| The subject of this article is non-canonical.|
While created as part of licensed material, it has not been confirmed as part of the "real" Buffyverse.
|Buffy's new enemy is close to her heart.|
|Author(s)|| Christopher Golden|
|Publication date||August 1, 1998|
|Published by||Pocket Books|
Chirayoju, an ancient Chinese vampire, and Sanno, a Japanese Mountain King, have been fighting for years. Their spirits were imprisoned in a sword by a curse. The sword arrives in Sunnydale and while viewing the Japanese exhibit at the museum Willow becomes possessed by the spirit of Chirayoju and Xander, later on, becomes possessed by the spirit of Sanno. Buffy must figure out a way to stop the two spirits without killing her own friends. During the final battle, when the fight takes an ugly turn, Buffy must also keep her own spirit alive.
- Buffy Summers
- Rupert Giles
- Xander Harris
- Cordelia Chase
- Willow Rosenberg
- Sheila Rosenberg
- King Lear (vampire)
- Lord Chirayoju (Chinese Demon Sorcerer)
- Sanno (Japanese Mountain King)
- Kobo (Watcher)
- Emperor Kammu
- Kobe Sensui
Behind the Scenes
- Cordelia says that Xander "does not usually snore" suggesting they have slept together. However, Xander remains a virgin until The Zeppo.
- In Dutch the novel is called Het Bloedspoor (The Blood Trail).