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While created as part of licensed material, it has not been confirmed as part of the "real" Buffyverse.
|A dark evil is rising...|
|Publication date||January 2000|
|Published by||Pocket Books|
It's midterm exam time at Sunnydale High School and tensions are rising high in the usual group. Particularly between Buffy and Willow who seem to have some sort of unspoken dislike of the other. Meanwhile, horrible murders have been occurring throughout Sunnydale; two close friends end up dead, one kills the other and then the murderer ends up as a pile of bones. The murders also coincide with the arrival of a large group of demons called the Rakshasa who seem to have a sort of wicked control over their victims. As Buffy and Willow become more and more violent towards each other, Giles does some research which indicates that the Rakshasa are in town to help with the resurrection on an ancient Hindu god called Ravana. And when Giles spots Ethan Rayne in town, he knows that something chaotic is at hand.
- Buffy Summers
- Joyce Summers
- Rupert Giles
- Xander Harris
- Cordelia Chase
- Willow Rosenberg
- Ethan Rayne
- Promila Daruwalla (guidance counseler)
- Phyllis Lovecraft (dupe)
- Benson Lovecraft (occult collector)
- Ravana (demon goddess)
Behind the Scenes
- Tagline: "A dark evil is rising."
- Cordelia's web page in the book is www.shrew.com.
- Setting: Season 3.
- German: "Ravanas Rückkehr" (Ravanas Return)