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The third in the Dark Mirror series focuses on Napoléon’s attempted invasion of England in 1804 as Tory, Allarde, and their friends learn more about harnessing their magic in service of their country, both in their own time and in 1940, where Rebecca is developing her magic—a powerful force against anti-Semitism. Allarde and Tory face personal challenges as their pledge to one another risks Allarde’s title and inheritance. Though this series continues to rely on exposition-filled dialogue, the action-packed sequences, historical romance, and touches of magic will continue to entice paranormal readers. Grades 7-10. --Heather Booth

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M. J. Putney is the author of the young adult fantasy novels Dark Mirror and Dark Passage. As Mary Jo Putney, she is the New York Times bestselling author of historical romances. M. J. is fond of reading, cats, travel, and most of all, great stories.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Series: Dark Mirror (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312622864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312622862
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #679,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Reading on July 5, 2012
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I love this series- the first two books took me by storm and I was eagerly awaiting the final installment of the Dark Mirror series. I have to say while the book it self's had a good pace and interesting plot I hated flipping between Tory, Cynthia and Rebecca's character. Rebecca Weiss who we first meet in Dark Passage plays a very large role in the 3rd book and while it is very interesting I just don't have the connection I had with Tory, Cynthia or even Elspeth. A lot of the time on the book was spent on the Tory/Allerde and Nick/ Rebecca relationships while there was really only a few pages about Cynthia and Jack, who are also my favorite couple. I really wish MJP had put more effort into their growing relationship as there is so much there. I really disliked how Cynthia seemed to be a whole different person in book 3, compared to the other 2. I felt it just didn't connect with me, as if MJP was just changing her to make her fit into this book.

Overall I still really like Dark Destiny and it has a very satisfying ending that I think everyone will appreciate. I hope MJP comes back and writes more YA. I would love to see a spin off series about Jack and Cynthia.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elf2060 on October 5, 2012
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4 1/2 stars.
"Dark Destiny" is part of the `Dark Mirror' series that centers around a group of magelings who have become comfortable with their extraordinary powers and are driven to actively defend England from her enemies...in two different time periods. The addition of a young Jewish telepath to their ranks expands the remarkable feats that they can accomplish even as they learn about a culture that few of them have been exposed to. The prejudice against those who have magic continues to manifest but the group known as Merlin's Irregulars has learned to rise above and strive to act for the good of all while expanding their abilities to use the remarkable portals known as Merlin's Mirrors.

"Dark Destiny" by M.J. Putney (Mary Jo Putney) is a very entertaining young adult tale that gives a unique view of two separate wars that threaten England, one involving Napoleon during the early 1800s and one involving the Nazi attack during the 1940s. Despite the apparent obstacles of societal or family disapproval romance also blooms amongst the group of young mages known as Merlin's Irregulars despite the increasingly dangerous opposition that threatens them all. The youngsters learn to channel their powers for maximum effectiveness even as they grow in their capabilities. I enjoyed the blend of romance and danger that is woven around two separate pivotal points in history even as the mystical elements employed by the Irregulars continue to facilitate their endeavors to keep England safe. The struggle to keep Napoleon from invading England is being fought on several fronts but the powers of the magelings provide a unique weapon that they must learn to wield effectively. This tale picks up right after the events that took place in "Dark Passage" and can be read as a stand alone but the series is best savored when read from the beginning ("Dark Mirror").

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. M. Martin VINE VOICE on July 24, 2012
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The third book in Putney's Dark Mirror trilogy was as exciting and adventurous as the first two and bring the series to a fitting conclusion. This time our young magelings are back in their own time and trying to prevent Napoleon from invading Britain. They need to use everyone's skills and strengths to defeat the powerful general especially since he is being supported by evil war mage Major Lavaux. Our 1804 team of Tory, Allarde, Cynthia, Jack and Elspeth need to call in their friends from 1940 - Nick and Rebecca - to help them defeat Napoleon's army.

This episode also firms up the romances that had begun in earlier stories. While Allarde and Tory love each other, their romance is threatened by society. If Allarde continues to be a practicing mage and marry another mage his father the Duke will be forced to disinherit him. Tory doesn't want Allarde to have to give up the land that is so much a part of him but Allarde knows Tory's love is more important than the land or the Dukedom. Jack and Cynthia's romance is also threatened by society. Cynthia is the daughter of a duke and Jack is a commoner. Jack worries that Cynthia will regret giving up her society life. And, finally, Nick and Rebecca's romance is also threatened. Rebecca is a Jew in 1940 and is concerned about loving a gentile. Because all of the mages are young, the romances are not explicit beyond some kissing but the love they feel for each other is clear and evident because the writing is so evocative.

I think readers will get caught up in the magic and the adventures in these stories and will painlessly learn a lot of history while reading too. I recommend the series to readers who like magic, time travel, and romance and can't imagine any reader being disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rachelmcelwey on October 4, 2012
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I was so excited when I heard that Putney had finished the next book in this series and she did not let me down. It was interesting to see the aspect of what Rebecca had to go thru being in a country were not everyone likes Jews. It made it even more interesting that she could read there minds. I love how with this ability she was able to help people thru certain emotions and trials; I was impressed how she pointed Rebecca into the path of being a psychiatrist. I will love to read more about her and Nick's blossoming relationship. I am disappointed that we didn't get to learn more about Elspeth. It would have been nice to know more about her past or to see what kind of direction she might be taking.
I also thought that it was nice that the Irregulars needed help this time and how they were able to trick there way into getting to Napoleon. Cynthia is getting to be a very strong mage with weather working and her illusion abilities
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I LOVE that all of these characters and how they are written can easily fit into her Adult "Guardian" series. Which was my favorite ones of her so far. But the "Dark Mirror" series is about to take the lead on that.

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I cant wait for the next one, if there is one. I hope that this time we will learn more about Elspeth. I think she might be my favorite second only to Tory.
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