I am one of the biggest Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Whedonverse fans around. I have tons of merchandise and the tattoo to prove it. While it is hard to believe that its already been 11 years since the show ended its 7 season run in 2003, fortunately there are still many ways for fans to stay connected in the Buffyverse. One way fans can still get their BTVS fix after all these years is by reading many of the fictional books, novels, comics, graphic novels, etc. that exist on the market today. I, myself own probably close to 100 pieces of literature revolving around the Slayerverse. But as a huge fan of the show’s endearing character Willow Rosenberg, my favorite fictional novels to date are The Wicked Willow Trilogy. These 3 books are a must read for anyone who loved the Wicked Willow storyline, or Willow’s character in general.
What Is The Wicked Willow Trilogy?
The Wicked Willow Trilogy are three original novels based on the television show Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and written by author, Yvonne Navarro, who has written a number of fictional novels based on the show. In the UK, an omnibus of the entire Wicked Willow trilogy was later released. While the first story in the trilogy is supposed to be set at the end of the sixth season of BTVS, immediately after “Villains”, the story is placed in a parallel universe to that established by Buffyverse Canon. Moving from this event, the story carries on into an alternative set of events than the ones that took place on television.
Wicked Willow #1: The Darkening
The first novel in the trilogy is titled Wicked Willow: The Darkening and will have fans absolutely hooked from beginning to end. This is especially true for those BTVS fans who are Wicked Willow fans. Similar to some of the events that took place on screen in the sixth season, this book begins with Willow still struggling with an increasing addiction to magic. A grief stricken dark Willow finds herself overwhelmed and the addiction getting worse when Tara is accidentally shot and killed, by Warren, who was trying to shoot Buffy. Overwhelmed my immense grief and powerful dark magic, Willow seeks revenge on those responsible for her lover’s death, and begins her descent into evil. After catching up with Warren in the woods of Sunnydale and flaying him alive, our favorite wicked witch continues on her trail of vengeance and can’t wait to do more damage. In the meantime, the Scoobies (Xander, Anya, Buffy, etc.) try desperately to stop her.
Wicked Willow #2: Shattered Twilight
In the second book of this intriguing trilogy, Willow’s own coven has turned against her. Condemned for saving Buffy from an evil phantom and for not adequately protecting other coven members, Willow finds herself on her own again, desperately needing to devise a way to restore her coven’s confidence in her, to reinforce power. What her coven doesn’t know (and we the readers do) is that it was actually Tara’s ghost that asked Willow to save Buffy, even though it would lower her status in the coven. Willow seeks infallible magic while Buffy and the Scoobies continue to fight back, while fearing all along that they may lose Willow forever.
Wicked Willow #3: Broken Sunrise
In the final Wicked Willow novel, Tara’s ghost has disappeared, and Willow suspects that it has something to do with what she’s done, or perhaps its the universe’s way of again, conspiring against her. It doesn’t take our wicked villain long to find out, however, that the Scoobies are actually responsible for the disappearance of Tara’s ghost. Desperately wanting her lover to return and missing the ghost’s company, Willow seeks to get the ghost back, in the hopes of performing a resurrection spell to bring Tara back to life. Willow’s first impulse is to bring wrath upon the heads of Buffy and the gang, that is, until her coven reminds her that in the past, her anger has controlled her, and only led to subsequent failure. This leaves the witch having to come up with a different idea, as she must devise a way to regain Tara’s spirit and perform the spell needed to bring her back to life. Meanwhile, the Scoobies hope to drain Willow’s dark magic and release fellow Scoobies, Spike and Oz from enslavement. But Willow’s grief and anger are deep, and her magic is powerful.She may not stop at nothing to get what she wants. This trilogy is addictive, heart breaking, tear jerking, and page flipping good! A must read for hardcore BTVS and Wicked Willow fans!