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Dark Times (The Lost Slayer #2)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  423 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Consequences Sunnydale has always been a haven for creatures of the underworld. But when Buffy Summers awakes in a possible future, she is stunned to discover that Southern California has fallen under vampire rule. Buffy learns that her Slayerettes have already rallied together against the new order. But they're different now: Willow is a full-fledged sorceress, Xander a b ...more
Paperback, 138 pages
Published August 28th 2001 by Simon Spotlight Entertainment (first published January 1st 2001)
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May 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
**SPOILER ALERT: Do NOT read this review if you have not read Prophecies, the first Lost Slayer novel.**
(Also I assume you've watched all episodes of the show)
Buffy's spirit is transported into the body of her future self, who is being held captive by Camazotz in a slayer-proof cell. Another slayer named August is put in the cell with her and unfortunately thinks that the best way to get a slayer back on the job protecting everyone outside is that one of them has to die so a new one can be calle
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Lost Slayer is a novel in four parts which were published serially in separate volumes in the fashion of King's The Green Mile. Golden did an excellent job of keeping it all moving, establishing everything in the first volume, tying it all up in the last, and introducing the situation without tedium in the later ones. The story takes place in a future mirror-world, much like the famous Star Trek universe reached by the faulty transporter or perhaps more like one of the X-Men arcs where the p ...more
Sarah Ehinger
Jun 17, 2017 rated it liked it
This the second of the four part mini series was decent. The story allows some theoretical character growth to play out which is neat. the twist at the end was predictable and clearly foreshadowed, but still makes me interested in reading the next installment to find out what happens next.
Nicholas Whyte
Sep 12, 2015 rated it liked it

Set in early Season Four (Xander and Anya are together, so are Oz and Willow), this has Buffy yanked forward to an alternative future in which Giles has been turned vampire by the ancient demon Camazotz (I'd always thought that was just the evil planet of A Wrinkle in Time, but it turns out that it's also the name of an Aztec god of bats). This gives Golden licence to kill off many characters both new and old, before returning Buffy to our time line wher
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Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picked
The first book in this series had a weird pacing and left with an unsatisfying ending, but fortunately this does none of that. With the exception of the questionable first chapter which is just a copy of the final one from the previous book, every single moment is tense and interesting. The story developing is very intriguing and, given the things that can happen in the Buffyverse, not hard at all to believe.
There are some minor issues of continuity with the canonical show, in particular the com
This is the second book in a four book series. So far they have been very fast reads and quite interesting. This series would have made a great season finale around year 4. :0)

Buffy wakes up in an alternate future, her 19 year old soul is trapped in her own 24 year old body and it has become a lethal killing machine. Buffy is locked away in a cell by the vampires that captured Giles and they keep her alive so that no other Slayer can be called.
Meanwhile out in Sunnydale everything has changed.
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampires, buffy, tv-tie-in
The second volume starts leads on exactly where the last one finishes - Buffy is locked in a cell, held captive by the God of Bats and his powerful vampires. But when she manages to escape, she is determined to exact revenge. The world outside is controlled by the vampires, the humans have either fled or are reluctantly co-operating with their deadly, organised new order. Tracking down her friends, she finds them very changed - Willow is a powerful sorceress leading the fight, Xander is a cold, ...more
Jul 29, 2016 rated it liked it
"Dark Times" is the second installment in the serial novel "The Lost Slayer", and frankly I think the serial format shows a bit in a negative way. I felt hold at arm's length when the novel holds the big revelation out until page 134 so that it can be the amazing cliffhanger ending. There is plenty of action in the novel but the most happenings are in the last 25 pages. Additionally some cameos seemed a bit shoehorned in...
Having said this and with that giving my reason as to why I rate it one s
Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
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May 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
I didn't read the first book, but I don't think it really matters too much. Golden gave enough background without it being annoying. I enjoyed it, I think he got Drusilla perfect. There probably weren't enough cheeky one-liners, but I guess it makes sense. Buffy has been locked up for five years, so of course her puns and whatnot aren't what they used to be.

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May 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Better than book one. In book two we are finally getting to the heart of the story. We finally made it to Giles. I am going to continue on to book three. My complaint is that the author takes far too much time describing fight scene. Pages of she kicked, he kicked, he flung, she flew, she dropped and spun. It's too much.
Jun 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
Oh man, this series is still awesome. Mostly because Giles getting the chance to be SUPER BAD is kind of awesome, and makes the "Is Giles the First?" crap from Season 7 look so super lame. ASH would have had a blast with this plotline.
Dec 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Buffy finds herself in another place and time and faced with trying to survive while trying to free herself from the prison she finds herself in. Once free, she tries to make her way back to Sunnydale while trying to understand what is going on and trying to stay alive. A good book in this series.
Ashley Mraz
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
love it the story was good and the writing was awesome
Dec 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Buffy Fans
The Second book in the Seriel Novel The Lost Slayer.
Sep 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Again, read a long time ago
Helen Maltby
Part 2 - similar to part 1 :) Big reveal at the end wasn't expected though and I picked up part 3 straight away.
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Christopher Golden is the award-winning, bestselling author of such novels as The Myth Hunters, Wildwood Road, The Boys Are Back in Town, The Ferryman, Strangewood, Of Saints and Shadows, and (with Tim Lebbon) Mind the Gap. Golden co-wrote the lavishly illustrated novel Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire with Mike Mignola, which they are currently scripting as a feature film ...more
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