Titled In Every Generation, the first book in the trilogy is written by Kendare Blake, the author of YA novels Anna Dressed in Blood, Antigoddess, and Three Dark Crowns.
“I have been a Buffy fan since the womb, or at least that’s what it feels like,” Blake said in a statement to Polygon. “Being a fan of Buffy was the whole reason for taking on In Every Generation. I had no choice. You don’t say no to Buffy.”
Though Blake was terrified to dive into the “sacred” world of Buffy, the author said she’s thrilled to be able to write about her favorite characters, promising fans to provide classic Buffy energy and a lot of references and Easter Eggs.
“If you want to visualize the writing of this book, just imagine the iconic scene from Singin’ in the Rain,” Blake said. “Except instead of Gene Kelly, it’s me, and instead of that wet street with the lamp post, it’s Sunnydale Cemetery full of vampires.”
According to the synopsis for In Every Generation, Frankie Rosenberg is a sophomore at New Sunnydale High School who is passionate about the environment. Her mom, Willow, the most powerful witch in Sunnydale history, teaches her magic on the condition that she uses it to better the world.
Frankie’s happy and quiet life is suddenly upended when a new girl named Hailey shows up with news that the annual Slayer convention has been the target of an attack, and all the Slayers — including Buffy, Faith, and Hailey’s older sister Vi — might be dead. That means it’s time for this generation’s Slayer to be born. With the help of Hailey, a werewolf named Jake, and a hot but nerdy sage demon, Frankie must become the Slayer, prevent the Hellmouth from opening again, and find out what really happened to her Aunt Buffy.
It’s not clear, however, if the upcoming novel trilogy will acknowledge the continuity of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics published by Dark Horse Comics following the conclusion of the original TV series in 2003. Originally billed as the official seasons 8 through 12 of the supernatural drama, the comics continued Buffy Summers’ story past the destruction of Sunnydale and into the future with an army of newly activated Slayers at her back.
From Disney Hyperion, In Every Generation will go on sale on January 4th, 2022.