A witch and a priest must team up to defeat a demon, at least that’s what some crazy prophecy claims. But Indy decided she wasn’t into that whole Wicca thing anymore, and Tomas isn’t sure that the priesthood is for him… but other than that the prophecy is totally, 100% accurate… right?? Mark of the Witch brings the urban back to urban fantasy with a world that is nearly our own, but nothing is what it seems, and you won’t believe where they end up.
Thank you to Netgalley and Harlequin MIRA for providing me with a review copy of Mark of the Witch :D. I have to say that the beginning of this book was not what I expected, and I didn’t much like it, but then the end was even more not what I expected and I totally loved it! So my major advice is even if you aren’t thrilled with where things start, keep going because they get freaking awesome!
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Title: Mark of the Witch
Author: Maggie Shayne
Pages: 394 paperback
Genre-ish: Urban fantasy, emphasis on the urban
Rating: ★★★★☆ - shaky start, strong finish
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. – Goodreads
- I totally did not see those twists coming! Urban fantasy stories often have the problem of being fairly predictable. Mark of the Witch did not have this problem :D.
- The main relationship and the characters grew and developed a lot during Mark of the Witch and got so much better, which was a relief ;-).
- Trust me on this: the plot makes much more sense as it goes and all will become (mostly) clear.
- I enjoy examples of Wiccans in stories and Mark of the Witch pulls it off pretty darn well, especially the real magic part :D.
- The plot started off pretty darn confusing! It was kind of supposed to be that way, but it’s freaking annoying not to know what the goal of the book is….
- At least in the version I had, there were shifts from first person to third person narration with absolutely no warning. Most of the time I could figure it out, but what the heck??
- I was not a fan of Indy’s early characterization, she just rubbed me the wrong way which made the first part of Mark of the Witch pretty rough.
- I’m still not completely convinced all of the past life events line up logically in Mark of the Witch with the way things were supposed to work, which bothers me a lot. Once I’m done with the big reveal, I should probably understand how the major events worked all pretty like right??
While there were parts of the magic and plot events that confused me a lot, I enjoyed Mark of the Witch for what it was: a fun and refreshing urban fantasy. Once the plot got going, I grew to like the characters and their budding relationship a lot more, and started understanding what was going on with the plot and the “big bad” better. What it comes down to is that you might have trouble starting Mark of the Witch, but if you can get through the first third, I think you’ll enjoy where it goes from there.