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The Faith Trials is a novelization anthology of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer novels series. It was written by James Laurence, and based on teleplays by David Greenwalt, Douglas Petrie, and Marti Noxon.


"A Slayer's life is simple. Want. Take. Have."

Sometimes, it's gotta be a drag to be the Chosen One. Occasionally a girl would rather be at the mall, talking on the phone, or even doing homework than saving the world from unstoppable evil. Fortunately, Buffy Summers has always had a support system of friends and family to help her cope. But what if she hadn't?

She might have been just like Faith.

Faith, the "shadow-self" Slayer, is strong, sexy, and willful. When she first arrives in Sunnydale, Watcher-less and fancy-free, Buffy has doubts about the tag-team approach to patrol. As time goes on, though, she learns to find the fun in synchronized slayage, and appreciates Faith's zest for life… Until Faith's impulsive attitude toward her calling takes her one step too far, and her inability to cope with consequences eventually pushes her over the edge…[1]


"The Faith Trials" is a novelization of four Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes:


Behind the Scenes[]


  • Despite being entitled "Volume 1", there was no other volumes nor a The Faith Trials series, but likely expected so when first published.
  • The cover features a promotional picture taken for Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 3.

International Titles[]

  • German: Die Ankunft der zweiten Jägerin (The Arrival of the Second Slayer)