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The Dark Days Deceit

Written by Alison Goodman

Part of the Lady Helen Series

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LoveReading View on The Dark Days Deceit

Heart-quickening conclusion of ravishing Regency trilogy

December 2018 Book of the Month |

I relished the first two books in this series (The Dark Days Club and The Dark Days Pact) and this final Bath-set instalment is a fittingly thrilling feast of fantastical foe-fighting and illicit liaisons.

Spirited Lady Helen might be in the throes of finalising her wedding plans, but she has far greater matters to attend to, such as defeating the Grand Deceiver. Alongside the high-stakes, high-octane action, the delicious duplicity of Helen’s double-life existence further flavours this novel with edge and intrigue. While “her aunt and uncle, along with the rest of society, were under the impression that she had spent the last six months enjoying the delights of Brighton and Bath”, Helen had, in fact, been engaged in “killing murderers, and becoming one half of the Grand Reclaimer with Lord Carlston” as a member of the demon-fighting Dark Days Club. Talking of whom, Helen’s relationship with Carlston is a frisson-fuelled delight, thronging with “will they? Won’t they?” tension.

Wildly inventive, and driven by the vitalities and conflicts of an engaging heroine, this trilogy is a magnificent melange of history, fantasy and heart-pounding passion.

Joanne Owen

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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.

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 Deceit Synopsis

The third and final book in the compelling Lady Helen trilogy, a delicious collision of Regency romance and dark fantasy (Publishers Weekly starred review). Bath, December 1812. With her wedding just weeks away, Lady Helen Wrexhall is staying with friends while preparations are finalised. But Helen's focus is far from her forthcoming nuptials. Time is running out to find the Bath Deceiver, who holds vital information that the Dark Days Club will need if they are to stand any chance of defeating their unknown foe, the Grand Deceiver. Helen knows that much of this essential information is also locked away in her own mind from when she absorbed the power of the Ligatus. She and her mentor, Lord Carlston, form the two halves of the Grand Reclaimer, and they must find a way to retrieve the information in time so that they can use their bond to fight the Grand Deceiver. Yet the very power and knowledge that Helen possesses is creating a rift in her mind and threatening to destroy her. As Helen tries desperately to juggle the demands of her double life and resist her feelings for Carlston, an old enemy arrives in Bath bringing death and destruction. The final confrontation between the Grand Deceiver and the Grand Reclaimer is set in motion, and Lady Helen's story races towards a shocking conclusion full of passion, betrayal and heartbreak.

The Dark Days Deceit Press Reviews

High-octane demon fighting, Regency social politics, angst-ridden romance and the best heroine of all time - I could read about Lady Helen for ever. - Lauren James, author of 'The Loneliest Girl in the Universe'

A mesmerising marriage between Regency romance and urban fantasy that is both impeccably researched and wonderfully paced. I devoured this series. - Sabaa Tahir, author New York Times bestseller 'An Ember in the Ashes'

An enormously satisfying conclusion to Alison Goodman's brilliant trilogy. I read it in two huge gulps, delighted by the breathless excitement, swoon-inducing romance and clever plotting. A complete triumph. - Laura Wood, author of 'A Sky Painted Gold'

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ISBN: 9781406358988
Publication date: 15/11/2018
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406358988
Publication date: 15th November 2018
Author: Alison Goodman
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 560 pages
Suitable for: YA readers
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance / Relationship Stories
Recommendations: Books of the Month

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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