Book View: Dark Mirror

Book View: Dark MirrorDark Mirror by Mary Jo Putney
Series: Dark Mirror #1
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on March 1st 2011
Pages: 304

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.

Short and Sweet: 
Dark Mirror was a book that I got months ago on a whim. Having been going through a bit of a reading slump, I was looking for something fresh. From what I initially could remember about Dark Mirror, I was hoping that it would fit the bill.
Within the first paragraph, I knew that Dark Mirror was going to be a winner. A historical… magical book with plenty of romance woven in. And it has time travel! I seriously was beside myself when I got into Dark Mirror and realized that all these elements where included.
Final Verdict: 
What Dark Mirror includes went light-years beyond my expectations. Memorable characters. A magic elements that made sense and was a joy to lose myself in. Tory was a stellar character. Loved her from the very beginning.
Although, I loved the time travel aspect, it was the only area of the book that was not as strong as the rest. The time period Putney selected fits in the theme of the book. But it wasn't my favorite part.
Dark Mirror is definitely one of those unrated books. If I had known more about Dark Mirror when I had gotten it, it certainly would not have sat so long on my shelf unread. Excited for the next installment.
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