Release Date: March 1, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Publisher
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.
character are the only things that determine a young girl’s worth.
Dark Mirror by M.J. Putney really wasn’t on my radar until I was asked to review it. But the premise of magic and Society intrigued me so I had to give it a try. I wasn’t disappointed. The story is about Lady Victoria Mansfeld and very respectable young lady with a promising future. Until she reveals that she has hidden magical talents. Then she is sent to Lackland Abbey to be cured and when she leaves the most promising future she could hope for is being a governess. But Tory must face some difficult things at the Abbey. One of which being, should she embrace her magic or stifle it and hope to return to the life she once had?
Tory was a great may character. She was a little naive, but she was also brave and strong in the face of all the things that were thrown at her. Elspeth and Miss Wheaten were two of my favorite characters in the book. I couldn’t help but want to know more about them!
My only complaint about this book is the pacing was slow. And when things finally did take off it still wasn’t at the speed I would have liked. But this didn’t detract from the story. I was still interested enough in Lackland Abbey and Tory’s powers to stay glued to the pages.
All in all this was a good story if you’re in the mood for some historical fantasy YA. It kept me turning pages!