Dark Mirror: A Novel, by M.J. Putney – Book Review

Lady Victoria Mansfield, or Tory, as she prefers to be called, has been raised with the knowledge that magic and the mages who practice it are dangerous and beneath the nobility of which she is apart. When she wakes up one morning evidence of her magical abilities she is horrified and vows to keep it a secret from all those around her. A terrifying accident forces her to reveal her abilities, and her family feels they have no choice but to send her to Lackland Abbey, a mysterious school where the nobility send their children to be cured.

Usually blurbs give away much more of the book than I am comfortable with, but for this book they got it just right so that there were several unforeseen turns of event I was able to discover for myself. ย One of these I took issue within initially, and wasn’t sure if the story would continue to hold my but Putney bridged the gap in such a way that put me right back on track. Putney wastes no time jumping into the story and the action, and manages to keep a nice pace throughout as the story unfolds, and the details of the magic, the time period and a budding romance made this a nice entry into this series. ย The story is complete within itself, but more is welcome if not expected.

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  1. I also really like it when I go into a book knowing little about it, and sometimes even nothing at all. It helps me to avoid preconceived notions and expectations, and often I like the books better without all the plot spoilers. That being said, this sounds like a really interesting book, and like Kathy, I love the cover!

  2. I don’t think this is a book for me but I’m in total agreement with you about book blurbs that tell too much. It’s so hard sometimes trying to find out what a book is about without the book being spoiled.

  3. Oooo, I think I want this one now.

    I agree about the book blurbs, which I usually don’t read, but I will admit to reading the ending of most books. I might not want to know exactly what the book is about but I must know the ending!

  4. you know, it’s funny that you mention the blurbs. My mom refuses to read them because she says they give to much away. I often find them so vague that I need to read lengthier reviews in order to really decide.