Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Stake Your Destiny
Night Terrors

Author: Alice Henderson
Pocket Books
RRP 5.99
ISBN 1 4165 1146 6
Available 05 December 2005

Banished to the realm of dreams, the Night Terror stalks its victims as they sleep. By replacing another's soul with its own, the demon can assume anyone's physical body and wreak havoc in the real world. But the effect is short-lived. Human bodies soon break down under the tremendous stress of the transfer, and the Night Terror is forced to find a new body to inhabit. That is, until it discovers Buffy's secret and imagines the Slayer would make an ideal - and permanent - host...

Night Terrors is another outstanding addition to the Stake Your Destiny range of Buffy books.

When Cordelia's friend, Simone, suddenly starts acting weird, Cordelia thinks enough of it to mention it to Buffy. But, because that weirdness revolves around Simone's inability to remember an Italian designer, Buffy ignores Cordelia's ravings. But when Buffy saves Simone from two vampires her words of thanks are not what Buffy expected: "Slayer, I'm coming for you next." The Scooby gang soon discover that Simone is possessed by an entity that has focussed on it's next goal - Buffy.

As usual, you get the chance to put everything back to normal as you make the decisions as to what actions to undertake as the Slayer. I was impressed that this release had a lot more sections where you were given one of three options to choose from.

Alice Henderson has also managed to get all the characters down on paper perfectly. As you read, you can easily imagine each character voicing their dialogue - not an easy skill to master.

My one small complaint is that the author assumes that all readers are as up to speed with the Buffyverse as she is. If you don't know who Ethan is, then you might be a little confused as to why he's popped up and why everyone is so suspicious of him. While everyone knows who Angel, Giles and Cordelia are (or they should do) not everyone is going to be familiar with Ethan. A few lines of explanation as to who he was could have easily fixed this problem.

If you are a Buffy fan, and have enjoyed this series, then you'll love Night Terrors. This is one of the best releases to date.

Ray Thompson

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