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Dark Destiny: A Dark Mirror Novel Paperback – July 3, 2012
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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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Meanwhile, Rebecca is adjusting to life in 1940s England and being a magician. She accidentally starts figuring out the full extents of her magic when she changes the attitude of a mean girl at school just by touching her. Nick is obviously smitten with Rebecca, but she is worried about the differences in their religions. Eager to see this work, he starts learning all he can about Judaism.
Eventually, those in the 1800s realize they need some extra help to keep the French of Britsh shores, and some of the 1940s Irregulars are recruited on a daring mission.
I've really liked this series so far and the way it connects two of my favorite historical time periods. This one was good, but didn't have me reading at quite the break-neck pace as the first two. Maybe it was because in past books there was always a chance of their missions going horribly wrong without significantly impacting history as we know it, whereas in this one if the Irregulars failed it would've changed a lot and therefore it was a pretty foregone conclusion they would succeed (unless the author wanted to significantly rewrite 1940s history). Still, it did bring up a little-known part of history for me. I had no idea before that the French really did manage to get a troop on UK land during the 1800s. A satisfying conclusion to the series.
Notes on content: A few uses of moderate to strong British swearing. No sex scenes. Some characters sleep near each other, but fully clothed and nothing happens. There's obviously some strong attractions and lots of kissing going on, but all couples are waiting for marriage for anything further. There are a few battle scenes, with some being seriously injured in the process. Thanks to magical healing nothing is very permanent. There's an explosion that is mentioned kills people, but no bleeding or anything on page.
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. Putney used her love and knowledge of history to create these time lines and these wonderful stories. I wonder if there will be more? I don't think so, Hitler has been dealt with in 1940 and is no more a threat to England, and Napoleon is no more a threat in 1804, but what a wonderful world she has created and I would love to come back and play in it at her direction some more. Another 5 star hit, that sweeps you up and won't let you go until the last page.
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.