The Dark Days Club, last year’s debut of the Lady Helen novels, topped my list of favorite books for the year and earned a spot on our Winter Reads list. Set in 1812 England, the book introduced readers to Lady Helen Wrexhall, an 18-year-old ward of her aunt and uncle whose late mother was deemed a traitor. Helen has little interest in finding a suitable husband, as is expected of her; instead, she’d rather explore her family history and help her best friend, who’s suffered through an indecent experience. But soon, she discovers that she has incredibly rare powers, which leads her to the Dark Days Club, which has others like her who dedicate their lives to hunting demons known as Deceivers.
Exactly a year after the series debut, author Alison Goodman is back with Book 2, The Dark Days Pact, which takes place in the Summer of 1812 not long after Helen has a disastrous entry into society. Now, she’s staying at a seaside resort in Brighton where she’s training to be one of the demon-hunting Reclaimers. Since this is Regency-era England, Helen has no choice but to move about society as a man as she sets upon several missions, including continuing to try to help her best friend as well as her mentor, and possibly facing the Grand Deceiver.
If you’ve read The Dark Days Club, you’ll undoubtedly want to pick up this exciting sequel. If you haven’t read it, you can get the first book now in Paperback, or for the Kindle, which is on sale right now for only $1.99. But be sure to also check out my review of Book 1.
Sequel to New York Times bestselling author Alison Goodman’s acclaimed The Dark Days Club””a smashing combination of Buffy and Jane Austen!
After the scandalous events at her presentation ball in London, Lady Helen has taken refuge at the fashionable seaside resort of Brighton, banished from her family and training as a Reclaimer with the covert Dark Days Club. She must learn to fight the dangerous energy-wielding Deceivers and prepare to face their master, the elusive Grand Deceiver.
As she struggles to put aside her genteel upbringing, Helen realizes that her mentor, Lord Carlston, is fighting his own inner battle. Has the foul Deceiver energy poisoned his soul, or is something else driving him towards violent bouts of madness? Either way, Helen is desperate to help the man with whom she shares a deep but forbidden connection.
When Mr. Pike, the hard bureaucratic heart of the Dark Days Club, arrives in Brighton, he has a secret mission for Helen: find the journal left by a mad rogue Reclaimer, before it falls into the hands of the Deceivers. Coerced by Pike, Helen has no choice but to do as ordered, knowing that the search for the journal may bring about Lord Carlston’s annihilation.