Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Review: The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman

by Alison Goodman
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: January 31st, 2017
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
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, and his sanity is beginning 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 even higher for Helen as she struggles to become the warrior that everyone expects her to be.

When I first picked up Alison Goodman's The Dark Days Club, the first in her Lady Helen series, I was hooked! Taking place in the early 1800's and set in London, The Dark Days Club introduced character Lady Helen Wrexhall, a captivating 18 year old who is thrust into a hectic series of events that lead her down a new path - a demon hunter. And with it's high-stakes and intense end, I was eager to pick up The Dark Days Pact immediately upon it's arrival. I couldn't wait to find out what happened after the birthday ball, and furthermore what the world had in store for Lady Helen.

"Helen took an experimental step alongside the flimsy fence that safeguarded the sheer drop to the beach. The hem of her promenade gown brought her up short, the sudden halt causing her touch watch to swing out on the end of its silk neck-cord and slap back against her ribs."

Where The Dark Days Club felt like it was slow-paced and perhaps a little stretched, The Dark Days Pact felt like a breeze despite it's length. The Dark Days Pact takes place not long after the concluding events of it's predecessor and we are caught up with Lady Helen once again, this time completely disowned by her uncle and now a part of the demon-hunting club - The Dark Days Club. Furthermore, she finds herself now training hard in order to better hone her new Reclaimer powers. However, even so, Lady Helen still finds herself struggling, with enemies waiting for her at every corner. With that said, The Dark Days Pact was a phenomenal companion to it's predecessor, and a worthy installment in what I believe to be an incredibly well-written series. I was blown away with every plot reveal, and absolutely loved Lady Helen's immense growth. I'm positively eager to read the next installment in the series, and highly recommend both The Dark Days Club and The Dark Days Pact!

4.5 / 5 Cupcakes

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  1. Hi!!! I really want so bad this book !!!

  2. LOVE historical paranormal novels, especially when women have roles that aren't traditionally accepted by their peers! She seems like an interesting character, especially since she has powers of her own to use and I'd be interested in seeing how the men in her society treat her.

    Lovely review :)