If you’re like me, you’re a fan of Amber Benson because you loved the character Tara from the television series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”. Once the show went off the air, she kind of fell off my radar. Well unbeknownst to me, while I’ve been sitting around letting my butt get wide Benson has been building an artistic empire. An empire I tell you!
She’s written, directed, and produced a few independent films. She has her own production company, Benson Productions. Not the most exciting name, but still. She worked on the Tara and Willow comics that were done for the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” comic book series. With Christopher Golden she straight created a fantasy franchise, “Ghosts of Albion”, that started as a BBC online movie that now has a couple of books with it, an anthology, and a roleplaying game based on the setting. Bam! And now I also learn that she’s written a bunch of other books besides those! It’s one of those books that brings us together today.
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…
And who, oh who, would narrate this book? Duh, of course Amber Benson. Here’s a taste of what that’s like: