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The Last Keeper (The Keepers' Chronicles #1)

3.53  ·  Rating Details ·  101 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Serenity Cardea's race has been hunted to near extinction. She's a Keeper, with the ability to influence others, including those immortal beings who want dominance over the world. Ray Synclair is a history professor in training with a passion for times past. Fascinated by Serenity, he has no idea that the world is filled with immortals, most of whom want him dead. Because ...more
Paperback, 1, 268 pages
Published May 3rd 2012 by The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House (first published May 2nd 2012)
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Sofia Lazaridou
Apr 20, 2013 Sofia Lazaridou rated it really liked it
First I did not liked it. But since I had to review Last Chance I forced myself to read it in order to understand what happens next. And I ended up liking it. Some things are still confusing but if I put that aside, I will have to say that I read a very good book.

I liked the way Birbeck combined the historical with the paranormal romance. Before you say "Oh, another book with vampires and stuff? I will not read it" you have to know a few facts about it. As you can see from the title vampires are
Elsa Carrion
Aug 13, 2013 Elsa Carrion rated it it was amazing
I loved her nick name “Angel of Death”, I love that she is one strong kick ass female character, I love the romance, and I love the action.

Serenity’s race has been hunted to near extinction. She’s a "Keeper" an 880 year old (give or take a century!), with the ability to influence others, including those immortal beings who want dominance over the world. Ray, is fascinated by Serenity, but has no idea that the world is filled with immortals, most of whom want him dead, and the only way to kill a
Apr 05, 2012 Adunn rated it it was amazing
As another addition into the over saturated vampire genre market any debut novelist would have to create something uniquely special to keep this reader reading. In the Last keeper Michelle Birbeck has done exactly that. The last keeper is a brilliant introduction into what promises to be a gripping series, setting up a fictional but yet believable world that got me hooked from the first page. as a debut novel it could have spent a lot of time establishing exactly the world that Birbeck has creat ...more
Passion For Pages
May 13, 2012 Passion For Pages rated it really liked it
Review can be found on my blog

The first thing that caught my attention was the cover for this book. It’s so simple, yet the woman is so captivating and mysterious. You know the saying “you can’t judge a book by its cover”? Well, I do. I’m a cover whore. C’mon. The cover and title are the first things that you see. It has to be eye catching to make you want to take a closer look. So I took a closer look and after reading the summary I knew I had to be part
Aug 08, 2012 David rated it it was amazing
Allow me to begin by saying that the Last Keeper is a book full of contradictions. Before you stop reading, let me explain that I want to challenge your view on the word contradiction. I put to you that this is a good thing, and I'll tell you why.

Michelle Birbeck has written her own mythology on all the creatures she introduces yet they retain distinct recognisable and familiar aspects, then integrates them all quite seamlessly into a very human world at war in more ways than one. You are drip-f
Talk Supe
Apr 26, 2012 Talk Supe rated it it was amazing
Full review at Talk Supe

Serenity is a wonderful heroine and at times too wonderful she was starting to frustrate me. I wanted her to crush her enemies but instead she gives them mercy, I wanted her to be mad and unleash her anger due to Ray's disappearance but she deals with it with grace. I enjoyed reading her story because she is the total opposite of myself, I'm not supernatural being but her humanity is exemplary and her and Ray's relationship is something we all want to have in our life.

Dale Ibitz
Jan 20, 2013 Dale Ibitz rated it liked it
The concept here is a good one, a Keeper is one who keeps balance in the supernatural world. There are many curves and turns and twists that keep the plot interesting. The problem is that those curves and turns and twists don't appear until the last 1/3 of the story.

While I understand the importance of developing the relationship between Serenity and Ray, it just went on forever with nothing happening. It was so mundane that it would be easy for the reader to lose interest. If you keep chugging,
Kimberly Gould
Aug 26, 2012 Kimberly Gould rated it really liked it
The setting and personality of the main character really sunk me into this book. I sped through the first chapter, eager for more. However, as soon as the power level of the protagonist became clear (particularly after meeting her mate) I became less attached to the main character who seemed to be, for all purposes, indestructible. Why should I worry for her? The second 'book' didn't draw me the way the first did. The new characters didn't seem to fully form in my mind. The confluence of events ...more
Bec Pearce
Apr 29, 2012 Bec Pearce rated it it was amazing
I have read a lot of vampire and supernatural stories and I was expecting this to be 'just another one'. I was wrong.
The Last Keeper pulls at the heart strings in exactly the right ways. The epic world which Michelle Birbeck has created ensures complete submersion and you are gasping for breath by the end, while simultaneously wanting to drown yourself in Serenity and Ray's lives.
Michelle has succeeded in creating a threatening vampire culture that almost laughs at the cuddly vampires we have
Andrea (mrsaubergine)
Apr 29, 2012 Andrea (mrsaubergine) rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-edits
Really interesting take on the vampire-hunter genre, about Serenity Cardea (great name, btw), a 3000-year-old "Keeper" charged with keeping all the supernatural beings under control. When the only other keeper in the world dies, Serenity must face the job alone, and must also live without the man she only recently discovered was her partner and only weakness.

Set initially in 1940 and then in 1974, the story is full of details and lively characters who were really well drawn. Ray is lovely, and I
The TBR Pile *Book review site*

This story had many twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat and moments that brought me nearly to tears, both sad and happy ones. As the various prophecies that were woven into Serenity's life were fulfilled and as all the events played out, I was continually as surprised as the characters. The Last Keeper is a great story with a unique take on the paranormal worlds we love and villains you love to hate.
Alley Cat
May 06, 2012 Alley Cat rated it it was amazing
This book took me a while to get into, but once I passed chapter 8, I couldn't put it down.
I like how everything comes together at the end of the story. There were things that I wasn't sure how the author would be able to connect, but she pulled it off.
She made me cry, laugh, grin evilly, and bite my nails off. I really enjoyed this one, and I am definitely going to recommend this to my boyfriend (aka: nag him until he reads it).
Apr 23, 2013 Shelby rated it liked it
Good story. Boring book. This book had a lot of potential to be really good but it lacked the action that could have made it great. It just turned out to be kind of boring. I may read the next book in the series. Hopefully it will be better.
Read as long as I could- just couldn't get into the characters or the plot.
May 06, 2012 Emerald rated it it was amazing
Amazing Chelle!!! So proud of you!

This story is great! Fast paced you don't want to stop reading. Beautifully written.
Ahh the end!! Yay. Really enjoyed this, got pretty teary eyed at some points but that's also the sign of a good book. Definitely want to read what happens next.

Full review to come
Sep 20, 2012 rameau marked it as not-for-me
Shelves: p2p
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May 14, 2012 Fel rated it liked it
Review by Felicia Wetzig (Find more link: here.)

Behind those emerald eyes, and fiery red hair, Serenity Cardea is a member of an exceptionally powerful race charged with keeping the peace between the creatures of the world ��� the Vampire, Were, Witch and Human. As a ���Keeper,��� Serenity is most concerned with the vampires who want dominance over everything and have the numbers and strength to get what they want. The Keepers, however, have another problem - imminent extinction. More than fifte
Lord Nouda
May 09, 2012 Lord Nouda rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed, fantasy
The following is a guest review done by my friend Infâme Malkier on my behalf. All credit for the written review goes to him.

As one may expect from a book with such a title, The Last Keeper is a tale of survival. Serenity Cardea is a Keeper, and for millenia her people, her race has been tasked with maintaining the balance between the races. Their role throughout the ages has been to keep the vampires, the weres, the humans and the witches from battl
Jolanda Gelissen
Mar 03, 2016 Jolanda Gelissen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: supernatural, romance
The idea for this series came to Michelle Birbeck as she contemplated what entity or power could compel supernatural creatures to remain hidden from humans. Enter the Keepers, an ancient race, tasked with protecting the delicate balance between the creatures of the world: Vampires, Witches Weres and Humans.

Serenity Cardea is one of the last surviving Keepers. Fifteen hundred years ago, her kind were massacred and subsequently hunted down by vampires in a quest for dominance. While she doesn’t he
Katia González
Mar 17, 2013 Katia González rated it did not like it
Simplemente no doy con este libro.
Mar 27, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing
oh god this book is amazing!
Oct 25, 2013 Shelley marked it as to-read
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Michelle has been writing and reading her whole life. Her earliest memory of books was when she was five and decided to try and teach her fish how to read, by putting her Beatrix Potter books in the fish tank with them. Since then her love of books has grown, and now she is writing her own, and looking forward to seeing them on her shelves, though they won’t be going anywhere near the fish tank.
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