Early 5 bat Review: Mark of the Witch by Maggie Shayne

September 15, 2012 Review 1

*This title will be released on September 18, 2012*

Mark of the Witch (The Portal, #1)


(The Portal, #1)
by Maggie Shayne

Genre:  Paranormal Romance |
Excerpt: No | Book Trailer: Yes
Reviewed by: Kristina | Source: Netgalley

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (September 18, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0778313336
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778313335


Near Perfect – Buy two copies: one for you and one for a friend.

Sexual Content

Some sex scenes


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.


MARK OF THE WITCH is a clever and thought provoking journey of magical discovery, betrayal, and entwined destinies. I loved how Indira’s past life is slowly revealed through a dream of her sacrifice that becomes more detailed over the course of the story.

A part of her destiny involves Father Tomas, a man who struggles with his faith and uncovers some startling facts about his own life that are connected to Indira. It was a refreshing change of pace to have Tomas be a priest which made his budding romance with Indira taboo, but after seeing how well they fit together and how much they sparked, I was rooting for Tomas to leave the priesthood. The themes of faith and trust are amplified in this romance between a man questioning his beliefs and a woman who has lost them entirely.

MARK OF THE WITCH was a beautifully detailed story with compelling, complex characters, and an intense romance. I look forward to meeting the next warrior witch and learning about her journey of discovery in the next book in The Portal trilogy,  DAUGHTER OF THE SPELLCASTER coming out November 20, 2012.

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One Response to “Early 5 bat Review: Mark of the Witch by Maggie Shayne”

  1. Eric Townsend

    I was already keen on reading Mark of the Witch but a 5-bat review? That has pushed it over the top. Definitely on my TBR pile and I can’t wait to dive into it!