Title: The Last Dream Keeper
Author: Amber Benson
Publisher: Ace
Release Date: January 5, 2016
Pages: 320
Book Source: ARC from publisher

5star

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…

My Review:

It is amazing to see how much Amber Benson’s writing has grown between the first book in the series (see my review of The Witches of Echo Park), and the second. The Last Dream Keeper was much more intense, and Benson spent more time with character development, instead of describing the scenery.

Also, in my review of the first book, I had a huge problem with how the book ended. This one picks up immediately where the last book left off, so that is a very good thing. I really can’t say much about the storyline, since it would be full of spoilers. I will say if you had any hesitation with reading the first one, it’s worth it to be able to get to book two.

This book is much darker, with more horror in it. And while Benson does get descriptive with the scenery again, this time it just seems to work better with the story. The way Benson ended the book makes me very excited for book three.

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