second book in the Gatekeeper Trilogy, Ghost Roads
weighs in with a similar page count to its predecessor and proves
a bit of a disappointing read.
the end of Out of the Madhouse provided a cliffhanger better
than many Doctor Who episodes, Ghost Roads provides
an example of one of Who's major failings - the middle section
of a longer story that fails to go anywhere.
on from the expanded geographical setting of the first book, Angel,
Buffy and Oz get to travel the Ghost Roads around Europe (although
there's a rather unique take on the actual location of the Cotswolds)
in their attempt to rescue the Gatekeeper's son.
in Sunnydale, Giles ends up on the Flying Dutchman, Amy ends
up helping the Scooby Gang and Joyce gets kidnapped by the Sons
there's far too much padding and far too little story going on here.
Things improve towards the end with a couple of the regulars in
jeopardy but for the bulk of the book things seem to happen solely
to pad out the wordcount and justify the idea of a trilogy.
hope that things improve in the final installment... BACK
TO THE TOP
by CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN
and NANCY HOLDER