The End of Magic by Amber Benson

Posted May 15, 2017 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 1 Comment

Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The End of Magic by Amber BensonThe End of Magic by Amber Benson
Series: The Witches of Echo Park #3
Published by Ace on May 16, 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
One StarOne Star

In the third in the spellbinding series from the author of the Calliope Reaper-Jones novels, magic has been loosed upon the world and the consequences could destroy all of humanity, magical and non-magical alike...

Lyse MacAllister used to be like everyone else blissfully ignorant of magic, of the dire battles being fought in shadows and secrecy. But that was before her Aunt Eleanora died, leaving her in control of the Echo Park coven; before she found herself in the middle of the witches clash with the anti-magic zealots known as the Flood; before her blood sisters turned against her...

As the Flood begins turning humans across the globe against the witches, Lyse must find a way to regain the trust of her former magical family and once again unify them. Because the final battle between good and evil is looming and if the witches don t stand against it together, all of humankind could be lost..."




I needed to read this book because at the end of The Last Dream Keeper, I was so confused I wasn’t sure of who was dead or alive, who was good or bad.  The confusion and disjointed vignettes continued as each chapter in The End of Magic had a different point of view, as in previous books in The Witches of Echo Park series.  This style can work, especially as the main characters are in different locations with each having important things happening. It is less effective when the various parts don’t make sense, or when it becomes so jumbled I don’t care if I sort it out.

I wanted the main members of the coven to succeed and survive. They did seem to learn and grow here. They became more aware of their own abilities and more able to use them. It just didn’t tie together enough for me to care. The rules for the world weren’t clearly defined.

I am not a fan of time travel, or dead people coming back to life. My impression is both these things happened. But the ending was uncertain. I maybe just didn’t get it, but I like a definite ending or at least a clear state of situation. I prefer a struggle with an uplifting ending.  Someone else might like this series, but it was not for me.


About Amber Benson

AMBER BENSON co-wrote and directed the animated web-series, Ghosts of Albion, (with Christopher Golden) for the BBC. The duo then novelized the series in two books for Random House. Her first solo novel, Death’s Daughter, will be published by Penguin in 2009 with a children’s book for Simon and Schuster called, Among The Ghosts, to follow later that year. As an actress, Benson spent three seasons as Tara Maclay on the cult show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She has also written, produced, and directed three feature films, including her latest, Drones, which she co-directed with Adam Busch and will be released later this year.

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Posted May 15, 2017 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 1 Comment

One response to “The End of Magic by Amber Benson

  1. I despise characters coming back to life. If a character is dead, keep them dead. I hate when my favorite characters are killed off in books, but it needs to happen sometimes or the story doesn’t feel real. Bringing them back to life seems like a cop out to me. Sorry this one wasn’t better for you. Better luck next time.

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