Ah, the 90’s. My childhood and if I’m ever feeling nostalgic, I go back to then. Especially when it comes to the WB hit show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. From 1997-2003, we tuned into young Buffy Summers slay, die, come back to life, and fight for human kind while meeting and bonding with characters throughout the years. One particular villain-turned-hero Spike aka William the Bloody, is one you can’t help but fall in love with as he transforms from a vicious killer into a loving, protector.
Back in the late 90’s into the early 2000’s, different authors came together to pen different novels based on the television show. One of them in particular is Spike & Dru: Pretty Maids All In A Row by: Christopher Golden. Before I begin, if you haven’t watched the show-why? Another is if you are a true Scoobie (fandom), then you’ll love this book.
Christopher Golden is frighteningly accurate in his portrayal of Spike and Drusilla. To the point where you can’t help but hear James Marsters and Juliet Landau’s voices echo the dialogue in your head. I wonder why this book was never made into a film or at least a “mini-series.” It’s that accurate and goes right along with the series.
This novel takes you back to the 40s where Dru is about to celebrate her 80th birthday of when she had been transformed into a vampire by Angel and Darla. Spike wants to get her the best present ever: Freya’s Strand. This would give his lady love the ability to shape-shift at will. They both embark on a journey in the midst of WWII, getting caught up in the “crossfire” at times, but picking themselves back up to find the strand.
They discover it is being kept by an ancient demon by the name of Skrymir. In exchange for the strand, Spike must murder the current Slayer along with the other potentials that may come after her. In order to find her, though, he must discover the list containing the names of the Slayer and others.
It’s a full roller coaster ride mashed up with a game of cat-and-mouse. The beginning was pretty draggy to be honest. I stuck with it in hopes it’d speed up. When it did, it started up unexpectedly. Sophie, the current Slayer, is not what I would consider the best Slayer in the world. I have high expectations and at first, I thought she might be a match for Spike. But as we all know from the show, it’s not the case.
I recommend you have an open mind if you’re a major Buffy buff. There are some continuity issues between the book an television show, but I’d chalk this up next to super hero comic books with the “Alternate Universe” rule. It’s a must read for Buffy fans around, nonetheless.
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