Book 3 of the Dark Mirror Series
St. Martin’s Griffin
July 3. 2012
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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.
Tory and her friends undertake daring missions to Wales and France, where Napoleon is gathering ships and plotting invasion. But while their success may save England, they must still face the bittersweet consequences of their decisions when they return home.
by M. J. Putney
September 13, 2011
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2011 has been a crazy busy year! I’ve been writing as fast as my Muse is willing to cooperate, which means other things—like updating websites!—have been delayed. My apologies.
I was delighted when Dark Mirror was nominated as one of the top young adult novels of the years by YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services Association. Here’s the complete list if you’d like to look for some of the other nominees.
Here’s the blurb for Dark Passage:
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 non-magical 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, Cynthia reluctantly agrees to join Jack Rainford and his family for their holiday celebration even though they’re commoners, far below her own noble rank. The warm acceptance of the Rainfords makes her feel happier and more accepted than she has ever felt. 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. Countless lives are at stake, but when their mission goes awry, will they all survive to return home?
Third in the series will be Dark Destiny, which is scheduled for summer 2012.
If you haven’t read it yet, I wrote a short story about how Allarde was sent to Lackland Abbey. “Fallen From Grace is available for a free download on the St. Martin’s Press website, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, itunes, and other e-book sites
by M. J. Putney
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4 1/2 stars!!
"Absolutely riveting, Putney creates a vivid historical fantasy and delivers a page-turning read. The plot builds slowly and deliberately and then suddenly you're got magic-wielding, time-traveling teens in WWII England, as Putney gives us a magical explanation for an incredible historical event."
Romantic Times BookClub
“fantastic story line, wonderful characters, and a wonderful tone. I can’t wait to read more about Tory, hopefully, in the future.”
A Top Choice, 10 out of 10 review by KFCampbe (age 13), reviewed on www.Flamingnet.com
“Vivid historical details bring two time periods to life as gifted young mages race to save England from wartime disaster. Appealing characters, rousing adventure, forbidden magic, and sweet romance -- this book has it all.”
Sharon Shinn, author of Troubled Waters
“Magical! M. J. Putney is a master of entertainment and Dark Mirror is a wondrous journey into a rich, imaginative world that will delight readers.”
Lorraine Heath (aka Rachel Hawthorne)