Review: Dark Destiny (Dark Mirror #3) by MJ Putney



Dark Destiny (Dark Mirror #3) by MJ Putney

Published Year: 2012
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Subtitle: Great

"Tory and her friends are celebrating the success of a second mission to aid WWII Britain when an urgent summons calls them back to their own time: Napoleon is on the brink of invading England. Can a handful of young mages stop an army?

In desperation, Merlin’s Irregulars ask Rebecca Weiss, an untrained telepath from 1940, to come back to 1804 and change Napoleon’s mind before it’s too late. As Tory and Allarde make a commitment that will cost him his inheritance, Rebecca promises to do what she can to stop Napoleon even though she is unsure of her magical abilities.

But Tory and her friends saved the Weiss family from Nazi imprisonment, and Rebecca will risk anything, even her life and her budding relationship with Nick Rainford, to repay them. A daring mission takes Tory and Rebecca and their friends into the heart of the Army of Boulogne, where Napoleon is plotting invasion.

But while their success may save England, they must still face the bittersweet consequences of their decisions when they return home."

Alright, again, assuming you've all read Dark Mirror and Dark Passage, if you haven't, turn back now! The final installment to the Dark Mirror series, Dark Destiny didn't disappoint! We finally get to see the Irregulars fight on their own homefront. Which, to be honest, I've been waiting for, because magic v. magic can only happen in their own time. Which, of course, is very exciting.

That being said, we have all of our favorite characters back for the most exciting bits: Tory, Allarde, Cynthia, Jack, Ellspeth. But I was really excited for the insights we got into Nick and Rebecca in this book. They have their obstacles to overcome in the book, just like the other couples did in their respective books. (I'm not sure MJP intended it that, but I've kind of organized them into the first book as Tory and Allarde's, the second as Cynthia and Jack's, I won't tell you whose this one is :) at least in regards to the romances...obviously there is more to the novels then just that, but still).

However, I did think this book was stretched over everything a little too much. MJP was stretched over geographies and times in this plot that were definitely challenging to overcome. I think she still did an excellent job, but I just wanted more from each storyline! The Irregulars definitely had their work cut out for them in this book, but it was an adventure worth following.

Overall, I really enjoyed this conclusion to the series! I wish MJP would write some more adventures of the Irregulars. I know they weren't done after they left Lackland (come on MJP!). A really good, light historical fantasy read that I would highly recommend!

4 out of 5 stars.