Even with an extra star for being about Buffy I still could only give this 3 1/2 stars. It just did not grab me. I felt like the author was trying to hard to capture the slang of Buffy, even while describing fight scenes. Buffyspeak should really just come through in the dialogue. Parts of this also took place in 1888 London, and I found those to be much more compelling. The concept is ambitious, involving Jack the Ripper and a centuries old fight between two groups of evil faery folk, but there was so much explanation needed to get that concept across, and a lot of it was pretty repetitive.As I said, I liked the flashbacks to 1888, especially since they featured Spike, Dru, Darla and Angelus, and would have liked to know more about the then-Slayer, Elizabeth.There was an interesting correlation between Jack and Willow with the scent of strawberries that I was hoping would be explained or at least fleshed out, but it was not.Overall, pretty lackluster considering the hefty premise.
Might have been more interesting if theyd just kept it simple and said Jack was a vampire of unusual cruelty and gone from there...with more flashbacks and backstory on Elizabeth. But, thats just my opinion.