Early Review: Dark Mirror by M.J. Putney

Dark Mirror by M.J. Putney

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: March 1st, 2011

Review copy generously provided by the publisher


M.J. Putney’s debut YA novel is an absolute delight that I devoured in one sitting! When 16 year old Lady Victoria “Tory” Mansfield’s magic powers are exposed during a life or death situation, she is exiled to Lackland Abbey, where mages are said to be “cured” so they can return to their wealthy families to regain a small semblance of their dignity. In 1803, magic use is frowned upon by the upper echelons, while the middle and lower class thinks nothing of using powers they consider a privilege to have. Once at Lackland, Tory discovers a group of rebels determined to develop their magic so they may be of service to England during the threat of invasion from Napolean’s forces. When she joins with this courageous group of students, she will learn what it means to be needed, and realizes that the home and life she hoped to return to may not be her destiny.
Dark Mirror was such a great read, and Ms. Putney adds an exciting twist that will keep you turning the pages until the very end. Full of magic, adventure, and a dash of romance, against a lush 19th century setting, and the chaos of WWII England, Dark Mirror will please readers of all ages. Tory is a lovely heroine, and I loved getting to know her new friends at Lackland Abbey. I’m notoriously picky when it comes to YA, and I loved it.

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  1. I've been seeing this in quite a few places. Need to read!

  2. Jasmine (The Reading Housewives)

    I just recently added this one. I can't wait to read it! 🙂

  3. You made me curious – I would like to read it ! Thanks for your review!

  4. Danna (Friendly Reader)

    I love the cover and the fact that it's good makes it sound even better. I can't wait til it comes out. Thanks for the review!

  5. Thanks for stopping by, girls! This was a great read!

  6. Sounds good! I'll have to see, but I think I requested it for review cause I love magical historical fiction.

  7. This looks awesome! Great review!

  8. Melissa (My World...in words and pages)

    Oh great review! This is the first time I've heard of the book and I like the idea of the magic and not being accepted. 🙂 Great review and sounds great thank you!

  9. I am sooo excited to read this one!

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