2¢ Worth:TheDark Mirror started strong and lovely. I found it quickly engaging. Teen British aristocrats who show show magical abilities are sent away to have their distasteful mage ways corrected. Some of the teens unite in secret sessions to learn their powers, explore their potential, and discuss how they can aide England from Napoleon's impending attacks. But then the book takes a sharp unexpected turn from the verge of war in 1803 to war-torn 1940. The shift felt sudden, unnatural, and blocked. While I relished 1803, I could have done without 1940. The magic parts that had previously been flowing ended with the time travel. After that everything felt wonky. 2 stars
Word to the wise: Grab this one from the library first.