Book Review: Slayer by Kiersten White

Rating: 3/5

A book based in the Buffy universe that had so much potential and then kind of flew off the railings at the end.

Book CWs

  • Character Death
  • Supernatural Beings
  • Bullying
  • Abuse

Premise

Set after the events in Season Eight, the entire supernatural community is trying to adapt to a new world without magic. As a result of Buffy’s recent antics there are now several active slayers around the world operating in a magic-less world without guidance from the (now secret) Watchers Council.

No magic means no more slayers. So when Nina discovers she was activated almost exactly when magic was destroyed, she realizes that not only is she a slayer; she is the last slayer.

Review (No Spoilers)

I honestly had no idea what to expect while reading this book. On one hand, I have watched all of Buffy (though I didn’t read season 8) so I was excited to learn more about the universe. On the other hand I was worried that it would stray too far from the original.

I guess I should start by saying that not reading season 8 of Buffy didn’t leave me very far behind; the book fills in most of the necessary gaps. I will say though that I totally didn’t remember the MC’s father at all. He was only in one episode so it’s pretty easy to forget him.

Let’s talk about the book!

I found many of the characters pretty annoying. The book did the classic thing that I hate where it made characters do bad things but then hastily excused them in the end. It also pulled the trope where a character was like “I have to tell you something but not right now. No way. How in the world would that make a good story if I were to just tell you? How about instead I say I will tell you AFTER we go somewhere. Except you know something’s going to happen that will prevent me from actually telling you, right?”

Looking past the characters, I enjoyed this book a fair amount (until the very end but we’ll talk about that later). There are some dream sequences intertwined into the writing where we can see her interacting with other slayers (like Buffy and Faith) and those were really interesting. There are also a fair amount of shoutouts to the OG characters of Buffy that I appreciated. I also laughed quite a bit while reading.

Okay, let’s talk about the ending. I didn’t care much for the way the books main arch ended but after the story concludes, there are around two more extra chapters that I felt were hastily set up in order to ensure a sequel. (Note: one of these is after the Acknowledgements). The one included after the Acknowledgements honestly seemed to be from a completely different set of characters. I kind of wish that I didn’t read it and just pretended like the book ended sooner.

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read the next book but I just looked at the cover and now I’m like 90% sure I’m going to read it. Both of these books have covers that know exactly how to get me interested. I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover but like…sometimes I just gotta, you know?

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