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Ray Garton's RESURRECTING RAVANA treads pretty familiar ground for those who have read a few of the other BUFFY novels - a new member of the Sunnydale High staff and a new exhibition at Joyce's gallery, to name but two.

Things start off quite interestingly with a series of deaths blamed on hellhounds, and a series of violent deaths involving previously close friends, one of whom will murder the other then end up dead themselves, including a pair of teachers at Sunnydale High.

The gang soon discovers that someone is trying to resurrect a Hindu demon, with initial suspicion falling on the school's new guidance counsellor, Promila Darauwalla. Well, she is new, expendable in plot terms and Indian. Plus she's become very friendly with Willow.

That, as least as far as Buffy is concerned, would help explain Willow's weird behaviour, although as far as Willow is concerned, it is Buffy who's acting weird. The pair even come to blows over it, but they work it out within a few pages.

Add in the return of an old adversary, a mysterious limo and Joyce's would-be exhibitor and the story is definitely readable without ever rising too far above average. One of the plot twists is also obvious immediately, thus making its "revelation" somewhat less than impressive.

If you're buying the BUFFY novels, then RESURRECTING RAVANA proves an okay addition, but as with the rest of the series, the lack of continuity, both to other novels and the TV itself proves frustrating. Pocket Books might have taken a snapshot of where the gang are relationship-wise but this approach just doesn't work and jars with the characters' development on-screen. BACK TO THE TOP

RESURRECTING RAVANA

Written by RAY GARTON

POCKET BOOKS

£5.99


RATING: 7/10


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