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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Fantastic Read

"And gentlemen in England now abed / Shall think themselves accursed they were not here."

Sixteen year old Lady Victoria "Tory" Mansfield had dreams of her debut, meeting and dancing with eligible gentlemen and making a worthy match like her brother and sister befor...
"And gentlemen in England now abed / Shall think themselves accursed they were not here."

Sixteen year old Lady Victoria "Tory" Mansfield had dreams of her debut, meeting and dancing with eligible gentlemen and making a worthy match like her brother and sister before her. In one brief moment of courage she couldn't regret, all those dreams came crashing down. What could it have been like for such a young and innocent lady to suddenly lose everything that was supposed to matter as well as the connection to everyone who had been her anchor in a single afternoon? Thanks to a gift she didn't know she possessed and certainly never asked for, Lady Victoria would be reduced to an undistinguishable Miss upon entering the grounds of Lackland Abbey.

You won't have to wonder how it felt if you are reading M.J. Putney's first young adult work of fiction, Dark Mirror. As a New York Times Best Selling author, Ms. Putney is well known for her historical books and rightly so. But, if you are looking for a typical Regency romance of balls, dresses and carriage rides through Hyde Park, you will be sorely disappointed. If instead, you are looking for a book with emotion, energy, vivid writing, clever dialogue, engaging characters, a storyline that will have you gladly losing sleep, patriotism, magic and lastly the beautiful beginnings of a young romance.then you've picked the perfect book.

Being an American student, the details of World War II were always explained beginning with the US being tragically forced into the war. I knew who we were allied with and against and why, but my patriotism was decidedly pro-American and it was our efforts that secured the ultimate victory against Hitler. Ms. Putney's story has given me a whole new perspective on this dark time in our history but from the POV of several British youth. Her quotes from PM Winston Churchill, the amazingly graphic language describing war torn England and talk of flying the Union Jack had me cheering right along with my distant cousins across the pond as the soldiers in Dunkirk were rescued. You may be wondering how I went from Regency England to WWII England. Well, Tory and her friends manage it through a Merlin's Mirror; I simply traveled along with them!

I started this review with a quote from Henry V that is also used in the book. Think about that quote as you read this incredible story. I believe you will see the deeper meaning that transcends place and time that even King Henry himself could not have anticipated on that fateful St. Crispin's Day.

Dark Mirror may be listed as young adult literature but it will be enjoyed by older adults as well. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Dark Mirror today. Ms. Putney is already hinting about a follow-up book or possibly two and this reviewer will be anxiously waiting for those releases. Dark Mirror was a terrific story and well-earned the Best Book rating.

Originall posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews.

posted by LASR_Reviews on March 8, 2011

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Dark and Odd

Dark Mirror, although filled with excitement, was much less than what I had expected it to be. It did have a compelling story filled with magic, adventure, and romance, but I felt like It wasn't written in a practical way. I felt like It started the wrong way and then j...
Dark Mirror, although filled with excitement, was much less than what I had expected it to be. It did have a compelling story filled with magic, adventure, and romance, but I felt like It wasn't written in a practical way. I felt like It started the wrong way and then jumped through events. It begins with Tori waking up to find out she has magical powers; the problem is it introduces Tori and her family with no prior introduction and we don't really get to know much about her or her family within the first part of the story. It skips from finding out in chapter 1 that Tori has magical powers to, all of a sudden, in chapter two being found out for her powers and condemned to a place called Lackland Abby (a school for those with a magically ability). From there it seems to skip from one major event to another. Everything happens a bit too suddenly. For instance: on the first day of school at Lackland Tori finds, to her dismay, that boys and girls are not allowed to interact with each other, but she spies a handsome boy through the fence and all she can think about after that is him. I did enjoy the travel between times though, it made the book more interesting. Another problem I had with the story is that the main characters spent more time in another time period helping that times war efforts than in their own time helping stop their own war. The Characters were believable and added different fun elements to the story, and I never knew what was going to happen next. Parents or readers might want to be aware of : Mild language throughout the book. The d--n word was used often, as was the h--l word. There was also some cheezy romance that almost got to a PG-13 area. Thankfully for the reader though, the boy decided to be a gentleman saying, "I will not ruin you." But in the end he decides otherwise saying, "I will not ruin you...there will be time for that later." There is no indication that they have sex though. I am guessing that readers who love romance and historical fiction will be more enthusiastic about this read than I was. Even though I may not have enjoyed it as much as I enjoy other books, It was worth reading. I give it 2 and a half stars.

posted by pinkfairytale on August 24, 2011

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  • Posted May 12, 2011

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    Unique and mystical read, Love it!

    Dark Mirror was such a refreshing read. I loved the clear writing and the story line was unique and interesting, although there were a couple flaws for me, I still really enjoyed it!

    I LOVE history, so when I realized this is going to be filled with historical events I got so excited! Lady Victoria Mansfield, or Tory, lives in 1803 England around the time Napoleon Bonaparte planned to invade England. Tory's main concern though is to marry a wealthy man with a strong title, until she discovers she's a mage!

    When an accident happens at a gathering, she makes the choice to use her powers, visible or not, to fix the situation. When others find out what she is they are appalled and Tory is no longer eligible for a husband of a high status. She's sent off to a reform school to learn how to suppress her powers and possibly come back 'well'.

    While at Lackland Abbey, the reform school, Tory discovers that its much harder to suppress her powers when there are so many things she could do! Soon she finds herself wanting to use her power more and more and gets plunged into a situation that hardly anyone could believe.

    Tory is strong-willed, but I'm not sure she believed it herself, especially in the beginning. I enjoyed how Tory wasn't afraid to explore her powers and talent, despite the consequences.

    M.J. Putney really took the time to develop all of her characters. I felt like I knew each one so well and I wasn't asking myself questions about them or easily forgetting certain details. The only negative thing about this is that it was a really slow start. It took me a while to throw myself into the book.

    The romance was so perfect in this book. Its just the slightest hint and tease that I can't wait for more in the next book! I would have like to seen a bit more and maybe even earlier in the book, but I can't complain too much, because what romance there was was sweet! ;)

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