*Book source ~ Library
Drusilla’s 80th birthday (of becoming a vampire) is approaching and Spike wants to get her something especially nice. For the first time Dru has actually asked for a specific item, so he sets out to find it. As WWII breaks out in Europe, Spike and Dru travel to Norway to seek out a myth, a legend, the ancient Skrymir. They’re surprised he’s actually alive and even more surprised when he strikes a deal with them: kill the Slayers-in-training and then the Slayer and he’ll give them Freyja’s Strand, a magical necklace that allows the wearer to shapeshift. Since that sounds like quite a fun time, Spike and Drusilla agree and set their killing spree in motion.
The current Slayer and her Watcher are called to London when the Council realizes what Spike and Drusilla are doing. Determined to stop the murderous fiends before the line of Slayers is lost, Sophie and Yanna head back to Europe to put an end to their trail of bloodshed. But events are working against them and hope is fading. Will this be the end of the Chosen Ones?
Any fan of the show, and of Spike and Drusilla in particular, will love this story. Happening from March to September in 1940, long before they make their way to Sunnydale, this is the evil duo who revels in slaughter. And make no mistake, it’s creatively gory. Well-written and told from several POVs I think Christopher Golden hit Spike and Drusilla’s personalities and dialogue on the head. I had no problem picturing them in full technicolor, as if this were several episodes of the show. I particularly liked Sophie. It’s nice to get in the head of a Slayer other than Buffy or Faith. My only complaint is one that irks me, extremely so. There is a detail towards the end, and I will not spoil it here, that is off from the show in a big way. Not.Happy. I really hate when media tie-ins don’t match the show in fundamental and important details. It may not bother others, but I took off a whole bite for it, hence a 4 instead of 5. However, this was an entertaining read even with that disappointment. I would definitely check out more of Golden’s work.