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Since the beginning of time, the demonic races have gathered every century to resolve conflicts among them and to determine the course of their future. This centennial event was called the Dark Congress. In the second century b.c., however, the Dark Congress failed to resolve their conflicts. Instead, the Congress ignited into a war that drove wedges between the various d Since the beginning of time, the demonic races have gathered every century to resolve conflicts among them and to determine the course of their future. This centennial event was called the Dark Congress. In the second century b.c., however, the Dark Congress failed to resolve their conflicts. Instead, the Congress ignited into a war that drove wedges between the various demon races from that time until now. And all of it began as a result of Kandida, the great North African river demon, being nearly killed by forces in the Congress and magically entombed in the riverbank. But now, Kandida is free, and for the first time in centuries, the Dark Congress is being called again. All demon races and other varieties of supernatural creatures have been called to gather at the Hellmouth in Providence, Rhode Island. Some gather in hopes of resolution, some in favor of war, and Kandida is tasked to broker a treaty and guide the Congress to peace, wherein everyone might simply agree to disagree. And so the demons gather under a banner of a truce. But the demons still harbor many bitter disagreements with one another. The Congress must have an arbiter of these conflicts, and that someone is Buffy Summers. Buffy is horrified and disgusted to be included. After all, she is not a demon...is she? She knows so little about her powers that she cannot say for certain where they truly spring from. How can she spend so much time wallowing in the darkness without becoming part of it? Can she possibly agree to a truce with all the horrors of the world, and allow them to come Providence without any attempt to stop them? And does she have a choice?


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Since the beginning of time, the demonic races have gathered every century to resolve conflicts among them and to determine the course of their future. This centennial event was called the Dark Congress. In the second century b.c., however, the Dark Congress failed to resolve their conflicts. Instead, the Congress ignited into a war that drove wedges between the various d Since the beginning of time, the demonic races have gathered every century to resolve conflicts among them and to determine the course of their future. This centennial event was called the Dark Congress. In the second century b.c., however, the Dark Congress failed to resolve their conflicts. Instead, the Congress ignited into a war that drove wedges between the various demon races from that time until now. And all of it began as a result of Kandida, the great North African river demon, being nearly killed by forces in the Congress and magically entombed in the riverbank. But now, Kandida is free, and for the first time in centuries, the Dark Congress is being called again. All demon races and other varieties of supernatural creatures have been called to gather at the Hellmouth in Providence, Rhode Island. Some gather in hopes of resolution, some in favor of war, and Kandida is tasked to broker a treaty and guide the Congress to peace, wherein everyone might simply agree to disagree. And so the demons gather under a banner of a truce. But the demons still harbor many bitter disagreements with one another. The Congress must have an arbiter of these conflicts, and that someone is Buffy Summers. Buffy is horrified and disgusted to be included. After all, she is not a demon...is she? She knows so little about her powers that she cannot say for certain where they truly spring from. How can she spend so much time wallowing in the darkness without becoming part of it? Can she possibly agree to a truce with all the horrors of the world, and allow them to come Providence without any attempt to stop them? And does she have a choice?

30 review for Dark Congress

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ivy

    5 stars Nice to see that there is a Dark Congress. Glad they were able to figure out who killed Kandida. Can't wait to read more Buffyverse novels!!!!! 5 stars Nice to see that there is a Dark Congress. Glad they were able to figure out who killed Kandida. Can't wait to read more Buffyverse novels!!!!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    ♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡ Jeri the Romance Bibiliophile ♡

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I almost burst into tears @the end, with Willow...won't say what happened, but when you get to that part you will understand why. Christopher Golden does a great job capturing characters as they were in the show, behaviors and all. Not everyone can do that, certainly not as well as he does. I almost burst into tears @the end, with Willow...won't say what happened, but when you get to that part you will understand why. Christopher Golden does a great job capturing characters as they were in the show, behaviors and all. Not everyone can do that, certainly not as well as he does.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I actually did not enjoy this Buffy book as much as I expected. The events take place after the end of the TV series of Buffy finished where all of the slayers have been activated in the final battle by Willow's spell. The storyline in itself I liked with their being a Dark Congress of demons who meet to decide the fate of humans. However, the problem for me in this particular book was that it was very disjointed. For the first two-thirds of the book, the key players are in different places aroun I actually did not enjoy this Buffy book as much as I expected. The events take place after the end of the TV series of Buffy finished where all of the slayers have been activated in the final battle by Willow's spell. The storyline in itself I liked with their being a Dark Congress of demons who meet to decide the fate of humans. However, the problem for me in this particular book was that it was very disjointed. For the first two-thirds of the book, the key players are in different places around the world. Willow is in Greece, with Kennedy, but after a falling out she meets a powerful witch, Catherine Cadiere who gives Willow an ancient spell for a familiar which resurrects the spirit of Tara within a ginger cat. Giles is in England with the Watcher's council. Buffy and Xander are in Providence, and Faith is in San Francisco and Oz is travelling. It takes a while for everyone to figure out what is happening and all migrate towards Buffy and Xander's location. This means that you are all over the place and it is actually hard to keep track of everyone. As everyone converges the story gets better and the last third of the book is much better. Christopher Golden is seasoned Buffy writer who has written a lot of the tie-in novels but this was not one of his best and was actually quite hard going. 3.5 stars rounded to 4 because it picked up in the end.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Melvin R.

    So so I thought the characterizations were dead on. The end left me “meh.” Despite that, it’s still fun to read more adventures about the Scooby Gang after season 7.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Christina Sizemore

    Anything Golden writes is always dedicated to its source material. He doesn't disappoint here. A very emotional story. Anything Golden writes is always dedicated to its source material. He doesn't disappoint here. A very emotional story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I just finished this. I enjoyed it, but there were a few glaring continuity errors. (Spoilers ahead) 1) At first, Giles is told that only Micaela survived Kandida's resurrection, bu later Micaela refers to another survivor. 2) The Charnel demons are initially described as being made out of human corpses, but after that, they're described as being made out of flaming lava. 3) A big deal is made of Buffy acquiring a tire iron from the cab driver on her way to the river, but during her fight with the I just finished this. I enjoyed it, but there were a few glaring continuity errors. (Spoilers ahead) 1) At first, Giles is told that only Micaela survived Kandida's resurrection, bu later Micaela refers to another survivor. 2) The Charnel demons are initially described as being made out of human corpses, but after that, they're described as being made out of flaming lava. 3) A big deal is made of Buffy acquiring a tire iron from the cab driver on her way to the river, but during her fight with the "champions" she doesn't. Use it. Once. These errors are fairly unprofessional and obvious. The other thing that disappointed me was tht we didn't get to see more of the Congress itself. Buffy turns over her job as arbiter soon after the event that disrupts the congress, and never takes it back. At tne same time, there was a lot to enjoy about it. Golden has a good ear for the banter and relationships between these characters we know and love, and two pairs of doomed lovers are written with great poignancy.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Samuel Lubell

    Dark Congress by Christopher Golden. 270 pages. Trade PB. Fantasy/tie-in. While trying to make space on my bookshelves, I decided to box up my Buffy tie-in books. I found two that I didn’t remember reading. This was the better of the two. This book takes place post-series. A watchers’ council archeological team frees a river demon that is in love with a desert demon, triggering the first Dark Congress among demons 2000 years. Buffy investigates when demons start congregating in Providence, RI (w Dark Congress by Christopher Golden. 270 pages. Trade PB. Fantasy/tie-in. While trying to make space on my bookshelves, I decided to box up my Buffy tie-in books. I found two that I didn’t remember reading. This was the better of the two. This book takes place post-series. A watchers’ council archeological team frees a river demon that is in love with a desert demon, triggering the first Dark Congress among demons 2000 years. Buffy investigates when demons start congregating in Providence, RI (why there? Apparently, it is the site of a dormant Hellmouth (Golden apparently forgot about the one in Cleveland). Meanwhile, an ancient and powerful witch offers to make Willow her apprentice and resurrect Tara, but if she’s a good witch why does she want to teach Willow blood magic? Faith and Xander also play major roles (no Dawn though). Golden’s Buffy books were some of the best.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Marsha

    The forces of evil are gathering…for a summit talk? Once again, Buffy Summers finds herself plunged into the middle of weirdness as demons congregate in Providence, Rhode Island. For a woman who’s used to killing vicious beasties, how will Buffy handle it when the monsters insist on peaceful talks? The beloved characters are all there with their trademark witticisms, character voices and tested teamwork well in play. Mr. Golden has written Buffy characters before now and his veteran talent shines The forces of evil are gathering…for a summit talk? Once again, Buffy Summers finds herself plunged into the middle of weirdness as demons congregate in Providence, Rhode Island. For a woman who’s used to killing vicious beasties, how will Buffy handle it when the monsters insist on peaceful talks? The beloved characters are all there with their trademark witticisms, character voices and tested teamwork well in play. Mr. Golden has written Buffy characters before now and his veteran talent shines in this story that brings a whole new brand of tension into the mix. The threat of global apocalypse (again!) is made credible. The action is ripping good and the dialogue whip smart. Fun for Buffy fans and those new to the show as well.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Allan

    This is supposed to be the last tie-in ever. Added to my wishlist because I would definitely not mind owning a copy of this. This might be my second favorite BtVS tie-in ever. Read a library copy some time ago. When I submitted an ILS form for this to my local library at the time, the handling librarian said immediately, 'oh, we'll just buy this'. This discussion has some minor plot spoilers. After the collapse of the Sunnydale hellmouth, an ancient conclave of the world's demons is convened to This is supposed to be the last tie-in ever. Added to my wishlist because I would definitely not mind owning a copy of this. This might be my second favorite BtVS tie-in ever. Read a library copy some time ago. When I submitted an ILS form for this to my local library at the time, the handling librarian said immediately, 'oh, we'll just buy this'. This discussion has some minor plot spoilers. After the collapse of the Sunnydale hellmouth, an ancient conclave of the world's demons is convened to redress mutual grievances between themselves, Buffy and her wacky pals get involved, hi jinx follow. It's darker and more plot driven than many tie-ins. Parts of the plot revolve around the Willow and Tara story and the episodes, Killer in Me and Seeing Red.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jemz Thomson

    I enjoyed this as it brought many of my favourite characters to life well. It was a nice little Buffy fix. I particularly enjoyed Faith and Oz's banter. The writing however does suffer from consistency issues. It also repeated some character traits/thoughts way too much. Oz seemed to cock his eyebrow the same damn way in every scene for example. It's perfectly enjoyable for any Buffy fan but isn't the best tie in I enjoyed this as it brought many of my favourite characters to life well. It was a nice little Buffy fix. I particularly enjoyed Faith and Oz's banter. The writing however does suffer from consistency issues. It also repeated some character traits/thoughts way too much. Oz seemed to cock his eyebrow the same damn way in every scene for example. It's perfectly enjoyable for any Buffy fan but isn't the best tie in

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dorcas

    I've missed Buffy and was ecstatic to find something that continues the story from where season 7 left off and before the comic began. The whole gang is back, with slight changes, some have definitely grown up. The story, though titled Dark Congress, focuses more on the Scooby Gangs relationships now as well as a mystery, rather than the politics of the Congress. Mostly it was fun and familiar. I've missed Buffy and was ecstatic to find something that continues the story from where season 7 left off and before the comic began. The whole gang is back, with slight changes, some have definitely grown up. The story, though titled Dark Congress, focuses more on the Scooby Gangs relationships now as well as a mystery, rather than the politics of the Congress. Mostly it was fun and familiar.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Roxanne

    A BtVS novel, set after the end of season 7. It was really fun to see what Golden came up with for the characters. And I think it even pretty much fits into the season 8 world of the comics, too. Golden writes the characters' voices pretty darn well. Very enjoyable. And the plotline with Willow had me tearing up by the end. Recommended for BtVS fans. A BtVS novel, set after the end of season 7. It was really fun to see what Golden came up with for the characters. And I think it even pretty much fits into the season 8 world of the comics, too. Golden writes the characters' voices pretty darn well. Very enjoyable. And the plotline with Willow had me tearing up by the end. Recommended for BtVS fans.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    This is a Buffy novel set after the end of season seven, but before the comic book chronology took over the canon. It's a good adventure, and also revisits many of the old friends and foes and gives them a fond farewell, or at least a fun acknowledgment and update. Lots of fun for Buffy fans. This is a Buffy novel set after the end of season seven, but before the comic book chronology took over the canon. It's a good adventure, and also revisits many of the old friends and foes and gives them a fond farewell, or at least a fun acknowledgment and update. Lots of fun for Buffy fans.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    A fun and relaxing read with a few interesting twists. Nice! :-)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Wt Prater

    Recently read as the book of the Month by Whedon Readers. Dialogue very truthful, characters believable, and plot line followable. Very Good Read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Pamster

    Fun. Good Oz stuff, good Faith stuff.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Holtsclaw

    This is by far one of the best Buffy The Vampire Slayer novels that is post Television series that I have had the pleasure to read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    Holy crap, Buffy in my hometown of Providence, RI????? A HELLMOUTH IN PROVIDENCE? I might faint from the excitement.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Another solid one

  21. 5 out of 5

    Geri

    Liked the storyline, don't like Chris Golden's writing style. Liked the storyline, don't like Chris Golden's writing style.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Angel Perez

    So much action!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Raven

    Way better than Nancy Holders Queen of the Slayers. I quite enjoyed seeing all the Scoobies together again including Oz and old favorite baddies like The Gentlemen

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey

    Read this while on a Buffy kick. Not the greatest piece of literature I've ever read, but it was a fun, light read. Read this while on a Buffy kick. Not the greatest piece of literature I've ever read, but it was a fun, light read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gabriel Mero

    This book was awesome, but the ending killed me.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Squee!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nadine Schulze

  28. 5 out of 5

    Laurie Grady

  29. 4 out of 5

    Stacie

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Milley

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