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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Book Review: The End of Magic (An Echo Park Coven Novel) by Amber Benson

The End of Magic (An Echo Park Coven Novel)
by Amber Benson
May 16, 2017
315 pages
Lyse MacAllister used to be like everyone else—blissfully ignorant of magic, of the dire battles being fought in shadows and secrecy. But that was before her great-aunt Eleanora died, leaving her in control of the Echo Park coven; before she found herself in the middle of the witches’ clash with the anti-magic zealots known as The Flood; before her blood sisters lost their faith in her.

As The Flood begins turning humans across the globe against the witches, Lyse must find a way to regain the trust of her former magical family and once again unify them. Because the final battle between good and evil is looming—and if the witches don’t stand together, all of humankind could be lost...

The third book in this trilogy magic has filled the world and humans across the globe are going against witches . One of Lyse MacAllister’s coven blood sisters, Lizbeth, is in the Dream Lands where two male wizards are,battling the Darkness that destroyed their world (the Darkness is their name for what the blood sisters call the Flood). Covens are breaking up and witches are captured, mainly for the Flood’s secret subterranean laboratory in Nevada, where torturous experiments are inflicted on the captured witches. The Echo Park coven shuts down this laboratory, but they need bigger magic to stop the Flood’s worldwide witch hunts.

With help coming from the ghosts of the coven’s former leaders, Lyse has to gather her courage, ignore her own self-doubt, and go to the Dream Lands and discover what part of her family history will help her to defeat the Flood. 

There are multiple subplots that make this novel confusing sometimes. The last pages were great, but the resolution as the storylines came together, before those last pages, felt rushed to me. A little disappointing, compared to the first two books in the trilogy.

I give The End of Magic 3 ½ sheep

Pamela 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.

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