Buffy The Vampire Slayer Tales Of The Slayer Vol. 1

Category: - Media Tie-In

Reviewer: - Callisto Kennedy

This is a collection of seven tales about Slayers who lived long before Buffy was called. Each slayer is different, each tale unique, these girls from many different places and times have one thing only in common: their calling. For some their calling will lead them to glory, for others it will lead them to hell.

The tales are:

A GOOD RUN, GREECE 490 BCE
Hands down the best tale of the lot, this is the story of the 29 year old Slayer Thessily Thessilonikki of Athens, who as her city faces attack from the Vampiric Persians, must guard a young man named Phidippides who is running to the Spartans with a plea for help. A heart-rending tale of sacrifice and duty.

THE WHITE DOE, LONDON 1586
John Dee, mystic to Queen Elizabeth 1 has foreseen the next Slayer will be born in the New World. So a Watcher and his family are sent to found a colony to await her coming. But this is a self-fufilling prophecy as the Watcher's daughter Virginia Dare - the first English child born in the New World - is revealed to be the Slayer. But the tale is only just beginning for their colony is none other than Roanoke Island and the Night Walkers are gathering to attack. A sad tale of loss.

DIE BLUTGRAFIN, HUNGARY 1609
In this dark tale Ildiko Gellert has learned of a human monster that lives beyond the reach of the law in a fortified castle. So this impulsive Slayer enters the castle to slay the beast. But to her cost learns that even a Slayer is no match for the infamous Countess Elizabeth Bathory.

UNHOLY MADNESS, FRANCE 1789
Marie-Christine is the Vampire Slayer who resides in luxury in Versailles aiding the Kings and Queens of Europe. But outside the palace walls a charismatic vampire is stoking revolution among a desperate people who this Slayer sees no reason to aid. Only when Paris is in flames, the Royal family sentenced to death and the Watcher Council forsakes her does this Slayer realise what she is and how her calling has been corrupted. A cold tale of how a misguided Slayer finds her way just a little too late.

MORNGLOM DREAMING, KENTUCKY 1886
Mollie Prater is a simple hill girl with simple dreams of marriage and children. But soon she notices she is stronger, faster and healing quicker than she should. Then the killings start and Mollie has to lose everything she has to become what she must. A simple moving tale of how being a Slayer defines a life.

SILENT SCREAMS, GERMANY 1923
Hitler is rising to power almost unnoticed as Watcher Friedrich confesses his sin of deserting his Slayer Britta in her moment of greatest need. But he will have plenty of time to repent for her hatred lasts even beyond death. A well-written tale full of impending doom.

AND WHITE SPLITS THE NIGHT, FLORIDA 1956
Asha is the Slayer and the swamp near her home is filling up with vampire victims. The nearby town is a haven for inhuman cruelty; can she stand up against a virtual army of the undead? A well spun tale with a jolting ending.

An excellent addition to the Buffy canon. Roll on Volume 2!

P-Con V March 28th/29th/30th 2008

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