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THE LOST SLAYER: PART FOUR - ORIGINAL SINS

After three rather average installments, it was always unlikely that The Lost Slayer serial novel would finish with a bang, but there was always a chance that it at least finished above the medocrity of the first three books.

Sadly, there's none of that, and the series concludes with yet another average installment.

In fact, the series concludes twice, as Golden ties up both the situations in 2000 (the start of season four) and five years into the future, although neither is anything to write home about.

Many Buffy novels have suffered from the writers' insistence of including tons of fight scenes, despite the fact that these are difficult to convey in print, and Original Sins is yet another novel to fall into this trap. Most of the lead-up to the conclusion in the "future" is action scenes, and the result as far as I was concerned was boredom.

The need to wrap things up back in 2000 also meant that there's virtually no aftermath to this part of the plot, although that's probably just as well. Any collaborators in Sunnydale seem likely to get the "oh, well, so you helped the vamps" treatment rather than the lynching that anyone who's watched Secret Army might have expected. Of course, because of the need to keep within the TV series's continuity, these events never actually happened and before long we're being treated to the "other" ending, where Buffy doesn't make the same mistake twice.

As predicted, some magic bollocks from Willow helps Buffy back to the past, with some silliness surrounding the actual timing of her return thrown in for good measure. Oh, and Lucy Sodding Hanover pops up again to send us all back into a coma before Buffy finally learns the lesson about compartmentalising her life into "Slayer" and "Buffy" sections.

Overall, The Lost Slayer has been a disappointing series. Clocking in at just under twelve quid for all four parts, it's definitely not worth this sort of cash, and the average marks each installment has scored in these reviews are perhaps on the generous side if the truth be told.

If you haven't started buying the serial novels, then I'd wait for a single paperback volume if I was you, because there's no way it's worth double the price of the average spin-off novel. BACK TO THE TOP

THE LOST SLAYER
PART THREE: ORIGINAL SINS

Written by CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN

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RATING: 5/10