Dark Passage (Dark Mirror #2) by MJ Putney
Published Year: 2011
Genre: Historical Fantasy
"The Irregulars return home to 1803 England safely, but their worldview has changed. Not only have their heroic efforts at Dunkirk given them pride and confidence but their dangerous mission has increased their magical powers.
Tory delights in the ever deepening bond she shares with Allarde until she discovers how powerfully he is connected to his ancient family estate--the lands he will not inherit unless he denies his magical powers and chooses a nonmagical mate. If Tory really loves him, she must walk away--but does she have the strength to leave the love of her life?
Cynthia's heroic efforts at Dunkirk have won her the respect of the Irregulars, but her sharp tongue keeps everyone at a distance. Isolated and very alone at Lackland Abbey over the Christmas holidays, she reluctantly agrees to join Jack Rainford and his family for their celebration even though they're commoners, far below her own noble rank. The warm welcome of the Rainfords makes her feel happier and more accepted than she has ever been. But she can't possibly be falling in love with flirtatious Jack! Can she?
Then the Irregulars are drawn into a dangerous attempt to rescue a vitally important French scientist from Nazi-occupied France. Tory and Allarde must work together because countless lives are at stake. Disaster strikes and not only is their mission threatened, but their very lives. Can magic and their loyalty to each other help them survive to return home?"
Alright guys, if you're here, I'm assuming you've read Dark Mirror. If you haven't read Dark Mirror, LEAVE NOW. I will not be held responsible for the spoilers below for that book (yes, there are spoilers for book 1, not this book; I can't be perfect all the time). End disclaimer.
Merlin's mirror. So cool. I know MJP really emphasizes how horrible it is and that it really hurts and takes a lot out of you, so that no one wants to do it recreationally, but you can travel through time. That is just the coolest.
This book focuses a lot more on other characters besides Tory, which I really enjoyed. Don't get me wrong, I love Tory's character. But she's kind of perfect, and everyone loves her. Even Cynthia who has the propensity to hate everyone ends up loving Tory. Actually, I take that back, Miss Macklin still hates Tory throughout all the books, which makes me feel marginally better (not much though).
Cynthia's character growth throughout this book is phenomenal and I love getting to watch it. We get so much more insight into her character and her back story. It's so much more than just the spoiled princess she seemed in the first book. She's absolutely one of my favorites! And her backbone of steel absolutely comes into play in this second book as the 1803 Irregulars are called once again back to 1940...
Jack and Allarde are great male characters too. Unfortunately, I didn't feel like they got as much development or "screen" time as the ladies. But I do really enjoy both of their characters. Probably Jack more than Allarde. Allarde is the strong and steady counterpart to Tory and while he is the perfect match for her, I prefer the fire of Jack and Cynthia!
The plot picked up exactly where Dark Mirror stopped (which through me for a minute, I'm so used to missing weeks/months of time that I didn't know what to do with the fact that I had missed nothing!), and we get to see the Irregulars go from one adventure straight into another!
A light young adult read that hits all of my favorite things: historical fiction, fantasy, magic, time travel, romance, hate at first sight but grows to love each other (pride and prejudice anyone? deep sigh). How could I not enjoy this book?
4 out of 5 stars.