Review: Mark of the Witch by Maggie Shayne

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Series: The Portal # 1
Publication Date: September 18th, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin
Reviewed by: Amber R.
Rating: Photobucket


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.

Okay, so I started reading this book and finished it with the same feeling. It was a feeling of nothing. I didn't care for this book. I'm giving it a 3 star rating because I can see that some people could like it but I honestly wouldn't recommend it. I'll probably forget all about it after I finish this review. It has taken me days to write this review because I'm not sure if I have anything to say about it.

Indira is a witch who has given up her post. She gave up being a witch because she was doing a spell to try to find her soul mate and he never showed up. So obviously, magic wasn't real. Even though she states that she felt magic herself several times. I just didn't care for her character, she seems wishy washy and just in denial about everything that's going on even though it's blatantly in her face.

Then there is Tomas and Father Dom. I think of them and cringe, especially Father Dom. His ignorance and bigotry are horrendous, which is a part of the story line. But the ridiculous things that happen make me laugh. Not because they are funny but because they are absurd. The fact that Tomas just blindly follows Father Dom makes me want to smack him. It's just all very obvious and no one is very bright, or else they'd be able to see what's going on.

Anyhow, I didn't want to give it a horrible rating because everyone has their own opinion. I'm sure there will be a ton of people who like the book. But it's just not my cup of tea. I didn't think it was very developed or very interesting. Everything was basically superficial. I don't plan on reading anymore in this series.


  1. I hate books like that. I have seen this book around a lot lately. (I guess since its just coming out) but have never read any reviews for it. But I do not think its something I would read anyways. If my book bitch was happy about it then I don't think I would be either. :)

  2. I read the prequel novella over the weekend and it seems OK. I'm a myth junkie and this being based on Babylonian folklore is something me. Sad you didn't like it but maybe, fingers-crossed, I'll be one of this who will.I hare wasting time on horrible books.

  3. I had to finish it because I'm just one of those people that once I start I have to know what happens. I hope you like it but seriously, I did not care for it.

  4. The cover seems interesting but I'll take your word for it. I also had the same experience before. There was this book that seemed fascinating but it turned out to be a total joke. See, I even can't remember its title. So thanks for sharing. I would've read it if you didn't warn me. :)

  5. Sorry you didn't like it. Not for me anyway, though. I'm not much into wiccan stories. :D Thanks for the review!

  6. This one looked interesting to me but now I'm not sure...I can't stand wishy washy heroines. After a while, it gets tiresome.


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