Fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer will be overjoyed with Go Ask Malice: a slayer’s diary by Robert Joseph Levy.
From BN.com: Faith has always been a loner. Growing up in a broken home in South Boston, shuffled from relative to relative, her only companion was an imaginary friend named Alex, who helped her escape into a fantasy world of monsters and the supernatural, far from the real-life horrors of the waking world. Now, taken away from her mother by social services and shipped off to a foster home, Faith learns that some nightmares are all too real, that the inventions of her childhood really do haunt the night, hungry for blood. Enter Diana Dormer, a Harvard professor and representative of the Watchers Council who has come to tell Faith of her destiny, to train her, to prepare her for what is to come: Faith is the Chosen One. She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons, and the forces of darkness. But she’s not alone. When Alex, her childhood companion, returns in her dreams, she warns Faith that someone else is coming for her, a force so deadly and unforgiving that it has inspired fear in the underworld for a thousand generations. Its name is Malice. As memory and fantasy begin to merge, Faith’s two worlds collide, with cataclysmic results. A violent battle for the Slayer’s soul is staged, winner take all. This is her story. . . .
Go Ask Malice is an interesting look at Faith’s life before she meets Buffy and the Scooby Gang. Many aspects are new to fans of Buffyverse, such as how Faith started saying “five by five” and the exact circumstances surrounding her first Watcher’s death. However, there were many instances of déjà vu. For example, Faith tells her sensei that his dagger is “a thing of beauty,” the same thing she tells the mayor of Sunnydale about the dagger he gives her as a gift. Go Ask Malice will also have readers humming “It’s a Small World,” since several Buffyverse characters make an appearance. Nevertheless Go Ask Malice is an exciting read, one that will be eagerly read again and again.
Go Ask Malice is by Robert Joseph Levy. Get your copy today at your local Charleston bookstore, such as the Barnes and Noble on Rivers Avenue.
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