From New York Times bestselling author Maggie Shayne comes the first novel in her thrilling new trilogy, THE PORTAL
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 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.
"Hunky" priest Father Tomas makes an underwhelming first impression as the initial romantic focus of Shayne's paranormal Portal trilogy launch. Nervous, hypocritical, and somewhat cowardly, Tomas is very much the beta male, and his lust for Indira Simon, a dynamic lapsed Wiccan, only underscores his weakness. On such shaky ground, the love story that is supposed to develop in the face of imminent demonic apocalypse gains little traction. Indy has recurrent visions involving gruesome mutilations and death; the descriptions are not for delicate stomachs. A convoluted yet superficial apparatus of Gnosticism, Wiccan ritual, reincarnation, and Babylonian culture props up the action/adventure plot but never comes together convincingly. Shayne offers thrills and chills with pretty people, but fails to knit characters and events together into a plausible narrative. Agent: Eileen Fallon, Fallon Literary Agency. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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September 17, 2012
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