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.
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.
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.
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.
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
OUT OF THE MADHOUSE
by CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN
and NANCY HOLDER