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Despite a decent opener, I must confess to being concerned how the Wicked Willow trilogy would develop over the final two books.

So it's disappointing to report that the trilogy appears to be headed the way of many of Pocket Books' previous multi-book series, with the story stretched into three volumes just to make it more "epic".

At the start of the novel, the coven that Willow gathered together during The Darkening has been partially destroyed by the Scooby Gang. So, an immediate task for Willow is to restore the coven back to its original size.

We also have Willow creating another creature, although at least it's not a direct replacement for the Sine Kot Diabl.

However, the nature of the creature caused my problems. Navarro gives the creature a soul, which pretty much contradicts everything I'd previously read about such creatures. And she's not simply content to give it any soul: it has a deep connection with Buffy. I wasn't the greatest fan of this particular character but even in an alternate universe novel, his death deserved more than just a couple of lines.

There is one major development over the course of the novel, which reverses something that occurred during The Darkening. Typically for a Buffy novel, especially one that's part of a trilogy, this problem can't be solved the first time around.

Of course, things don't always work in real-life, and solutions have to be cobbled together, but pretty much every major spell in a Buffy novel seems to fail first time around. There may well be a plot justification, but I can't help feeling that too many of these failures are the authors' way of padding out the page count.

Despite not having Willow out for revenge, The Darkening did its job of setting things up for the rest of the Wicked Willow arc. Unfortunately, Shattered Twilight doesn't maintain the momentum. Things happen and the story moves along a bit, but not really enough to have me dying to read the final installment.

I will, but I would have liked to have been desperate to find out how the story finishes rather than pretty ambivalent about it. back to the top

WICKED WILLOW #2:
SHATTERED TWILIGHT

Written by YVONNE NAVARRO

POCKET BOOKS

£6.99


RATING: 5/10


NEXT RELEASE:
BROKEN SUNRISE

PREVIOUS RELEASE:
THE DARKENING