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THE LOST SLAYER: PART THREE - KING OF THE DEAD

The fact that it's been over three months since I read the second part of Christopher Golden's Buffy serial novel doesn't really say a lot for what's gone before.

Now that we've discovered that the Vampire King is none other than Giles, Golden concentrates on Sunnydale five years in the future rather than exploring the idea of Buffy having two versions of herself in her head. Since that problem is likely to be resolved by some of Willow's spellcasting (this is hinted at in King of the Dead, as is the Back to the Future idea of Buffy returning to an earlier point in time), this is probably just as well.

However, the idea of a Sunnydale overrun with vamps is hardly a new idea and to be honest, it was done a lot better in The Wish. The fact that Golden will presumably have to restore the status quo so that Buffy can prevent Giles from being vamped in the first place means that there's a sense of things being dragged out until this can occur sometime towards the end of part four. (Although I'd like to be proved wrong on this score.)

On the plus side, it's nice to see how the Scooby Gang - or what's left of them - have been affected by the past five years. However, since I wasn't really enjoying the main plot, I found myself picking up on little things that annoyed me such as when Wesley talks about putting a "wrench in the works" but he's English so surely he'd say "spanner". Other elements seemed to smack more of plot convenience than logic - the Council's base is set in a hospital so the vamps aren't barred, and although Giles claims he's toying with Buffy, he seems to be committing the same mistakes that the villains did week-in week-out on the 60s Batman TV series.

There remains a chance that Golden might pull it all around it part four, but based on what I've read in the first three installments, I'm not holding my breath. BACK TO THE TOP

THE LOST SLAYER
PART THREE: KING OF THE DEAD

Written by CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN

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