Release Date: January 26, 2016
Publisher: Viking Books
Genre:Young Adult | Fantasy | Historical
New York Times bestseller Alison Goodman’s eagerly awaited new project: a Regency adventure starring a stylish and intrepid demon-hunter!
London, April 1812. On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap?
Today is Tuesday and I know a few are you are probably going to take a trip to the bookstore, or do some online shopping, to either peruse the New Release shelves or to get a book (or ten) to add to your collection. Do me and yourselves a favor by adding Alison Goodman's THE DARK DAYS CLUB to your cart while you're at it. Here's why:
- The pomp and circumstance of the Regency era is strongly demonstrated here. AGoodman is an enthusiast and she did a lot of painstaking research from the costume, rules of etiquette, down to what London looked like in 1812. With a few tweaks here and there to accommodate the fantasy element of the novel of course. AGoodman seamlessly wove The Dark Days Club with the Regency era's current events so expect demons in disguise feeding on unsuspecting humans while you're taking a stroll through the park or garden, dancing at a ball, or out and about running errands.
- The Dark Days Club is such an ambiguous group. Their mission might be to control demons and protect innocent humans from being victimized by them, BUT are they in it for the greater good, or have they lost their objectivity somewhere and are in it for the power. This is one of the novel's mysteries and it's quite the conflict especially from Lady Helen's perspective. Her mother used to be an agent until she died mid-mission, but not before writing her daughter a letter discouraging Lady Helen to be recruited by the group.
- The many twists and turns of THE DARK DAYS CLUB will have you flip flopping your opinion about this demon business. Just when I thought I can relax, AGoodman adds a bump or two here to shake things up. It's impossible to put down the book so expect some sleepless nights as the novel runs on almost 500 pages. However, the print version is very pretty so you're incentivized in that aspect if you get a hard copy.
- The world and fantasy aspect is absorbing to say the least. It goes beyond demons escaping Hell and their desire to rule the world. There's a bigger plot and conflict somewhere, but AGoodman was vague in what these demons are planning for now. She focused more on the introducing us and Lady Helen to the dark side of London, and how the Club's latest recruit fits into the big picture. It sure got bloody and I loved it!
- Ah, Lady Helen Wrexhall. How I love her! She's very clever, this debutante. I love her inquisitive mind and quick wit. While some heroines would embrace their destinies once it's revealed, Lady Helen marinated, ruminated, and explored hers from every angle. Her approach is very realistic and very calculated. You won't find a flighty amateur-ish easy prey here that's for sure.
- Which brings me to Lord Carlston. I don't know how to accurately describe Lord Carlston aside from the man is hot with questionnable history and intent. Does he truly care for Lady Helen or is he so dedicated to The Dark Days Club that he will use any means available to him to see his missions through even if it's to Lady Helen's detriment?
- The rest of the supporting cast are just as engaging. Oh how I detested Helen's overbearing uncle! I hope some demon sucks his life force dry!
THE DARK DAYS CLUB is such a fantastic novel and a solid start to a new series. I am not surprised at all the great pre-pub buzz it's been getting. It's detailed without being boring, it's beautiful as it's dark, it's creepy as it's captivating. I'm hooked! AGoodman wrote a provoking plot it's hard to pick a side, like I want to be a Clubber if only because of Lord Carlston, at the same time, I've also seen what the Club can do to its members and it's unpretty if not fatal. So I'm definitely in a dilemma and I'm living in this world vicariously through Lady Helen. I hope Ms. Goodman is writing like a madwoman because I need that sequel ASAP!