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Daughter of the Spellcaster (The Portal #2)

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Has a spell been cast?

Lena Dunkirk is a practicing witch, Ryan McNally a wealthy playboy. Logic says mismatch, yet from the first they share a passion that defies reason, as if they know each other from another place, another time. Then Lena gets pregnant and runs for the safety of home.

Months later, when Ryan appears at her door looking to help raise their child, Lena doe
ebook, 400 pages
Published December 1st 2012 by Mira Books (first published 2012)
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Georgia ♥ Team Dex ♥

The second book in the Portal Series by Maggie Shayne, about 3 witches who have to find their loved ones and overcome a thousand year old curse, presents us with the second couple that has to fight inner and outer demons and come one step closer to release them all.

No, they're not our witches...

That's more like it!!

Magdalena "Lena" Dunkirk is a born and bred Wicca. A practicing witch, devoted in her craft but with an accomplished career.

Ryan McNally lost his mother in the tender
Jan 17, 2013 kristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: witches
This book was very good .
Lena , a wiccan witch , in this book had to fullfil her own part so as to free Demitreus . (view spoiler)

A black cat messenger

Ιnexplicable weather changes


Strange people

Also in this book I loved Ryan.
He is not your typical,millionaire playboy.Well in the beginning he seemed to be but NO , HE IS NOT . (view spoiler)
Book 2 introduces us to Magdalena or Lena for short. Lena was Indira & Lilia's sister in her previous life, in fact she has been having visions of their time together since she was a young child and she often heard Lilia speaking to her like an imaginary friend.

As an adult, Lena's life has encountered some major changes since she discovered she was pregnant. Running from her job and her fledgling relationship with Ryan she moves to a vineyard with her mother to have her baby without telling
Michelle Leah Olson
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...

Sep 10, 2014 Yukino rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: miei, 2014
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Anna's Herding Cats
Jul 06, 2015 Anna's Herding Cats marked it as eventual-reviews  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
Can't wait for November!
BBMoreB ~
As a huge fan of Maggie Shayne, I was very excited to learn she had written a Trilogy about Warrior witches and the men that love them. The first installment, Mark of the Witch, was an especially well-written introduction to this series. While you could jump right in and start with Daughter of the Spellcaster, I recommend you first read Mark of the Witch. Then immediately follow it up with Blood of The Sorceress. The final book is the capstone; it ties the series up perfectly.

As for Daughter of
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DAUGHTER OF THE SPELLCASTER reveals a story of magic, redemption, and a love that spans across life times. I really enjoy the worldbuilding in The Portal series and DAUGHTER OF THE SPELLCASTER expands on this world by introducing more characters and exciting flashbacks. While rehashing the same event from the past in multiple books can become tedious, Shaye managed to keep my interest by adding more details and different character perspectives on that s
Shay Williams
Wow! It's not very often that on comes across a book that is fairly accurate when it comes to Wicca. And the reason that I only say fairly is that the element of fantasy was introduced. But it does a fantastic job of showing basic spellwork and explaining some of the rites.

As you can tell I am rather impressed by DAUGHTER OF THE SPELLCASTER. I just loved Lena, Ryan and Lena's mom Selma. All great characters portrayed with a deft touch. Rather then being one dimensional we get to see them in bot
Nov 14, 2012 Rhonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Daughter of the Spellcaster by Maggie Shayne

Daughter of the Spellcaster is the second book of The Portal series. Thier is three books to the series. Blood of the Sorceress the final book will be out in Feb. 2013.
I enjoyed book two a lot more than the first book and can't wait to see what happens next.
In Daughter of the Spellcaster it is easier to follow, but the suspense is good right up till the climax. You are never quite sure who is the good or bad characters. Who the ghost is. Will s
Oct 21, 2012 Kt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

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, esp
Nov 26, 2012 Shirley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm really loving this series. It's made me want to track down some of Maggie Shayne's other books and series. Daughter of the Spellcaster takes readers one step closer to revealing what exactly lies behind The Portal waiting to be freed.

Daughter of the Spellcaster is the story of Lena and Ryan. Lena knew from the beginning that Ryan was her soul mate, but Ryan wasn't ready for commitment and definitely not a child. At least Lena didn't think so. That's why she left him before he even knew he wa
Nov 10, 2012 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t like spoilers, so I’m avoiding them here as much as possible, while still giving an opinion.

Ms. Shayne knows the buttons to push on a mom, that’s for sure. I still remember being pregnant, and pretty much hating it, especially at the end with the round ligament pain, and the waddling, and the inability to sleep for more than 20 minutes at a time, constant bathroom breaks, and the heartburn!… Lena has it a little easier by the sound of it… until she has to start running for her life.

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Oct 18, 2012 ♆ BookAddict ✒ La Crimson Femme rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Paranormal Romance Magic lovers
Lena Dunkirk is the second sister of the Babylonian witches, trying to save the Lilia's lover Demetrius. Lena is a practicing witch with her mother, Selena, as her guide. Lena is a powerful witch since she was a little girl. She's seen the past and created fantasy stories about it. As an adult, she has left it all behind as whimsical dreams. This is, until she meets playboy, Ryan McNally.

In this past lover reunited story, Lena is stronger than the first sister, Indira. It isn't just about her po
Bronwyn Rykiert
I truly enjoyed this book. It makes me want to read the series so I guess I better go and find book 1.

Lena and her mother are white witches and Lena scryed for the first time when she was 8 and she saw her past but at the time she did not know that. Move on 20 years (thereabouts) and Lena meets her prince at a party. They were drawn to each other immediately, but the road to love was not easily travelled. This one had some interesting twists and turns - loved it.
J.M. Schroder
Nov 18, 2012 J.M. Schroder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started out not really caring for this book. It was really easy to get into, but I hated the fact it did not include the others from the first book. Well at least that is what I thought. She intertwines things so meticulously it draws you in and makes you become intertwined in the minds of the characters.

Lena the witch in this story is Magdelena who is pregnant with her loves child that she leaves, all which is on the back of the book. But the things and reasoning you come to find out are all
Daughter of the Spellcaster is the second book in Maggie Shayne's trilogy, The Portal. Right now I have mixed emotions about this book. While I'm fascinated with the world Ms. Shayne has created, I didn't connect with the heroine, Lena, at all. A few times I wanted to smack her upside the head and tell her to get a clue. I got so damn frustrated with her that I just wanted the book to end. I found that surprising because I loved the heroine of book one, Mark of the Witch.

My issue with Lena asid
Nov 12, 2012 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Michelle the Romance Witch
This is an interesting trilogy for sure, with magic, mystery, and layers of mysticism. The relationships in the novels are sometimes secondary to the grand scheme of the plot, but they are beautiful to see unfold. I am looking forward to the final story when Lilia and her man will finally be reunited. Although I am unsure how that will all come about since neither of them are corporeal and both aren't so much reincarnated as released from the spirit world they have been trapped in over the mille ...more
Trudy Powders
Mar 25, 2013 Trudy Powders rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First I want to say how much I'm enjoying this series so far,this review is for the second book.Maggie Shayne does a wonderful job with entwining past and the present,so that it isnt confusing.A young pregnant woman,Lena who is also a witch starts having dreams of her life of long ago.The babys father is a rich playboy named Ryan.At first he doesnt know about the baby,until a tragedy brings them back together again.Weapons of magic are given to them both.Ryan follows Lena back to where she lives ...more
Jan 22, 2013 Olimpia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Daugther of the Spellcaster was such a great book. This is book 2 of the Portal Series. I loved it. Everything in it that I love, romance, suspense, mystery, magic and action.

Such a fast paced story. This was so intense and hard to put down. A great mystery had me wondering throughout who was "Evil" and who wasn't.

Lena (Magdalena) and Ryan together were perfect. True soul mates. Ryan, a playboy, cant get Lena out of his head even after so many months being apart. Finding out she's pregnant with
Grace Fonseca
Nov 23, 2012 Grace Fonseca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An amazing sequel that can stand on it’s own. Maggie Shayne delivers strong characters that you will not forget. I was immediately drawn to this book because I think the writing and mysteries were much more compelling than they were in the first book.

Maggie Shayne immediately takes us into the past and it’s interesting how the past lives are intertwined into the current day of these characters. We are shown Lena’s childhood and it’s a nice one. Yet there are things that happen in a vision that
Patti Ashley
Keeps getting better

Another piece of the puzzle.Past lives and past mistakes play out in real time.Excellent writing and world building. Enjoying every word.
T.M. Carper
Jan 07, 2015 T.M. Carper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, paranormal
I really liked this one better than the first and it sucked me in and kept me reading - but I do recommend reading them in order to know the background of the sisters.
Nov 21, 2012 Shay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next...enjoyed this one more than the first one, so hopefully the next one will be even better.
Jan 10, 2013 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Portal series is well written, has twist that hold the readers attention and interest, and keeps the reader wanting more. The first book in this series, Mark of The Witch,grabs the reader and sucks them in with new twists and a different spin than what most books on this subject have. Although I enjoyed the first book more, Daughter of The Spellcaster is still a great read. The fact that two books fit so well together readers will find themselves hooked and wanting more. I can't wait for the ...more
Keelynn Hardy
May 21, 2015 Keelynn Hardy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the things that I really love about this series is that you can tell Maggie Shayne is writing about something she's really passionate about! The story is a fun ride with very well fleshed out characters that you really do want to see work things out, but even beyond that, this book is filled with examples of Wicca culture that one does not typically find in fiction. And that is because the rites aren't being cooked up by an outsider to serve the purposes of the story.

Now, the rest of my
Carrie Felton
Jan 25, 2014 Carrie Felton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story. It lived up to my original expectations of this series. I loved it. and the meeting at the end was beautiful. I can't wait for the final book! I hope all three of them are in the next one all the way through. :)
Feb 22, 2013 Kameron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I read the second installment in the series, not including the .5 prequel, I thanked my lucky stars all I had to deal with in my two pregnancies was a few days of morning sickness and wobbly balance. As for Lena full-blown running scene during labor - a mother is capable of miraculous feats when their child is in danger. For me at nine months along, I couldn't manage more than a brisk walk but then again, I was in NO danger. :)

For the "villain" in this story, I knew who the bad guy was suppos
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