Dark Mirror by M.J. Putney

Dark Mirror by M.J. Putney
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Format: Paperback (courtesy of Star Book Tours)
Genre: Historical Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication Date: 3/1/2011
Lady Victoria Mansfield, youngest daughter of the earl and countess of Fairmount, is destined for a charmed life. Soon she will be presented during the London season, where she can choose a mate worthy of her status.

Yet Tory has a shameful secret—a secret so powerful that, if exposed, it could strip her of her position and disgrace her family forever. Tory’s blood is tainted . . . by magic.

When a shocking accident forces Tory to demonstrate her despised skill, the secret she’s fought so hard to hide is revealed for all to see. She is immediately exiled to Lackland Abbey, a reform school for young men and women in her position. There she will learn to suppress her deplorable talents and maybe, if she’s one of the lucky ones, be able to return to society.

But Tory’s life is about to change forever. All that she’s ever known or considered important will be challenged. What lies ahead is only the beginning of a strange and wonderful journey into a world where destiny and magic come together, where true love and friendship find her, and where courage and strength of character are the only things that determine a young girl’s worth.

I was so excited to read this book, but wasn't really sure what I would find when I opened the pages. What I found was an intriguing book which touches many genres, and comes out winning. The story is an interesting one; combining magic with history and wars, M.J. Putney manages to make it all appealing. I especially loved the first part of the book where the majority of the story is told at Lackland Abbey. The idea that aristocrats send their children to this school to "cure" them of their magical ability was different, and well executed. Add to that, secret meetings and a possible love interest. ♥ I fell in love with the time-period, the characters, and their mission.

Now I don't want to go into too much detail here...I don't want to spoil anything. All I will say, is that I was engrossed in the story until something happens, seemingly out of nowhere--well after the plot is set for where you think the story will take you--and the story changes. At that point, I almost stopped reading because I had really liked where I thought the story was going and was shocked by the "random" change. I did keep reading though, and luckily the story came around full-circle, and I was engrossed once again. M.J. Putney handled the change very well, and I came to enjoy it.

The characters are interesting for the most part, with the exception of Allarde, who I think we didn't get to know well enough to be interested in. There are many characters, but I didn't have a hard time keeping track of them; they were each developed, and their different manners and attitudes made it easy.

Overall, it was a satisfying read; one that I couldn't put down (except for that part in the middle!), earning an extra star from me for good pacing and a surprising story.

Read this if:
...you like historicals, you have some magic hidden deep inside you, and you can be discreet when using it.

Content Warning
*This section may contain some spoilers about content!*
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{A few swear words throughout the story.}


  1. I am becoming more and more curious about this book. Thanks for the review.

  2. Ooooo now I'm worried that I won't like the change either. Great review. Thanks for the warning.

  3. Alexis: I hope you get to read it! :)

    Juju: You're welcome. It was a bit jarring, but it did make sense in the end.


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