The Dark Days Pact

The Dark Days Pact

June 1812. Just weeks after her catastrophic coming-out ball, Lady Helen Wrexhall—now disowned by her uncle—is a full member of the demon-hunting Dark Days Club. Her mentor, Lord Carlston, has arranged for Helen to spend the summer season in Brighton so that he can train her new Reclaimer powers. However, the long-term effects of Carlston’s Reclaimer work have taken hold,...

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Title:The Dark Days Pact
Author:Alison Goodman
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:496 pages

The Dark Days Pact Reviews

  • Alyssa
    Nov 28, 2015

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    The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman

    Book Two of the Lady Helen series

    Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

    Publication Date: January 31, 2017

    Rating: 4 stars

    Source: ARC sent by the publisher

    Summary (from Goodreads):

    June 1812. Just weeks after her catastrophic coming-out ball, Lady Helen Wrexhall—now disowned by her uncle—is a full member of the demon-hunting Dark Days Club. Her mentor, Lord Carlston, has arranged for Helen and her maid, Darby, to

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    The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman

    Book Two of the Lady Helen series

    Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

    Publication Date: January 31, 2017

    Rating: 4 stars

    Source: ARC sent by the publisher

    Summary (from Goodreads):

    June 1812. Just weeks after her catastrophic coming-out ball, Lady Helen Wrexhall—now disowned by her uncle—is a full member of the demon-hunting Dark Days Club. Her mentor, Lord Carlston, has arranged for Helen and her maid, Darby, to spend the summer season in Bristol, where Helen can sharpen her Reclaimer powers. Then the long-term effects of Carlston’s Reclaimer work take hold, and his sanity begins to slip. At the same time, Carlston’s Dark Days Club colleague and nemesis will stop at nothing to bring Helen over to his side—and the Duke of Selburn is determined to marry her. The stakes are ever higher for Helen, and her decision will truly change the world…

    What I Liked:

    The Dark Days Pact is an excellent follow-up to The Dark Days Club - it follows none of the sequel slump pattern that we've seen so often in Young Adult trilogies. I liked The Dark Days Club very much, though at times I found that book to drag a little. This sequel was thoroughly intriguing and entertaining, with a lot of action and revelations, and a little bit of angst. I enjoyed this book immensely and I am looking forward to reading the final book in the series.

    Lady Helen is well on her way to becoming a fully trained Reclaimer, and an official member of the Dark Days Club. Mr. Pike comes to Bristol to swear her in, and he also gives her a task: obtain an important journal of a secretive nature. But it's clear that Mr. Pike has another intent - spy on Lord Carlston, and get rid of him. But Lord Carlston has been showing signs of deterioration, in his health. Time is running out to find a cure, which also hinges upon the journal. Helen must get the journal before Carlston does, or risk breaking her oath as Club member. But she doesn't trust anyone except Carlston, Mr. Hammond, Mr. Quinn, and Darby, and she doesn't think Mr. Pike is honorable. The journal itself isn't what it seems, and Helen's decision about what to do with it will have consequences she can't comprehend.

    This sequel moves at a faster pace than The Dark Days Club, which I appreciated. I loved The Dark Days Club, but there were definitely times when I really felt the length of the book (500+ pages). This book is also around that page length, but it has more action and intrigue, in my opinion. Helen was always getting up to something sneaky, which I thought was hilarious (good for her!).

    You can clearly see Helen's growth, in this novel! Much of this book is focused on her training as a Reclaimer, and so we see her grow in that way, but also in general. She stands up for herself and doesn't let herself get shuffled around. When her oath to the Days Days Club comes up against her loyalty to her friends, and Carlston, she doesn't meekly follow one side or the other. She seeks more information and bides her time, but ultimately, she makes decisions. I wouldn't say she is totally decisive at first, but she really grows into a stronger character. There are so many feminist moments in this book in which I was cheering for Helen. Especially every time she told Selburn she didn't need a protector - you go, girl!

    That being said, it's interesting how Goodman worked that strong, feminist attitude into Helen's character. It was always there, but I like how Helen really stands up for herself, especially towards the end. She definitely is confined by societal rules and customs, but at the same time, she makes choices for her reasons, and not society's. Recall that this series is set in the 1800s - so it's painfully obvious that, historically speaking, this is a "man's world", and females are subservient (given the time period). But Helen doesn't appreciate having to hide behind a man - and she doesn't let it happen. Again, she is still confined by society's "rules" for women, but she does things her way. She has to come to terms with some difficult decisions, like dressing as a man for disguise, and cutting her hair, but Helen is a tough girl.

    Along those lines - Goodman has done a fantastic job in building the world of this series. The novel is set in 1800s England, so there was a lot of research that needed to be done to write this book. Goodman has quite the eye for detail! I read a lot of adult historical romance novels, so I'm very used to this setting, but I must say, Goodman really outdoes herself with the world-building. Drop in all the monsters and supernatural powers and important magical objects and we've got a very interesting world in a realistic historic setting. Well done by the author!

    This book is told in third-person, limited to Helen, and I liked this mode of storytelling. First-person is so common in Young Adult literature, but I think I much prefer third-person. Goodman writes it very well.

    The other characters besides Helen are incredibly important and so well-fleshed out as well. Carlston is arguably a protagonist, equally as important as Helen. He is ailing and clearly not getting better, and no one can figure out what is causing his deterioration. Fits of temper and bursts of madness are evidence to his deterioration, and try as they might, Helen and the gang can't hide this from Mr. Pike (who clearly wants Carlston gone). But Carlston shines in this book; he trains Helen efficiently, and he never tries to control her (like, dare I say, Selburn attempts to do). I wouldn't say that Carlston is sweet or tender - he is a quietly brooding warrior with a bit of a temper. Yet he cares so much about Helen, and he doesn't take care to make it less obvious. The poor man! He suffers quite a lot, in this particular book.

    Darby is her usual feisty self, and she and Mr. Quinn get close. We learn a lot about Mr. Hammond, and I adore him so much. His sister, Margaret, is annoying as ever (but in an endearing way). A character that becomes very important in this book is Delia; her addition to the main plot was surprising, but in the end, very welcoming. Selburn is unfortunately in this book, more in second half, and honestly he is the peskiest of flies.

    In the first half the book, the focus is on training Helen and Darby, and for Helen, making the deal with the man to get the journal. But the man, Lowry, wants something that Helen refuses to give, and then she finds out that Carlston is looking for the journal (not knowing that she is too), so Helen must sneak around and try to find out more, in order to steal the journal herself. But plans never go planned, and so there is a lot of close calls and nighttime excursions.

    The romance is so obvious and wonderful (assuming you like Carlston). I didn't really see Selburn being part of the romance in The Dark Days Club, and as annoying as he is, I still don't see him being a real threat. Romantically speaking, it's all Helen and Carlston. While Carlston isn't a big softie, he gets romantic (for a moment!) in this book. The bond they have goes beyond being Reclaimers, or sharing energy, or whatever: it's clear that they both love each other. I'm hoping Goodman works that out, in the end, because there really is no other ship to be boarded.

    The ending is good in some ways, and painful in others. I love how exciting the ending is! It was a mad race to make this or that happen, and so every single character in this book was converging to one spot. All of our main characters are still alive and well and survive the scuffle. I did mention that the ending is slightly painful, and it is. It's a cliffhanger that has little to do with Reclaimers and Deceivers. Still, I have hope, and I'm very excited to read the next book.

    What I Did Not Like:

    I will complain about a thing that I can't say specifically because that would be spoiler-y. But. Remember how I said that there isn't really a love triangle? That is very true, because Helen is in love with Carlston, and vice versa. Never mind that Carlston is still technically married (his wife has been missing for six or so years). Never mind that the Duke of Selburn is obnoxiously obsessed with Helen and won't stop asking her to marry him. Which is weird! Why does he persist? She has rejected him so many times. Again, I'm complaining about a thing that happened in this book that I can't say specifically. But, it's a thing that I want to see disappear very quickly, in book three, if possible.

    Personally (and this is just a theory, and not a spoiler), I'm hoping that Selburn is the Grand Deceiver. We still don't know who is, by the end of this book (though we get some more information about the Grand Deceiver). I'm hoping it's Selburn, because he is so slimy in a nice way. He's too protective and invasive, in terms of Helen and her business. Sure, it would be convenient if he were the Grand Deceiver, but still. A girl can hope.

    Would I Recommend It:

    Despite the not-love-triangle, I really enjoyed this book, and I'm loving this series. Dare I say this book is even stronger than The Dark Days Club? Perhaps it is. So many aspects of the story are strengthened - Helen, the plot revolving the Grand Deceiver, the journal (not spoiling), the romance (that ONE scene, mercy). There are even seeds about Carlston's wife, and Helen's parents, and a darker matter about Reclaimers and Deceivers. This book sets up for an intense showdown in book three! I highly recommend this series if you like historical fiction, paranormal fiction, steampunk fiction. I'm not a huge fan of Cassandra Clare's books, but this series reminds me a little of The Infernal Devices, in terms of the world-building.

    (I like this series SO much better than The Infernal Devices, mind you.)

    Rating:

    4 stars. My heart will be shriveled and withered by the time book three is published! I'm not sure I can handle the ending of this book for so long. But I'm trusting Goodman to deliver a fair and good ending, for Helen, and Carlston, and Darby, and Quinn, and the others. I'm looking forward to getting book three in my hands as soon as possible!

    EDIT (June 11th): title time!

    -- cool! Want want want WANT! =)

    Well. Now that I've read

    , I can safely say that I WILL DEFINITELY BE READING THIS SEQUEL. Holy guacamole, I need this book. While

    does NOT end with a cliffhanger, it definitely leaves me wanting more!

  • Cookie
    Jan 28, 2016

    EVERYTHING HURTS AND I NEED BOOK 3. also you can read my review

    , as in, on a blog. if that kinda thing is your thing. (or you can scroll down too, if that's more of your thing than clicking to another blog thing. anyway.)

    I don't know when I will be over this book because a few sentences ruined me and also Lord Carlston. MY HEART!

    It's been a few weeks since the thing at Helen's birthday ball. She's now with Mr. Hammond and his sister, Lady Margaret, in Brighton, where she's learning to becom

    EVERYTHING HURTS AND I NEED BOOK 3. also you can read my review

    , as in, on a blog. if that kinda thing is your thing. (or you can scroll down too, if that's more of your thing than clicking to another blog thing. anyway.)

    I don't know when I will be over this book because a few sentences ruined me and also Lord Carlston. MY HEART!

    It's been a few weeks since the thing at Helen's birthday ball. She's now with Mr. Hammond and his sister, Lady Margaret, in Brighton, where she's learning to become a Reclaimer. She has to learn how to walk, talk, and overall, be a man--but that's harder than it seems when her mentor, Lord Carlston, is struggling with troubles of his own. Helen isn't sure how to help him, but to make things worse, she also has to focus on how to get a dangerous journal back before a Deceiver gets it, even if it means keeping secrets from Carlston.

    Alison Goodman is an amazing writer. (She's also ruined me, but more on that later.) She's done an amazing job with the historical setting for this series, to a point where it feels so authentic, there's no doubt that every single detail is accurate. She's beyond meticulous with the details--everything is there with no awkwardness in her descriptions. She truly brings 1812 in a vivid light. I'd like to think that if somehow, some way, I was transported back there, I'd have a slight idea on what to do.

    Let's hope that stays impossible, though.

    Anyway, as much as I love all of that, it makes for a very slow paced story. There aren't many jumps in the plot--it's mostly a day-to-day ordeal throughout. It's slow going, with each scene aptly described and whatnot. Normally, slow books are hard for me to get into, but! This series doesn't bother me because Goodman, the brilliant woman she is, truly brings out her characters.

    They all feel so real, despite the fact they exist over two centuries ago. None of them feel flat or boring--and they're all crucial to the story, and Goodman adds amazing depth to every player.

    The relationships are wonderful! From Darby and Helen to Carlston and Helen, Goodman has created amazing friendships (and more) in this novel. The strong female partnership between Helen and Darby makes me so happy! They'd truly do anything for each other and always support one another and it's amazing. Although I wish there was more of it--I'm always wishing that--I've no doubt Goodman will do an amazing job with book 3.

    There was more romance in this book than its predecessor. I LOVED IT. EVERY SINGLE THING. Even though the players caused me SO MUCH PAIN. Unimaginable PAIN. As much as I would love more physical interactions, I totally get why, if a little painfully, as to why the book wasn't full of them, despite the obvious reasons (training, missions, DANGER, and all that wonderful jazz). Still, this made each and every single interaction all the more exciting! Helen and Carlston do not have it easy at all but god, I love them with all my heart.

    There is a fair amount of action in the novel and Goodman shines in this aspect as well. Though they were somewhat limited, each scene was amazingly written and still kept me hooked. They had the perfect balance of danger and suspense. It was hard to predict what would happen--I never know what to expect!

    Also, can I just say how much I love Helen? She's so levelheaded and caring and strong! She's sensible and one of the most brilliant main characters I've come across. She always tries so hard! She's had to give up so much more than her family for the duty of being a Reclaimer and still, she doesn't complain and stays true to her job. Her struggles show throughout the book and Goodman wrote it all so realistically. Nothing was easy for her--not the training, her feelings, or the decisions she's had to make. Helen is admirable and capable and so strong in her own ways. No matter what, Helen doesn't give up and it makes me adore her all the more.

    So guys! If you love historical novels, please, I beg of you, give this series a try! Even if you don't like them, it's worth checking out. It's brilliantly written, with great characters and a nice blend of action and fantasy as well! Also, there's Lord Carlston. Broody and amazing Lord Carlston.

    Overall, ALL THE STARS. I demand book 3!

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    they're going to reveal the cover soon and i don't like it because THEY'RE CHANGING IT AND PUTTING A MODEL ON THE COVER

    and it makes me sad.

    a little sneak peek at the new covers

    (keep in mind this is for the US editions!)

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    Why has no one put up the title,

    on Goodreads yet?

    (ETA: thank you to whoever put up that title xoxo)

    ♫ It has a title. ♫ We have a title. ♫ I love it. ♫

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    Oh bless. It's a trilogy. Longer wait but totally worth it.

  • Nastassja
    Oct 05, 2016
  • Laura
    Jan 19, 2017

    is set in Brighton 1812 where Lady Helen will be spending the summer with Lord Carlston so she can continue her training to be a Reclaimer. Part of her training is learning to disguise herself as a man convincingly since woman are restricted to the places they can go among other things. Lady Helen is put in an interesting predicament when the Dark Days Club give her an assignment to find Benchley's journal and not to tell Lord Carlston who may be slipping into madness.

    That's

    is set in Brighton 1812 where Lady Helen will be spending the summer with Lord Carlston so she can continue her training to be a Reclaimer. Part of her training is learning to disguise herself as a man convincingly since woman are restricted to the places they can go among other things. Lady Helen is put in an interesting predicament when the Dark Days Club give her an assignment to find Benchley's journal and not to tell Lord Carlston who may be slipping into madness.

    That's as deep into the plot that I'm willing to go (because spoilers). Delia is back! And so is the Duke of Selburn. A lot of the secondary characters are back. The historical accuracy is still phenomenal. Except this time with the story set in Brighton, we're getting something a little different than Lady Helen in gowns at balls doing the Regency London thing. Besides the fact that she is dressed as a man a good amount of time allowing her to go around town freely, get a beer at the bar, or say...enter a brothel. There are also fun scenes going into detail about bathing machines and dipping with Martha Gunn, the most famous dipper in Brighton (yes, in real life). The people, places, and moments in history that show up in the book were once again my favorite part.

    The romance becomes a much bigger focus in the second book. I liked how it stayed somewhat in the background in

    . It was slow-burning, but now that it has sort of gotten there...it's taken over the plot a bit more. I don't exactly care who Lady Helen "likes" because there is a much bigger situation among us. She doesn't have time to kiss him or the other guy for that matter. Not to mention, I just don't care much for romance.

    Also, Lord Carlston is a larger character in this book than he was in the first. I enjoyed how mysterious he was, but now that we know him...he's not my favorite. It was definitely personal preference that made me enjoy this one less than the first. I still liked the story. I just didn't enjoy it as much as I would've hoped. If you don't mind Carlston as a character or a bit of romance to spice up a novel, you won't have these issues.

    If you enjoy well-researched historical fiction with a paranormal twist and don't mind romance, this would be a great series for you to try out.

  • Keertana
    Jan 14, 2017

    Rating: 4.5 Stars

    I think

    might be my favorite of all Alison Goodman's novels to date. This sequel picks up promptly where

    left off with Lady Helen in Bath for the summer, having been cast aside by her aunt and uncle. Now that Helen has discovered that she is a Reclaimer, she is under the tutelage of Lord Carleston as he trains her to join the Dark Days Club. But nothing is quite as it seems... Lord Carleston is prone to illness, a strange Lord Pike is stirri

    Rating: 4.5 Stars

    I think

    might be my favorite of all Alison Goodman's novels to date. This sequel picks up promptly where

    left off with Lady Helen in Bath for the summer, having been cast aside by her aunt and uncle. Now that Helen has discovered that she is a Reclaimer, she is under the tutelage of Lord Carleston as he trains her to join the Dark Days Club. But nothing is quite as it seems... Lord Carleston is prone to illness, a strange Lord Pike is stirring trouble, Helen is confident she's seen a Deceiver in town, and the Duke of Selburn has followed Helen to Bath to renew his offer of marriage. Add to the mix Helen's best friend, Delia, who escapes being sent to an asylum to join Helen and Helen's new vows as a Reclaimer, which compel her to follow the King's orders--even if that means listening to Lord Pike--and

    is a hell of a ride.

    What I love most about this book is the fact that Helen is caught between her upbringing as a noble woman and her duties as a Reclaimer, which demand her to dress and behave as a man on more than one occasion. As the only female Reclaimer in the Dark Days Club, Helen is an anomaly and watching her navigate the constructs placed upon her gender, while keeping to her vows as a Reclaimer, was a wonderful journey. Goodman excels at capturing the intricacies of gender--the fact that the men of the Dark Days Club see Helen as a noble woman despite her strength and contributions to the society--and I loved watching Helen re-define the boundaries to fit her.

    Of course, in Victorian England, there is constantly a push-and-pull of societal expectations and the heart, and this comes to light particularly in the romance. The Duke of Selburn can give Helen a good name--something her reputation rather needs--but Carleston understands that she needs freedom and trusts her to follow her instincts instead of constantly protecting her. It's not a love triangle, because it is clear who Helen favors of the two men, but the war between love and duty is one that becomes even more clear in this novel. We see that not only Helen but Hammond, his sister, Helen's maid Darby, and even Lord Carleston are all battling this same war.

    I particularly loved getting to know more about Lord Carleston, who is too much of an enigma in

    We finally unravel the many secrets of his past and, what's best for me is that we see Lord Carleston out of his element. Enemies from his past, such as Lord Pike, plant doubts in the mind of Lady Helen and as Carleston's "illness" gets worse, he acts rashly and out of turn. Carleston isn't entirely in control of his actions and to see him go from a confident leader to a weak figurehead, of sorts, is a twist--one that is as difficult for him as it is for the secondary characters and Helen, especially. I loved seeing the changing relationship dynamics that this brought, though.

    And, of course, the plot just continues to thicken. Though we get many answers in this sequel, there are just as many questions remaining and Goodman wastes no time in elaborating upon her world-building. We meet so many more members of the Dark Days Club, understand the bond between Reclaimer and Terrene better, and even have our assumptions about Deceivers put to the test. This is such an intriguing world and though variations of this idea may have been done before--namely in

    --Goodman still manages to make her world wholly unique. I couldn't anticipate the grand majority of plot twists in this novel and the ending threw a knife in my gut; my emotions are a complete mess and I desperately

    the sequel to know everything is going to be okay. Goodman doesn't hesitate to do away with characters we're starting to love--or already do!--so I can feel in my gut that the grand finale to this trilogy is going to be an emotional roller coaster for sure.

    For fans of

    this sequel doesn't disappoint in the least. It's a wonderful blend of gender roles, romance, action, paranormal, and plot twists. Helen's difficulty in mastering her Reclaimer skills and fitting into the society of the Dark Days Club--so different from the life of a noble women--is utterly realistic and I love, love,

    this strong-willed, determined heroine. The secondary characters--a wonderful blend of genders, sexual identities, and class hierarchies--all make this a historical fantasy novel rooted in diversity and I am eager for more of Goodman's work. I, personally, love the Victorian Era and can never become tired of being thrown back into Jane Austen-esque novels with paranormal twists, so this is among my favorite series. But, even if you aren't as obsessed with Victorian England as much as I am, give this series a shot--it's absolutely worth it and you'll discover a new go-to author as a result.

  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    Mar 22, 2016

    Well I was in denial for a while, but now with the cover officially up on Goodreads I can safely say I'll be opting for the ePub

    But I totally respect people who still plan on buying the physical copy, not everyone is a picky/judgmental about covers and consistency as me lol

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    Yup it really seems like they're going with the plans for a cover change. Which means they failed me, Vikings books why did you fail me?

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    I'm just over here praying that the VikingBooks doesn't go through with their de

    Well I was in denial for a while, but now with the cover officially up on Goodreads I can safely say I'll be opting for the ePub

    But I totally respect people who still plan on buying the physical copy, not everyone is a picky/judgmental about covers and consistency as me lol

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    Yup it really seems like they're going with the plans for a cover change. Which means they failed me, Vikings books why did you fail me?

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    I'm just over here praying that the VikingBooks doesn't go through with their decision to add cover models to this series

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    When are we going to get an official release date on this!!!? I need to know this information!

    And also what is it with people rating books that have not even been released yet? Unless you've gotten an ARC, and read the book before we even get an official release date, why are you already rating the book? That is just unfair to the author and fellow readers.

  • Stacee
    Sep 25, 2016

    After reading and loving The Dark Days Club, I knew I would be devouring the sequel as soon as I could. And when I saw The Dark Days Pact available, I legit screamed and downloaded it.

    Lady Helen is still just as awesome as she was before. She's stronger this time around and I really enjoyed seeing her work out the new facets of her powers. The rest of the gang is all here and they're definitely in for some changes.

    There are a lot of twists and revelations in this book and I was on the edge of my

    After reading and loving The Dark Days Club, I knew I would be devouring the sequel as soon as I could. And when I saw The Dark Days Pact available, I legit screamed and downloaded it.

    Lady Helen is still just as awesome as she was before. She's stronger this time around and I really enjoyed seeing her work out the new facets of her powers. The rest of the gang is all here and they're definitely in for some changes.

    There are a lot of twists and revelations in this book and I was on the edge of my seat for the last quarter of it. I just couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Be prepared for anything and everything, but it's the ending that just might kill you in the most delicious way.

    The third book has quickly become a title that I would do horrible things for. I can't wait to see what happens next.

    **Huge thanks to Viking Books and Edelweiss for providing the arc free of charge**

  • Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
    Jan 22, 2017

    Well that was an epic ending. I need book three? Ahhh my mind is full of questions and fears and what ifs!!!!

    Full review TK

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    Jan 06, 2017

    3.5 stars. I think your enthusiasm level for this sequel will be directly tied to how much you liked Carlston in the first book. I just wasn't his biggest fan and kept waiting for Selburn to show up here (while also weirdly hoping he turns out to be the Grand Deceiver? It works).

    If you don't remember the first book very well, this one sums up a lot of the basics when Helen explains the world to Delia:

    3.5 stars. I think your enthusiasm level for this sequel will be directly tied to how much you liked Carlston in the first book. I just wasn't his biggest fan and kept waiting for Selburn to show up here (while also weirdly hoping he turns out to be the Grand Deceiver? It works).

    If you don't remember the first book very well, this one sums up a lot of the basics when Helen explains the world to Delia:

    The Dark Days Club isn't convinced that Carlston is loyal or stable after absorbing so much of the energy that would cause him to go mad, so Helen must serve them instead of serving Carlston. And if she informs him of her assignment she'll have committed high treason. A good part of the story is her trying to retrieve Benchley's journal, usually dressed as a guy. She still has super speed & strength, the ability to heal, and better senses because she's a direct inheritor of her powers.

    A few parts of this series are just a bit

    to me sometimes, but I do like it overall! And it really does have one of the best historical settings I've found. I'm not sure if Alison Goodman time traveled or just

    knows her stuff, but all of the details are incredible. So I do like most of the characters and where the plot is heading... but a lot of my attention got lost in the first half. The second half really picked up and had an exciting finish, though!

    I'd recommend this series if you liked The Infernal Devices, These Vicious Masks, or any other historical stories with demon hunting!

  • Sabaa Tahir
    Feb 07, 2017

    I was pretty open about my obsession with Book 1 in the Lady Helene series, Dark Days Club, but HOLY HOT CROWS PEOPLE, Alison has written such an incredible sequel. It's the perfect balance of suspense and romance and cross-dressing and regency drama. It picks up pretty soon after DDC left off, and we are plunged right back into Lady Helen's world of reclaimers and deceivers. Lord Carlston is is usual broody, dangerous, fantastic self--someone give that man a standalone series.

    And the research

    I was pretty open about my obsession with Book 1 in the Lady Helene series, Dark Days Club, but HOLY HOT CROWS PEOPLE, Alison has written such an incredible sequel. It's the perfect balance of suspense and romance and cross-dressing and regency drama. It picks up pretty soon after DDC left off, and we are plunged right back into Lady Helen's world of reclaimers and deceivers. Lord Carlston is is usual broody, dangerous, fantastic self--someone give that man a standalone series.

    And the research in this book is incredible! But not like annoying and obvious--it's just woven so neatly and seemlessly into the story that you really feel as if you're in the streets of Brighton and London, dodging baddies with Lady Helen.

    The plot is clever and unexpected and the ENDING, OMG. Probably I'm going to have to find a way to get Alison to tour with me again so that I can then steal her computer and read Lady Helen #3 because I simply cannot wait, I must have it now. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this series.