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On the outskirts of Sunnydale, recent rains have uncovered the remains of a five hundred-year-old Spanish expedition. But one of the artifacts, a smoky mirror with an ornately carved obsidian frame, goes missing, along with the history teacher who found it. And when Buffy narrowly escapes the attack of a black jaguar while on patrol, Giles puts the gang into research mode.

An ancient volume identifies the missing mirror as a magical object formed by the Aztec god of darkness. A mortal who looks into the mirror will see his or her fate - and can be manipulated by the evil god, who is scheming to regain his power. Taking their destinies into their own hands, the Slayer and her friends rush into a ferocious battle between light and darkness in the shadows of a massive Aztec temple, a battle against perpetual night - and the evil that thrives in the dark hours.

With its archaelogical dig setting providing a nice change of location, Obsidian Fate also serves up an interesting adversary in the shape of Aztec god Tezcatlipoca, and the threat of the world being plunged into perpetual darkness.

The dig concept also introduces us to the book's original characters, including Jenny Calendar substitute and lookalike Lucy Franks, and the members of Sunnydale High's History Club.

Naturally (for various reasons) the Slayerettes have all joined the club, and Giles finds himself as the club's faculty advisor to replace the missing Mr. Coltrane. And this being Sunnydale, you know what "missing" actually means...

Dem Inglese apart, the other members of the club prove to be a little faceless, but that's hardly surprising, especially since the regular characters are all present and accounted for. Even Joyce gets something more than usual to do, plus there are also appearances from a couple of other recurring characters from season 3.

All in all, Obsidian Fate is an enjoyable read and a lot more worthy of checking out than many other entries in the Buffy fiction line. BACK TO THE TOP

OBSIDIAN FATE

Written by DIANA G. GALLAGHER

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RATING: 8/10


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