Mark of the Witch

Mark of the Witch

by Maggie Shayne
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Mark of the Witch by Maggie Shayne

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778313335
Publisher: MIRA
Publication date: 09/18/2012
Series: Portal Series
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

RITA Award winning, New York Times bestselling author Maggie Shayne has published over 50 novels, including mini-series Wings in the Night (vampires), Secrets of Shadow Falls (suspense) and The Portal (witchcraft). A Wiccan High Priestess, tarot reader, advice columnist and former soap opera writer, Maggie lives in Cortland County, NY, with soulmate Lance and their furry family.

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Mark of the Witch 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
LITERALADDICTION_MLO More than 1 year ago
Our Review [by LITERAL ADDICTION’s Pack Alpha – Michelle L Olson]: I have been a fan of Maggie Shayne and her writing for quite some time.  Her Wings in the Night series was my support system during a very rough patch of my life and after that I pretty much started to devour everything I could find. When I heard about Maggies new PORTAL series I was ecstatic!  A Wiccan High Priestess writing a Paranormal Romance about witches...truly, what could be better, right!?  When Maggie sent me an Advance Reader Copy of Mark of the Witch (book #1) to read and review I literally did a happy dance. :)  I wasn't sure exactly when I was going to be able to get to it, but I was excited none-the-less. Ironically (or maybe not so ironically!??), my life took a tumble and I ended up in another rough situation health-wise.  Knowing that I had Mark of the Witch sitting on my dresser, it was the very first thing I asked for after being hospitalized.  I settled in, and like usual with Maggie's books, was transported away to a world I never wanted to leave. Indira is a lapsed Wiccan who has lost her faith and a bit of her way.  She's had a rough childhood, has suffered loss, has some trust issues, and has basically given up on love.  In spite of all of that, she is one tough heroine!  She's iron willed, strong minded, and even a bit feisty, all with a layer of vulnerability that makes you love her even more.  When things start to happen that she can no longer ignore, she's forced to open her mind, try to put aside her doubts, and join up with some unusual allies in their mutual quest for truth. Father Tomas isn't your everyday hero.  He's multi-dimensional and incredibly fascinating - not to mention sexy as sin.  A Gnostic priest from a secret sect, he too struggles with aspects of his faith and his decision to put his life and his fate in the hands of one man who claims to know what he is meant for.  Smart and strategic, he attacks everything in life with a plan, but also with a passion that borders on abandon.  You can't help but get swept away... Indy and Tomas together are electric.  A forbidden passion that burns bright despite the roadblocks of their quest and the chastisement of their conscience.  Add in the revelation of some long buried secrets, and theirs is a relationship for the ages (literally). Mark of the Witch gives the reader intense intrigue, exciting plot twists, loveable sidekicks, antagonists that make your lip curl, beautifully crafted landscapes, action, drama, sizzling romance, and so much more.  It was literally spell-binding (pardon the pun)!  I absolutely cannot wait for Daughter of the Spellcaster, book #2, in October! LITERAL ADDICTION gives Mark of the Witch a well deserved 5 Skulls and would recommend it to everyone!  Paranormal Romance enthusiasts as well as Urban Fantasy lovers will adore this new series.
mtibbitts More than 1 year ago
Absoulutely LOVED this book and can't wait for the others to come out! What is better than a love than spans lifetimes... Although I kinda figured out what was going on pretty early on (because I overanalyze everything) this book kept me wanting more and more. I was disappointed to see it end but i'm sure this series will probably just get better and better. Definately an A+++
sassybc More than 1 year ago
i love the new portal series. i cant wait for the next book in the series to come out. i have a maggie fan for many years started with the wings in the night series and just expanded from there! i hope indira & tomas make appearances in the next books!
Charity1007 More than 1 year ago
WOW!!!!! I don't think I can write a review to do this book justice it was absolutely amazing. It took me over so fast that I was lost for hours and refused to put it down. First if you read Legacy of the Witch the prequel to this book you will know a little bit more than I did while reading this book. Legacy really sets up the world you are about to dive into. I didn’t read Legacy first I received an ARC of Mark of the Witch from Maggie Shayne herself and read this first so while reading it I was able to experience a little mystery but it all wrapped up at the end and I love when that happens. BUT I WANT TO STRONGLY SUGGEST YOU READ LEGACY OF THE WITCH FIRST!!! Indy is a witch who is questioning her own beliefs but cannot ignore what is happening to her, I loved Indy she is a strong woman with a resolve to not let anyone sway her path to figure herself and her beliefs out. Thomas, it’s funny how he and Indy are on the same path of questioning their religious beliefs, it is written so well that anyone who has been on this journey can relate to the push and pull they both feel thru out the book. Father Dom….well I’m not going to comment on him cause than that would spoil the plot but I will say from the very beginning something nagged the back of my mind about him. Rayne, O I love her, she is written with such grace and humility and confidence that I found myself admiring her. And I love how she will not fight people with closed minds instead she lives by her beliefs and holds her head high. I also love how she guides Indy, like a big sister would. The Plot had me sweep up into a world that has you going between today and ancient Babylonian times. I love how Maggie reveals the visions/memories to the characters and how she transports us back and forth. I love the twists the story takes and literally already up to the end your still wondering what’s going to happen, you won’t be able to put it down. I have heard it many times that Maggie Shayne know how to cast a spell on her readers and in this book you will feel like time stops and nothing else exists till you finish. I’m not usually a fan of “witch” books I’m drawn more to vampire romance but I loved this book from beginning to end and I’m dying to get my hands on Book 2. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars; I could find anything I didn’t like about this book at all. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO EVERYONE!!!! Charity Costa~Bewitching Bella Emissary of Literal Addiction, Admin of Maggie Shayne’s Street Team and most Importantly a HUGE Maggie Shayne Fan Note: I received an ARC of this book via the author for review purposes.
Mich_Mc More than 1 year ago
I am a latecomer to Maggie Shayne's books and I must admit starting a 20 book series is a little daunting but I did and I am working my way through them. When I heard she was starting a new trilogy changing her focus from vampires to witches, I was intigued. Even more so when I discovered that Maggie herself is a Wiccan High Priestess. I went in to this book with high expectations and even then Maggie surprised me. Indira is a multi-faceted character, she is a strong woman who has suffered a lot in her past both physically and emotionally. Having recently had a lapse in faith and turning her back on her religion she has no choice but to go to her former High Priestess for help and advice when life suddenly takes a surprising turn. Father Tomas belongs to a secret sect of Gnostic Priests and he provides us, and Indira with a delicious distraction. However, Father Tomas is beginning to question his faith and the actions of his superior, leaving him unsure of his future in the priesthood. When Indira and Tomas are together the sparks fly, you can almost feel the passion leaping from the pages. A forbidden romance that had both them and me in knots. I loved the history involved, the intensity and intricacies of the plot, the twists and turns, character development. All in all I found this an amazing read and I can't wait for the next part! ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
WHiggins More than 1 year ago
Mark Of The Witch- Maggie Shayne August 2012 This is the first book in a new series, which I was excited to read. I wasn’t sure what to expect but let’s just say it was twist and turns throughout the journey. Meet Indira “Indy”. She’s lost and trying to find out who she is, she has given up on her Wiccan roots or so she thinks. She has been having these dreams but they feel real.When she asks for help from her former High Priestess Rayne she has to remember the past and the person Rayne feels can help might just do the opposite. Father Tomas was sent to help. He has been following the church since childhood and Father Dom has been his father. Tomas is here to try and help Indy but will it be his past that interferes? Father Dom is guiding Tomas, which might not be a good thing. Indy and Tomas must find the solution together…but is it to late. Is Faith bigger then Love? You will have to read this book to find out. I will be waiting patiently for the next installment and recommending this series to my fellow readers.
SlappyLyla More than 1 year ago
Fimally a Wiccan series I can bite my teeth into. Very well written. Bravo Maggie.
DaniC More than 1 year ago
Before I started reading Mark of the Witch I read Legacy of the Witch. Currently it is a free ebook that gives an introduction to this series. It is a short story, only about 53 pages, and it is something I recommend you read. I thought it was enjoyable and it did help to make me more interested in this series. Mark of the Witch is the beginning of a very compelling, new paranormal series. It is about three sisters/ witches from another time who are reincarnated in order to save the soul of one a man who one of them loves. When Indira starts having strange dreams that feel like they are real, she turns to her best friend Rayne who happens to be a Wiccan High Priestess. Rayne puts her in contact with the one person who she thinks can help, her brother Father Tomas. Tomas is a Gnostic Priest and yet he knows something about these strange dreams and even though he is questioning his faith, he still wants to help Indira. I was very impressed with how both religions were represented in Mark of the Witch. The plot has many wonderful twists and turns and really was an enjoyable read. I look forward to the next books in the Portal series and seeing how the battle between good and evil ends.
kwoodman81 More than 1 year ago
Can someone tell me why there aren't more than 5 stars? This book was so incredibly amazing I want to re-read already! Legacy of the Witch started the series off but WOW!!! This book....WOW! Maggie Shayne never disappoints! Indira is an amazing character! She's strong and has a mind of her own. Tomas is a fantastic hero and am glad he can think for himself. Father Dom, well I just plain hated him. Fantastic read and I'm so sad then next book isn't out until December!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Decent story, but slow in parts. Would have cut out some of it for clarity.
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Mark of the Witch, Daughter of the Spellcaster, and Blood of the Sorceress has a good plot all the way through all the books. Great Love Story, enjoyed it alot. Didn't want to put it down!
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Excellent plot characters What a page turner
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3cherry More than 1 year ago
Liked it very much can't wait for the next book!!
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Kenns_Reivews More than 1 year ago
This is book #1 in The Portal Series. There is a prequel for those interested, but I haven’t read it yet. This is going to be another on my list of ‘Must Read’ series’. From what I can tell this series will not be one where the main characters go from book to book. The series will be based on The Portal (hence the name of the series) appearing in each book. The characters in the book are so life like it’s unreal. They grow and change as the plot forces them to face things in their lives they would rather not have. The trials that they go through are relative to the occurrences in the fantasy world, but are also mirrors of trials we go through in real life. Maggie definitely knows how to wield an awesome pen. In this first book, Indira is a former Wiccan whose reason for the ‘former’ is that she has lost faith in the religion. She kept performing spells to provide her with her soul mate but never found him. When she was practicing she was a Solitary Witch, a witch who never formally joined a coven. Indira has been having a recurring dream, but this morning when she wakes, the scars from the dream are real in the waking world. She seeks out her best friend, Rayne, who is a High Priestess for the local Wiccan coven. Rayne, fearing for her friend, contacts the one person she knows she can trust, her brother the Priest. Tomas has been charged by God, and his mentor Dom, to prevent a demon from entering the world through a portal that opens once every 3500 years. It will happen this year. It will start with a witch, a marked witch, that will bring about the apocalypse and Tomas must stop her, must stop Indira. Tomas tries to convince Indira that she is part of this calling, that she is the witch with the power to destroy the demon and seal him in the underworld forever. Not all goes as planned. During their adventure Tomas and Indira discover they are reincarnations of the original witch and priest involved in the events leading to the portal creation 3500 years ago. While I was reading the book, I kept thinking “I know what is going to happen next,” but this book is full of so many twists and turns that I was pleasantly surprised with every flip of the page. Everything was neatly tied up at the end of the book so I can’t wait until next month when Daughter of the Spellcaster is released.
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This was really a good book but the ending missed out on letting the reader know end-of-story information about main characters. Since the next story isnt about this book's characters, there should have been an epilogue.
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