Review: Daughter of the Spellcaster by Maggie Shayne

November 18, 2012 Review 1

Daughter of The Spellcaster (The Portal, #2)


(The Portal, #2)
by Maggie Shayne

Genre: Paranormal Romance |
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Reviewed by:  Kristina | Source: Netgalley

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (November 13, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0778313808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778313809


Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.

Sexual Content

Graphic sex scenes


Has a spell been cast?

Lena Dunkirk is a practicing witch, Ryan McNally a wealthy playboy. Logic says mismatch, yet from the first they share a passion that defies reason, as if they know each other from another place, another time. Then Lena gets pregnant and runs for the safety of home.

Months later, when Ryan appears at her door looking to help raise their child, Lena doesn’t know whom to trust–particularly now that “guru to the stars” Bahru has taken an interest in her baby, offering gifts forged of magic.

Soon she and Ryan are sharing eerie dreams of ancient lands, while a vengeful demon plots to take possession of their child. As the moment of birth approaches, the demon’s power rises, forcing the hand of love to wield the blade that will decide the fate of a child’s soul–and the future of the world.


DAUGHTER OF THE SPELLCASTER reveals a story of magic, redemption, and a love that spans across life times. I really enjoy the worldbuilding in The Portal series and DAUGHTER OF THE SPELLCASTER expands on this world by introducing more characters and exciting flashbacks. While rehashing the same event from the past in multiple books can become tedious, Shaye managed to keep my interest by adding more details and different character perspectives on that same event.

In romances, pregnancy usually happens at the end of the book, so I was excited to see how a blossoming romance would work with Lena being pregnant at the start. It could have worked better if Lena had been more likeable.  As it was, there’s only so many reckless actions,  irrational outbursts, and illogical conclusions that can be attributed increased pregnancy hormones.

Ryan’s character was more likeable largely due to his rational and level-headed behavior. He’s described as a playboy though  he acts like anything but.  He doesn’t even waiver when he found out Lena is pregnant and immediately wanted to be involved in his child’s life.

Aside from my issue with Lena’s characterization, I enjoyed the touching past life romance and liked how organically the present day romance unfolded. Overall, DAUGHTER OF THE SPELLCASTER was a bit lighter on action in comparison to MARK OF THE WITCH which was understandable since it had to set up a lot for the anticipated big The Portal Series conclusion in BLOOD OF THE SORCERESS coming out January 22, 2013.

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One Response to “Review: Daughter of the Spellcaster by Maggie Shayne”

  1. Alexa

    I have been wanting to read this series and I’m excited that you have loved what you have been reading so far.
    Thanks for the awesome review I will have to buy this series now. 🙂