Monday, May 30, 2011

Review: Dark Mirror

Dark Mirror (Dark Passage, #1)Dark Mirror by M.J. Putney

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

M.J. Putney weaves a very compelling story about magic in 1800's England. Lady Victoria Mansfield, called Tory, discovers the curse of being a mageling in the world of England's aristocracy. The lower classes welcome magic, but families of higher rank look down upon any family member with a hint of magic. Children are sent to Lackland Abbey to be cured of her magic abilities. Yet, Tory discovers a whole new world at Lackland. She meets Elspeth, who loves magic and the young Marquis of Allarde who remains standoffish to everyone. Their journeys combine as they unite to save England from war.

I cannot wait to read the next installment in the Dark Passage series. (It is due out this fall.) Regency period is one of my favorite genres to read and adding magic to this piece was fantastic. M.J.'s author's note is a perfect final touch to this historical novel. She explains a true historic event she wove into the story. Her addition was wonderful with this note in particular, "People ask where I get my story ideas. Believe me, history offers lots of great stories!" Too true. Thank you for sharing an interesting piece of British history.

Reviewed from a Library Copy.

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