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The Deathless
Sometimes it's better to be outside of the "in" crowd...
Author(s) Keith R.A. DeCandido
Publication date May 8, 2007
Length 224 pages
Published by Pocket Books
ISBN ISBN 1847390374

The Deathless was a novel written by Keith R.A. DeCandido based on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.


Ring Day at Sunnydale High School meant the arrival of several people from Russian folklore, including Koschei the Deathless and Baba Yaga.

As if Ring Day weren't enough to make Buffy Summers anxious (she can't even afford one of the less expensive silver bands), the Slayer has her hands full trying to figure out why an average split-level house in Sunnydale has all the vampires spooked. When she arrives at the library to discuss this new development with Giles, a package he's received from an old folklorist in Russia reveals what's going on: The stars are properly aligned for an attempt to resurrect Koschei the Deathless, a long-dead evil sorcerer. So while her classmates are busy choosing rings to demonstrate their school spirit, Buffy must figure out how to keep someone from reviving Koschei and, should she need to resort to plan B, how to kill him again.
A little investigating soon leads Buffy and the gang to the necromancer who originally killed the sorcerer, an immortal Russian sorceress named Yulia Dryanushkina, who can control vampires (which explains their reluctance to pass by her place of residence). When the crew pays Yulia a visit, she assures them that with Willow's assistance, she would be able to kill the sorcerer again should he be revived.
Neither Buffy nor Willow are particularly comfortable with aligning themselves with the necromancer, but they have no other choice when, twenty-four hours later, the vampires start behaving strangely . . . and half the senior class goes missing.


Behind the Scenes

  • "Ring Day" is an occasion in American high schools where students receive their class ring. It usually takes place in junior or senior year.
  • This novel takes place during season 3, immediately after the episode "The Zeppo" but before "Bad Girls". Buffy and the gang (excluding Xander of course) have just finished fighting off yet another apocalypse.

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