The second book in the Echo Park Coven series picks up immediately after the end of the first book, The Witches of Echo Park. Lyse and her fellow witches, or blood sisters as they prefer to call themselves, have a major threat called "the Flood" looming over them. It isn't long before the Flood comes in and washes the coven, and the plot, in many different, dangerous directions.
When I reviewed The Witches of Echo Park, I said the book moved at a leisurely pace, slowly introducing the cast of characters and the urban fantasy setting, letting the readers get to know everyone, until the end of the novel, when the plot suddenly takes off. The Last Dream Keeper starts off at the fast pace of the first book's ending and then just gets faster and faster, the plot twisting and turning, the world of the witches getting bigger and stranger. By the time I got to the end, my heart was pounding and I wanted the third book to be available right now.
As with the first book, strong characterization and a solid handling of urban fantasy tropes keeps The Last Dream Keeper interesting, and the fast-paced plot makes this a very-hard-to-put-down book. If the end of The Last Dream Keeper is anything to go by, the next one in the series will be even more exciting, epic, and strange. Bring it on!