Are we in the post-spoiler era?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer was known for its shocking plot twists, and it led to a whole generation of TV shows filled with constant surprises. So fans of the series will be on alert when they read this companion novel. Spoiler warning: In the previous book (Slayer, 2019), a character named Leo died. The main character in this entry, a Slayer called Nina, is always bringing up his name. After the 10th time, readers may actually be disappointed if Leo doesn’t come back from the dead. White (The Guinevere Deception, 2019, etc.) is smart enough to comment, right in the text, on readers’ expectations. Fortunately, the story isn’t centered around its plot twists; the focus is always on the characters. Nina is both a slayer and a trained doctor, and, touchingly, she keeps struggling over whether to kill her enemies or save them. The best jokes also emerge from the characterizations. One character is—sweetly and hilariously—distraught when he doesn’t get to name a kitten. The author rarely describes the characters’ races, but most of the central figures are white. There are two same-sex couples. Too many of the plot twists are predictable, but for this generation of fans, predicting them will be part of the fun.
Another solid entry for Buffy fans. (Paranormal adventure. 14-adult)