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Dark Destiny (Dark Mirror) Paperback – July 3, 2012

4.6 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
Book 3 of 3 in the Dark Mirror Series

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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

About the Author

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: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,086,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Dark Destiny: Dark Mirror #3

By M. J. Putney

In this third installment of the Dark Mirror series, we find Tory turning seventeen in 1940 where they are celebrating after their successful completion of a mission to save a couple scientists and their families. Justin sees a landing of Napoleon on English soil. Ms. Rainford tries to show them in the history books that Napoleon never landed on English soil... except the history books were being re-written as they looked at them. So, the Irregulars from 1804, Jack Rainford, Justin Falkirk, Lady Cynthia Staton, Lady Victoria Mansfield, and Elspeth (sorry never used her last name in this book), packed up and headed back to the mirror to go back to 1804; where the students discovered that Mr. Stephan and Miss Wheaton were secretly married.

Napoleon (well his armies with the help of the Irish) did land on the shores of Wales. Using magic and a good friend to two, the Irregulars were able to call for disarmament of the French troupes and get it, right before reinforcements showed up. But they still had war Mages to deal with over on the French shore, and Napoleon waiting to send all his ships packed with more troupes over. Could their new friend from 1940 help them? Rachael Weiss, who was teaching the Rainford's about Jewish Sabbath, as feelings grew between Nick Rainford and her, had the talent of empathy and could affect people's feelings and thoughts. Could she find a way to change Napoleon's mind? Get him to redirect his armies and goals away from English soil? They had to try. Could Nick and Rachel bridge the divide between their religions? One that was being so persecuted around the world at the time?

I found this to be a very gripping tale of two alternate histories. I loved the way Ms.
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I'm not sure that this is the end of this series, if it is, there is no final resolution.

I really enjoyed the first two books and this book was also exceptional, the time travel from 1804 to 1940 was expected and well engineered, Rebecca found an amazing use for her talent and all of the Irregulars continue to increase their powers.

Tory and Justin's romance continues to develop and grow as well as Cynthia and Jack and there is romance blooming in 1940 also. Its hard to remember that this is a YA novel. Since all the Irregulars are growing up they are developing and looking forward to the time when they leave Lackland.

I'd really like to see this series transition to an adult romance (are you listening MJ?). As always the characterization is beautifully handled and the story moves from 1804 to 1940 easily.

I loved the story but the ending makes me anxious for the next installment. Tory and Justin/Allarde just may be the couple who make magic fashionable for the upper classes. I'd really like for her to be able to show her parents that she has done very well for herself in spite of their lack of support. Allarde's parents are the real deal and their love is clearly shown. Great read, I need another.
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