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City Of is a novelization in the Angel novels series. Written by Nancy Holder, it was originally published on December 1, 1999, by Pocket Books.



For Angel, life as a vampire was a constant thrill. Power, danger, cool clothes (never getting old, also a plus). But in the end, it was all about the kill — until he killed the wrong girl.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer was Angel's first true love, but the relationship was doomed from the start — a moment of true happiness would cause Angel to lose his soul forever. So he left — Sunnydale, Buffy, and everything else meaningful to him.

City of Angels. Run by powerful forces, agents of pure evil. It's a city hard on its human population. If Angel wants to save himself, he's going to have to save them... somehow. With the help of two unlikely allies — a half-demon and a ex-May Queen — he's going to set up shop...

And keep watch over his city.


  • The book is a novelization of Angel debut episode "City Of." However, it contains several scenes not in the episode, including flashbacks of Angel's backstory that are similar to later flashbacks in "The Prodigal" and "Darla."



Organizations and titles[]




Death count[]

  • Four unidentified vampires, dusted by Angel.
  • Denise Perkins, killed by Russell Winters (only mentioned).
  • Christina Clarke, killed by Russell Winters.
  • Russell Winters, kicked into daylight by Angel.

Behind the scenes[]


  • The cover features promotional pictures taken for Angel season 1.
  • City Of is the only Angel novelization ever published. In contrast, there are 12 books adapting 50 episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.


  • Apparently, Angel's human name, Liam, had not been established when the novel was written, as he is referred to as "Master Angelus" during the flashbacks.

International titles[]

  • French: La Cité des Anges (The City of Angels)
  • German: Stadt der Träume (City of Dreams)
  • Portuguese (Brazil): Bem-Vindo a Los Angeles (Welcome to Los Angeles)