Book: Dark Mirror by M.J. Putney
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication date: 2011
Thoughts: Mary Jo Putney is my all-time favorite romance novelist, so I was very excited to read her first YA offering, Dark Mirror. Since it’s a new genre for her and I’ve been playing with a novel idea of my own this month (through Camp NaNoWriMo), I read this more like a writer than I normally would. I saw a few pacing problems where some bits moved too quickly and other parts slowed down too much, but I doubt I would have noticed under other circumstances. Even with that, I was entranced by the world that Putney created where magic is considered lower class, so aristocratic mages are sent to reform school.
I can’t wait for Book Two, Dark Passage. According to Amazon, it will be published September 13.
Appeal: An excellent novel for adults and young people who like intelligent YA fantasy and are tired of vampires. The two separate historical settings (Georgian-era England and early World War II) are fascinating and as realistic as one wants in a fantasy novel. The female narrator makes this more naturally appealing to women, but there’s plenty here for the guys to like as well — several terrific male characters and a plot that centers around strategies of war.
Reviews: Lots of blogs reviewed this book back in the spring when it came out. Nicole at Linus’s Blanket also enjoyed the book. She thought it got quickly into the action, while Jen at Jen Robinson’s Book Page thought it started way too slowly. Heh. Pacing is doubly difficult when readers don’t experience it in the same way!
Challenges: Since I bought this book, I can count it as book number six in my twelve book challenge: Buy One Book and Read It 2011.
Do you notice pacing in a novel? Are you more attracted to break-neck speed or a leisurely wander?