Review: Slayer by Kiersten White

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Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It’s hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers—girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina’s mother is a prominent member of the Watcher’s Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic.

Until the day Nina’s life changes forever.

Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina’s father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One—she’s the last Slayer, ever. Period.

This book was amazing. Such an awesome read. Every Buffy fan should read it (and really who doesn’t love Buffy)

Slayer kicks off a few years after the Buffy finale. Buffy and her band of ex-potentials are still out there and what remains of the Watchers council are hiding in rural Ireland.

Nina and her twin sister Artemis are the daughters of Watchers who survived the apocalypse along with their mother. Nina is smart, sassy, occasionally whiny – in other words a teenage girl. She’s styled herself as the healer for the Watchers after being denied the chance to join the Council.

This book has everything, Watchers, Slayers (yes multiple), Demons (some really cool ones), prophecy and an impending apocalypse (because really when isn’t there in Buffyverse?)

What really makes this book brilliant is the fact it’s clearly written by someone who not only loves Buffy but really knows the Buffyverse. Gwendolyn Post, Wolfram and Hart, Buffy’s crappy love life, and even how annoying Kennedy is all get a mention along with many other things that all add the feel that this really is set in the same universe and not just someone paying lip service to it.

Definitely my favourite book that I’ve read for a while, I can’t wait for the next instalment.

With thanks to Simon & Schuster and Netgalley for an early copy in exchange for honest review.

Slayer is published 21st February 2019

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