Of Shadows and Demons

(1) Of Shadows and Demons (Sentinel/Buffy)

By Mackie
Reviewed by Kathryn A on 30th May 2000 (2)
Tags: Novella

Good build-up at the start. Only one problem, I didn't think that Sunnydale was damp (but that's just a minor quibble). I like the "I can't believe this" reactions from Jim. I like the character stuff with Blair and Jim! (And they get the Sunnydale folks right too) This is good stuff! Better than Laura Picken's "Blessed Protector". Good plot ideas, good writing. The chilling bit where Jim is captured, the twists of the non-trivial danger, and the ways they over come it. And some fun lines:
    She grabbed Blair in a hug that drove the breath from him. "Blair, why haven't I been getting postcards from strange, South American sites that all have names starting with a hawking noise?"
    "Did you get a wiggins?"
    "A what?"
    "A freaky feeling, a sense of impending doom, something fishy, something nasty, evil, vile, cursed, wicked, henious, depraved, foul, supernatural - have I touched on it yet?"

Definitely worth reading.

(2) Consumed by the Fire (Sentinel/Buffy)

By Mackie
Reviewed by Kathryn A on 29th October 2001 (1)

This short interlude is a follow-up to "Of Shadows and Demons", and it begins very spookily and scarily, and one is staring transfixed, hoping that this isn't happening... and I can't say more for fear of spoilers. It's chilling, and then turns to a very character-insightful thing, and I can't say more than that. It won't make sense unless you've read the previous story, though.