Author: Nancy Holder
UK Publisher: Titan
Release Date: 4th September 2015
Joss Whedon’s hit US TV show, ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’, ran from 1997 to 2003. It’s been over ten years since we saw Buffy and her friends avoid the apocalypse and close the Sunnydale Hellmouth, and if you’re anything like me, you were left pinning for more. ‘Demons of the Hellmouth, A Guide for Slayers’ is a little doorway back into the weird and wonderful world of Buffy Summers. This hardback guide is written by everyones favourite Watcher, Rupert Giles, as a place to educate all the Potential’s and future slayers about the things he and the team have learn about various demons etc. during their time fighting the Hellmouth.
It is fully illustrated with colour photographs and sketches for each villain, including fan favourites such as Spike, Drucilla, Darla and Angel/Angelus. The book is split into three parts: Vampires, Demons and Other Forces of Darkness. There is plenty of informations, some which you will already know, and some you may have forgotten. There is even a foreword written by Anthony Stewart Head, the actor who brought Rupert Giles to life. He eremites about the beginning of the show, and how reading this guide brought back so many great memories, which is something readers will also relate to.
Author Nancy Holder has written many Buffy and Angel tie-in novels over the years, a few of which I’ve read and loved. Aside from Joss Whedon himself, Holder is second best person able to do justice to the memories we all have of the Buffy universe, and ‘Demons of the Hellmouth’ does not disappoint. There are handwritten notes on each page from Buffy, Faith, Xander and Willow, and it provides a great reminder of their relationship and personalities.
If you’ve not seen any of the TV show, then this book won’t mean much to you. It is really a treat for fans who are already familiar with the plot, and of course it contains spoilers to the show’s dramatic ending, so just be aware incase you haven’t seen the whole thing.
‘Demons of the Hellmouth’ is an excellent love-letter to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and it’s the perfect give for fans. One thing’s for sure, you’ll be desperate to watch Buffy all over again when you finish reading. It’s not a tough read, I finished it within a day, but the easy layout means you can jump in and out wherever you like. This is a must-have guide, and a great addition to my bookshelf.