Dark Mirror (Dark Mirror #1) by MJ Putney
Published Year: 2011
Genre: Historical Fantasy
"At sixteen, Lady Victoria Mansfield, youngest daughter of the earl and countess of Fairmount, is destined for a charmed life and her choice of mates worthy of her status. Then she makes a terrifying discovery that will ruin her life and disgrace her family forever. Tory's blood is tainted... by magic.
When a shocking accident forces Tory to reveal her despised skill, she is immediately exiled to Lackland Abbey, a reform school for young men and women in her position. Tory's greatest wish is to be cured so she can return home and perhaps recover some of her shattered life.
Instead, curiosity and the lure of magic lead Tory to rebel students who have pledged their talents to protect England. As she joins them in their secret studies, she discovers her full powers - and is drawn to the handsome, enigmatic young Marquis of Allarde. But Allarde'a reserve and haunting secret keep him away, though she can see equal longing in his eyes.
Then Tory's pledge sweeps her and her friends into a perilous world of danger, challenge, and a triumph that saves Britain from conquest. Can danger also bring Tory and Allarde together, despite all that stands between them?"
I just don't think this book has enough love. Not that many people know about it and I just reread it over the weekend on my vacation, and I just really enjoyed it. If you're looking for a historical fiction read with some fantasy, adventure series, with a small dash of romance, then this series is for you.
Tory (Lady Victoria Mansfield) is a great character. She starts off as a pretty good person, shuffled off to a school for mages after she reveals herself rather publicly (what a disgrace!) for a perfectly good reason thank you very much, and I really like her decisions as she goes through them. She of course has her moments, but overall I like her. Her arc is better over the course of the series as opposed to this first book, but the other characters have great character developments that are pretty drastic (Cynthia, Jack, even Allarde) that are really fun to watch.
Even Lackland, as dismal as it's presented at first grows on you and I really enjoyed reading about the tunnels and Tory's adventures. I wouldn't mind getting caught as a mage in 1803 and sent to Lackland!
I don't want to give too much way with the plot, but I really did enjoy this story, and I highly recommend if you enjoy historical fantasy (two of my favorite subgenres combined!). It's hard to get a hold of because it's kind of random, but if you come across it, definitely pick it up!
4 out of 5 stars