Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Tales of the Slayer
- Vol 3

Authors: Various
Pocket Books
RRP 7.99

ISBN 0 7434 6868 6
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is but the latest in a long line of women warriors stretching back to the dawn of humankind. As long as there have been vampires, there has been a slayer. Usually called in her teens, the Chosen One leads a brief life full of conflict and doom. From the Anasazi villages of A.D. 1250 to Shanghai in 1866, from Hollywood in the 40's to Buffy's predecessor in Tokyo of the 90's, Slayers have always risen above their most recent defeat...

Four best selling Buffy novelists come together in a collection of novellas chronicling tales of Slayers Past. Christopher Golden, Nancy Holder, Mel Odom and Yvonne Navarro each present a new entry in the historic line of Slayers.

Tales of the Slayer is such a good idea for a series, and I can see this continuing even though the show has ended - it adds to the Buffy mythology and gives those craving fans what they need.

Volume three in the series continues to tell the tales of Slayers' past, how they were called, the battles they fought, and sometimes how they were defeated. Always a bonus, Christopher Golden - in my opinion the best Buffy novelist, has been called in as one of the four tale tellers And, as always, he rocks. He takes on the tale of Eleanor Boudreau, who fans will remember from the Spike and Dru tale - Pretty Maids. At the end of that book she was called as the Slayer, and this story carry's on her story as she returns to the US and takes up her role. Very gripping, and with little additions that fans will love, such as some early references to Kakistos, it's an easy and fun read.

Although all the stories are good in their own right, another that stands out is The Code of the Samurai which is written by Nancy Holder. This is the tale of India Cohon, the Slayer before Buffy. Nicely written, you can see similarities in India in that she has a relaxed view of being a Slayer, and thinks about other things than slaying - such as how cute her young watcher is!

Not wanting to give any more away on the tales, this collection is as good as the two volumes that came before it.

Keri Allan

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