Dark Mirror completely defied my expectations. When I picked this up I expected a romance and maybe a bit of Merlin and magic but I didn't expect to like the character so much and to be interested in the plot and the originality of the story.
Lady Victoria Mansfield is our main character, and straight away I loved her. She's powerful, passionate and a true heroine. She helps out others as much as she can. Also, Tory isn't a good that's going to take insults lying down, no, Tory will stand up for herself and her people. She has real courage. Overall a fantastic character to read about with an interesting voice to keep you interested. Her romance with Allarde was a bit quick with the "instant connection" but I hope it'll grow in future novels.
The magic. Wow! The whole idea was cool- at a school for curing students of magic lies a magical secret was ironic. I liked that magic was well known all throughout England and it was appropriately funny that the aristocrats were so afraid of such a useful gift. I loved the theories of it too: controlling the weather, heat, dreams, blending, light, illusions, healing. I want to learn more about the different kinds in the future.
Based on how many "I'd like to learn mores" I've said, you can tell that there was a fair amount of mystery in Dark Mirror. I never ever would have guessed what path the story takes but it works for it. The plot is interesting and it will keep you guessing. Dark Mirror has a very different plot line than other novels.
All in all, an even better debut than I would have guessed. This is a story of heroism, compassion and magic with a hint of romance. 3.5 stars,
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