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  • Series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (April 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416936300
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416936305
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #950,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Keith R.A. DeCandido was born and raised in New York City to a family of librarians. He has written over two dozen novels, as well as short stories, nonfiction, eBooks, and comic books, most of them in various media universes, among them Star Trek, World of Warcraft, Starcraft, Marvel Comics, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity, Resident Evil, Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda, Farscape, Xena, and Doctor Who. His original novel Dragon Precinct was published in 2004, and he's also edited several anthologies, among them the award-nominated Imaginings and two Star Trek anthologies. Keith is also a musician, having played percussion for the bands the Don't Quit Your Day Job Players, the Boogie Knights, and the Randy Bandits, as well as several solo acts. In what he laughingly calls his spare time, Keith follows the New York Yankees and practices kenshikai karate. He still lives in New York City with his girlfriend and two insane cats.

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Keith R.A. DeCandido was born and raised in New York City to a family of librarians, which pretty much explains everything. He has written around 50 novels, as well as short stories, nonfiction, eBooks, comic books, and blog entries, many of them in various media universes, among them Star Trek, Sleepy Hollow, Supernatural, World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Leverage, Marvel Comics, Cars, Farscape, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Stargate, Serenity, Resident Evil, Kung Fu Panda, Doctor Who, and more. Among his many works of original fiction are the fantasy police procedural series of novels and short stories that started with Dragon Precinct, as well as a series of urban fantasy short stories set in Key West, Florida, many of which are in Ragnarok & Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet. Keith is also an editor (having supervised several book lines and put together dozens of anthologies), musician (percussionist for the Don't Quit Your Day Job Players, the Boogie Knights, and others), and a second-degree black belt in Kenshikai karate (he both trains and teaches). He still lives in New York City with various humans and animals.

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The plot was good; it held my interest throughout.
Carol Grizzard
Faith hasn't turned psycho yet and the novel makes you believe how Buffy and Faith had a deep admiration for each other, but the fans know how that turned out.
Summer40
It's a book that every Buffy fan should scoop up, because it's the best one I've read so far.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. Crockett on June 13, 2007
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Countries all over the world possess their own unique folklore and fairy-tales that reflect their heritage and culture. When the Buffyverse collides and meshes with Russian folklore, Sunnydale is in for one heck of a history lesson...

This novel takes place during season 3, immediately after the episode "The Zeppo". Buffy and company (excluding Xander of course) have just finished fighting off yet another apocolypse, and desire a much needed break from fighting the forces of darkness. Unfortunately, the Hellmouth isn't prone to acts of kindness, and proceeds to spit out yet another challenge for our favorite Slayer and her loyal band of Scoobies. This time around, it's nearing the end of Buffy's senior year, and the whole senior class is obsessed with obtaining their class rings (an expensive and useless piece of jewelry that shows you attended and survived the rigorous perils of high school). Unfortunately, due to the usual bills of having to repair a damaged house after an unplanned zombie attack (during "Dead Man's Party") Buffy can't afford to purchase a class ring of her very own. However, that fact soon becomes irelevant once the Scoobies learn of a plot to resurrect a powerful sorceror named Koeschei, the Deathless. The only way to put down this nefarious scheme is to accept the help of the only known sorceress to have ever defeated the Deathless -- a necromancer known to many as Baba Yaga, the Russian sorceress depicted in fairy-tales and fables. Can Baba Yaga's offer of help be trusted? Or will she prove to be after more than meets the eye....

Like most of the recent Buffy novels, "The Deathless" chooses to fall into place on an earlier timeline in the Buffyverse, most notably during seasons 2 and 3.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Summer40 on May 15, 2011
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Keith R.A. DeCandido has a story telling technique that would please the die hard "Buffy" fans and those who have dismissed the show as a "cult" thing. DeCandido drops the reader off into the third season on Buffy where Xander is still goofy, but confident and Willow is fully engaged in magic. Faith hasn't turned psycho yet and the novel makes you believe how Buffy and Faith had a deep admiration for each other, but the fans know how that turned out. The Russian folklore didn't bore me. Baba Yaga is a witch that really grits Buffy's teeth and she has the power to make Angel likeable, if you are an animal lover. Bulat the Brave falls into the ambiguous category where he isn't exactly evil, in fact, he acts more human than any other Buffy character. The reader will not find him charming, but his character is worth exploring.
DeCandido did not make a wise choice in selecting the character, Michael, the Goth kid that does magic with Willow. I will take a giant leap by saying perhaps DeCandido used Michael to illustrate that Willow, Xander, Oz, Cordy can have friends not related to slaying, but the Slayer doesn't have that luxury or privelege. Michael didn't fit in well with the Scoobies; he's too one dimensional. Also, I gently suggest that DeCandido find other adjectives to describe a woman, besides b***h. The word was used constantly throughout the novel and it took away the power behind the word. All in all, "Deathless" is worth a few hours of your time. It will put a smile on your face.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Sigman on January 29, 2011
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If you ever need a trip back to the good days of Sunnydale High, look no further than this book. Keith has the voices of every character pitch perfect, and the addition of criminally underused Russian folklore makes this a keeper.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beth J Scott on June 11, 2009
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A fast-paced, interesting book that does a fairly good job of keeping everyone in character, and honestly feels a lot like an episode of Buffy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pat Shand VINE VOICE on June 12, 2008
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TIMING: It's set in the third season, between "The Zeppo" and "Bad Girls." Big, big plus that the book itself mentions that.

STORY: Writer Keith R. A. DeCandido is obviously passionate about two things: Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Russian mythology. In this clearly well-thought out book, DeCandido has Buffy and co. cross paths with mythological figures such as Baba Yaga and Koscheiv (the eponymous "Deathless"), demonstrating deep knowledge of both of his topics. That makes this one of the most inventive Buffy novels, as well as one of the best written. Something I've seen other Buffy novelists do that DeCandido (for the most part) avoids is tediously describing backstory when a character gives a nod to an event. That's annoying to Buffy fans, because we're usually so passionate that we already know what a character is talking about when they reference past events so we don't need a two-page debriefing, and DeCandido seems to be the only novelization-writer that recognizes that. From the way the characters interact (and the way that interaction is written), it just feels like another episode out of Season Three. Which is the highest compliment I can give.

CHARACTERS: The characterization is the best I've read in a novelization. From the opening scene, which features Buffy and Faith on their nightly patrol, this book sets itself apart from your average BtVS book by completely nailing the characters. From their little idiosyncrasies, the way they interact with each other, and their speech patterns, Keith R. A. DeCandido captures these characters very well. Out of all the BtVS novels I've read, this is the best--and that is chiefly because of characterization.

CONTINUITY: I didn't notice any flaws at all.
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