The Last Dream Keeper

Amber Benson. Ace, $15 trade paper (320p) ISBN 978-0-425-26868-1
The magical war hinted at in The Witches of Echo Park gains momentum in this intense second Echo Park Coven urban fantasy. Lyse MacAllister rushed back to L.A.’s bohemian Echo Park neighborhood at the request of her dying grandmother to find she’d inherited the role of master of the local coven. Lyse, who’s completely untrained in magic, has to learn fast and earn the trust of her coven blood sisters, because a dangerous entity called the Flood is coming. The Greater Council, which oversees covens around the world, hasn’t taken the threat seriously. But Lyse’s coven, which includes the last Dream Keeper, and Lyse herself, a magical hybrid developing powers in several disciplines, are prime targets for the Flood’s forces. Benson ramps up the tension by orders of magnitude, forcing Lyse and her coven to split up as they attempt to ward off the Flood’s agents. As blood sisters travel from Echo Park to Rome and Russia, multiple plot lines will keep readers hopping, and the stage is set for major fireworks to come. Agent: Howard Morhaim, Howard Morhaim Literary Agency. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 12/07/2015
Release date: 01/05/2016
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