From School Library Journal
Adult/High School-Two rousing and well-told tales of girl power featuring Willow and Tara, the Buffy universe's most well-adjusted couple. In "Wanna Blessed Be," a novice member of the local Wiccan group gets "a little too enthusiastic in a sorcerer's apprentice kinda way." In the longer story, "Wilderness," Buffy's younger sister, Dawn, joins Willow and Tara at the center of a complex and cosmic conflict between humans and the forces of nature when they stumble upon a local controversy over the logging of old-growth redwoods. Because the stories are drawn by different artists, they differ in visual style, but both move forward smoothly, with the colorful illustrations intensifying high points and deepening narrative texture. The friends' humorous banter and social interactions are shown in a more cartoonlike style, but when danger and creepiness emerge from beneath the appearance of normality, the havoc is effectively conveyed in explosive, dialogue-free sequences. Stylish inking also augments the dialogue of characters and magical creatures. Willow and Tara's "magic of two" is portrayed with subtlety, especially when they are traveling with Dawn, but their relationship is clearly affectionate and pleasurable. Wiccan values, and the many sides of the environmental controversy, are treated with respect. This fine melding of story and art should interest readers both within and beyond Buffy fandom.Christine C. Menefee, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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About the Author
Amber Benson plays Tara in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series. Christopher Golden is a prolific horror author, a regular contributor to the monthly Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic book and writer of several best-selling Buffy/Angel novels. Terry Moore is the award-winning writer & artist of Strangers in Paradise.
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