Slayer book picks up after Buffy comics’ world-changing ‘end of magic’

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Into every generation a Slayer is born…

Until there isn’t. That’s the concept a new novel, first in a series, set in the “Buffy-verse” of Joss Whedon, is set to explore next year.

Actually announced last year, New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White’s Slayer follows Nina, the last Chosen One to be activated before the end of magic — an event detailed years ago in Dark Horse Comics’ official continuation of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series.

Check out the book’s synopsis below, and don’t miss EW’s exclusive excerpt. Slayer is due in bookstores Jan. 8, 2019. You can pre-order it now.

Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It’s hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers — girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina’s mother is a prominent member of the Watcher’s Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic.

Until the day Nina’s life changes forever.

Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina’s father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One—she’s the last Slayer, ever. Period.

As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, there’s plenty to keep her occupied: a monster fighting ring, a demon who eats happiness, a shadowy figure that keeps popping up in Nina’s dreams…

But it’s not until bodies start turning up that Nina’s new powers will truly be tested—because someone she loves might be next.

One thing is clear: Being Chosen is easy. Making choices is hard.

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