

4.99


RATING: 7/10