Spike & Dru: Pretty Maids All in a Row

Author: Christopher Golden
Pocket Books
5.99, US $6.99, Cdn $9.99
ISBN 0-7434-1892-1
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Spike is looking for a perfect gift for Dru's anniversary of her resurrection as a vampire. She really wants Freya's Strand, a necklace that gives the wearer the ability to shapeshift. Spike finds the demon that has it - Skrymir, a demon older than time itself - who he is willing to make a trade. In return for the necklace Spike and Dru must infiltrate the Watchers council and get the list of Slayers in waiting. Then they must travel the world and destroy them all, stopping the council from being able to call a slayer, and therefore stopping the thorn in all their sides...

Pretty maids is a brilliant book, written by the best author of Buffy fiction - Christopher Golden. It seems the man knows the buffy-verse inside out and you can picture the characters in your head acting just as he tells it. The story is gripping and there is never a dull moment as you gun for the couple to complete the task, but feel sorry for the growing number of slayers in waiting who die by their hands.

We get to see the story from many angles, the vampires, the girls, as well as the slayer and her watcher who are racing to the girls with the hope of reaching them before the demons.

The climax to the story is also amazing, imagine all these characters put together in the Watchers Council in a fight to the death. In the end you know that Spike and Dru wont die, but you also see them have to give up on getting the necklace. An army of Skrymir's demons attack, facing the 12 or so slayers in waiting which escaped to the council. The slayer is killed in the battle and so one of the girls becomes the slayer - but which one, and will she stop the attack before more innocents are killed? - I wont tell you, because you really want to sit down and read this yourself!

Keri Allan

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