Book Review

by Maggie Shayne

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Sensuality: HOT

RT Rating

Shayne has done it again, masterfully weaving a story as fast-paced and captivating as the previous Portal book. This has everything readers have come to anticipate and expect from Shayne: strong characters, a searing love story and that little something extra that’s pure magic.

Second-generation witch Magdalena “Lena” Dunkirk has always known what her Prince Charming looks like, and one magical night she finds him. Ryan McNally is no one’s idea of Prince Charming but he is instantly mesmerized by the overwhelming chemistry he has with Lena. Unfortunately for them, the clock has to strike 12 at some point. Six months later, Lena is making a quiet life for herself and her unborn child when she is reunited with Ryan. A dark force begins to build, forcing her to play her part in a centuries-old curse. Lena and Ryan will have to hold onto each other so that history doesn’t repeat itself, and keep the darkness from their child. (MIRA, Dec., 368 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Sabrina Cooper

Publisher: MIRA

Published: December 2012

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4.5 Stars

Average Rating: 4.5 Stars
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LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Daughter of the Spellcaster

Submitted by MichelleLOlson on November 12, 2012 - 1:54pm.

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:

*eARC received from NetGalley.

If you follow my reviews, you know that I'm a huge Maggie Shayne fan. I love her writing, I love her worlds, I love her characters... This book most certainly did not disappoint. In fact, my exact words upon finishing the book were: "Unbelievably, amazingly, fantastically good!! Writing a review to do this justice may prove to be difficult. I simply loved it."

Even with that said though, let's try...

Daughter of the Spellcaster was a beautifully written Paranormal Romance full of hope, magick, intrigue and heart.

Lena and her mother are witches living in a tiny town in NY and getting ready to welcome their new addition - Lena's daughter, Selma's granddaughter - into the world. When Lena hears that a close acquaintance from years ago has died and left something to her in his will, she must leave the security of Havenwood to go to the memorial.

Ryan is a high society playboy who has just lost his father whom he's felt abandoned by pretty much his whole life. When the death brings his old girlfriend Lena back into his life with a bit of a surprise, he begins to rethink his priorities and his future.

The two embark on a journey to find answers to Ryan's father's lifetime quest while learning more about each other along the way. After so many years and so many misunderstandings though, trust is a bit hard to come by, not to mention the fact that there are dark forces at work undermining their growth each step of the way.

Maggie introduced some very 'human' characters in this installment of the Portal series. I loved everything about them and adored the way that Maggie painted the story with words, providing a vivid canvas of a tale that I won't easily forget.

I also adored how she tied together books #1 and #2 of the series and paved the way for book #3 in January; it was genius.

LITERAL ADDICTION gives Daughter of the Spellcaster a well deserved 5 Skulls. The Portal series has easily become one of my very favorite series out there, though that doesn't surprise me given the author. :) I simply cannot wait for book #3 to become available.