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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Book Review: The Witches of Echo Park by Amber Benson

The Witches of Echo Park
by Amber Benson
January 6, 2015.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 6th 2015

by Ace Trade
Unbeknownst to most of humankind, a powerful network of witches thrives within the shadows of society, using their magic to keep the world in balance. But they are being eliminated—and we will all pay if their power falls…

When Elyse MacAllister’s great-aunt Eleanora, the woman who raised her, becomes deathly ill, Lyse puts her comfortable life in Georgia on hold to rush back to Los Angeles. And once she returns to Echo Park, Lyse discovers her great-aunt has been keeping secrets—extraordinary secrets—from her.

Not only is Lyse heir to Eleanora’s Victorian estate; she is also expected to take her great-aunt’s place in the Echo Park coven of witches. But to accept her destiny means to place herself in deadly peril—for the world of magic is under siege, and the battle the witches now fight may be their last…

Elyse MacAllister gets a call from her great-aunt Eleanor that she may be dying so she rushes by plane to California from her home and business in Georgia. She didn't even let her best friend and co-owner of the business know that she has left. Her aunt is waiting for her at the airport and later, Lyse wonders how she knew what flight she was on. This, and other secrets that begin to uncover, has Lyse wondering if she ever even knew the woman she lived with as a teenager. But the most shocking secret is, not only is she the one to inherit Eleanor’s house, but she will be head of a coven of witches, or blood sisters, as they call themselves, who keep the world in balance with magic. More frightening, is something or someone, wants to stop Lyse from taking over and most of all, learn the greatest secret Eleanor has held. A secret worth killing for.

Amber Benson’s latest book is wonderful and hooked me. There is magic in the story about these people, most of all about Lyse and her destiny. I cannot wait for the next book in the series.

I give The Witches of Echo Park 5 sheep.

By Pamela K. Kinney

About the Author:
Amber Benson co-wrote and directed the animated web-series Ghosts of Albion with Christopher Golden for the BBC. The duo then novelized the series in two books for Random House. Her first solo novel, Death's Daughter, was published by Penguin in 2009, with a children's book for Simon and Schuster called The New Newbridge Academy to follow in the fall of 2010. As an actress, Benson spent three seasons as Tara Maclay on the cult show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She has also written, produced, and directed three feature films, including her latest, Drones, which she co-directed with Adam Busch and will be released later this year.


  1. Ooos this is one I've had my eye on. Think I'll have to add it for sure now :D

  2. Sounds good I have been looking for a good witch sorry because been getting lots of duds. I have to really like the heroines with these like 100 percent.