Book Review: The Witches of Echo Park by: Amber Benson

Publisher: Ace Trade

Publication Date: January 6, 2015

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Synopsis: Unbeknownst to most of humankind, a powerful network of witches thrives within the shadows of society, using their magic to keep the world in balance. But they are being eliminated—and we will all pay if their power falls…

When Elyse MacAllister’s great-aunt Eleanora, the woman who raised her, becomes deathly ill, Lyse puts her comfortable life in Georgia on hold to rush back to Los Angeles. And once she returns to Echo Park, Lyse discovers her great-aunt has been keeping secrets—extraordinary secrets—from her.

Not only is Lyse heir to Eleanora’s Victorian estate; she is also expected to take her great-aunt’s place in the Echo Park coven of witches. But to accept her destiny means to place herself in deadly peril—for the world of magic is under siege, and the battle the witches now fight may be their last…

Series: The Witches of Echo Park series

Review: THE WITCHES OF ECHO PARK introduces readers to Lyse MacAllister and her great-aunt Eleanora. Now Eleanora is suffering from a deadly disease and Lyse has come from Georgia and her life there to spend time with her great-aunt in the California town where she grew up. When Lyse returns home, she finds out Eleanora has been keeping some important secrets from her. Lyse is Eleanora’s heir, not just to her estate when she passes, but to Eleanora’s place in the Echo Park coven. Lyse never knew Eleanora is a witch and isn’t sure if she can embrace this surprising new destiny. THE WITCHES OF ECHO PARK isn’t your standard light urban fantasy. It is about magic, responsibility, and destiny, but most of all it is about family – blood or chosen. Told through the voices of the coven members and Lyse, the reader gets a well-rounded view of the events which are unfolding around the Echo Park witches (or blood-sisters). I enjoyed the characters themselves, the dynamic between the coven members and, of course, the magic. THE WITCHES OF ECHO PARK is a wonderful introduction to the author’s new world and the trials and tribulations the characters will face in coming books. I am eagerly anticipating book 2!


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