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I m a huge fan of the cult show Buffy the Vampire Slayer I m also a huge fan of historical fiction So imagine my delight when I stumbled upon these short story collections My love of historical fiction mashed up with my endless fascination with Buffy mythology I was sold There are seven stories, each depicting a snippet of Slayer life during various historical periods, from a countless Slayer realizing class difficulty during the French Revolution, to a girl bravely entering the service of I m a huge fan of the cult show Buffy the Vampire Slayer I m also a huge fan of historical fiction So imagine my delight when I stumbled upon these short story collections My love of historical fiction mashed up with my endless fascination with Buffy mythology I was sold There are seven stories, each depicting a snippet of Slayer life during various historical periods, from a countless Slayer realizing class difficulty during the French Revolution, to a girl bravely entering the service of the infamous Elizabeth Bathory s, to the answer of the mystery of Virginia Doe of Roanoke, to a Slayer dealing with race issues in Florida and the deep South during the 1950s, and I felt for every one of them, cheering when they were victorious, saddened when they did not.If you re a fan of Buffy, or if you re simply a historical fiction fan or into the supernatural horror genre, then give this a read Stories as appears in Volume 1 01 A Good Run Greece 490 BCE by Greg Rucka02 The White Doe London 1586 by Christie Golden03 Die Blutgrafin Hungary 1609 by Yvonne Navarro04 Unholy Madness France 1789 by Nancy Holder05 Mornglow Dreaming Kentucky 1886 by Doranna Durgin06 Silent Screams Germany 1923 by Mel Odom07 And White Splits the Night Florida 1956 by Yvonne Navarro I like this short story history of each slayer before buffy s time most of them irritates me and ended badly rip.Altho I only watched an episode mayhaps I ll revisit this show soon. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here The Appalachian BookwormAs a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I have always been fascinated by the aspect of untold stories of past slayers In fact, the concept of multiple authors lending their voices to the history of the Chosen One was what made me so intrigued by Tales of the Slayer when I first learned of it s existence The book contains short stories from seven different historic periods including Roanoke, women who are absolute badasses part of what I loved so much from the show , and The Appalachian BookwormAs a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I have always been fascinated by the aspect of untold stories of past slayers In fact, the concept of multiple authors lending their voices to the history of the Chosen One was what made me so intrigued by Tales of the Slayer when I first learned of it s existence The book contains short stories from seven different historic periods including Roanoke, women who are absolute badasses part of what I loved so much from the show , and vampires being staked to dust So of course, the moment the book was in my possession I started reading it Although I enjoyed each story overall, I found some characters difficult to relate to One example is Marie Christine Du Lac, a slayer and main character from Unholy Madness by Nancy Holder Du Lac grew up in the home of Marie Antoinette, a servant to those who deem themselvesimportant than the peasants Despite this, she is treated to a muchdesirable life Marie Christine often came off as rude or hateful, especially in regards to the lower class In one instance, she even says that the children of the lower classes appear to be barely human To be honest, I didn t even like her watcher which is what the person who prepares the Slayer for her battle against demonic forces is called Edmund was just as rude and hateful as his ward Not that every character needs to be likable for a story to be interesting, but it certainly makes it hard to empathize as you follow along Of the seven stories, my two favourites were Mornglom Dreaming by Doranna Durgin and And White Splits the Night by Yvonne Navarro In Mornglom Dreaming, we are introduced to a Kentuckian named Mollie Prater who knows absolutely nothing of vampires, let alone demons and slayers However, just days before her wedding in 1886, Mollie begins to feel different faster, and stronger This change coincides with reports of a beast that has been attacking the people who share the hollow Mollie resides in On the day of her wedding, the demon and her watcher reveal themselves Despite saving all but one person from death, both her and her future husband s families no longer recognize her as the person they once knew At this point, Mollie realizes her life will never be the same Everything I ever wanted Everything I planned for My life It s all changed It won t never be the same In Yvonne Navarro s short story And White Splits the Night, rampant racism in Florida during 1956 makes it difficult for seventeen year old Asha Sayre to be the slayer, especially as she travels into town to investigate bodies that continue to make their way into the nearby swamp where she lives The bodies remind her of twelve years prior, when she found her father hanging from a tree in the very same swamp after having been dragged through the trees by Klu Klux Klan members And White Splits the Night was most definitely my favourite story from this volume I loved Asha and her relationship with Laurent she respected her watcher and listened to her instructions She was young but strong and brave, even in the face of death If nothing else, Asha knew she had done a measure of good in her small world, and she had been loved by someone besides Despite their different writing styles, the authors all do a fantastic job of incorporating vampires and the supernatural into well known historical events and figures Overall, I had a pleasant experience reading Tales of the Slayer and would definitely suggest it for fans of the world created by Joss Whedon especially if you re interested in learning about slayers before Buffy as well as to readers who are interested in both history and vampires Buffy is one of my favorite TV shows from the 90 s I still remember watching the premiere and thinking wow this is SO much better than the movie One year, I was given this short story collection as a gift and I couldn t put it down I enjoyed reading the stories of Slayers that came before Buffy It starts back in the days of ancient Greece and goes all the way until the 1950 s Here are some of my personal favorites The White Doe This tale follows the life of a slayer named White Do Buffy is one of my favorite TV shows from the 90 s I still remember watching the premiere and thinking wow this is SO much better than the movie One year, I was given this short story collection as a gift and I couldn t put it down I enjoyed reading the stories of Slayers that came before Buffy It starts back in the days of ancient Greece and goes all the way until the 1950 s Here are some of my personal favorites The White Doe This tale follows the life of a slayer named White Doe who ends up being raised by a local tribe of Indians after her own family and fellow colonists are killed by vampires The tale is actually based on the real disappearance of the Roanoke Colony in the 1500 s Silent Screams This story follows a slayer in the 1920 s who finds waythan she bargained for when she goes to witness a movie being filmed Unholy Madness I have a bit of a love hate relationship with this story set during the days of Marie Antoinette Marie Christine is a Slayer who spends her time serving the aristocrats and not caring what happens to the common folk She is pretty unlikable but she does manage to do something pretty cool at one point Even if it does ultimately end up being stupid Other stories deal with Elizabeth Bathory and racism in the south during the 50 s as well as small town life in the 19th century Overall, it s a good read that I think respects the canon of the Buffy world I m sure any fan would enjoy this collection I am a huge fan of Buffy and nearly everything that springs from its creative and addicting nucleus.Therefore speaking, I completely adored this book While it s not about Buffy per say, it sabout slayers of the past and how they met their untimely ends Comprising of several short stories Tales of the Slayer, Vol 1 brings a lot of historics and badass slayers to the table What happened at Roanoke Vampires Was Elizabeth Bathory a vampire Who knows This novel sheds an interesting ligh I am a huge fan of Buffy and nearly everything that springs from its creative and addicting nucleus.Therefore speaking, I completely adored this book While it s not about Buffy per say, it sabout slayers of the past and how they met their untimely ends Comprising of several short stories Tales of the Slayer, Vol 1 brings a lot of historics and badass slayers to the table What happened at Roanoke Vampires Was Elizabeth Bathory a vampire Who knows This novel sheds an interesting light on some big times in history.While there are plenty of different authors and writing styles in this book, I didn t feel myself put off at all by it, as I ve seen mentioned in other reviews Sure, I found some parts of certain stories to be a bit daunting hence the four star rating but, I still couldn t put the book down My favorite story of the lot would probably have to be The White Doe, which dealt with Roanoke I ve always been curious about the place and this story certainly fuels my historical imagination Not to mention how legend like it felt to me I feel that it could certainly take its place among other legends albeit one with vampires because it just sounded that darn good I could only imagine how muchI d have paid attention in History class if we heard stories like these about Slayers during those important eras of time 5Recommend If you like Buffy, absolutely If you like reading about vampires getting dusted, possitively Or, if you re just up for some seriously cool supernatural historical fiction short stories, gogogo This was all I ever wanted while being a massive fan of buffy I always wanted to knowabout the women that came before and I was not disappointed aahh yes, I really really enjoyed reading this book I would definitely recommend it for all fans of Buffy Tales of the Salyer is a collection of short stories, each telling the story or a brief extract of the lives of the slayers And all those stories are so different 1 A Good Run Greece 490 BCE 1 5 starsI have to admit, the first story is not exactly a good start into these short stories and I did not really like it neither plot nor writing style It deals a lot with running a aahh yes, I really really enjoyed reading this book I would definitely recommend it for all fans of Buffy Tales of the Salyer is a collection of short stories, each telling the story or a brief extract of the lives of the slayers And all those stories are so different 1 A Good Run Greece 490 BCE 1 5 starsI have to admit, the first story is not exactly a good start into these short stories and I did not really like it neither plot nor writing style It deals a lot with running and running and running.2 The White Doe London 1586 4 5 starsso interesting we ve got native Americans, jealous people, nature and magic to an extend that wasn t shown in the TV show.3 Die Blutgrafin Hungary 1609 5 5 starsOh man, such a cruel and also spooky story Loved everything about it, especially the atmosphere and the unanswered question..4 Unholy Madness France 1789 4 5French Revolution mixed with the poor people fighting the government and vampires being a great alternative to the Queen and we ve got a slayer who goes against her Watcher 5 Mornglow Dreaming Kentucky 1886 4 5very interesting demon and this story shows once again how the life of one girl can change so much that her family does not accept her any..6 Silent Screams Germany 1923 5 5MY FAVOURITE STORY IN THIS VOLUME so dramatic, so emotional and unexpected 7 And White Splits the Night Florida 1956 4 5 *DOWNLOAD BOOK ☟ Tales of the Slayer, Vol. 1 ✘ Into every generation, a Slayer is born One girl in all the world, to find the vampires where they gather, and to stop the spread of their evil and the swell of their numbers In our time, that girl is Buffy Summers But Buffy is merely one Slayer in an eternal continuum of warriors for the Powers That Be We ve known of others The Primal Slayer, who stalked the earth and the forces of darkness in fierce solitudeNikki, the funky hipster whose demise at Spike s hands lent an urban edge to his wardrobe and a bigger bounce to his swagger Slayers by nature have a limited life expectancy for each one who falls, another rises to take her place Tales of the Slayer, Vol , chronicles Slayers past who have influenced and are influenced by the traditions and mythologies of yore From ancient Greece, to aristocratic Slayers holding court in revolution era France, to the legend of the Bloody Countess Elizabeth Bathory, tos Munich, each girl has a personal history, a shared moral code, and a commitment to conquer evil, regardless of the cost I originally owned and read this collection of short stories for the Buffy universe back when the collection originally came out in 2001 However, some years later, while in university, I loaned the book to a friend and then I never saw the book again I recently bought or rebought all of the Buffy novels that I was missing and have begun re reading or resuming my reads on the entire collection In re reading this first volume of Tales of the Slayer, I realized how little of it I actually rememb I originally owned and read this collection of short stories for the Buffy universe back when the collection originally came out in 2001 However, some years later, while in university, I loaned the book to a friend and then I never saw the book again I recently bought or rebought all of the Buffy novels that I was missing and have begun re reading or resuming my reads on the entire collection In re reading this first volume of Tales of the Slayer, I realized how little of it I actually remembered The only story I could recall with any detail was White Doe, and even that one was vastly different from how I remembered it almost 19 years later But, here we go a review of each short story in the series, and my first review ever of a Buffy novel.A Good Run A fun twist on a well known Greek legend Most classic enthusiasts can recall the story about Phidippides run from Athens to Sparta to request help to fight against the invading Persian forces Greg Rucka takes this story and adds to it by having a Slayer running alongside an unknowing Phidippides From there, we go from the long run to the ensuing Battle of Marathon and the role the Slayer unknowingly played in the unlikely Athenian victory against the Persian army vampires The only downside to the story is the somewhat abrupt ending, but that makes sense.White Doe As a girl whose parents lived for 4 years in Manteo, NC and who vacationed there for a week almost every summer, this story fascinated me and is the only story that has stuck with throughout the almost 2 decades since I last read it Virginia Dare is the Slayer, and in telling her story, Christie Golden reveals the truth behind the mystery of what happened to the disappeared Roanoke Colony Interestingly, there is a small group of theorists who genuinely believe that the colony was wiped out, not by vampires, but by a zombie plague It s pretty laughable as a theory, but I did think about this story as well as the alien abduction theory as I read through this short story again Once again, an abrupt ending, but that is a pitfall of almost all of these stories.die Bluntgrafin Yvonne Navarro s Hungarian slayer story is hauntingly disturbing While one can tell the story will not have a good ending from the very beginning Rendor the Watcher sending in Ildiko to work for Countess Bathory without knowing if she was simply a terrible person or a vampire or possible demon was lazy Watcher method on his part And poor Ildikothe poor girl had no idea what she was doing I spent most of the story waiting for something to actually happen, and for her to just ATTACK or something, but I kind of like that Navarro just kept building the tension and building it and building itand then you never get an answer You get a disturbing ending that leaves you with a million questions and a sense of injustice that makes you want to scream But it was definitely an ending you should expect from a well written horror story.Unholy Madness Props to Nancy Holder for writing a historical piece that is so characteristic of the times that I genuinely hated the main character And I m pretty sure we re supposed to Marie Christine du Lac is the Slayer during the French Revolution, and she as well as the Watcher s Council works for the crowned heads of Europe Marie Christine only fights vampires that are threatening the King, Queen, and the Royal Court The peasant poor, in the view of her and her Watcher, deserve to die because they choose to live in squalor Marie Christine does change her views by the end of the story, but only because she discovers she actually was one of those undeserving poor who was given a made up aristocratic history when she was seen to be a Potential Naturally, the villain of the piece is a vampire who not only changes the poor into a mob of vampires, but also encourages the masses to rise up and revolt against the Crown And while you want to feel bad for the aristocracy, I know that I at least found myself rooting for the vampires and was not upset at all the see most of Marie Christine s life collapse around her She was, after all, a bit of a classist idiot.Mornglom Dreaming This one was just plain fun I mean, Doranna Durgin has the sound of Kentucky 100% DOWN I have visited the state numerous times and could see therural areas of it in my head as she was describing it I could hear Mollie s twang and see her handmade wedding dress as she started down the aisle that she never got to finish walking And can I just say I love that the villain in this one is, for once, not a vampire And it was also nice to see the beginning of a Slayer s journey on this one Though now I wonder how long her journey lasted Silent Screams Mel Odom wrote a truly haunting story with this one Playing with the 1920s popularity of German Expressionist silent films and making it into a truly horrific end scene While all of the stories are, at heart, about Slayers and their Watchers, this one truly shows the intimacy of such a relationship We are told the story entirely from the Watcher s perspective and we see how one day changed the life of his charge, Britta We see how important it is to Watchers to be strong for their Slayer while at the same time facing the truth that a Watcher is not a Slayer and therefore is at a distinct disadvantage This story was surprisingly heartbreaking and I wanted to wrap Friedrich in a warm hug, but also slap him upside the back of his head for going back on his word to Britta And I lament that we never get to hear the end of this particular story.And White Splits the Night A Slayer of color in the segregated southern United States Needless to say, this one packs a wallop My favorite bit is how Yvonne Navarro notes that the vampires in this town hide their monstrosity behind white hoods as the Ku Klux Klan They hide the fact that they re monsters behind monstrous ideas actions A Russian doll of evilness And the ending I rooted for Asha and Laurent so hard in that final battle I was both so proud of them and so sad for them at the same time.It is rare for me to enjoy all parts of a story collection as much as I enjoyed this one The characters were all believable, the stories were equal parts fascinating and horrifying, and I was left wanting to knowabout all of these Slayers and Watchers except for maybe Marie Christine because I spent the whole story hoping she got guillotined On to Volume 2 I m trying to find something in common with how each girl died and what I ve come up with is that they are all very impulsive and belive they are invincible Most of them rush off to fight without any help But I guess thats part of being a slayer They fight alone and they die alonechokengtitiktitikchokengs Die Blutgrafin very disturbing and Mornglom Dreaming liked her relationship with watcher and she faced the most interesting demon were the best stories But I have to also give a shout out to Silent Screams w I m trying to find something in common with how each girl died and what I ve come up with is that they are all very impulsive and belive they are invincible Most of them rush off to fight without any help But I guess thats part of being a slayer They fight alone and they die alonechokengtitiktitikchokengs Die Blutgrafin very disturbing and Mornglom Dreaming liked her relationship with watcher and she faced the most interesting demon were the best stories But I have to also give a shout out to Silent Screams which had a great narrator Best Quotes Everyone, the slayer thought ruefully, holds fast to the belief that the bad things within the world would always happen to someone else When we were alone like that she often called me by my first name When I had objected mildly, she had told me that we had a partnership and she had learned from her fathers business that partners were equals Only some partners wereequal than others, judging from the amount of risk each took on a venture We both new who the equal partner was between us A Watcher may train the Slayer, but a Watcher will never be a Slayer