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Dark Passage (Dark Mirror #2)

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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
Paperback, 291 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin
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I just devoured this book in an afternoon! The best part about Regencies and WWII era time-shifting magics in YA is the lack of sex! I know, it's ridiculous, but there really isn't the problem of sex scenes to get in the way of plot. :)

I enjoyed this second of three books more than the first. (If anything, because we are thrust straight into adventure vs. needing any world-building or starting character development.) I also liked Cynthia the most, so it was good to witness her growth.

Good book!
Nov 09, 2011 Angelc rated it it was amazing
This book had a little bit of everything that I like. It was historical, YA, and had magic. And it had a lot of something that I love-romance! You can really tell the author was a romance writer first because she really knows how to do romance!

Tory and Allarde were a great lead couple. Allarde, especially, was so noble, but yet never seemed too good to be true. His love for Tory was above everything else for him, and he wasn't afraid to show it.

But I have to admit that I liked the gorgeously fla
An Odd1
Jun 22, 2012 An Odd1 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
"Dark Passage" (Dark Mirror 2) by M.J. (Mary Jo) Putney could be magical original premise, delightful Georgian aristocratic whimsy, fortified with children finding courage amidst danger ("It's up to you how you use your gifts" p123), but mushy for me. Lackland Abbey school officially cleanses 1803 youths from their forbidden magic, but secretly trains the best as Britain's Irregulars, to save the Empire from the basement Labyrinth. Previously, two couples crossed society schisms, and through a t ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Stilted dialogue, stiff delivery of background information, and a juvenile melding of history with World War II made this book a lackluster read for me. To a young YA reader, I think the adventure, mythology, and age appropriate romantic elements would be much more enjoyable, but I don’t think DARK PASSAGE has much potential as an adult crossover.

I had not read DARK MIRROR, the prequel to this book, and for a new reader the background information provided was useful (if stiffly delivered). Tory
Rebecca ♥ Matrim, Kishan, Magnus ♥
I think I liked this a bit more than the first. This one featured alternating POVs between Tory and Cynthia, which was interesting. In the first one Cynthia was only a supporting character. We come to understand her better in this one, and her romance with Jack is adorable. I prefer them over Tory and Allarde. Probably because Jack is more my type. Allarde is rather dull, although I enjoy both Tory and Cynthia. But both romances are very subdued. If you are looking for a hot romance, you wont fi ...more
Sep 04, 2011 Julia rated it it was ok
Stilted dialogue, stiff delivery of background information, and a juvenile melding of history with World War II made this book a lackluster read for me. To a young YA reader, I think the adventure, mythology, and age appropriate romantic elements would be much more enjoyable, but the advanced reader copy I read did not have much potential as an adult cross over.

I had not read DARK MIRROR, the prequel to this book, and for a new reader the background information provided was useful, if stiffly d
Jul 06, 2014 Sammy rated it really liked it
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The gang is back home to 1803 England safe and sound. They have been through a rough patch, but have come back with their entire worldview changed. Not only are they heroic after the events at Dunkirk which has given them confidence and pride, but this dangerous mission has also increased their powers.

Her powers and her relationship with Allarde has grown since the last book. They now have a deeper c
Jun 15, 2016 Tena rated it really liked it
For books that have such grim titles, I'm finding that they're full of fluffy romance and I'm loving it! These teenagers are facing difficult challenges, trying to save scientists from Nazi-occupied France, made even harder when you consider that they're time travelers from the 1800s!! So I thought having solid, no jealousy romances was really refreshing.

I loved how each of the magelings had different areas of strengths and expertise, that way each character is vital to the mission's success. Th
Ayanami Faerudo
May 21, 2014 Ayanami Faerudo rated it really liked it
Thank goodness, it got better and I just love it that this series gets right into the action. It's plot driven but it also develops the relationships and the characters without being too emotional and dramatic about it. But what I love the most is that the characters were intelligent and showed it in their actions and in their words - oh my goodness, I am so happy about that - unlike in other books where they describe their characters as intelligent but when it comes to the key moments (and to s ...more
Barbara ★
This continues the adventures of Tory, Allarde, Cynthia, Jack, Elspeth and Nick. Once again the 1803 Irregulars are assisting Nick in 1940's occupied France. This time to rescue a scientist from the Nazi's before his talents are used for the wrong side during WWII.

Lots of suspense, tension and teen angst. I look forward to the conclusion of the series.
Mar 25, 2015 Jenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I really appreciate is the seamless continuation of the story without any fast forwarding or random flashbacks of years past since the conclusion of the first installment.
Everything continues to grow and develop, from the adventurous plot, the group of friends, the secondary characters to the explanation of the magic used. Everything except the protagonist. It saddened me to some extent that the character of the female lead almost remains completely stagnant as the secondary characters reve
Brooke Nacelle
Nov 12, 2015 Brooke Nacelle rated it it was amazing
Alright guys, if you’re here, I’m assuming you’ve read Dark Mirror. If you haven’t read Dark Mirror, LEAVE NOW. I will not be held responsible for the spoilers below for that book (yes, there are spoilers for book 1, not this book; I can’t be perfect all the time). End disclaimer.

Merlin’s mirror. So cool. I know MJP really emphasizes how horrible it is and that it really hurts and takes a lot out of you, so that no one wants to do it recreationally, but you can travel through time. That is just
Jan 26, 2016 Michelle rated it liked it
(3.5 stars) This is the second book in the Dark Mirror series. After returning back to their own time, the group settles back into the holiday season. Tory is disappointed when her father does not allow her to return home, but she receives a last minute invitation to a family wedding for the holidays. She is surprised when she meets Allarde there as his family estate is nearby, but her growing relationship with him is put awry when she realizes how deeply connected he is to the estate. Tory real ...more
Becky B
Picking up right where Dark Mirror left off, we see the Irregulars recovering from their heroic actions at Dunkirk and adjusting back into normal life at the oppressive Lackland Abbey school where they are supposed to be getting "cured" of their magic. One thing they all agree on is that they will avoid travel through the mirror again at all costs. Though they still keep tabs on how Nick and his family are faring by notes sent through the mirror. As the Christmas holidays come, Tory's sister sud ...more
Sarah (Catching Books)
Mar 31, 2012 Sarah (Catching Books) rated it it was amazing
Wow what a great sequel to a really fun series! Who wouldn't want to read about time travel, magic, and people from England in the 1800s? This book has all of my favorite things combined: paranormal, historical, and time travel (and British accents which is always a bonus!!).

One of my favorite parts about Dark Passage was the plot! It was definitely really really exciting/fast paced/mysterious all packed into one! I really liked seeing Tory and her friends go on a completely different adventure
Mar 16, 2012 ephrielle rated it really liked it
Tory's last trip through time was a harrowing adventure. Determined that she would never go back through the mirror, Tory does her best to avoid it. Her home time frame is not perfect. Far from it, she isn't allowed to attend her sister's upcoming wedding and a meeting with the parents of Allarde doesn't go well. Nick shows up with another call for help. It turns out her vow to never enter the mirror is void when she is pulled through by accident. Life or magic has a way of sending her just wher ...more
Sep 16, 2011 Tim rated it it was ok
J.K Rowling spoiled me. When it comes to appreciating wizards and witches, muggles and monsters, the Harry Potter series set a high standard for me. Dark Passage surprised me. Initially I thought the novel was a knockoff of English sorcery schooling. But the reading provided more romance than fantasy and split this offering of the seminal Dark Mirror series into a different class. Nevertheless, it’s difficult not to compare the two franchises.

Rather than Hogwarts coed castle to protect and educa
Sep 19, 2011 Pauline rated it liked it
Woo! So I generally don't like jumping into the middle of a series but this one wasn't that bad. It was pretty easy to figure out what was going on a few chapters in. So what we have are a group of teens who live in the 1800's and are considered the social outcasts of society because they have magic. They all are at this academy, where people like them are sent to be cured. The most exciting thing is that they can travel through mirrors to other places in time. In this case to WWII era in the fu ...more
Jul 24, 2013 Maria rated it really liked it
This book already has thousands of reviews and summaries, so I am going to skip straight to my general impressions of this book.

I know it isn't in anyone's best interested to compare one series to another, but this book (which is the second in a trilogy) reminds me in many ways of Stephenie Mayer's Twilight series. The writing is very simple, sometimes eye-rollingly so. This installment handled the drama a little better, with the team of characters having to work a little harder on a rescue that
Dec 17, 2011 Erica rated it really liked it
I was very eager to continue with the story of The Irregulars after finishing Dark Mirror, and Dark Passage did not disappoint at all. In fact, I loved it even more than Dark Passage. Everything was set in place, and the story just took off from there.

Dark Passage wonders away from solely letting Tory be the main character, and readers really get to know Cynthia as well. I loved this split. It was so much fun to get more inside Cynthia's head, as she wasn't the most likable character in Dark Mir
This is a painful review for me to write. There are issues upon issues upon issues, so I'm just going to address them in bullet points:

Mary Jo Putney, you can do so much better! I loved Thunder and Roses! In fact, the whole Fallen Angels quartet is Series Special-worthy! Is it your new audience? I feel like writing for teenagers has thrown you for a serious loop. Where's your strong characterization? Where's the compelling love story? Where's the authentic historical flavor? I want them all ba
Ah, finally, the second book in M.J. Putney’s young adult series was published. Since reading Dark Mirror I was eagerly awaiting this book. I’m an avid reader of this authors historical romances since at least 10 years and I also love her first young adult books. I especially like that she stays true to herself and is still writing historical fiction with paranormal elements. Just for a younger audience.
Already in the first book I became a big fan of Tory, the sixteen year old heroine, which wa
Oct 11, 2011 Lynette rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy this series. I really do. To me DARK PASSAGE combines a lot my favorite things: magic, WWII, love, school adventure, time travel, and historical detail.

I liked Tory as a character. She's come a long way from the first book. I am really curious as to where Ms. Putney is going with her and especially her relationship with Allarde. Tory's like sixteen now, will she be more open about her magic and be stuck at Lackland until she's twenty-one? Will she just say screw it and leave and s
Nov 04, 2014 Mary rated it it was amazing
Dark Passage starts right where Dark Mirror leaves off. The Irregulars, (The group of Lackland students who embrace their magical ability in secret, vowing to help England) return safely back to 1803. Tory is very firm about not wanting to time travel again, although she and Allarde have a strange feeling that they will go again soon.

I must praise Putney, for her critical development of the characters relationships. First of all, Tory's relationship with Allarde. The pair knew in Dark Mirror tha
Alexandra  Harris
I really enjoyed this series, and I waited to review this book until I finished it. And I like it, a lot. DARK PASSAGE presents lots of things I love, magic, History (with a twist), romance, adventure, action, suspense, time travel (though I didn't know I liked it).

Tory is a fun character, though her inner turmoil gets a little old. After you get through with the inner dialog Tori proves to be a valiant and strong lead character, she perseveres and constantly strives for greatness. Tori has grow
Half of this story is character-driven. I really liked the narrative from Cynthia's point-of-view. Tory and Allard are a bit boring and too noble to carry a whole story, though their romance is sweet and Allard still swoony. Cynthia's story is filled with fascinating secrets that are revealed slowly and a wonderful romantic build-up. The second half of the book is heart-in-your-throat, can't-put-it-down adventure. I stayed up way too late reading it to find out what happened next. Unlike the fi ...more
Kathy Martin
Feb 04, 2012 Kathy Martin rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this exciting second adventure for Tory and her companions. They have returned safely to 1803 from their adventures in England in 1940 and are finding that their magical powers are stronger than ever. Unfortunately, their problems also seem to be growing. In the England of their time, aristocrats hate magic and magic users. Aristocratic children with magical powers are frequently disinherited or otherwise shunned by their families and society as a whole.

While Tory's father is s
So far this is my favorite book in the series. I think overall the characters really grew and changed for the better. I thought the whole Cynthia and Jack thing was cute as well as the Tory and Allarde/Justin. The one thing i didn't like was how Tory went back in forth between the names Justin and Allarde. She called him Justin when she was talking to him, but when she was narating she called him Allarde, I get how in might be hard to choose one name, but it was kinda annoying. We got the fact t ...more
Reading Vacation
Mar 09, 2011 Reading Vacation rated it it was amazing
Does anyone else get a little anxious when they go to the read the second book in a series? You know what I’m talking about. When you really loved the first book, but now you are both excited and nervous to read the second one. You worry that the second one won’t live up to the high expectations you have attached to it. Well, that is how I felt going into Dark Passage. I was both excited and nervous.

In Dark Passage, the story is told from both Tory and Cynthia’s points of view. Now, you are prob
Oct 09, 2011 Stacy rated it liked it
As like Dark Mirror, Dark Passage begins with a strong prologue. This time it’s full of action and sets the tone for the rest of the novel.

The gang finds themselves traveling to the future again, yet this time there is more action and various characters find themselves in perilous situations. The most heart-wrenching moment involves Jack and to a lesser extent, Cynthia. This one scene alone will have you flipping the pages and reading at top speed.

Talking about Cynthia and Jack – I loved this no
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She writes young adult fiction as M.J. Putney.

Mary Jo Putney was born in Upstate New York with a reading addiction, a condition for which there is no known cure. After earning degrees in English Literature and Industrial Design at Syracuse University, she did various forms of design work in California and England before inertia took over in Baltimore, Maryland, where she has lived very comfortably
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