Buffy is unwillingly recruited by the demon Illyria and a mystical council to take down the Siphon—for good. He is on the loose again, and a danger to all remnants of magic! Meanwhile, back home the loss of magic has begun to affect those closest to Buffy . . .
So after the oddness of the last volume, a few things began to make a little more sense in this one. For one, I wish I had paid more attention to the Billy the Vampire Slayer as he is now officially a member of Buffy’s slaying brigade. But in truth, I paid enough attention so that I wasn’t completely lost when I picked up this book, so that’s all that matters, right?
In this volume, Buffy is summoned away from a zompire battle by a mystical council filled with some familiar faces and some new faces. Headed by Illyria, who possessed Fred’s body in season five of Angel, they are concerned about the threat Severin aka the Siphon poses to those few remaining mystical creatures.
Meanwhile, Xander finds himself losing control as Dawn becomes sicker and sicker. With the seed of magic destroyed, the mystical components that created her to be flesh and bone are disappearing. This of course, leads to yet another person blaming Buffy for what she did. But in a surprising turn of events, it also pushes Xander to join Simone and Severin in their mission to destroy Buffy once and for all.
While this is an interesting twist, I’m not sure I’m buying the whole Xander going rogue. Even if I did, he’s the least powerful/resourceful of the scooby gang and as much as things have been off between him and Buffy, I just don’t see him being a real threat. His rise to power when she still had the slayer army, still seems a bit far fetched. But.. what do I know?
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