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Spike and Dru: Pretty Maids All in a Row
One Slayer dies, another is called...unless Spike and Drusilla have their way...
Author(s) Christopher Golden
Publication date June 1, 2001
Length 368 pages
Published by Pocket Books
ISBN ISBN 0-7434-1892-1

Spike and Dru: Pretty Maids All in a Row was a novel written by Christopher Golden based on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.


It's 1940 and for Drusilla's vampiric birthday, Spike decides he will acquire Freyja's Strand for her. The strand, a necklace, has the ability to allow Drusilla to view her reflection. After a dangerous trek, Spike and Drusilla strike a deal with the ice demon Skrymir: should Spike and Drusilla destroy all the current Slayers-in-waiting as well as the current Slayer, he will fork over the necklace. Up to the challenge, Spike and Drusilla acquire a list of the slayer-in-waiting from the Watcher's Council in London and ravage the Earth, killing girls hideously as they go.

Meanwhile the current Slayer, Sophie Carstensen, is alerted to the situation and sent off with her Watcher, Yanna, to rescue the remaining Slayers-in-waiting. Unfortunately, Yanna has developed an unhealthy obsession with Spike and cannot fight against him when there is a run in between the two groups. But Sophie rescues a decent number of the girls and has them brought to the Council headquarters. Sophie leaves to retrieve the last girl and runs into Spike and Drusilla in Denmark who capture her Watcher.

While Sophie hunts down the duo, Skrymir has grown impatient and manifests himself inside the Council headquarters where he wreaks havoc on the inhabitants. The Council must find a way to stop Skrymir from killing all the Slayers-in-waiting (which would end the line of Slayers) while the Slayer herself tries to track down her Watcher who may already be dead.

Behind the Scenes

  • Charisma Carpenter, who played Cordelia Chase on Buffy and Angel, read the audio format version of this book.
  • The plot line about removing Slayers-in-Waiting foreshadows the "potentials" used throughout season 7.

Continuity Issues

  • Most of the events of the novel do not violate established canon. However, Sophie's death at Spike's teeth contradicts the fact that the second Slayer killed by Spike was Nikki Wood.[1] Christopher Golden has revealed he ignored the existence of Nikki Wood when writing the novel, thus causing the continuity contradiction unwittingly.


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