“Maggie has done it again! Daughter of the Spellcaster was a great book that follows in the footsteps of Mark of the Witch to perfection. I had the pleasure of reading this e-arc from Netgalley and it doesn't disappoint in the least. This is the story of Magdalena or "Lena" who is one of 3 sisters...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Maggie has done it again! Daughter of the Spellcaster was a great book that follows in the footsteps of Mark of the Witch to perfection. I had the pleasure of reading this e-arc from Netgalley and it doesn't disappoint in the least. This is the story of Magdalena or "Lena" who is one of 3 sisters from a past life in Babylon and her love Ryan. There was a good amount of mystery, suspense and romance all throughout the book. Its not one of those books that is full of sex so if that is what you are looking for than this probably isn't for you. I didn't think the story lacked because of it in the least. This book just makes me anxious for January to come so that I can read the final book in this series. I can't wait to see what Maggie has in store for the conclusion. I have been a reader of Maggie Shayne for too many years to count and she has never failed to disappoint.
“It's the same old story, a girl meets a wealthy playboy and falls head over heels, gets pregnant and then runs when he continues to be a playboy. Only this time, the girl is actually a witch, and the playboy is the man who has been starring in her dream visions since she was a child. So when Ryan shows up at her doorstep wanting a role in both her and their child's life, she is hopeful, yet also wary. She's isn't quite sure who to trust, especially as it becomes apparent some force is bent on claiming her child. Who can a witch really trust but her own heart?
I really did not care for Lena's character at all. We are told that she is supposed to be this strong and independent woman, but I honestly didn't see any evidence of that at all. I realize that she is pregnant in this book, so some of her behavior can be explained off as hormones, but no where near all of it. She was quick to judge and suspect Ryan continuously throughout, and yet she was completely oblivious to the real threat making her seem absurdly naive. Even then, I still could have forgiven her behavior if she had been able to communicate at all with Ryan without seeming like a petulant child or stubborn mule. Perhaps I'm being too hard on her, but she just rubbed me the wrong way, especially since I didn't care for how she treated Ryan. Even her excuse for running off while pregnant with his child and keeping it a secret was incredibly weak. Granted, Ryan does try and push himself off as a carefree playboy, but if she had of taken even just one step back to look at his actions rather than his words, she would have seen to the kind and caring man underneath.
Aside from the great characters in the first installment, what I enjoyed the most was the mysterious magical aspects of the story and the tie from the past lives to the present. However, this time around those aspects just didn't come through as strongly. Yes, the tie to the sisters' past lives was there, but it just didn't suck me in like before. Don't get me wrong, things were still firmly rooted in witchcraft but nowhere near as shrouded in mystery like before, and I really missed that.
Unfortunately I just didn't enjoy Daughter of the Spellcaster near as much as the first installment. Between my dislike of Lena, and therefore the romance, plus the less impactful magical aspects it just wound up being a rather mediocre read for me. I'll definitely continue on with the trilogy as I want to see how the final installment plays out, but I have to admit that my excitement has dimmed just a little after reading this book. Hopefully this one can just be chalked up to a sophomoric slump and things will make a turnaround. That being said and despite my frustrations, I still would recommend this book to fans of the first installment as it does further the storyline and sets things up for the finale.”
“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. ”