This article is about the trilogy of alternate universe novels. For other uses, see Willow.
The subject of this article is non-canonical. While created as part of licensed material, the novel series Wicked Willow takes place in an alternate universe, and as such is not part of the "real" Buffyverse.
Buffy and Xander arrive too late to stop Willow from taking revenge on Warren for Tara’s murder, and now they stand helpless as Willow determines to use whatever magick it takes to bring her lover back from the grave.
The story is set in an alternative reality from the television series, after Warren’s death in episode "Villains".
In the woods outside Sunnydale, Willow Rosenberg has exacted a terrible revenge for the murder of her lover Tara Maclay: She has captured Warren, the murderous leader of the Trio, and flayed him alive. Her best friends, Buffy Summers and Xander Harris, arrived too late to stop her. But the death of Warren isn’t enough for Willow. Now her friends can only watch as the juiced-up witch sets off on a trail of vengeance and magick-gathering to prepare the spell that will bring Tara back to life. And whoever gets in Willow’s way is going to regret it… including one Slayer who is still hoping to save her best friend.
Even Willow’s own coven has turned against her now. Condemned for saving Buffy from their evil phantom and for not protecting the other coven members fully, as she had promised, Willow must come up with a way to restore herself to them — and to reinforce her position of power, which hangs in the balance. But the truth — that she battled the phantom because the ghost of Tara told her to — will only lower Willow’s status in the eyes of her coven. It is time for big magic. Infallible magic. And as Willow turns to the elements for protection, Buffy and the rest of the Scoobies must find a way to fight back without losing Willow forever…
The Ghost of Tara has disappeared. At first Willow thought it was because of something she’d done — or worse, that the universe was again conspiring to hurt her. But it’s almost impossible to keep secrets from a witch, especially one as powerful as Willow, and ultimately she learns that Buffy and the gang are the culprits. Willow desperately wants Tara back. Not only does she miss her immensely, the spirit’s presence is necessary to perform the resurrection spell Willow’s been working on. Though her first impulse is to charge off and bring her wrath down upon the heads of her old friends, her coven reminds her that in the past, when Willow has allowed anger to control her, she has failed. Willow must develop an alternate plan to regain Tara’s spirit and perform the spell. Buffy and the Scoobies hope to drain Willow’s power, and release Spike and Oz from their enslavement. But Willow’s anger is endless, and it seems she’ll stop at nothing in her fight to bring Tara back, no matter what the cost…
Behind the Scenes
Author Yvonne Navarro published an article about her frustration with the reviews the series received at Amazon.com.