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From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes a brand-new series set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer that introduces a new Slayer as she grapples with the responsibility of managing her incredible powers that she’s just beginning to understand.
Into every generation a Slayer is born…
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. As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, there’s plenty to keep her occupied: a monster fighting ring, a demon who eats happiness, a shadowy figure that keeps popping up in Nina’s dreams… But it’s not until bodies start turning up that Nina’s new powers will truly be tested — because someone she loves might be next.
One thing is clear: Being Chosen is easy. Making choices is hard.
- The prologue takes place after The Origin, Part Two, as Merrick have just died defending Buffy from the vampire Lothos.
- Nina mentions the attack of the First Evil’s followers against the Watchers Council, its headquarters exploding in "Never Leave Me".
- Listing Watchers’ use of weapons, Nina mentions her father preference for guns, as he carried and used a pistol in The Origin, Part Two.
- The events of Twilight taking over the Earth dimension, Buffy destroying the Seed of Wonder, and the end of magic (Last Gleaming, Part Four) are discussed and determined sixty-two days before this story.
- Nina is considered the last Slayer to be called before the end of magic, activated on the same day (Last Gleaming, Part Four).
- Jade was in Ireland to keep tabs on Buffy and her Slayers at the Slayer Organization command center, the country where they maintained residence until Retreat, Part One.
- Rhys Zabuto mentions that Buffy used to be a cheerleader before she was a Slayer (The Origin, Part One).
- Nina recalls Gwendolyn Post betraying the Watcher Council and tricking Slayers to acquire a powerful weapon, but dying in the end ("Revelations").
- Nina reflects on the end of family lines with the death of their last Watchers, mentioning Rupert Giles’ death at the hands of Angel (Last Gleaming, Part Four).
- Nina mentions Angel being able to access the Pergamum Codex and give it to Giles ("Out of Mind, Out of Sight").
- Wesley Wyndam-Pryce joining the Angel Investigations is mentioned as a failure that led him out of the Watchers society ("Parting Gifts").
- Angel (Only mentioned)
- Bernard Crowley (Only mentioned)
- D'Hoffryn (Only mentioned)
- Cosmina Enescu
- Arcturius the Farsighted (Only mentioned)
- The First Evil (Only mentioned)
- Rupert Giles (Only mentioned)
- Artemis Jamison-Smythe
- Helen Jamison-Smythe
- Merrick Jamison-Smythe (Only mentioned)
- Nina Jamison-Smythe
- Lothos (Only mentioned)
- The Master (Only mentioned)
- Gwendolyn Post (Only mentioned)
- Imogen Post
- Eve Silvera
- Leo Silvera
- Harry Sirk
- Bradford Smythe
- George Smythe
- Buffy Summers
- Jade Weatherby
- Robin Wood (Only mentioned)
- Honora Wyndam-Pryce
- Wanda Wyndam-Pryce
- Wesley Wyndam-Pryce (Only mentioned)
- Kendra Young (Only mentioned)
- Rhys Zabuto
- Ruth Zabuto
- Thea Zabuto
Organizations and titles
- Higher being (Only mentioned)
- Order of Taraka (Only mentioned)
- Potential Slayer
- Slayer Organization (Only mentioned)
- Watchers Council
- Watchers Council Special Operations Team (Only mentioned)
- Abarimon (Only mentioned)
- Leviathan demon (Only mentioned)
- Remora demon
- Unpellis demon
- Half-demon (Only mentioned)
- England (Only mentioned)
- London (Only mentioned)
- South America (Only mentioned)
- United States (Only mentioned)
- Arizona (Only mentioned)
- California (Only mentioned)
- Cleveland (Only mentioned)
- San Francisco
- Sunnydale (Only mentioned)
- Hellmouth (Only mentioned)
Weapons and objects
- “The Apocalypses of Arcturius the Farsighted”
- Glove of Myhnegon (Only mentioned)
- Holy water
- Seed of Wonder (Only mentioned)
- An unidentified vampire, staked by Nina and Artemis.
- A hellhound, neck snapped by Nina.
Behind the scenes
- According to Kiersten White, the novel is intended to follow the canon timeline of Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics, and will be followed by a sequel.
- The book is to be released as a hardcover, audiobook, and e-book, all available on the same date.
- Barnes & Noble are set to release a limited collector’s edition as well, containing “an exclusive slayer dream sequence short story from the perspective of Faith”. It is to be released on the same date as the other editions.
Pop culture references
- Nina mentions Planet Human television documentary series.
- Cillian mentions the free encyclopedia Wikipedia.
- Doug wears a Coldplay band shirt.
- Cosmina is found via Facebook online social media.
- Doug reads a book by romance novelist Nicholas Sparks.
- There's mention of books being bought via the e-commerce website eBay.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 “Slayer Book by Kiersten White”. Simon & Schuster. Retrieved October 05, 2018.
- ↑ Kiersten White on Twitter, 26 April, 2018. Retrieved May 01, 2018.
- ↑ “SLAYER FAQ”. Kiersten Writes. Retrieved September 16, 2018.
- ↑ “Slayer (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Slayer Series #1) by Kiersten White”. Barnes & Noble. Retrieved November 07, 2018.