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The Last Dream Keeper

(The Witches of Echo Park #2)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  264 ratings  ·  45 reviews
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
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Published January 5th 2016 by Ace
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So, I didn't like this one as much as the first. The plot felt a little less thought out and the POV's were jumbled together in a sort of timeline that came off a little confusing.

After the end of book one, Lyse has accepted her position as head of the Echo Park coven and they all have been warned that something called The Flood is coming for them and they must protect the last Dream Keeper at all cost. And then they all separate.

What I liked about this book was that we got to delve more into
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5

*My Thoughts*

The Last Dream Keeper is the second installment in The Witches of Echo Park series. This is a series that doesn't feature just one main character, but a coven of (5) Witches that make their homes in Echo Park. The women of the Echo Park coven face off against a group of people known as The Flood that are totally willing to bring back the Salem Witch trials in order to rid the world of those who may be able to stop them. There is not
Nov 01, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ace-roc-stars
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Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Last Dream Keeper continues The Witches of Echo Park and develops the world further and the characters come alive again. There were twists and turns, and it left me wanting more. The ending was the worst: that cliffhanger. . .I need the next one. . .is there another? There must be: why would a series end like that?
John Amory
Confusing and very strange. This doesn't even feel related to the first book, which was all character and almost no plot. This one is the exact opposite. Curious to see where the third book goes.
Audrey Carroll
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
One of the real joys of reading this book is the character groundwork laid out in Witches of Echo Park. With basic personalities and relationships established in book one, Last Dream Keeper really gets to deepen our sense of each of these women, as well as project them even more emphatically along their character arcs. The questioning of loyalties takes deeper root as the story unfolds. There's a lot of payoff for the connections and threads that may have seemed, based on a quick or surface-leve ...more
Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gave it 3.5 stars

THE LAST DREAM KEEPER was a nice follow-up to THE WITCHES OF ECHO PARK, but I am hoping that after the ending that book two gave us that book 3 will blow me out of the park.

There was a lot going on in THE LAST DREAM KEEPER and by the end there was a lot hanging in the balance. Some characters had tremendous development and some didn't have any. There was some betrayal, a shocking loss and a whole lot of danger. There were some slow parts and there were some parts that I felt
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was not a fan of this book, sadly. I wanted to enjoy it because I love Amber Benson, and I persevered to the end because of that, but it was a struggle. I started reading this over two months ago, got 50 pages in and stopped, and picked it up again earlier this week. I guess the Halloween spirit inspired me enough. It was very confusing--I couldn't remember what had been happening or who a lot of the characters were. I finally sat down and read the last 200 pages today. The plot momentum did p ...more
Melissa Maillet
Amber Benson is one of my favorite authors- top five anyway- but this was not one of her best works. I really liked it, don't get me wrong. It just seemed to fall short of her other novels. She writes fantasy exquisitely and has an odd talent for describing pain precisely. This novel, however, felt a little far fetched. Yes, it's fantasy. I get that. I stand by my comment.
That said, Benson's character development is as astounding as always. This book has women of varying ages, from different bac
Eva Millien
Dec 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Only one witch has been prophesied to be able to stop the encroaching darkness and Lyse MacAllister and the Echo Park Coven must keep her safe – no matter the costs in this thrilling urban fantasy. I wasn’t quite as enamored of this one as I was the first book because while the story is a bit complex, it seems to move a little slowly despite the jumping from person to person and I couldn’t quite get in to the way the characters were portrayed in this one but at the same time I was caught up in t ...more
Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 se ...more
Charlotte Walker
"It's in the blood." Hessika's prophecy becomes more and more clear and true with each installment of this series. There are no true battles without sacrifices, and there are more losses and sacrifice as well as possible and true betrayal. There is also an unbreakable bond between strong and magical women.
"Where there is a woman, there is magic." (Ntozake Shange) The women in this book separate, then reunite and come to a magical conclusion.

This is not the end.

One of my favorite memes is from
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-urban
What the hell did I just read? I feel like someone switched authors in the middle of the book. I have no idea what is going on. The characters are still interesting, and so is the plot, but the execution is poorly done. It's rushed and disjointed. The author flips rapidly from character to character, and from location to location with little to no transition. It's one big chaotic mess. The only saving grace is that the characters were so well done in the first book that I need to see how they en ...more
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I continue to be impressed with Amber Benson's writing. I enjoyed the Calliope Reaper Jones series and so I started reading this series as well. IT IS SO GOOD. The characters are complex, the writing is smart - never talking down to the reader, and the plot keeps moving. In most stories I can see the plot and the answers long before they are revealed - this has not happened in this series. Love this series. Can't wait to read #3.
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found myself immersed in this world that Amber created. Whenever I sat down to read, I looked forward to seeing how the story progressed. I definitely got a better sense of who each character was as I read through chapters focused on them individually, and I can't wait to read the next book!
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay it took me way too long to finish this and I almost put it down, (the pace is just not what I’m used to because I read mostly y.a.) but I’m glad I pushed through, it was a good story and I’m looking forward to reading the end of magic, I may just take like 4 years to do so ...more
Pernille Olsen
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it
The five different POV's didn't work as well in this book, as it did in the first one. Probably because the characters seperated through the story, and it got a bit disjointed. I hope the all join up in the next book
Ron Ruble
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful. Amber's characters and the plotlines are rich and well crafted. They are always a treat. following the development of Lyse and Lizbeth as they explore their intended roles, both in the coven and in the greater battle.
Mar 31, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Didn’t finish this book, just didn’t catch my interest from the start.
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018

I liked parts of this book, and disliked others.

Like the “romance” was just stupid. They sleep together once and they love each other? No.

But the rest of it was okay.
Bryn Geddes
It seemed to get weirdly rushed at the end. Hoping the third book sorts it all out.
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 08, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just could not get in to this book.
Mar 19, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I could not get into the story. I liked book one but book two couldn't hold my interest.
Chris Fielding
I was upset when I finished the first book in this series because there was so much left undone. Thankfully, I had read the first novel a few weeks after the second novel came out, so off to the bookstore I went. And then things got better.

And then they didn't.

Amber Benson has me hooked enough that I am now waiting impatiently for the third book, but I was disappointed in many parts of the second book. It actually felt as though she rushed through certain passages in the novel to reach her clima
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This Arc came in paperback in my first package for AceRocstars. It looked like one of my top picks because I love magic but it was book 2 and we got so many great things. I had trouble getting book 1 without buying it and I prefer not to buy when I don't know how I feel about the author or series. So I ordered up the first book through Interlibrary loan.

The Witches of Echo Park is book 1. The world-building and character development began at a slow pace. Each chapter took a different point of

Barb Lie
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Last Dream Keeper by Amber Benson is the 2nd book in her The Witches of Echo Park series. This is an Urban Fantasy series about a coven of witches in Echo Park, Los Angeles. In the first book, Lyse MacAllister , learns that she is a witch, after she comes to visit her dying aunt. Eleanora, who turns out to be Lyse’s grandmother (not aunt), is near death, and explains to Lyse that she will need to take over the responsibility as head of her coven. The Last Dream Keeper picks after Eleanora’s ...more
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
Picking up right from where The Witches of Echo Park left off, Benson takes her coven deeper into the conflict with the mysterious forces threatening the Witches Council. The opening chapters of this book had me hooked soundly and almost immediately brought me right back to where I was when the first book ended. You want Lyse and the rest to really gel, to become the family they could be (and might have been before Eleanora's death). Sure, you want them to get to the bottom of things, thwart evi ...more
Roxanne Rhoads
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hearts will be broken, lives will be lost, atrocities will be done.

That's a quick description of The Last Dream Keeper, just be aware that the heart broken may be yours especially if you become invested in characters like I do.

Book One of The Witches of Echo Park was dark, but book two knocks it out of the well lit park straight into dark urban fantasy filled with wretched nightmarish scenarios and death. Book one set us up with characters and back story then book two drops us into the world rig
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