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Review: Mark of the Witch by Maggie Shayne

Mark of the WitchTitle: Mark of the Witch

Author: Maggie Shayne

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: The Portal (Book #1)

Publication Date: September 18, 2012

Format: Paperback, 394 Pages

ISBN-10: 0778313336 (MIRA/Harlequin)

ISBN-13: 978-0778313335 (MIRA/Harlequin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

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 Thomas. 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

Quick & Dirty: Past lives intertwined in the modern day. Can a witch and a priest find love and fulfill her destiny?

Opening Sentence: “Dammit straight to hell, I was being sacrificed again.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Indy is a lapsed Wiccan who has been having the same nightmare every night, except lately she has been waking up with rope marks on her wrists and the dreams are getting worse. She pays a visit to her former coven leader Rayna. The coven tries to help her figure out what is going on, except things only get weirder after she meets Tomas, aka Father Tomas of Gnostic sect… Everyone is hiding things from her and as she struggles to remember what happened in her past life, will she be able to fulfill the destiny she was born into.

Tomas has been training for years to stop the warrior witches and the demon they have sworn to release, he believes Indy is one of these witches, but doesn’t believe she means to do harm. Will they be able to unravel the truth before it’s too late? Will he be able to stop himself from killing the woman he loves?

I admit that when I see demons I cringe a little on the inside, I have found very few books dealing with angels or demons that I truly enjoy. However, I can’t reveal anything do to spoilers but I liked that twist at the end! This was a good read. I like Indy. She was clearly struggling to figure out what and who she was in the past, and to remember and worried about repeating mistakes. I wasn’t that impressed with the priest being her love interest, but it turned out he didn’t actually finish seminary school and wasn’t officially ordained, so once I read that I was pretty okay with it.

I think Tomas struggled a great deal with his faith, what he had been taught and his feelings for Indy. This book is a slow burn romance, it’s not hot heavy and often plays a backseat to the main story. Which I enjoyed, and the mystery and the little twists were good. It was different and a good read!

Notable Scene:

“Difficult for him to believe she was one of the three witches whose souls were allegedly bound to a demon. And that was only a small part of what was unbelievable about all of this.

Dom had warned him repeatedly these chosen witches were cagey and clever, and might not be aware of their mission, but that he must always presume they were and guard against their tricks.

They were powerful women, all three of them. They would sense a man’s weakness and use it against him.”

The Portal Series:

.5 Legacy of the Witch

1. Mark of the Witch

2. Daughter of the Spellcaster

3. Blood of the Sorceress

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FTC Advisory: MIRA/Harlequin provided me with a copy of Mark of the Witch. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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