The Dark Days Club
Walker Books, January 2016
YA – Historical/Paranormal
Lady Helen Wrexhall is preparing for her presentation before Queen Charlotte, hoping to overcome the taint her mother’s treachery has left on her reputation. Her aunt has fastidiously trained her for this moment, but nothing could have prepared Helen for her encounter with Lord Carlston and the dark world he opens her eyes to. Regency London seemed like a treacherous place already, without adding demons into the mix…
This is a compelling read, combining a richly detailed Regency London setting with a shadowy world of demons and violence. It could be described as a cross between Jane Austen and Cassandra Clare. Alison Goodman gives a fascinating insight into early nineteenth century London, telling readers of the customs of court and domestic life, and giving evocative descriptions of the costumes and balls. Helen is a compelling protagonist, a witty and intelligent young woman who is out of keeping with the stifled customs of her society and the restrictions it places upon women. While Lord Carlston did not quite have me swooning, he is an intriguing and mysterious character. There are also a number of strong supporting characters, I particularly liked Helen’s maid Darby. This book is the first in a trilogy, and there was a lot of set up with Lady Helen’s newfound powers, her parents’ past and the history of The Dark Days Club. However, I think this series has a lot of potential, and I look forward to reading the next instalment of Lady Helen’s adventures.