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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Book Review: The Last Dream Keeper (An Echo Park Coven Novel) by Amber Benson

The Last Dream Keeper (An Echo Park Coven Novel)
by Amber Benson
January 5, 2016 

Publisher: Ace
Paperback, 320 pagesASN: B00WS1PFG8
ISBN: 9780425268681
In the second Witches of Echo Park novel, one coven must keep the world in balance and stand against a rising darkness.

Lyse MacAllister did not step into an easy role when she took over as master of the Echo Park coven of witches after her great-aunt Eleanora’s death. As she begins to forge the bonds that will help her lead her sisters, she struggles to come to terms with her growing powers. And she soon faces a deadly new threat. A group of fanatics intent on bringing about the end of times has invaded the witches Council—but the Council is turning a blind eye to the danger growing in its midst.

Only one witch is prophesied to be able to stop the encroaching darkness. And if Lyse and her blood sisters are to have any chance at protecting all we know from being lost forever, they must keep her safe—no matter what the cost…

The sequel to The Witches of Echo Park begins with Eleanora telling the reader that she has chosen not to go to the other side of the Veil, but remain as a Dream Walker. That she and Hessika (head of the Echo Park coven before she was) will assist her granddaughter Lyse and her coven mates to launch a defense against The Flood, as it wants to wash away the human world and instate a new regime. And that can only happen with the arrival of a bloodred moon.

If the first book was dark, this one is darker. The ties of the blood sisters will be torn. Hearts will be broken. New characters are introduced. Some will prove trustworthy, others won’t, and others I wonder if their agenda may not be black or white, but murky. The story is full of tension that spirals higher and higher and never gives you a break. Amber Benson hooks the reader with words that magically compels you to read to the last paragraph. I cannot wait for the next installment in this series.

Review: The Witches of Echo Park by Amber Benson
I give The Last Dream Keeper 4 witchy sheep.
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 comment:

  1. This sounds so good! Adding it to my wishlist for sure.