Dark Mirror by Mary Jo Putney

Lady Victoria Mansfield, or Tory, as she prefers to be called, has been raised with the knowledge that magic and the mages who practice it are dangerous and beneath the nobility of which she is apart. When she wakes up one morning evidence of her magical abilities she is horrified and vows to keep it a secret from all those around her. A terrifying accident forces her to reveal her abilities, and her family feels they have no choice but to send her to Lackland Abbey, a mysterious school where the nobility send their children to be cured.

Usually blurbs give away much more of the book than I am comfortable with, but for this book they got it just right so that there were several unforeseen turns of event I was able to discover for myself. One of these I took issue with initially, and wasn’t sure if the story would continue to hold but Putney bridged the gap in such a way that put me right back on track. Putney wastes no time jumping into the story and the action, and manages to keep a nice pace throughout as the story unfolds. The details of the magic, the time period and budding romance made this a nice entry into this series. The story is complete within itself, but more is welcome if not expected.

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