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In Every Generation is the first book of the In Every Generation novel series. Written by Kendare Blake, it was originally published on January 4, 2022 by Disney Hyperion.

Synopsis

The first in an all-new series by New York Times best-selling author Kendare Blake continues the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer featuring the next generation of Scoobies and Slayers who must defeat a powerful new evil. A new Slayer for a new generation…

Frankie Rosenberg is passionate about the environment, a sophomore at New Sunnydale High School, and the daughter of the most powerful witch in Sunnydale history. Her mom, Willow, is slowly teaching her magic on the condition that she use it to better the world. But Frankie's happily quiet life is upended when new girl Hailey shows up with news that the annual Slayer convention has been the target of an attack, and all the Slayers — including Buffy, Faith, and Hailey's older sister Vi — might be dead. That means it's time for this generation's Slayer to be born. But being the first ever Slayer-Witch means learning how to wield a stake while trying to control her budding powers. With the help of Hailey, a werewolf named Jake, and a hot but nerdy sage demon, Frankie must become the Slayer, prevent the Hellmouth from opening again, and find out what happened to her Aunt Buffy, before she's next. Get ready for a whole new story within the world of Buffy![1]

Continuity

  • Based on Frankie being 16 years old and born fourteen months after the events from "Chosen," this story takes place in October 2020.
  • The story apparently follows the canon continuity established only until the events from Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 7 and Angel season 5, subsequently diverging with Willow becoming pregnant after "Chosen" and Buffy assisting in the battle against Wolfram & Hart's demon army after "Not Fade Away."
  • Frankie is revealed to be Willow's daughter, a witch, and Potential Slayer. The alternative-canon comic story Buffy the Last Vampire Slayer #2, published in the same month as this novel, presents these same characteristics about Thessaly Maclay Rosenberg.
  • Reflecting on the town's history, Frankie recalls the time all Sunnydale residents lost their voices for a weekend, referring to the events from "Hush."
  • Frankie collapses when she is called as a Slayer at school, a similar reaction Buffy's underground decoy had in The Chain.
  • Upon the notice of Buffy's death, Frankie remembers that Buffy has died a few times a long time before, as seen in "Prophecy Girl" and "The Gift."
  • Xander resisted the official title of Watcher despite his role with the Slayers, as he had done in canon in The Long Way Home, Part One.
  • Andrew told Frankie that Willow once tried to kill him as her adversary, which happened in "Two to Go." Frankie recognizes that this could be part of the tales he usually spun, as he had exaggerated the same confront when retelling it in "Storyteller."
  • Frankie knows that, while the rules of mystical death could sometimes be bent, mortal human deaths were law. Willow learned this when attempting to undo a human death in "Villains."
  • Frankie describes Buffy being able to scare demons away just by staring them down (two vampires in "The Harvest" and Lyle Gorch in "Bad Eggs") and that she blew them apart with bazookas (the Judge in "Innocence").
  • Willow becoming pregnant with Frankie is the fourth instance of forced mystical pregnancy in the Buffyverse, after Cordelia and a group of women ("Expecting"), Darla ("Heartthrob to "Lullaby"), and Cordelia again ("Release" to "Inside Out").
  • Frankie believes that Willow's spell in "Chosen" activated every single Slayer at once. In canon, the spell made it so multiple Potential Slayers were continuously called whenever they were ready, as first proved in Harmonic Divergence.
  • Jake and Frankie are aware that Oz was Willow's first boyfriend ("Surprise"), he left to try to tame the beast inside ("Wild at Heart"), she met Tara ("Hush"), they fell in love (first revealed in "New Moon Rising"), Tara was killed ("Seeing Red"), and Willow turned to dark magic and became "the ultimate evil" ("Villains").
  • Frankie identifies the original Slayer, Sineya, as having been bound by men and infused with the essence of demons to gain the power to fight them, as the Scooby Gang learned in "Get It Done."
  • Hailey recognizes Willow as the witch who activated her sister ("Chosen") and nearly ended the world ("Grave").
  • Hailey is aware that Vi had gone to Sunnydale to train before she was activated ("Showtime").
  • Jake describes Spike causing the Hellmouth's collapse ("Chosen") as the "Spikesplosion," but she adds that he was resurrected not long after the event ("Conviction").
  • Frankie heard that Buffy's class at Sunnydale High had the lowest mortality rate, as declared in "The Prom."
  • Frankie identifies the first Sunnydale High building as the one her mother "helped blow up to kill the evil mayor snake-demon," referring to the Graduation Day battle in "Graduation Day, Part Two."
  • Willow says that she doesn't think her home can withstand the damage the Summers house did, mentioning that this time Xander wasn't available to rebuild its walls. This refers to the many times the Summers residence was attacked ("Dead Man's Party," "Flooded," "Bargaining, Part Two," "Conversations with Dead People," "Get It Done") and Xander using his carpentry skill to fix the damages ("Never Leave Me," "Storyteller").
  • Willow says that her relationship with magic had gone bad ever before Tara's death ("Seeing Red"), but in spite of Tara ("Blood Ties"), and it took away much time she could have spent with her ("Tabula Rasa").
  • Oz says he's glad he met Tara, which he did in "New Moon Rising."
  • Oz drives his van, as he often did in the series (a zebra-striped one in "Inca Mummy Girl" and "Halloween," and a blue one from "Innocence" to "New Moon Rising").
  • Frankie describes her "yummy sushi"-print blanket, like Buffy dubbed her "yummy sushi" pajamas in "Goodbye Iowa."
  • Frankie reflects that "it could be argued that Oz and his Mystery Machine-style van" were the main inspiration for the term Scooby Gang. However, Oz was not part of the Scoobies when the name was first used, in "What's My Line? Part One."
  • Frankie and her friends meet Elizabeth Bathory and discuss the history of her not being a vampire. In "Die Blutgrafin," a Slayer faces the Bloody Countess and dies without knowing if she was truly a vampire.
  • Anton identifies Spike as having been turned in the 1800s and killed two Slayers, as seen in "Fool for Love."
  • Jake mentions a dimension "made up entirely of shrimp." Following the recurring joke of shrimp worlds, Anya first exemplified this world in "Superstar," and Illyria mentioned visiting it in "Underneath."
  • Frankie recalls that Willow has "bad memories of something called SlayerFest '98." While the event itself involved Buffy and Cordelia being the target of a contest to kill them, Willow spent that night remorseful for kissing Xander while in a relationship with Oz ("Homecoming"). Willow avoids talking about her homecoming dance with Frankie for the same reason.
  • Spike claims that a demon as ancient as Grimloch should be stone by now — like Acathla in "Becoming, Part One" — or have cloven feet — like Kakistos in "Faith, Hope & Trick."
  • Willow introduces a demon locator spell as one of the first ones she did with Tara, as they attempted in "Goodbye Iowa."
  • Willow warns that the locator spell has burned up a map before because of the demons awaiting inside the Hellmouth, as seen in "Same Time, Same Place."
  • Willow tells Frankie that Buffy missed the vampire's heart a lot in the beginning, while Buffy said in "Lessons" that it was just once and in her first attempt.
  • Willow tells Frankie that, while Buffy never staked herself, she has almost been staked, as a vampire stabbed Buffy with her own stake in "Fool for Love."
  • Willow says she is not allowed to bring people back from the dead anymore, having done it once in "Bargaining, Part One."
  • Frankie complains about the use of virgin blood, arguing it's an arbitrary status invented and perpetuated by the patriarchy. Cordelia made a similar argument that the sacrifice of virgin women had nothing to do with purity, but male dominance ("The Shroud of Rahmon").
  • Spike questions where he heard Grimloch's story before, describing it as a "brooding" demon coming to town "with a tortured, romantic sob story, creeping on the new Slayer," alluding to Angel pursuing Buffy romantically ("Angel").
  • Frankie describes her first impression of Grimloch as "annoying," the same adjective Buffy used when telling Giles about Angel in "Welcome to the Hellmouth."
  • Frankie pointedly looks at Spike when explaining that a vampire hangs around a Slayer because he was in love with one. Spike stayed beside Buffy for years, having first noticed his obsession for her was love in "Out of My Mind."
  • Hailey notices that Spike projected his own issues onto Frankie and Grimloch's situation; his complaints and the parallel he makes with Buffy and Angel were further explored in the episode "Destiny."
  • Willow mentions Giles' "wild past dealings with the dark arts," which the Scoobies first learned about in "The Dark Age."
  • Oz described Angel as someone who tried to kill the Scoobies on occasion, which he had done from the episode "Innocence" to "Becoming, Part Two."
  • Hailey mentions the previous Watchers Council "went kaboom," referring to the bombing attack in "Never Leave Me."
  • Frankie and Hailey share a "yay" for both wanting to live, like Buffy and Willow did in "Gone."
  • Frankie almost jokes that she should get a cookie for her Watcher being proud of her, a joke Buffy did in "Bad Girls."
  • Frankie wears and recognizes the dress Willow wore for her homecoming dance ("Homecoming").
  • Willow adjusts Frankie's long dress by cutting a slit with a knife, the same solution Buffy used in herself while fighting a demon in a bank ("Flooded").
  • Willow has told Frankie that she had "an occasional crush on Mr. Giles, mostly when he sang." When Willow saw Giles performing a song in "Where the Wild Things Are," she said: "I remember why I used to have such a crush on him."
  • Willow fears she still has darkness within, while Frankie declares that "Dark Willow was gone." In the canon continuity, Willow learns that there was never a "Dark Willow," but instead she was a complex being in which opposing forces must exist (Wonderland, Part Five), and so she could use dark magic without corrupting her (Return to Sunnydale, Part One).
  • Willow warns Oz about her potentially going "bad" and trying "to channel energy through an old satanic temple," which she had done in "Grave." Oz answers that he would "hug it out" of her, recalling that's how Xander stopped her.
  • Oz is able to control his werewolf transformation, which his canon counterpart also demonstrated in Retreat, Part Two.
  • Frankie reflects on Slayers feeling the weight of the ones they didn't save even after what would be considered a victory. Buffy has talked about being the one who would "cry over some random bystander who got caught in the crossfire" ("Consequences") and the "casualties in war" being instead girls that she "got killed" with her decisions ("Touched").
  • Frankie tells Spike about the Countess surviving being staked; Spike says "that's not possible," even though he had witnessed this effect from the Gem of Amara in "The Harsh Light of Day."
  • Frankie has a picture of a trip to the zoo, when Xander refused to pose in front of the hyena enclosure and muttered about bacon and pork chops coming from pigs. This is a reference to when he was a victim of a Primal ritual with hyenas and ate a pig alive ("The Pack").
  • Hailey reminds Frankie about Buffy using Willow's magic to beat Adam ("Primeval") and defeating Wilkins with the help of her graduation class ("Graduation Day, Part Two").
  • Frankie says "five by five," Faith's catchphrase ("This Year's Girl").
  • Frankie reflects that her witchcraft proficiency level had to be "about a two." In "Checkpoint," the Watchers Council interviewed Willow and Tara about their "magical proficiency level," which they didn't know and made up that it was "five."
  • Frankie recognizes the Countess' crate full of dirt as the way Dracula traveled, as seen in "Buffy vs. Dracula."

Appearances

Individuals

Organizations and titles

Species

Events

Locations

  • Belfast, Northern Ireland (Only mentioned)
  • Halifax, Canada (Only mentioned)
  • Hungary (Only mentioned)
  • Jalisco, Mexico (Only mentioned)
  • Japan (Only mentioned)
  • London, England (Only mentioned)
  • New Zealand (Only mentioned)
    • Weretopia (Only mentioned)
  • Thrace, Greece (Only mentioned)
  • United States
  • Venice, Italy (Only mentioned)

Objects

Rituals and spells

Death count

  • One vampire, staked by Frankie at the bus station.
  • One vampire, beheaded by Frankie at the bus station.
  • Robert Palmer, staked by Frankie at Silent Hills.
  • CollegeBro21, neck broken by Grimloch in the woods (only mentioned).
  • Four humans, blood drained by the Countess in her mansion.
  • Three humans, blood drained by the Countess' minions in her mansion.
  • Two vampires, staked by Frankie in the woods.
  • One vampire, bisected by Grimloch in the woods.
  • One vampire, staked by Jake in the woods (only mentioned).
  • One vampire, neck broken by Spike at the Countess' mansion.
  • Two vampires, staked by Jake at the Countess' mansion.
  • Eleven vampires, staked by Frankie at the Countess' mansion.
  • One vampire, beheaded by Grimloch at the Countess' mansion.
  • Two vampires, staked by Hailey at the warehouse.
  • One vampire, burned by Willow at the warehouse.
  • One vampire, staked by Willow at the warehouse.
  • Three vampires, mauled by Oz at the warehouse.
  • Unknown number of vampires, dusted by Grimloch in the Countess' mansion.
  • One vampire, beheaded by Spike in the Countess' mansion.
  • Unknown number of humans, blood drained by vampires in the Countess' mansion.
  • Two vampires, staked by Willow in the Countess' mansion.
  • Twenty humans, blood drained by the Countess in her mansion.
  • Three vampire, burned by Jake in the Countess' catacombs.
  • Two vampires, beheaded by Grimloch in the Countess' catacombs.
  • One vampire, staked by Hailey in the Countess' catacombs.
  • Five vampires, staked by Frankie in the Countess' catacombs.
  • Eric Sullivan, staked by Hailey in the Countess' catacombs.

Behind the scenes

Production

  • The book takes place in a non-canon continuity that diverges from the comic seasons (Eight to Twelve). However, Kendare Blake explains that it "remains to be seen" if it's a case of an alternative canon universe.[2]
  • According to Blake, the premise of the Slayerfest explosion and Frankie being called was given to her in the initial pitch for the book. "I kept closing my emails with, 'Okay. Yeah. This is great. But you know Buffy's not really dead, right?' And nobody would say anything to me about it."[3]
  • Blake explains this book's place in the trilogy: "When I wrote the first book, I kind of thought of it as crafting Frankie season 1. So Frankie being called as a vampire slayer, developing her own group of Scoobies, having her first big bad, and then the overarching questions would be what happens to the slayers? What is the slayer legacy? What is the fall out from this? And who is ultimately behind it? And more of that will come out in book two and then be resolved by book three."[3]
  • Blake reveals that the role of Jake was originally Jordy's: "But then we figured out that Jordy would be too old by that point and it would be weird for him to hang out with Frankie."[4]

Pop culture references

  • Vi refers to Watchers with magic as "witchers," a cast of monster slayers in the Witcher franchise. Hailey observes that Watchers "lack the abs and the white hair," characteristics from the series' main character Geralt of Rivia.
  • Hailey calls Vi a "Luddite," a term meaning one opposed to new technologies, based on the 19th century organization of textile workers that protested against machines replacing their role in the industry.
  • Hailey recalls Vi telling her to use the app FaceTime with new boyfriends to discover if they are demons.
  • Hailey puts in her backpack her copy of the graphic novel Amulet: The Stonekeeper (2008) and a volume of the manga My Hero Academia (2014).
  • Hailey calls Spike "Beatlemania" for being English, in reference to the fanaticism surrounding the English band The Beatles in the 1960s.
  • Frankie recalls Willow joking about starting SlayAirbnb, in reference to the online marketplace for homestays Airbnb.
  • Frankie guesses that Hailey is trying to get a can of Coke from the soda machine.
  • Jake wonders if the vampires discovered about the Slayers' disappearance from a vampire Twitter. Hailey suggests that the social media should be called "Vampchat," in reference to the Snapchat app.
  • Frankie notices one vampire dressing like Kiefer Sutherland's character in the film The Lost Boys (1987), David Powers.
  • Frankie says that vampire movies are required viewing in her house, listing The Lost Boys, Fright Night (1985), Twilight (2008), and Interview with the Vampire (1994).
  • Spike mentions the movie The Journey of Natty Gann (1985) to tell Hailey that he wouldn't let her traveling alone.
  • Spike compares Jake carrying Frankie with the ballet Swan Lake (1877).
  • Milt has a prop bottle from The Lost Boys, referring to the movie as the one starring the actor who portrayed Jack Bauer in the series 24 (2001), Kiefer Sutherland.
  • Milt makes a drink mixing gin, pig's blood, and a few drops of the men's fragrance Drakkar Noir (1982).
  • Hailey wears a vintage T-shirt of the Masters of the Universe franchise.
  • Sam requests the book World Geography and Cultures, Second Edition (2001), published by Pacemaker.
  • Spike covers up his Watcher–Slayer activities in the library as a club for the Dungeons and Dragons role-playing game.
  • Frankie identifies the pole as the weapon "the nerdy Ninja Turtle" uses, in reference to the character Donatello from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise.
  • Spike says he like poetry from John Keats and Alfred Tennyson.
  • Hailey notices that Spike liked when Jake compared him with daywalking abilities with the vampire character Blade.
  • Frankie observes that her makeup consists of wearing some ChapStick lip balm.
  • Frankie observes that the owners of the Silent Hills cemetery weren't aware of the Silent Hill horror video game franchise.
  • Jake describes Hailey's and Frankie's crucifixes as "Flavor Flav-sized," in reference to the rapper known for wearing a large clock in his necklaces.
  • Hailey wields a Super Soaker water gun filled with holy water for patrol.
  • Frankie recognizes that one of the vampires' names is the same as the singer Robert Palmer, known for his song "Simply Irresistible" (1988).
  • Frankie observes that Frankie is wearing braids like the character Wednesday Addams.
  • Hailey and Frankie refer to the Succoro demon as "Insta-demon" for preying on users of Instagram.
  • Mr. Murphy discusses in his English class the tragedy Hamlet, when Frankie answers that the character Ophelia is "pretty tragic."
  • Frankie suggests the creation of a "Slayerade" drink, in reference of the Gatorade sports-themed beverage.
  • Frankie describes historical miniatures as being used to recreate the Battle of Gettysburg (1863).
  • Jake describes Jane's transformation as looking like an extra from the film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984).
  • Frankie used to tell Jake during his werewolf transformations the tales "Little Red Riding Hood" and "The Three Little Pigs," but changing the story to favor the wolf characters.
  • Sigmund suggests he and Hailey read something the political theorist Thomas Paine or the fictional grimoire Necronomicon.
  • Willow mentions Iron Chef.
  • Frankie described Oz's van in the style of the Mystery Machine from the Scooby-Doo franchise. She guessed that the slayer was supposed to be like the character Daphne, but she saw herself as similar to Velma. She also imagined that Jake considered himself Fred, but he was instead Scooby-Doo. Sarah Michelle Gellar portrayed Velma in both films Scooby-Doo (2002) and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004).
  • Frankie questions if the werewolf commune Jake's parents are is called "Werewolf Mecca," in reference to the city of Mecca, the holiest city in Islam.
  • Hailey wears a vintage T-shirt of The Muppets franchise.
  • Frankie suggests a spell in which she and Hailey click their heels together, in reference to the spell in the film The Wizard of Oz (1939).
  • Jake calls Sigmund "Secret Seasoning."
  • Sigmund calls Jake "Thriller," in reference to the Michael Jackson's Thriller music video featuring a werewolf transformation.
  • Jake questions if the "uncommonly burly" vampires have been feeding at Muscle Beach, considered the birthplace of the United States physical fitness boom.
  • Wondering about the existence of "overmuscled scholars," Frankie mentioned the high IQ society Mensa International.
  • Jake referred to the film Road House to describe Grimloch's ability to tear his enemy's throat out with his bare hands, which the main character does in the film.
  • Hailey compares vampires trying to pass themselves off as the Countess with impersonating the singer and actress Cher.
  • Hailey wonders if the Countess is alike the character Joker as portrayed by Heath Ledger in the film The Dark Knight (2008).
  • Hailey compares her makeup abilities with a girl on the internet capable of transforming herself into the actor Robert Downey Jr.'s likeness with a contouring stick.
  • Willow owns a Toyota Prius car.
  • Hailey likens Oz's werewolf transformation with the character Hulk.
  • From Sigmund's car, Jake tells Frankie: "Get in, loser," a famous quote from the film Mean Girls (2004).
  • Hailey refers to Adam as a "Frankenstein's-monster demon," comparing him to the creature from the novel Frankenstein (1818).
  • Jake says he would choose friends with tickets to the LAFC soccer team.
  • Hailey says she would choose to be friends with the members of the boy band BTS.
  • Hailey identifies a discarded backpack from the luxury brand Prada.
  • Frankie refers a car maneuver as Tokyo Drifting in reference to the film The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006).

References

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