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Slayer is the first book of the Slayer novel series. Written by Kiersten White, it was originally published on January 8, 2019 by Simon Pulse.


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.[1]




Organizations and titles




  • Dreamspace
  • Earth
    • Australia (Only mentioned)
    • Costa Rica (Only mentioned)
    • England (Only mentioned)
      • London (Only mentioned)
    • Ireland
    • United States (Only mentioned)
      • Los Angeles (Only mentioned)
      • Cleveland (Only mentioned)
      • Phoenix (Only in flashbacks)
        • Jamison-Smythe residence (Only in flashbacks)
      • San Francisco (Only in visions)
        • Golden Gate Bridge (Only in visions)
      • Sunnydale (Only mentioned)
        • Hellmouth (Only mentioned)
    • Venezuela (Only mentioned)
  • Pylea (Only mentioned)

Weapons and objects

Death count

  • An unidentified vampire, staked by Nina at the cemetery (in flashbacks).
  • Unidentified vampire, dusted by Leo by the Watchers Academy (in flashbacks).
  • A hellhound, neck snapped by Nina at the Watchers Academy.
  • Three zompires and one hellhound, slayed by Cosmina at the fight club.
  • A hellhound, shot by someone at the fight club.
  • Two zompires and two hellhounds, slayed by Nina at the fight club.
  • Two hellhounds and one zompire, electrocuted at the fight club.
  • A hellhound, shot by Leo at the fight club.
  • Unknown number of spectators, killed at the fight club.
  • Unidentified vampire, staked by Cosmina at the fight club.
  • Bradford Smythe, energy absorbed by Eve at the Watchers Academy.
  • Cosmina Enescu, energy absorbed by Eve in her own apartment.
  • Unidentified vampire, staked by Artemis.
  • Eve Silveira, crushed by the remora demon at Naked Grains.

Behind the scenes


  • The original cover is an illustration by Alessandro Taini. The German edition was exceptionally illustrated by Alexander Kopainski.
  • The book was also released as a hardcover, audiobook, and e-book, all available on the same date.[1]
  • Barnes & Noble released a limited collector's edition as well, containing "an exclusive slayer dream sequence short story from the perspective of Faith," available on the same date as the other editions.[2]
  • In an interview, Kiersten White revealed that Wanda and Honora Wyndam-Pryce were Wesley's aunt and cousin, respectively.[3]


  • Slayer debuted as the eighth best seller book in its publishing week, among young adult hardcovers.[4]

Pop culture references

International titles

  • German: Slayer: Das Erbe der Jägerin (Slayer: The Heritage of the Slayer)
  • Portuguese (Brazil): Caçadora (Slayer)
  • Russian: Истребительница Вампиров (Vampire Slayer)
  • Spanish: La Última Cazadora (The Last Slayer)


  • In Chapter 4, while venturing in the closed areas of the castle, Nina notices a mushroom-print shirt and a stuffed rabbit. These are likely cameo references to Xander and Anya, more specifically his clothing in "The Harvest and her fright with a plush bunny in "The Gift".



  1. 1.0 1.1 "Slayer Book by Kiersten White". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  2. "Slayer (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Slayer Series #1) by Kiersten White". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved November 7, 2018‎.
  3. "AMA IS LIVE! Kiersten White, author of new Buffy novel 'Slayer', asking your questions!". Reddit, January 24, 2019.
  4. "Young Adult Hardcover Books". The New York Times. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
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