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Dark Destiny (Dark Mirror #3)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  618 Ratings  ·  53 Reviews
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 bef
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Barbara ★
Tory, Allarde, Rebecca, Nick, Cynthia, Jack and Elspeth are going up against their toughest target yet...Napoleon as he invades England in 1804. And since they are fighting in their own time, their powers are going to be tested by other mages (French ones to be exact).

This is an exciting book and I enjoyed seeing how they all came together as even Nick and Rebecca come back in time (from 1940) to provide much needed psychic abilities that the others don't have. (view spoiler)
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Ayanami Faerudo
May 22, 2014 Ayanami Faerudo rated it really liked it
I'm still so giddy at the fact that the characters here are smart and intelligent. Some of us have, one time or another, used these words interchangeably but over time I realized that they're different traits. I won't bore you with an explanation, you could google it up.

I'm going to post a full series review soon but I also want to add another note and that's on romance. If the romances in this story were treated differently, I would have labelled them instalove immediately and would have dragge
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Brooke Nacelle
Nov 12, 2015 Brooke Nacelle rated it it was amazing
Alright, again, assuming you’ve all read Dark Mirror and Dark Passage, if you haven’t, turn back now! The final installment to the Dark Mirror series, Dark Destiny didn’t disappoint! We finally get to see the Irregulars fight on their own homefront. Which, to be honest, I’ve been waiting for, because magic v. magic can only happen in their own time. Which, of course, is very exciting.

That being said, we have all of our favorite characters back for the most exciting bits: Tory, Allarde, Cynthia,
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Rebecca ♥ Matrim, Kishan, Magnus ♥
This was a very good, action-packed conclusion to the series. I just wish there was more on the fate of the other couples, not just Tory and Allarde. We know they are all together but I would have loved to see it, especially Jack and Cynthia. They were my favourite.
Jenn
Mar 25, 2015 Jenn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third and last book in this trilogy again contained more depth with respect to the secondary characters than the female protagonist, whom I have given up believing to be capable of developing at all. As I have said it is much more enjoyable to follow the secondary characters as they embark on their adventure, although I found the challenges that they had to face in this installment, and the solutions they found to those challenges, to be rather mediocre, compared to the challenges they had t ...more
Saowbia
Jul 14, 2015 Saowbia rated it liked it
I ended up reading the third book first. So I pretty much read the last book in the series first. But I still enjoyed the book overall. The weird thing is in the third book the characters were more developed and older since its the last book in the trilogy. I think it'll be fun to kind of see how they developed in the first and second. The author M.J. Putney usually write adult romance books. But I like that in her first YA trilogy she added more historical fiction to the story rather than roman ...more
Tena
Jun 16, 2016 Tena rated it really liked it
Insomnia decided to hit hard last night so I finished DARK DESTINY in one sitting. Finally after fighting against Hitler so hard in the 1940s our friends are ready to go up against Napoleon. The difference? Since they are in they're own time their powers are put to the test against other mages.

I really enjoyed this aspect of the book because in the list two it seems as though these teenagers are invincible. Now they learn that, as powerful as they've become, they still have a long way to go.

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Becky B
While recovering from their Dunkirk mission and preparing to return to the early 1800s, Allarde has a vision of Napoleon attacking England. Those from that time period quickly scramble to return and see what can be done. They return to discover that there is already a French fleet landing on the shores of Wales. The teachers must stay at Lackland and continue keeping up the wards that are supposed to protect the Channel from invasion. So Tory, Allarde, Elspeth, Cynthia, and Jack seek out a mirro ...more
Maria
I enjoyed this series, but I have to admit that it was painfully hard to get through this last book in the series. It took me days to read, one chapter at a time, because none of the drama felt all that compelling.

I didn't like the time-travelling aspects of this book because no one, at any point, thinks about how any of their actions will impact history or how their role will help history unfold the way it is meant to. Yes, these novels are intended for a young readership, but they're not slow
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Melissa
Jul 19, 2012 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Dark Destiny: Dark Mirror #3

By M. J. Putney

In this third installment of the Dark Mirror series, we find Tory turning seventeen in 1940 where they are celebrating after their successful completion of a mission to save a couple scientists and their families. Justin sees a landing of Napoleon on English soil. Ms. Rainford tries to show them in the history books that Napoleon never landed on English soil… except the history books were being re-written as they looked at them. So, the Irregulars from
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Mary
Nov 04, 2014 Mary rated it it was amazing
Alright, Dark Destiny is the sequel to Dark Passage, and starts right where Dark Passage left off. The Irregulars have returned from France, and are on their way back to their Lackland. Their new friend Rebecca is staying with the 20th Century Rainfords, as in Polly, and Nick, and their mother. But time travel is not over for the Irregulars, or their 20 Century friends, and as a looming threat approaches, Rebecca promises to do all she can as repayment for the Irregulars past deeds.

What a lovely
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QNPoohBear
The plot of this story is similar to the first book with starts and stops. There are several chapters with major action and then a thrilling ending. Then there are periods where nothing happens, followed by a brief period of action and a startling conclusion. The first action sequence is more dangerous and exciting than the second, which ends rather abruptly. I didn't like the way the Irregulars got out of trouble at the end. It's a story about magic and what happened didn't exactly fit. I would ...more
Kathy Martin
Jul 24, 2012 Kathy Martin rated it really liked it
The third book in Putney's Dark Mirror trilogy was as exciting and adventurous as the first two and bring the series to a fitting conclusion. This time our young magelings are back in their own time and trying to prevent Napoleon from invading Britain. They need to use everyone's skills and strengths to defeat the powerful general especially since he is being supported by evil war mage Major Lavaux. Our 1804 team of Tory, Allarde, Cynthia, Jack and Elspeth need to call in their friends from 1940 ...more
Erin
Oct 27, 2012 Erin rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fantasy & alternate reality fans
The final book in the Dark Mirror trilogy opens where book two left off: Tory's 17th birthday party. Allarde and Mrs. Rainford get a vision of Napoleon invading England, so the Lackland students return to 1804 to stop this from coming to pass. They successfully thwart one major incursion, but soon Britain's magical defenses are stretched to the breaking point, and the Irregulars realize they will need help from their twentieth century friends if they are to prevent the French from landing on Bri ...more
Shannon
I might bump it up to 3.5 stars, but I did find this a little sillier than the others (more that there wasn't one driving focus like there was in the previous books, but some minor skirmishes that were resolved with remarkable ease). Little niggly things - like relationship drama that's resolved in a page (I didn't feel like the drama was needed, although I'll take the easy resolution for this particular instance than the romances that would otherwise drag the issue out FOREVER), and some of tha ...more
ephrielle
Jan 02, 2013 ephrielle rated it really liked it
A cute light read. Cute romances and an interesting view of time travel. A mix of magic and historical past.

I am not the biggest fan of history but this was enjoyable. Not too many details or politics. Good characters and a fair paced story. There were some very small moments that I got bored. It was amazing to see all the things the mages could do as their magic strengthened. But even though they had all this power they never let it get to their heads.

Rebecca has some mad power. The ability to
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Cecilia Rodriguez
Sep 30, 2015 Cecilia Rodriguez rated it liked it
A time travel fantasy that shifts between 1803 and 1940. The link between the two periods is the potential invasion of England.
Merlin's Irregulars work together to avert both invasions.
Putney also adds a dash of romance for several of the main characters.
Edie Laird
Aug 14, 2016 Edie Laird rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
7 time traveling mages

My daughter has introduced me to "Young Adult" fiction. Now I need to introduce her to this 3-book series. She might like them.
Joy Weese Moll
Oct 30, 2014 Joy Weese Moll rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook
This is the third volume in the YA series that began with Dark Mirror. In this world, the aristocrats of Regency England send any of their children who manifest magical powers to reform school. So low class to practice magic, you see. Of course, the best of the mages find a way to use their skills anyway in subterranean halls and rooms. With the help of some magical mirrors, they travel in time and space to employ their magic in the service of turning back invaders, from Napoleon to Hitler.

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Cris
I found the plot and pacing to be a bit more uneven than the previous two stories in this series. And Tory, as a character, was edging over into 'too good to be believable' status.

I've seen other reviewers state that Dark Destiny was the final book in the series. If so, my review is even more mixed. The main storyline involving Tory and Justin was resolved into a suitable ending, but the storylines involving other characters, especially Rebecca's, seemed incomplete.

But overall I enjoyed this ser
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Zabada Campbell
Aug 15, 2012 Zabada Campbell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-read
It was totally wicked. Not literally; figuratively. Lady Tory and her band of magelings take on Napoleon quite literally. It is not a moment they are likely to forget. Behind the main scene we see our couples happily paired up. Lady Tory and Master Justin or rather the Duke will be wed sometime. In the future and inherit Kemperton. Their future is sure to be an up hill battle but somehow I believe they will be ready for whatever comes their way. Thanks and Blessings to M J Putney; Author, for on ...more
Bombe
Jan 08, 2016 Bombe rated it it was ok
quick, but not the exciting.
Wendy
Dec 16, 2012 Wendy rated it it was amazing
It was the last book in this series that I had waited for months. I was attracked by the plots that author created, weaved with history of 2 national threats to England and magic. It's interesting to develop characters who were the heros or heroins who defended England by preventing enemies from evading.
I love the magic mirror travelling part, and how the characters go through time and connect them with each other. I also love the romance, between Tory and Allarde, betwwen Cinder and Jack, betwe
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Anny
Jan 27, 2015 Anny rated it it was ok
SUKED.
Emily Gibbons
Sep 04, 2014 Emily Gibbons rated it really liked it
Loved it!
Kimiko
Jun 29, 2013 Kimiko rated it really liked it
Eh, this book was okay. It was not as good as I though it would be (the cover, title etc). Overall this series was a bit....meh...boring. It didn't had my heart racing or my mind going crazy concerning for the team's safety. Plus, there should be more obstacles for the 3 couple's relationships! Jealousy! Betrayal! When Tory and Justin hooked up, Cynthia was okay with it, even though she "loved" him. She shouldn't stepped back. She should have caused some girl drama! Now that would be fun to read ...more
Lyra
Jun 08, 2015 Lyra rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grades
As an adult reader, I'd give it a 2 - the writing style didn't grip me, but I understand it's written for a younger audience. The style is more akin to fantasy geared toward middle schoolers. For younger readers, a 4. There's an epic adventure, magic school and alternative history, but those young readers put off by kissing, will not enjoy this story.
Claudia
Apr 09, 2014 Claudia rated it liked it
No fue epico... ¡Pero un lindo final!
Reseña completa: http://claudisalfaro01.tumblr.com/pos...
Louisa
Sep 11, 2012 Louisa rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book, I'm personally hoping for another book, because of the look that the 1940's Rainford's shared in Dark Mirror! And how magic should become acceptable for nobility! And have some more characters have some happy endings! And like why Elspeth feels like she needs to be at the school. I want more of this excellent time travelling series!!!
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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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