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The Dark Days Pact

Written by Alison Goodman

Part of the Lady Helen Series

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LoveReading View on The Dark Days Pact

February 2017 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Supernatural Regency Extravaganza  |  This second book in the lavishly entertaining Lady Helen trilogy - think Jane Austen meets contemporary supernatural sass – more than matches the dark drama of its impressive predecessor.

Having decided to join the charismatic Lord Carlston in the Dark Days Club as a Reclaimer, Lady Helen is undergoing training in Brighton during the summer season. But, before she’s been fully instructed, Carlston feels certain that a Grand Deceiver has arrived on English soil, and defence against Grand Deceivers cannot wait for apprenticeships to be completed… But that’s not all. Lady Helen must also manage the somewhat problematic matter of the Home Office having their own agenda for her, along with some rather taxing matters of the heart.

This glorious sequel has it all for fans of fantasy and historical fiction - paranormal clashes, political intrigue, smoldering romance, a handsomely headstrong heroine, and bejeweled historical detail. The writing fizzes with passion and panache throughout, much like Lady Helen herself. ~ Joanne Owen

The Lady Helen trilogy is set in Regency England; Alison Goodman says: "I like the veneer of civility over raw human emotions, the elegant and opulent surroundings, the fashion,  the dancing, and how meeting the eyes of someone or the fleeting touch of their hand can take on enormous meaning. As a writer of historical fiction, I also love how the Regency is like a mirror for today’s society- excessive consumerism, huge divide between rich and poor, and a lot of civil unrest."  Read a full Q&A with the author here.


The Dark Days Pact Synopsis

Combining Jane Austen's high society and Cassandra Clare's supernatural underworld, Alison Goodman's second novel in the Lady Helen trilogy will delight fans of historical fiction and fantasy. Brighton, July 1812. Lady Helen Wrexhall is spending the summer season in Brighton, where she will continue her Reclaimer training and prepare for her duties as a fully fledged member of the Dark Days Club.

Her mentor, Lord Carlston, believes that a Grand Deceiver has arrived in England, and there is no time to lose in preparing Helen to fight it. As she rushes to complete her training, Helen finds herself torn between her loyalty to Carlston and the orders of the Home Office, who wish to use her to further their own agenda.

Meanwhile, the Duke of Selburn seems determined to try and protect her, irrespective of the risk to himself. With so much at stake, Helen must make an agonizing choice between duty and devotion.

The Dark Days Pact Reader Reviews

In addition to the review by one of the Lovereading4kids editorial experts one of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members was also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read her review below:

Humaira Kauser
'I had the brilliant opportunity to read and review an advance copy of The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman who has written The Dark Days Club, Eon and Eona. And for those anticipating the newest Lady Helen book, fear not because this book is everything.

It was beautifully written, just as The Dark Days Club. Personally, I liked it even more than the first book; it just gets better and better. I love that we get to reunite with old favourites from the first book, learn more about them and even meet newer favourites. Even now that I have finished the book, I still think about Lady Helen and the others and I am beyond excited to continue with the series. Alison Goodman's writing is one of a kind and the Regency setting that she creates makes you feel as though you are right there.

Make sure you add this to your reading list because The Dark Days Pact is not a book you want to miss.'

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review the first in this trilogy, The Dark Days Club. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Humaira Kauser, age 17 - 'The Dark Days Club is beautifully written, absolutely captivating and left me wanting more.'
  • Izzy Read - 'The Dark Days Club was modern and classic all at the same time and I loved it! It was a whole new world of excitement, twists and turns, that I never saw coming.'
  • Susie Holm, age 15 - 'A brilliant read which explores the 19th century with a variety of characters that modern young adults can associate with in a way that is both easy and fun to follow.'
  • Megan Chambers, age 14 - 'Like always with Alison Goodman, the plot is unique, with nothing else like it. I would definitely recommend this book.'
  • Megan West, age 14 - 'I think this was a good book with interesting plots and characters. I enjoyed that it was set in a past era and that it had similarities between novels by Cassandra Clare.'
  • Destiny Maraj, age 14 - 'a great storyline with a clever plot, the development off all the characters was fantastic and it was a brilliantly written novel.'
  • Amelia Corrick-Gough, age 14 - 'I really loved this book! The best part was the ending, and I can't wait until the next book is released.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'The story is a mix of elegance and demons set in a way that is almost believable, the characters and plot are divine as you never quite know which of them you can trust.'
  • Jenny Duffy - 'This is a compelling read, combining a richly detailed Regency London setting with a shadowy world of demons and violence.'

The Dark Days Pact Press Reviews

Praise for The Dark Days Club

“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.”

“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,

“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

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ISBN: 9781406358971
Publication date: 26/01/2017
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406358971
Publication date: 26th January 2017
Author: Alison Goodman
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 512 pages
Suitable for: YA readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical, Historical Fiction, Romance / Relationship Stories
Recommendations: Books of the Month, eBooks, Reviewed by Children

About Alison Goodman

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 ...

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