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January 2016 Debut of the Month This first novel in a trilogy of deliciously dark, supernatural page-turners set in Regency England is packed with passion, period detail and devastating demons.
London, 1812, and sharp-minded, strong-spirited Lady Helen Wrexhall is about to be presented to Queen Charlotte. Her parents deceased, Helen lives with her authoritarian uncle and aunt, whose principle purpose is to see their niece secured in a seemly matrimonial match. But when Helen encounters the enigmatic, scandalous Earl of Carlson, she finds herself drawn from the dazzling lights of Vauxhall Gardens into the darkness of a parallel world of demons, whose deadly influence has penetrated the very core of political power. And she also discovers disturbing truths about her supposedly disreputable mother, and herself…
Under the full moon of her presentation ball, Helen faces an excruciating decision. Will she accept a proposal from the thoroughly decent Duke of Selborn and become a high society Duchess? Or will she use her newfound powers and join smouldering Lord Carlston in the Dark Days Club as a Demon Slayer? Alongside Helen’s absorbing personal conflict, the contrasts between the tightly corseted constraints of Regency England and the wildness of the dark, demonic underworld are brilliantly evoked. This is a consummately satisfying, un-put-down-able epic that will be devoured by fans of Cassandra Clare. ~ Joanne Owen
Jane Austen's high society and Cassandra Clare's supernatural underworld collide in the first book in the Lady Helen trilogy, perfect for fans of historical fiction and fantasy. London, April 1812. Lady Helen Wrexhall is set to make her curtsy to Queen Charlotte and step into polite Regency Society. Unbeknownst to Helen, that step will also take her from the glittering ballroom of Almacks and the bright lights of Vauxhall Gardens into a shadowy world of demonic creatures, missing housemaids and deadly power. Standing between those two worlds is Lord Carlston, a man of dubious reputation and infuriating manners. He believes Helen is destined to protect humanity, but all he can offer is danger, savagery and the possibility of madness. Not the kind of destiny suitable for a young lady in her first London Season.
This delightfully dangerous adventure of self-discovery and difficult choices has all the unnerving dark magic of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell and the action of classics such as The Scarlet Pimpernel.
Teens love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.
“Amazing research, really fun characters and such an original idea.” Sabaa Tahir, author of An Ember in the Ashes
“A consummately satisfying, un-put-down-able epic that will be devoured by fans of Cassandra Clare.” Lovereading.co.uk
“The prose is as witty as Elizabeth Bennet herself and the whole book is a joy from start to finish.” SFX Magazine
“This is great fun: vivid Regency drama with a demonic supernatural twist.” The Bookseller
“Lady Helen is intelligent, lively and brave, and one of the best YA protagonists I have come across.” Emer, teen reviewer, Lovereading.co.uk
“Edge-of-the-seat supernatural thrills in the fashionable London of 1812.” Jane Austen’s Regency World
“This fantastic introduction leaves us hungry for more.” Entertainment Weekly
|Publication date:||21st January 2016|
|Publisher:||Walker Books Ltd|
|Suitable for:||13+ readers, YA readers|
|Genres:||Fantasy / Magical, Historical Fiction|
|Recommendations:||Debuts of the Month, eBooks|
|Other Categories:||Reviewed by Children|
Alison Goodman is the New York Times bestselling author of Eon and Eona, which have been sold into 18 countries and translated into 11 languages. She has taught creative writing at postgraduate level and professionally mentors a small number of writers. She lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her husband and their Machiavellian Jack Russell terrier. **Who would be your dream cast if the Lady Helen trilogy was ever adapted to a film? Which of the new characters are your favourite and why? Find out all the answers, and more, in this Q&A with Alison Goodman conducted by one of our ...More About Alison Goodman