Early Review: BLOOD OF THE SORCERESS by Maggie Shayne

January 21, 2013 Review 2

*This title will be released on January 22, 2013*

Blood of The Sorceress (The Portal, #3)


(The Portal, #3)
by Maggie Shayne

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

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (January 22, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 0778314219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778314219


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

Sexual Content

Multiple sex scenes


Their Love was destiny. Was a curse to be their undoing?

As an ancient king’s favorite harem slave, Lilia committed the worst of all possible crimes: loving another man. When the king discovered her treason, her lover was sentenced to lose his soul and linger in eternal imprisonment, and Lilia herself was executed alongside her sisters. While they reincarnated through countless lifetimes, she lingered alone between worlds for thousands of years, waiting for the moment to rescue her beloved Demetrius.

Now that moment has come. Demetrius has broken free, but without his soul and in the thrall of the same high priest who betrayed them so long ago; he has become an icy, uncaring cad, devoting himself solely to pleasure and power. Somehow Lilia must convince him to reclaim his humanity, to abandon the enemy tempting him to give in to his selfish desires–or her life will be lost alongside his, both of them condemned to eternal damnation, eternal isolation, their love lost one final and irrevocable time.


With BLOOD OF THE SORCERESS, Maggie Shayne’s passionate and dramatic The Portal series concludes in the most intense, action packed, and deeply romantic book yet.  Lilia and Demetrius’ love spans eons from Ancient Babylon to modern day New York, continuing the series themes of reincarnation, identity, and above all else redemption.

As much as I’ve enjoyed this series and its love conquers all message, there were a few parts that didn’t sit as well with me. There was a comment about the poor and downtrodden that implied that they were responsible for their plight due to negative thoughts, and that if they employed the ‘power of positive thinking’ all their problems would disappear.  It smacked too much of THE SECRET and felt a little preachy for a paranormal romance.

That comment aside, Demetrius was by far my favorite hero in the series.  He starts out as a true anti-hero (although I never saw him as quiet as ruthless and selfish as the description implies) and his slow awakening back to the man he was before he lost his soul was riveting.  His journey was the most arduous and, at times, seemingly futile.  Even with Lilia’s near obsessive determination to save him, I was concerned it wouldn’t be enough.

Of course this is a romance, so you can expect a truly satisfying–if hard won–happily ever after. BLOOD OF THE SORCERESS was a perfect ending to an enchanting series and I would recommend The Portal series to any fan of paranormal romance and epic love stories.

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