This book is connected to the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Its tales feature the slayers before Buffy became the vampire slayer. There is 7 stories in the volume, most of which are only okay and not memorable. Pretty much all of the stories were about the last days and battle of the former slayers.
There were 2 stories I enjoyed. First was The White Doe by Christie Golden about a Native American tribe with a slayer know as White Doe. The second was Die Blutgrafin by Yvonne Navarro, in which the big bad is based on a real person, Countess Bathory, said to have bathed in the blood of virgins.
An excerpt from one of the stories:
From: A Good Run
The Slayer Thessily Thessilonikki
The Battle of Marathon
Greece, 490 B.C.E.
The ground is hard and dry, littered with stones and the bodies of the fallen, Athenian and Persian alike. She runs barefoot and avoids the bodies, but cannot avoid the stones. They bite at her soles, digging into her skin, and she can barely feel it, but she knows her feet are raw and blistered, and that with each stride she leaves a trail of bloody footprints across the plain. She barely feels anything but a distant and crackling pain from her lungs and a dull hot throbbing from the wound in her side, where the poison entered her body almost four days ago. Her chiton, once white, is now almost black in places, stained with days of dirt and sweat and blood, and linen has torn at her shoulder where a vampire grabbed her while trying to take her throat.
That vampire is dead, as are a hundred others, and she is dying, too, but she keeps running.
Into every generation a slayer is born. One girl in all the world to stop the creatures of the night. For us, that girl is- Buffy Summers- a young woman who's been trained to give her life in the war against vampires. But Buffy is not alone. You see, there have been others: from The Primal Slayer, who stalked the forces of darkness alone, to aristocratic Slayers, holding court in revolution-era France, and the present-day Chosen Ones.
Now, in a single action-packed volume comes a chronicle of Slayers past-girls who have laid the groundwork for Buffy and her kind.