Dark Mirror by M.J. Putney
Copy Courtesy of St. Martin's Griffin
In London Society, magic is scorned and shunned in the ranks of the nobility but welcomed among the commoners. Lady Victoria Mansfield wakes up one morning to find that she is floating. Unfortunately for her, this means she will be exiled to Lackland Abbey, a school to 'reform; those tainted by the touch of magic. Lackland Abbey though, is a strange place with its own secrets which for Victoria, could make all the difference in the world.
I really enjoy stories about London Society. The parties, the intrigue, and the strange rules for some reason always tickle my fancy so when I picked up this book I was very happy to find many of those things in place with a twist of their being magic.
I have to admit, the characters are a bit underdeveloped and I can't quite connect with them although they were fun to read about so that made up for it. The mirror aspect of the story was also fun although having the main character be basically the only one who can use it reliably was a bit deus ex machina (I could overlook it though).
This story wavers a bit between being a serious read and something much more lighthearted which may have been the reason I didn't love it. I still think it was a fun read though, and I did enjoy my time with it so I wouldn't scratch it off my TBR if I was you.
Star Rating: 3.8/5.0 (yes the rating is not on my normal scale, but as it is numeric, you can probably get a good sense of what the rating means ^.^)
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