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The Next Generation is a Buffy the Vampire Slayer novel series written by Kendare Blake. The three volumes are currently being published from January 2022 to 2024 by Disney Hyperion.

Synopsis

In a world with many Slayers, in a New Sunnydale rebuilt on top of the Old Sunnydale, one girl (and a werewolf, and a demon) must stop the Hellmouth from reopening and defeat the forces of evil bent on destroying everything and everyone she loves — including her Aunt Buffy.[1]

Continuity

Appearances

Considering the one book published so far.

Publications

The series will include 3 volumes.

Cover Title Volume Release date
In Every Generation.jpg In Every Generation 1 January 4, 2022
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!
To be revealed One Girl in All the World 2 January 31, 2023
Frankie Rosenberg is the world's first slayer-witch, but she doesn't have that slay-life balance figured out just yet. After all, being the newest slayer means that another slayer had to die. Frankie and the Scooby gang are still reeling from the deadly explosion that rocked the annual slayer retreat―and grappling with new evidence that some slayers may have made it out alive. And even though they defeated bloodthirsty vampire the Countess, it doesn't mean Sunnydale is free from the forces of evil. Something has reawakened the Hellmouth ― and is calling old friends home. Someone is performing demon magic in the shadows, opening portals between dimensions. Everyone has demons to contend with ― of the metaphorical and the very real (occasionally very hot) variety. And an oracle warns of a new evil on its way: the Darkness. Could this be what attacked the slayers? And is it coming for Frankie?
To be revealed To be revealed 3 2024

Behind the scenes

  • Blake describes that the books diverge from the canon continuity in relation to the comic seasons, but it "remains t be seen" if the series refer to "multiple timeline/alt canon."[2]
  • Blake teased about the second book of the series: "There's a magical stone given to Frankie by the Hunter of Thrace, and it's called the stalker's stone, so naturally Jake has fun with that. And oh! Don't you love those classic Buffy demons? Don't you wonder what they're up to? Wouldn't you like to see a few of them again?"[3]

References

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