10 October 2011

REVIEW: Dark Passage by M.J. Putney


dark pASSAGE

M.J. Putney

978-0-312-62285-5

St. Martin’s Press/Griffin

September 2011

Historical/YA/Time Travel Romance









BACK COVER BLURB:

Merlin's Irregulars are grateful to have made it safely home to 1803 England, but their view of the world has changed. Not only are they more confident and proud of their part in the heroic Dunkirk evacuation, but their powers have increased because of their dangerous and exhausting magical work.

Tory and Allarde become closer everyday until an agonizing conflict threatens to tear them apart. Allarde is deeply connected to his family's estate, the land he will one day inherit, but only if he denies his magical abilities. Being with Tory will deny him his heritage, and his family lets Tony know this. Will she have the strength to end their relationship?

Cynthia is now a powerful and respected member of the Irregulars, but her prickly attitude keeps everyone at a distance. Feeling isolated and very alone at Lackland Abbey over the Christmas holidays makes her even surlier than usual, but an invitation from Jack Rainford to join in his family's festivities is an unexpected delight. There's an attraction between the two young mages, but will Cynthia let her guard down enough to let herself fall in love?

Then the Irregulars are called upon again. Once before their magic helped save England's future. Can they do it again?


COVER SNARK:
I like this cover. It conveys the message.


FIRST LINES:
Tory had almost reached her destination when a machine gun blasted crazily from the farmhouse ahead.


LYNETTE'S TWO CENTS:


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 start a life on her own? These are burning questions that I'm dying to know.

Yet, no matter how much I liked Tory, Cynthia (Tory's snobby roommate) really shined in this installment. Cynthia has that edge that Tory lacked and her journey was more of a focus in DARK PASSAGE than Tory's was. I loved Cynthia's evolution. It was a complete 180 degree turn, yet Cynthia was still Cynthia. While Tory is still ambiguous, I think Cynthia is actually a stronger character and I actually don't worry about her as much, because I know that she has the strength to pursue her own happiness.

OKAY LOOK AT ME, I AM TAKING ABOUT CHARECTERS IN A BOOK LIKE THEY ARE MY KIDS. SERIOUSLY, DO YOU HEAR ME HERE. I HAVE ISSUES!

Anyhoo. The plot is rich, layered, and keep me on my toes. The minute I finished DARK PASSAGE, I immediately re-read it. I admit that I might be biased, because I really enjoy WWII fiction.

It is so hard for me to describe this book. It is such a mash-up. If you're used to Mary Jo Putney's romances, you might be disappointed, because the focus isn't on the romance, but the development of the characters. If you don't like time travels, you might be disappointed because the story is sooo deeply entranced in both time periods 1803 and 1941. Even for die-hard young adult readers, it might give them pause, because the historical details are such a part of the characters that it's almost effortless. And once again, it's not focused on the hero/heroine and their happily ever after, but the character's journey. Also, I love, love, love the historical details the world full of magic that Ms. Putney has created. I'm sorry to say that there are few historical or paranormal romance authors out there who makes this appear so effortless like Ms. Putney has done.

DARK PASSAGE was a homerun for me and I'm looking forward to seeing what she's doing next. Even as I'm saying this, I know that others might think differently because really it's hard to put this work in a neat box. DARK PASSAGE was written outside the box of what's being written today and it was executed beautifully.

This review is totally lame. I know this! My bad!

                                                                         

WHERE PURCHASED:
It was a gift from my Twitter buddy Sarah who knows I love this series and sent me the ARC she had received. I am blessed!


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2 people posted their 2 cents:

Blodeuedd said...

Hm...was the first book with a mirror? Oh I need to google

Lynette said...

Yes, Dark Mirror is the first book. I reviewed it
http://lynettestwocents.blogspot.com/2011/04/review-dark-mirror-by-mj-putney.html

My review is lame, but when I get excited about a book my reviews are always lame! LOL!

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