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|This article is about the novel. For the character, see The Immortal.|
| 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.
|Strike her down and she will rise again...|
|Author(s)|| Christopher Golden|
|Publication date||October 1999|
|Published by||Pocket Books|
Veronique is an immortal vampire that continues to return in the body of a newly dead person every time she has been staked. However, she wants to become truly immortal by summoning an ancient demon called the Triumvirate. And of course her choice spot to do so would be in Sunnydale, especially with the extra magical vibes emanating from the Hellmouth. Unfortunately, while Buffy is trying to keep Veronique's vampire henchmen at bay, she also has to deal with the fact that her mother is sick in the hospital. There's a chance that she has cancer, but they won't know for sure until they've performed surgery on her. Buffy has to decide where she's needed most: with her mother, or to stop the end of the world.
- Buffy Summers
- Rupert Giles
- Joyce Summers
- Xander Harris
- Willow Rosenberg
- Cordelia Chase
- Veronique (immortal vampire)
- Queenie (demon groupie)
- Pepper Roback (vampires)
- Triumvirate (demon)
- Angela Martignetti (1862 Slayer)
- Peter Toscano
- Leah Coleman (doctor)
- Tergazzi (demon)
- Lucy Hanover (as ghost)
Behind the Scenes
- A key theme of the book is learning to cope with the uncontrollable factors of life.
- Setting: Season 3
- Foreshadowing Buffy Season 5, Joyce becomes increasingly sick and ends up in the hospital in the novel with a cancer scare and facing major surgery.
- This is the only novel to have an audiobook format also available. The audiobook is abridged and is narrated by Charisma Carpenter.
- In the United Kingdom, this was the first Buffy novel to appear in hardback form.