October 11, 2012

Mark of the Witch - Review

Mark of the Witch (The Portal #1)
by Maggie Shayne

Goodreads Blurb
From New York Times bestselling author Maggie Shayne comes the first novel in her thrilling new trilogy, THE PORTAL She was born to save what he is sworn to destroy... 

A lapsed Wiccan, Indira Simon doesn't believe in magic anymore. But when strange dreams of being sacrificed to an ancient Babylonian god have her waking up with real rope burns on her wrists, she's forced to acknowledge that she may have been too hasty in her rejection of the unknown. Then she meets mysterious and handsome Father Tomas. Emerging from the secrecy of an obscure Gnostic sect, he arrives with stories of a demon, a trio of warrior witches-and Indira's sacred calling. Yet there's something even Tomas doesn't know, an inescapable truth that will force him to choose between saving the life of the woman he's come to love-and saving the world.

My Review
I received this book from NetGalley for a honest review.Indira is a woman who has turned away from her Wiccan believes. She just wants to live a normal life. She soon finds that is not going to happen as she starts having dreams about a past life. She soon begins to sleepwalk and doesn't remember anything that has happened. Then she meets Father Tomas a handsome man who seems to have some answers as to what is going on with her. She begins to believe in magic again and begins to fall for Tomas. Tomas is on a secret mission one Indira doesn't know the whole truth about and one that Tomas his self may not know all about either. They both must learn of the past and learn what is the truth if they stand a chance against evil.

This is a great start to The Portal series. You get to know the characters and what is going on. Indira is a great female lead character in that she tries her best to remember all that happened to her in the past and tries to prepare for what is to come. Tomas I wasn't so sure how it would work with him being a priest and falling for Indira. He finds out he has been betrayed many times his self and has to learn to deal with it. As you read the book you really get into both of their heads to see what they are thinking. I really enjoyed the book. The plot is a good one and I can see the series will grow with each book. You really don't know how it is going to end and keeps you guessing till the end. A great thing when sometimes you figure a book out early on and makes the story drag. This one keeps going at a nice steady pace and you get past lives, magic, action, betrayal and love all in one package. Be sure to pick this up if you are looking for a new adult book to read.
4 out of 5 Bats ~Pam


  1. I have been seeing a lot of people reading Maggie Shayne, I will have to give her books a try!


  2. Ever since i added Maggie Shayne on FB ive been wanting to read this series. I can't wait to read it :)

  3. I haven't read Maggie Shayne for ages...thanks for reintroducing me to her! time to take another gander through amazon i think :)

  4. Haven't read this yet but sounds really good!!!!